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INFRARED SAUNA

Infrared saunas are increasingly popular in the health and wellness community for a number of reasons including the numerous health benefits and they just make you feel good!

The sun produces a combination of visible and invisible light, and one of those invisible spectrums is infrared rays. Invisible infrared wavelengths are what makes the sun feel warm (and ultraviolet wavelengths are what makes it bright). Scientists have established that infrared waves are beneficial to the human body because they are easily absorbed, stimulating the lymphatic, immune and cardiovascular systems and also help remove toxins.  Infrared does all of this without any of the harmful rays of sunlight.

 Far infrared is the closest of the wavelengths to the heat given off by our own body. Far infrared is readily captured by the water molecules in the body and releasing its energy. Our bodies actually give off far infrared wavelengths at about 9.4 microns. Since far infrared wavelengths feel very natural and normal to us, our energy is enhanced and strengthened.

If a good portion of the far infrared from a high quality sauna heater at this 9.4 micron range, a subtle “resonant frequency” or vibration is set up within the cells of the body that increases the expulsion of toxins. The toxins are then eliminated either through the three main organs of elimination (urine, feces and exhalation) or directly through the skin, the largest organ of the body. 

Far infrared activates sweat glands eliminating these chemicals directly through the skin.  Expelling toxins through the skin is advantageous because it relieves the liver of having to process quantities of these fat soluble compounds. Sweating alone through infrared sauna usage can be quite efficient at removing unwanted chemicals.

 

BENEFITS OF INFRARED SAUNA THERAPY

Here are some benefits that people enjoy from an Infrared Sauna Therapy

 

  • better sleep.

  • relaxation.

  • detoxification.

  • weight loss.

  • relief from sore muscles.

  • relief from joint pain such as arthritis.

  • clear and tighter skin.

  • improved circulation.

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How do you use an infrared sauna?

*Please note that we recommend our Infrared Sauna as a "Pre-Float" experience.

*Please also note: We DO NOT offer showers unless you have a Floatation therapy appointment .

 

There are guidelines you can follow, but ultimately, how you choose to use our infrared sauna is up to you but here are some tips to get you started.

  • Drink lots of water. Make sure you’re hydrated before going into an infrared sauna. Drink a glass of water before your session. You can also bring water into the sauna, especially if you’re sensitive to higher heats.

  • Choose the temperature you are comfortable handling. The average temperature for an infrared sauna ranges from 100˚F to 140˚F, with beginners starting out at the lower end and more experienced users at the higher end. If this is your first time, start with 100˚F. You may want to stay at this temperature for a few sessions. You can always increase the temperature each session until you reach 140˚F.

  • Choose the length of time. For first-time users, start with 10 to 30 minutes. You can add time to each session until you reach the suggested time of 30-40 minutes. Our saunas come with a timer, and we make sure to set it. You don’t want to stay in there too long and risk becoming dehydrated.

  • Pick whatever clothing you desire. How you dress is your choice. Some people will wear bathing suits, while others prefer to go in naked. Robes and towels are provided.

  • Things you can do while in the sauna. Relax, read, meditate, or listen to music. Just don’t go to sleep.

  • After the session is over. When your session is done, it’s suggested that you take your time and let your body cool down. Once cooled down, feel free to take a shower or bath. Just make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

  • The number of sessions per week. If you are healthy and tolerate it you can use the sauna daily.

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What should you know before you try an Infrared Sauna Therapy Session?

There are a few things you should know before indulging in your first session.

  • Avoid using an infrared sauna if you’ve been drinking alcohol.

  • If you feel ill or have a fever, it’s best to wait to use the sauna until you’re feeling better.

  • Using an infrared sauna will cause you to sweat a lot, so you may feel lightheaded when you stand up. If this happens, make sure you get up slowly and sit down once you leave the sauna. Drink water immediately after finishing your session and wait for your body to cool down before doing anything else.

  • In extreme cases, some people may experience overheating (heat stroke and heat exhaustion) or dehydration.

  • If you have any health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, or are under medical care, get cleared by your doctor before your first session.

Even though infrared saunas have been found to be fairly safe, you don’t want to take any chances when it comes to your health and safety.

Is There Anyone Who Shouldn't Use Infrared Sauna?

There is no reputable list of infrared sauna FAQs that doesn't address the problem of who shouldn't use this healthy form of relaxation. There are some contradictions for sauna use that everyone should keep in mind:

  1. If you have a recent injury such as a sprain, don’t partake an Infrared Sauna Therapy in Huntington NY session because the heat could increase inflammation, particularly of injured joints. After 48 hours, however, the infrared waves can actually promote faster healing.

  2. If you are pregnant, you should avoid using any form of sauna unless under a doctor's advice and supervision.

  3. Hemophiliacs and individuals who are prone to hemorrhaging should not use an infrared sauna.

The History Behind
Infrared Sauna Therapy

Sauna History & Evolution
 

From smoke rooms & fire pits, to clean, modern far infrared sauna panels, today’s far infrared sauna is a modern, contemporary, and effective expression of an ancient health practice that has been recognized throughout history – the application of heat for both general health, and to treat specific ailments. The positive health effects of heat treatments were known at least as long ago as the ancient Greeks, whose physicians would induce slight fevers to fight a number of different illnesses.

The Finnish people, in particular, came to rely upon and value the comfort and health impacts of the sauna because of Finland’s often harsh climate, and the difficult living conditions – the Finnish growing season is only 4 months long. After a hard day in the fields or tending to the animals, the “steam of life,” was anything but a luxury.


Historical records indicate that the Finns were building the primitive wood-burning ancestors of our modern far infrared saunas more than 2000 years ago. These “smoke saunas,” or savus were often little more than holes dug into the ground or soil mounded into small hills, where a fire pit could be constructed and a fire lit. Rocks would be thrown into the fire to absorb heat, and then slowly radiate it back into a small, smoke-filled room. After the room came to the desired temperature, the smoke would be allowed to clear and patrons to enter. The scent of the wood smoke remained and was an important part of the healing ritual.

As they evolved over time, such so-called “modern,” conveniences as metal woodstoves (or kiuas) were incorporated into their design. In addition, steam (loyly, or lou-lu) was added to the ritual by splashing water onto the heated rocks.

The Modern Sauna


After World War II, the increasing industrialization of Finland and Europe brought new building techniques and heating technologies to the age-old tradition. The electric sauna stove was introduced around 1950, and in 1965, the first far infrared sauna was invented in Japan. Like their wood-burning ancestors, far infrared saunas provide a wide variety of health and therapeutic benefits. Because they raise the body temperature directly, rather than heating an entire room, these modern miracles allow us to partake of these benefits more cleanly, conveniently, and cost-effectively than ever before.

Healing The Body and The Spirit


As the sauna itself evolved, so did the culture surrounding it. Saunas came to be seen as places to clear the mind, refresh the spirit, and rejuvenate the body. The deceased were prepared for burial, and women gave birth here, as the sauna came to encompass the cycle of life.

The love of sauna is a world-wide phenomenon, with many cultures having some form of similar culture or tradition, including such well-known versions as Turkish steam baths, and ancient Roman Thermae. In Canada and the US, many Native American cultures possess various types of spiritual sweat lodges, while in Eastern Europe we find the Jewish shvitz.

Today, science has confirmed that raising body temperature stimulates the immune system to fight destructive pathogens. Hyperthermia, or so-called “artificial fevers,” are being incorporated into holistic treatments for such infections as acute bronchitis and pneumonia, arthritic conditions such as Fibromyalgia and Lupus. The use of heat therapy against more serious diseases such as some types of cancer and even HIV has begun to gain traction as well, making the sauna one of modern medicine’s most effective tools for healing and prevention.

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