From the Inside Out
It’s been quite a while since I have launched a thread. Been away building myself a building (by myself) which took a lot of time and effort. One of the reasons for this project was to create a re-creation room for some of my PE efforts, exercise, music, as well as office and shop. It’s done and I want to share some information on a recent experiment.
One of the new toys I purchased as part of the construction project is an Infrared sauna. Wow! It’s everything I had hoped for in terms of providing heat (or so I thought until tonight) while doing PE workouts.
I try to get in 3 sessions per week in the sauna all for medical reasons unrelated to PE - PE-ing in the sauna is just an added bonus. I usually take a 45 minute session at 140 deg F which is quite comfortable. One of the benefits of the far InfraRed (say 9-25 micron wavelength) is you pop a terrific sweat due to the penetrative heating of InfraRed but at quite tolerable ambient air temperature inside the sauna enclosure.
Anyway, tonight I decided to forgo PE and run some temperature testing. Specifically, since I had observed significant sauna-induced stretch both inside the tube while pumping as well as when using my stretcher, I had concluded that I was getting a significant softening of tunica and other tissues due to increased body temperature. So, I took a dual channel digital temperature probe and placed one of the sensors deep under the scrotum at the transition junction with the perineum.
Boy, was I wrong! Damn temperature didn’t move more than 1.5 deg F during the entire session. I finally pulled the probe and held it about eye level for a few minutes and the temperature climbed steadily approaching the 140 deg F setpoint of the sauna controller.
Then I got to thinking. The purported reasons that saunas have merit is that they improve circulation. Deep respiration vaporizes water and you exhale it and you sweat like hell as your body is working overtime to regulate your core temperature. DUH!
Then why the gradual increased stretch during both a pumping and/or stretching session beyond that observed using a rice sock, heat pad, etc?
I went back to my files on IR and found an anecdotal reference about far infrared therapy via sauna lowering blood pressure in hypertensive people. The hypothesis, somewhat confirmed by blood tests, is that the sauna forces the endothelelial linings of the blood vessels to adapt and store more of the chemicals that release nitrous oxide (NO) which causes those vessels to relax and carry more blood flow and do so at lower or the same pressure.
That was one of the reasons I got the sauna in the first place. I’d just lost track due to the excitement of PE.
I’ve been using the sauna now for about 6 weeks. I’ve had more morning wood and deeper, more restful sleep the nights after sauna sessions than I can remember in a long, long time. I also very rapidly recovered from a nasty, irksome muscle pull in my hip that gave me no relief or quarter except when in the box.
As to the improved stretch, flaccid hang, and other factors I’ve observed post sauna? I think it’s changes in blood chemistry - certainly I’ve adapted some given the responses I’ve experienced since I’ve started far IR sauna therapy and maybe it does have to due with enhanced Nitrous Oxide chemistry. I’d be very appreciative of others observations and comments on this.
All the Best,
Then - BPEL 5.9, EG 5.2 - Now: BPEL 7.2, EG 5.6 Listen woman, "Don't bitch at me for burning the candle at both ends - just get me some more wax!"