Far Infrared Sauna

Service Education

Common Questions

Far Infrared: What is it, how does it work?

Far infrared radiant heat is a form of naturally occurring energy that heats objects by direct light conversion. Direct light conversion warms only the object and does not raise the temperature of the surrounding free air. The radiant heat of a far infrared sauna is efficient because it warms the sauna bather directly. The body absorbs as much as 93% of the heat, producing a vast array of health benefits.

What do I need to bring or wear?

Just yourself. We will provide slippers, privacy spa wrap, and spa water to keep you hydrated. The sauna includes a built in sound system. You are welcome to plug your own media device (AUX Jack: iPhone, Android, Tablet, etc) in for your listening pleasure with the option to utilize your own headphones if you prefer.

What is an infrared sauna experience like?

When far infrared heat penetrates a person’s body, he or she can experience a refreshed mind, relaxed mood, reduction of aches and pains, improved metabolism, and systemic regularity leading to an overall feeling of wellness. Because the air is not forced or super-heated, breathing is natural and easy. We encourage you to take this quiet time away from social media and the expectations of a busy, active life to connect with yourself on a deeper and more fulfilling level. Quieting the mind allows for one to experience the true benefits of stress relief even in as little as 15 minutes.

What should I expect for aftercare?

Enjoy the floating relaxed feeling that the sauna experience imparts and please be sure to drink at least 4 glasses of water within 3 hours following your session. Your body temperature may remain elevated for a period of time after your session. We recommend planning only light activity for the remainder of your day to be as kind to your body as possible.

What are the health benefits?

Far infrared saunas offer the same benefits as traditional dry saunas, and more. Many medical facilities and practitioners use them for the following: menopause, ulcers, insomnia, asthma, bronchitis, ear infections, allergies, immune boost, weight loss, cleansing and so on. The radiant heat of far infrared saunas has been shown to be especially beneficial to people with sports injuries, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other chronic pain conditions. It is believed that far infrared rays improve blood circulation, stimulate endorphins, lower lactic acid, kill certain bacteria and parasites, and burn calories.

Will sauna use cure my cold?

Please note that far infrared is a preemptive immune system stimulator and is not a form of treatment during an active viral infection. Therefore with this understanding and from a place of respect for our other guests, we ask that anyone with an active viral condition such as the flu or common cold refrain from using our facilities until all symptoms have ceased completely.

Are far infrared saunas eco-friendly?

Yes. The electrical usage of a far infrared sauna is significantly less than a traditional sauna, an all the materials are responsibly sourced.

Sauna use: how often, how long, and maintenance?

The far infrared sauna can be used as often as you prefer. The benefits associated with far infrared can be achieved in as little as 15 minutes with a maximum session time of 30 minutes. We recommend constant hydration during usage time and for at least 3 hours following the session. In the rare event that you experience pain and/or discomfort, immediately discontinue use of the sauna and inform an attendant.

Who can use a far infrared sauna or device?

Anyone over the age of 18 who wants to receive the benefits of the far infrared rays apart from the following:

If any of the items listed below apply to you, be certain to consult with your physician before using an infrared sauna.

Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician or a pharmacist for possible changes in the drugs effect when the body is exposed to infrared waves or elevated body temperature. Diuretics, barbiturates and beta-blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Anticholinergics such as amitryptaline may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent, heat stroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke.

The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. When using with a child, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.

The 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. When using with the elderly, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.

Cardiovascular Conditions
Individuals with cardiovascular conditions or problems (hypertension / hypo tension), congestive heart failure, impaired coronary circulation or those who are taking medications which might affect blood pressure should exercise caution when exposed to prolonged heat. Heat stress increases cardiac output and blood flow in an effort to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and respiratory system. This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential to increase by thirty (30) beats per minute for each degree increase in core body temperature.

Alcohol / Alcohol 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.

Chronic Conditions
Diseases associated with reduced ability to sweat or perspire, Multiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumors and Diabetes with Neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating.

The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding, or has trouble clotting.

An individual who has a fever should not use an infrared sauna until the fever subsides.

Insensitivity to Heat
An individual with insensitivity to heat should not use an infrared sauna.

Pregnant women should consult a physician before using an infrared sauna.

Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase their menstrual flow.

Joint Injury
If you have a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the swollen symptoms subside. If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind.

Metal pins, rods, artificial joints, or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, you should consult your physician prior to using an infrared sauna.

Pacemakers / Defibrillators
The magnets used to assemble our wooden saunas can interrupt the pacing and inhibit the output of pacemakers. Please discuss the possible risks this may cause with your doctor

If you have any questions about sauna usage, please ask our helpful on-site staff.

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