WHAT IS A FAR INFRARED SAUNA?
An infrared sauna is a type of sauna that uses light to create heat. These saunas are sometimes called far-infrared saunas — "far" describes where the infrared waves fall on the light spectrum. A traditional sauna uses heat to warm the air, which in turn warms your body. An infrared sauna heats your body directly without warming the air around you.
The appeal of saunas in general is that they cause reactions, such as vigorous sweating and increased heart rate, similar to those elicited by moderate exercise. An infrared sauna produces these results at lower temperatures than does a regular sauna, which makes it accessible to people who can't tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna.
Our sauna is made in the U.S.A. and the manufacturers main goal was to create a true "medical grade" sauna for the chemically sensitive person and it is used by many medical clinics. The sauna is built with tempered glass and poplar wood, the best wood for a sauna. No glues, laminates, plywood or varnish were used and therefore there is no off gasing, which means no toxic fumes to inhale.
A sauna combined with massage is the ultimate experience. Try this combination and experience the therapeutic result.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
*Relaxation and Endorphin release, the “feel good” chemical
*Increased Blood Flow which causes delivery of oxygen, nutrients, and therapeutic substances to the cells faster and more efficiently
*Stimulation of the immune system
*A “Hyperthermic Effect" - a rise in body temperature that can kill some viruses and bacteria
*Relief from Pain and Stiffness
Saunas are currently being evaluated for their cardio-vascular benefits with heart disease patients, with very favorable results. It must be noted that anyone in less than excellent health must consult their physician before using a sauna for health purposes.
WHAT ARE THE PRECAUTIONS?
If any of the items listed below apply to you, be certain to consult with your physician before using an infrared sauna.
Saunas & Medications
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.
Saunas & Children
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, the sauna will be set at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes.
Saunas & 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, the sauna will be set at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes.
Saunas & 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.
Saunas & 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.
Saunas & 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.
Saunas & Hemophiliacs / Individuals Prone To Bleeding
The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
Saunas & Fever
An individual who has a fever should not use an infrared sauna until the fever subsides.
Saunas & sensitivity to Heat
An individual with sensitivity to heat should not use an infrared sauna.
Saunas & Pregnancy
Pregnant women should consult a physician before using an infrared sauna.
Saunas & 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.
Saunas & Implants
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.
In the rare event that you experience pain and/or discomfort, immediately discontinue sauna use.