In a traditional sauna you are just sitting in a hot room – 160-220 degrees. In an infrared sauna, the heat is heating your body directly and only 20% of the heat is heating the air, so infrared saunas range from 130-170 degrees.
You want to heat your body core, meaning your front core and your back core. Your body absorbs the infrared heat and reacts to it.
What to Expect During Far Infrared Sauna
You’re going to sweat. The infrared heat raises your core body temperature and stimulates your lymphatic system, immune system and your cardiovascular system. Your body’s response to that is to sweat profusely. Sweating is one of the ways your body gets rid of toxins.
In addition to the infrared heat triggering sweat, the water in our bodies also resonates with far infrared heat and this also helps with the detoxification process.
Sauna also promotes relaxation. You’re in a warm, darkened room after all. Listen to the soothing sounds of nature (or silence, if you prefer), enjoy the “starlight” from the LED lights in the ceiling, and let your stress be released with your sweat.
Before You Come for Your Appointment
Sauna appointments are available on the hour between 10am and 5pm Tuesday through Friday.
We allow you an hour per session but recommend sweating for 20-30 minutes.
Please bring your own towel and wear bathing suit or an extra pair of undergarments.
$25 per session
$100 for 5 sessions (Buy 4 sessions, get one free)
Benefits of Infrared Sauna
Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal & stay healthy. Far infrared heats the body directly, causing a rise in core temperature that results in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.
Unlike traditional saunas which operate at extremely harsh temperatures, infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Infrared sauna therapy helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session.
Lower Blood Pressure
Infrared saunas induce a deep sweat to make the heart pump faster, which in turn increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and helps circulation. Scientific evidence shows that using an infrared sauna a couple of times a week lowers blood pressure.
Anti-Aging & Skin Purification
The near infrared wavelength (sometimes referred to as Red Light Therapy) is the most effective wavelength for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Near infrared treatments stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone.
Near infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system and more fully oxygenates the body’s cells. Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery, and strengthen the immune system.
Studies have shown that an infrared sauna session can burn upwards of 600 calories while you relax! As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories.
Infrared heat penetrates tissue, joints, and muscles to relieve anything from minor aches and pains to chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. Pain management professionals incorporate infrared heat therapy into treatment plans to decrease pain and muscle spasms and to speed up recovery time.
Heating the muscles with infrared rays produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. Regular infrared sauna use—especially in the mid infrared range—can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate.
Scientific research has concluded that near infrared therapy greatly enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting faster cell regeneration and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increases to repair wounds and prevent infection.
Is Far Infrared Heat Safe?
Infrared heat is completely safe and all objects give off and receive infrared heat. In fact, it is so safe, hospitals use similar heaters to warm newborns. Infrared is a part of nature and essential for life.
The human body gives off and receives infrared in the far infrared band. When a mother rubs a babies stomach to relieve pain, it is the infrared heat from her hand that is causing the healing effect.
Why Does Infrared Work?
Infrared rays are one of the sun’s rays. Infrared rays are the healthiest, penetrate into your skin deeply, and they dissolve harmful substances accumulated in your body. The infrared rays vitalize your cells and metabolism.
Far infrared waves penetrate deep into our body for a deep heating action which allows for the body to activate the sweat glands. The sweat glands offer one of only a few mechanisms that the body has to eliminate toxins and since the skin is the largest organ in the human body it is apparently a very good means for elimination.
The sun is the primary source of radiant energy, but not all of this energy is beneficial. Although life needs energy from the sun, too much sunlight damages the skin. Far infrared heat provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation.
Why Use Cedar?
The traditional sauna for thousands of years has been made predominately from close grain cedar for many obvious reasons:
- Cedarwood is soft wood that resists the cracking and splitting caused by the heating up and cooling down in the sauna. No sauna wood lasts longer than cedarwood.
- Cedarwood contains aromatic oils that are known for their healing and cleansing properties to aid detoxification during the sauna. Cedarwood can also help disperse excess fluids throughout the body.
- Cedarwood is naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial owing to the unique properties of the cedar oil. This is especially important in the sauna where bodies, moisture and heat combine to make the environment perfect for molds and bacteria.
- Cedarwood smells good and gives you a true experience. Normally a “non-aromatic”cedar is used in sauna construction that is very subtle and satisfying to the senses.
Ready to sweat? Schedule a sauna session now.