FAQ and IMPORTANT TIPS
What do I wear?
It is recommended the you go au naturale so that the heat and rays can effectively absorb into the skin. The sauna is in a private room with a locked door. We provide towels and face cloths.
How hot does it get and how long do I have to stay in there?
Our Medical 4 Infrared Sauna is set at 140 (traditional saunas are around 180-200 degrees). We recommend you start with 20 - 30 minutes and see how you do. You can stay in up to 45 minutes.
What is a FAR Infrared Sauna?
A FAR Infrared Sauna is a sauna that employs FAR infrared light to heat you up instead of using conduction (through the hot wood) or through convection (heated air or steam.) Infrared light is part of the sun's invisible spectrum. Infra-red means "below-red" just like ultraviolet (UV) means "above-violet." These two parts of the spectrum, though they are both invisible, have very different effects on the body. Ultraviolet (UV) light has been associated with many health risks whether it is from laying out in the sun too much or from going to tanning salons. Infrared light is the exact opposite end of the light spectrum and is associated with many positive and healthful effects. A FAR Infrared Sauna uses the far part of the infrared spectrum. Our infrared sauna emits waves between 8-11 microns. The human body best absorbs infrared at approximately 9.4 microns.
Has there been any research or studies about FAR Infrared Saunas?
For years, the average consumer's familiarity with FAR-infrared came from the use of infrared heat lamps - which produce radiant heat. In the mid 1960's NASA discovered that a number of mineral oxides were also capable of generating FAR waves. NASA began utilizing FAR in the 1980's as an effective way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning for astronauts during long space flights. Over the past 25 years, Japanese and Chinese researchers and clinicians have conducted extensive research on infrared treatments and report numerous benefits. An infrared society has been established in Japan, composed of medical doctors and physical therapists, to further research and support the health benefits of radiant infrared therapy as a method of healing.
How is an Infrared Sauna different from other saunas?
Regular saunas heat the skin superficially with a high wattage heater, causing opening of the sweat glands and allowing excess water to escape. The 180-degree-plus heat of the air in the sauna room heats up your lungs very quickly and shocks the body. Because the FAR penetrates to a depth of 5-7 cm or 1.5 inches, your sweat glands are pouring out water even before the core body increases to the point of discomfort. At the depth of 1.5 - 2 inches our fat cells are stimulated which causes a release of toxins to the surface. Compared to other saunas which only heat 20% of the air, 93% of the heat energy emitted from a FAR infrared sauna is absorbed by our tissues, the reason is that the energy emitted by the FAR is very easily absorbed and assimilated by our bodies. The extreme heat of regular saunas can dry out your skin and mucous membranes (nasal passages, throat and eyes.)
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
It’s the most important rule of sauna use. Drink at least 40 oz of water BEFORE you come and 40 oz after.
Wait at least 90 minutes after eating before beginning your sauna session
No skin lotions
It is best not to use lotions or oils before or during your sauna session as this will inhibit sweating and clog pores. We provide a face cloth to prevent sweat and make-up/lotion from getting into your eyes, but if possible, wash your face before you get in.