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Infrared Sauna

 

   After some extensive product research we've found what we believe to be the safest, most eco-friendly and effective medical grade infrared sauna on the market today. 

What is Infrared?

   Infrared wavelengths are the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum consisting of near (NIR), mid (MIR) and far (FIR) rays.  These rays have the ability to penetrate human tissue.  This characteristic makes infrared beneficial because it heats the body directly at the core rather than simply warming the air resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where the majority of toxins reside.

 

   Infrared heat is completely safe and healthy for all living things.  You can be exposed to infrared light for hours without the risk of burning.  Infrared is a naturally occurring output of the sun, but does not contain the harmful UV rays associated with unprotected sunlight.  In fact, infrared’s gentle heat is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.

Health Benefits

   Numerous healing and preventative benefits derive from infrared therapy, such as:

 

- Detoxification:

   Toxins such as sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and carcinogenic heavy metals accumulate in the body during modern daily life.  Studies have shown that FIR raises core body temperature stimulating the sweat glands resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat ridding the body of toxins.   

 

- Weight Control:

   Perspiring is part of the complex thermoregulatory process of the body that increases the heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate causing the body to burn calories.  Studies have shown that a 30 minute IR sauna session can burn an upwards of 600 calories!  A 2009 study indicated that Sunlighten infrared saunas can lower weight and waist circumference in just a 3-month period.

 

- Cardiovascular:

   During a 10-20 minute sauna session, heart rate increases by 50-75% which provides the same metabolic result as physical exercise.  There is a nominal effect on blood pressure because the heat also causes blood vessels in skin to expand to accommodate increased blood flow.  A 2005 clinical study conducted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City showed that Solocarbon FIR sauna treatments dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining concluding that Solocarbon FIR reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with regular use.

- Tissue Health & Recovery

   Far infrared sauna therapy strongly supports your body’s ability to allow your skin to heal wounds and grow newer, healthier tissue. Cell growth is increased and wound size is decreased.

Frequently Asked Questions?

1. What do I wear?

To enable infrared to penetrate tissues as deep as possible, we recommend wearing as little as possible. A cotton towel, gym shorts or swimsuit are perfect options. 
 
2. How often should I use the sauna?

One session will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.  But similar to exercise, the more you do it, the better the results.  Recommended use is 3-4 times per week for 30-40 minutes. 
 
3. When will I start sweating?

Sweat levels differentiate between each individual.  Don't be surprised if you don't sweat during the first few sessions.  Sweating will increase with regular use.  Even if your body is not drenched in sweat, your body is still detoxifying from harmful toxins.  Also, be sure to drink plenty of water before your session.  If you are dehydrated, you will not sweat as much.  


4. Do I need a Doctor’s note? 

No, if you have health concerns we recommend speaking with your doctor before your sauna session.
 
5. Is the Infrared coming from lights? 

No, infrared heaters are located on the floor, front, back and side wall panels.
 
6. Are there any studies on infrared therapy?

There are various studies on the use of infrared for a multitude of health benefits.  Specifically, Sunlighten infrared saunas have been shown to increase core temperature for detoxification, lower blood pressure, relieve pain and aid in weight loss.  These studies can be found on www.sunlighten.com. 
 
7. Are children allowed to use the sauna?  

The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults.  When taking a sauna session with a child, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time. A general rule of thumb is 1 minute inside your sauna per year of age for the child, but always accompanied by an adult. And remember to keep you and your children hydrated, even if you don’t see them sweating.

 
8. Is it ok to use the sauna while breastfeeding?

Please consult with your physician, as this answer is usually yes, but may be no depending upon you specific circumstances.
 
9. Can I sauna while pregnant?

Even though infrared is completely safe, it is not recommended to use while pregnant.  While pregnant, the core body temperature is already elevated and you could overheat.

NOTE: Sauna use is at your own risk*