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Aging Athletes
feel years
younger with
new low-heat
As an aging female, Dr. Joan Weir had
a lot more to complain about than the
average person, especially when it came to
the aches and pains of age.
In her younger days Weir was an
elite amateur athlete, having competed
internationally on the Canadian Women’s She knew that the Ontario College stadium, and even Ironman athletes who
National Softball Team in the 1960s and of Naturopathic Medicine relied on the are using them to endure rigorous training
later on the Canadian National Kayaking company to build saunas for its teaching schedules.
Team. clinic, and that leading edge doctors from The ceramic-heated sauna provokes
“I was always pushing my body,” she says. the University Of Toronto Medical School three times more sweat than a regular sauna
“I did many different sports and all of them to Harvard are using them. What she didn’t but at a more comfortable temperature. It
at a high level. You’re said to be extremely expect was to start feeling young again. improves circulation, flexibility and energy,
fit when you’re doing it, but as you age your “I was actually surprised,” says Weir. “It’s while reducing lactic acid build-up to relieve
body pays a much higher price for all that like a reversal of the aging process. I can do muscle cramping
pushing.” way more activities now than I could two For Dr. Weir the science behind it is
intriguing, but the newfound mobility is
“It’s like a reversal of the aging process. I can do way
absolutely liberating. “Anyone can do
this level activity,” she says. “As we age,
more activities now than I could two years ago.”
we just need to give our body extra
care to recover.”
As she approached 60, those aches and years ago.”
pains became more common and more One of those activities is gathering her
severe. After a relaxing day of kayaking, winter wood, which is as much necessity
cross-country skiing or mountain biking in as recreation. “It was getting so that I could
the woods she was almost debilitated. A barely move after a day chopping wood,
few months ago, she added a new type of but now I don’t feel the aches and pains
ceramic-heated sauna to her health regime, anymore.”
and the chronic pain swiftly disappeared The news is not surprising to SaunaRay
from her life. president Rodney Palmer. “One of our clients
As a naturopathic doctor for 20 years, Weir started skiing again after he turned 80. He
was aware of the benefits for detoxification said the sauna just made him feel more
and heart health when she ordered the unit flexible and more confident on his feet.”
from SaunaRay – an Ontario-based builder SaunaRay clients now include the Ottawa
of medical grade saunas. Senators, who are using a unit in the OTTAWA >> SPRING/SUMMER 2008 45
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