Traditional saunas raise the temperature of the air, which in turn heats the body. This requires interior temperatures of 160-210 degrees. A far infrared sauna is different; light is used to heat the body directly, keeping the temperature in the sauna at a more comfortable 100-125 degrees.
Far infrared light provides all the benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation. “Far” describes where the infrared rays fall on the light spectrum. This radiant heat is soft, gentle and relaxing and will never cause your skin to burn.
An infrared sauna is much cooler than a standard sauna due to the efficiency of infrared heat. If you are new to the practice, make sure to listen to your body and use common sense. If the heat becomes unbearable or you feel dizzy or faint, leave the sauna. You can also use the personal shower to cool off mid treatment. Make sure to stay hydrated! Drinking 12-16 ounces of water before and after your sauna is recommended to replace the water lost by sweating.
Sauna use is not recommended if you have any of the following conditions:
- Under the influence of drugs/alcohol or hangover
- Infections or fever
- Acute injury within the last 48 hours
- Hemophiliacs or persons prone to bleeding
- Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, central nervous system tumors, diabetic neuropathy and other conditions associated with reduced ability to perspire
- Insensitivity to heat
Consult with your physician prior to using the infrared sauna if you have any of the following:
- Heart or vascular condition
- Chronic illness,
- Are taking any medications
- Have surgical implants, metal pins, rods or artificial joints
- If any preexisting condition worsens after use of the infrared sauna, discontinue use and consult your health care practitioner.
The sauna suite is completely private and has its own shower and dressing area. A bathing suit is not necessary but you may bring one if you like. We provide towels, shampoo, body wash and conditioner and the prep room has blow dryers and other amenities. You may want to bring a water bottle to help you stay hydrated during your sauna and a brush, comb or other personal items. Do not wear jewelry or watches in the sauna.