What is Infrared?
Infrared is an invisible wavelength of light that safely penetrates your body on a cellular level and raises core body temperature. Our sauna is Full Spectrum and each of the wavelengths (Far, Middle, Near) targets different parts of the body to produce specific health benefits, including detox and inflammation prevention.
What are the benefits of Far, Mid and Near wavelengths?
Far wavelength: the longest wavelength, reaches deepest into the body, where toxins are stored. The toxins are broken down with the Infrared heat and released through sweat, which is your body’s natural way to detox.
Mid wavelength: the second longest wavelength, penetrates deep into the body’s muscle and joint tissue, where inflammation occurs and speeds up the healing process. This anti-inflammation treatment also results in a reduction of pain and increases performance.
Near wavelength: the shortest wavelength, stimulates the skin for renewal, collagen boosts and wound healing. It’s also great for cellular health.
What’s the difference between an Infrared and traditional sauna?
Infrared saunas gently warm the body from the inside out at a comfortable 100°-145°F. Traditional saunas heat the air and warm the body from the outside to around 200°F. Since the infrared sauna penetrates the body unlike the traditional sauna, infrared saunas are more effective at detoxification and can produce a sweat composed of 15-20% toxins vs 3% toxins with a traditional sauna.
What should I wear?
It’s up to you. You’ll be in a private sauna and changing space. Most clients prefer workout clothes, sports bra, swimsuit or going in the nude. Loose fitting shorts and tops work best. A towel must be placed on the bench. No shoes in the sauna. Going in your birthday suit vs. clothing doesn’t alter the effectiveness of your session.
How often should I use the sauna?
You’ll see better results the more you do it. But it’s totally different for each individual and depends on your health and wellness needs. Studies have shown three times per week to be effective for specific therapies, most of our clients incorporate the sauna into their regular workout or self-care routines.
Do you burn calories in the sauna?
Far-Infrared is used as a healthy weight loss solution. You can burn 400-600 calories in just one 30 minute session. The sauna increases your core temperature to induce sweating. This increases blood flow and heart rate, which like moderate exercise, has shown to help you lose weight.
What if I don’t sweat that much?
It can take a few sessions before the body begins to sweat profusely. Hydration levels can also affect the amount you sweat. You are still receiving the benefits of the infrared heat, no matter how much you’re sweating.
Is it safe?
Yes, it is completely safe. Not only are the Solocarbon heaters in our sauna the most effective but also the safest. The heater produces virtually no EMF. There are no major risks associated with sweating for individuals with average health. If you are worried, please look at our list of contraindications and consult with your doctor before you sweat with us.
Can I shower after the sauna?
We do not have a shower in our office. However, we actually recommend not showering immediately after your session, if possible, as you continue to sweat out toxins and burn calories while your body cools down. It could take an hour to fully cool down, but feel free to shower 30 minutes after your session.
How long is a session?
A standard session is 30 – 40 minutes.
What is proper sweat etiquette?
- It is important to stay hydrated before and after your session. Water bottles with lids are permitted in the sauna.
- We provide the towel for your session.
- Please refrain from talking on your cell phone.
- Please put your cell phone on silent or vibrate during your session.
- If you get too hot, please open the vent on the ceiling or get out.
- Please be courteous to other clients by leaving your room in a timely manner after your session.
- You are in control of the chromotherapy lights during your session.
- Make yourself comfortable! A bathing suit, loose fitting shorts and tank/sports bra or a birthday suit is appropriate for the sauna.
Infrared Sauna Contraindications
If any of the following conditions apply to you, please consult your physician prior to using our Infrared Sauna services.
Pregnancy – Women who are pregnant should not use an infrared sauna or any therapies that raise core body temperature. Post-birth and during breast feeding, infrared therapy is typically safe to resume. However, please consult your doctor prior to booking a session.
Pacemakers / Defibrillators – The magnets used to assemble our saunas can interrupt the pacing and inhibit the output of pacemakers. Please discuss with your doctor the possible risks this may cause.
Cardiovascular Issues, Obesity or Diabetes – Individuals suffering from obesity or with a medical history of heart disease, low or high blood pressure, circulatory problems or diabetes should consult a physician prior to use.
Medications – Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician since some medications may induce drowsiness, while others may affect heart rate, blood pressure and circulation.
Alcohol & Drug Abuse – Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to attempt to “sweat out” a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person’s judgment; therefore, he/she may not realize when the body has a negative reaction to high heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress. The use of alcohol, drugs or medications prior to a sauna session may lead to unconsciousness.
Elderly – The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age. This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature. If elderly, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
Chronic Conditions / Diseases Associated With Reduced Ability To Sweat – Multiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumors and Diabetes with Neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating. Consult a physician.
Hemophiliacs / Individuals Prone To Bleeding – The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
Fever & Insensitivity to Heat – Individuals with insensitivity to heat or who have a fever should not use the sauna until the fever subsides.
Joint Injury – Recent (acute) joint injury should not be heated for the first 48 hours or until the swollen symptoms subside. Joints that are chronically hot and swollen may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind.