What is an Infrared Sauna?
An infrared sauna differs from a traditional sauna as it uses heat and light to warm the person and not the surrounding area. This helps to relax and detoxify the person through infrared light waves that help to heat the body. Since the sauna produces lower temperatures than that of a conventional sauna most people can tolerate it better.
What happens during an Infrared Sauna session?
Treatment time is approximately 45 minutes, this consists of a 30-minute sauna session with an additional 15 minutes to continue to relax and rehydrate. When coming for a session you will need to bring bathing clothes or gym gear (sports bra and shorts) as you will be sweating. You are welcome to bring your own personal towel, water bottle and flip-flops, or these can be provided if required, but they must be used at all times in and out of the sauna.
The Sauna has a music system that plays through Bluetooth and if you wish you can bring your own music or reading material, however, most users simply want to lie back and relax taking the time to completely reap the benefits of the session. Electrical devices should not be used within the sauna as the temperature will cause them to break.
You will be provided with water and it is important to sip this frequently during and after treatment to keep yourself hydrated. If you find yourself too hot or dizzy remove yourself from the sauna, relax on the seat provided and continue sipping your water. Once you feel ready to return to the sauna for the remaining time of the session. For the first session, you may be advised to start with a lower temperature or a shorter session so that your body can cope. Please refrain from pouring water anywhere in the sauna or using wet towels as this will destroy the carbon heaters.
After your sauna, dry yourself down, then continue to get dressed. Use the remaining time to sit and relax and enjoy your choice of smoothie provided, as well as continuing to sip the water provided.
** In the very rare event that you experience any pain or discomfort you should immediately stop sauna use. Signs to also be aware of are, a rapid increase in body temperature, a noticeable “racing” of the heartbeat, extreme redness of the skin and feeling light-headed or extremely faint. If you notice any of these symptoms, end your session immediately. Occurrences of this nature are very rare. **
What are the benefits of having an Infrared Sauna?
– Anti-ageing effects
– Arthritis relief
– Cardiovascular health
– Cellular health
– Help with Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms
– Help with depression
– Improved circulation
– Lower blood pressure
– Wound healing
– Weight loss
– Pain relief
Can an Infrared Sauna be used by everyone?
An infrared sauna is very safe; in fact, it is used to keep newborns warm in specialist units. As a rule, however, those that are taking medication or that has been diagnosed with a medical condition should seek their doctor’s permission before undertaking sauna therapy. These include:
- Those with Eczema as they may find using a sauna and sweating more may cause symptoms to worsen.
- Those that are elderly, children or have circulatory conditions may overheat quicker and so must take caution. A maximum session of 15 minutes at a lower temperature is advisable.
- Those taking medication, like, antihistamines, barbiturates, beta-blockers, anticholinergics or diuretics, corticosteroids, or have adrenal suppression, diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, central nervous system tumours and Parkinson’s disease may suffer a higher chance of heat stroke and so must consult with their doctor before using the sauna.
- Those with cardiovascular issues, those that are obese, have diabetes, have a history of heart disease, low or high blood pressure should consult with your doctor before using an infrared sauna.
- Those that have consumed alcohol or recreational drugs should avoid using the sauna until sober.
- Those that are haemophiliacs or those that suffer from bleeding conditions should not use the sauna.
- Those that have a fever or an insensitivity to heat should avoid sauna use until the fever has subsided.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult with your doctor before using the sauna.
- During menstruation using a sauna can temporarily increase menstrual flow and so some women prefer not to use the sauna during this time.
- Those with a joint injury should not be heated for the first 48 hours or until the swollen symptoms subside.
- Those that have metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any surgical implants should confirm with their doctor that it is safe for them to use an infrared sauna.
- Those that have pacemakers or defibrillators must discuss with their doctor if it is safe for them to use an infrared sauna.
What should I do at home after my treatment?
Wait for an hour or two before eating a heavy meal, ideally eat a healthy snack just before and after the session to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
If exercising you are fine to do so after your session. Ideally wait until you have cooled down before showering, some advice waiting 1 hour before showering to get complete benefits. Once ready use an exfoliating cloth or loofah/ brush to remove excreted toxins and dead skin.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!!!! Continue to up your fluid intake during and after your treatment to achieve maximum benefits. Spring water, fruit juice or green tea are ideal choices.
How often should I have a session?
It is safe to have a 30-minute daily session, however, if this is not possible ideally every other day or weekly is advised to experience lasting benefits.
Will I experience any negative effects during or after a treatment?
Due to the sauna having a detox effect on the body the body will eliminate residues of prescription and “over the counter” medication even if they had been taken many years past. Due to this sometimes the release of these substances can result in temporary effects similar to the action of the drug when it was first taken.
Detoxing your system of such medications may have a negative response, but will pass quickly. Such a process is known as a “Healing Reaction”. It is temporary and shows that the treatment is working in the way of eliminating toxic substances from the body and allowing for deep healing.
Symptoms of a ‘Healing Reaction’ may include diarrhoea, constipation, aches, pains, muscle cramps, sinus discharges, odors, minor rashes, headaches, irritability and fatigue.
If at any time you have any concerns, please do get in touch.