Far infrared is a section of the natural band of light that is not visible to the human eye but can be felt as heat. Unlike the high heat produced in traditional saunas, far infrared heat is able to penetrate the body to a depth of 1.5 to 2 inches at lower temperatures. This stimulates the body’s cellular detoxification process much more effectively than a traditional sauna.
When you relax in a far infrared sauna, the healing far infrared heat stimulates your cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune systems. This produces a deep, therapeutic, perspiration; releasing toxins, burning calories, and relaxing your muscles! Our bodies have become dumping grounds for hundreds if not thousands of toxic compounds that invade our air, water, and soil in which we grow our food. Today more than 80,000 chemicals are in active production in this country and more than 3,200 chemicals are in our food supply.
These toxins (chemicals and heavy metals) create a situation of chronic toxic overload. As these toxins build up, they can cause enzyme dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies, create hormonal imbalance, damage brain chemistry and can even contribute to cancer and other debilitating chronic illnesses.
Far infrared sauna sessions may help any number of chronic conditions including:
- Brain fog
- Cellulite removal
- Chemical sensitivity
- Chronic fatigue
- Low back pain
- Memory loss
- Pain relief
- Stress reduction
- Weight loss
Studies show that sweat from a traditional sauna contains about 3% toxins; however, sweat from a far infrared sauna contains about 17% toxins. Far infrared sessions provide a convenient way to burn calories, detox and get many of the benefits of a workout in a short period of time. After a 30 minute session your body will benefit all day!
18 Tips for Best Infrared Sauna Results
- Sauna Apparel: lightweight shorts and tee shirt are ok. Swim suits are better. More skin exposure is certainly preferable.
- Bring two towels: place one on the bench seat to absorb perspiration during your session and the other towel under your feet to catch sweat drops because no sweat or oils may touch the floor. You may also wish to bring a third smaller towel to wipe off sweat during your session to promote your body to sweat more.
- Eating: wait at least 1 – 2 hours after eating before beginning a sauna session. This allows your body to attain the best detoxification results.
- Timing: best times for sauna use are early in the morning or before bedtime in the evening, although anytime is good.
- Do not use skin lotions or oils 1 hour before or during your sauna session as this will inhibit sweating.
- Start Slowly: when you first begin to use your sauna, Start Slowly, with 15 minutes sessions and limit your first week’s sessions to a maximum of 30 minutes. After becoming acclimated to infrared heat, most users average 30 minute sessions. Two sessions per day is permissible if you are working on a specific therapy goal like weight loss or detoxification.
- Stay Hydrated! Most people do not drink enough water to begin with and now that you are using an infrared sauna and sweating, it is even more important to stay properly hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to divide your body weight by two and drink that many ounces of water on a daily basis. (160 lbs. divided by 2 = 80 ounces of water or eight 10 ounce glasses of water, daily). Always drink plenty of spring water or fruit juice before, during and after your sauna routine.
- Don’t overheat: if sauna cabin becomes too hot or stuffy, just open the flap for a minute to let some fresh air inside. Drink at least 10 ounces of water during or after your sauna session. Alcohol consumption during a sauna is a definite “No-No”!
- Children: over age 6 may use the sauna accompanied by an adult. Sessions should not exceed 20 minutes. Children’s metabolism is much faster that adults, so take precaution not to overheat.
- Elderly: “Moderate sauna use is safe for most older people, but diabetics and anyone being treated for heart or circulatory conditions should check with their doctor, particularly if taking medication” states Dr. J.H. Halperin, Professor of Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center.
- Healing Reactions: are temporary symptoms associated with eliminating toxic substances, healing chronic infections or metabolic changes in the body. They are an important function of all deep healing methods. These short lived “flare-ups” are generally short-lived and mild and are positive sign that deep healing is occurring. Symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, odors, and fatigue.
- When you finish your sauna session: it is important to relax and cool down while your body continues to perspire. You may sit in our lobby or relax in your car for about 10 minutes before heading home.
- At home: follow the instructions on the Magma Bath given to you by the technician. This is a great time to relax, hydrate, stretch and massage/exfoliate your skin to maximize your detoxification. (Scrub calloused areas on your feet, etc. with a short bristled fingernail brush and watch those calluses soften and diminish.)
- After the bath take a warm shower to rinse off. Soaps containing oils, creams and lotions are Not Recommended as many contain chemicals which clog your pores. When your body is thoroughly clean, you may complete your session with a cold shower to cool your body completely and close the skin pores.
- You may not sweat much during your first 2-3 sauna sessions. This is normal for many people, as they haven’t had a recent history of sweating, and it takes a few sessions to “retrain” the body to do what comes naturally. Take care not to overheat during your first few sessions. As the body continues to adjust, sweating can increase dramatically and body temperature regulation becomes more effective. An increase of up to 50% above the resting pulse is safe unless a heart condition requires keeping it lower. Body temperature should not be allowed to rise above 102˚F. Over time, you will begin to sweat more quickly and at a lower temperature setting as your body adjusts to your sauna routine.
- Fat and Cellulite deposits begin to melt at 101˚F. Massaging fatty tissue during your sauna session will help to break down these areas into smaller water clusters which can be more easily eliminated through the pores of the skin.
- Stretching your arms, legs and back area during your session creates more body flexibility. Massage congested and “knotty” muscle areas to help alleviate pain and tightness.
- If your feel a cold or flu symptoms beginning, it is a good idea to use the sauna 3 times per day for 20 minute sessions, to induce hyperthermia which strengthens your immune system. This increases your white blood cell count which helps your body to fight viruses. You will lessen the effects and duration of a flu bug and in many instances, eliminate it totally.
Sessions we Offer
Our sessions range from 15 to 30 minute sessions depending on your bodies needs and preparation. We suggest you start slowly and increase by 5 – 10 minutes every few weeks depending on how you are feeling. After each session we provide an ionizing foot bath to increase the removal of toxins. This allows your body to detoxify faster and healthier.
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This information is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any illness or disease. The Reference Point makes no claims regarding cures, and all information is for educational purposes only. Please consult your health care provider if you are ill. Adapted from “20 Tips for Best Infrared Sauna Results” by Mind Your Body Oasis. http://www.mindyourbodyoasis.com/infrared-heat-therapy.html