FAQ - Infrared Sauna
What is an infrared sauna?
In the infrared sauna, infrared light penetrates several inches into the body and creates heat, resulting in a whole-body hyperthermia on a cellular level to make you sweat.
What are the benefits of being in the infrared sauna?
Sweating is the best way to rid the body of toxins (toxic drugs, pollutants, pesticides and heavy metals), which in turn improves the immune system and overall health.
Sweating is also a great way to increase metabolic rate and reduce stress -- it’s like a workout without the work -- burning 600+ calories per session.
The infrared sauna helps you detoxify, improves circulation, lymphatic drainage and cardiovascular health, reduces pain, increases your metabolic rate to jumpstart weight loss, rejuvenates your skin, and reduces stress and cortisol levels.
Repeated exposure to heat from infrared light results in cumulative health benefits.
Is this like a regular steam sauna?
Nope! Invisible light heats the body, not the surrounding air, so it is more comfortable and allows you to enjoy a longer session than with traditional steam saunas.
Is infrared sauna for anti-aging?
Yes! The infrared sauna is great for reducing wrinkles and crow’s feet, and it helps improve overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness.
Is the infrared sauna safe?
Yes! Unlike sunbathing, exposure to infrared heat therapy is safe and won’t cause the skin to burn.
I’ve heard about electromagnetic fields (EMFs) -- is your infrared sauna safe from EMFs?
EMFs are like invisible energy emissions that come from any object that uses electricity. Most common electrical objects give off such low levels of EMF that they pose no risk to humans.
Though infrared saunas are large and powered by electricity, the technology used in our infrared sauna keeps EMF in an extremely low range of 0.2 to 0.3 mG. For context, the Environmental Protection Agency has previously proposed a safety standard of 3 mG, with anything below 3 mG being deemed as safe. Read more here.
Is there evidence that infrared sauna is effective?
Yes, a few studies that show the effectiveness of the infrared sauna include:
- Far-infrared saunas for treatment of cardiovascular risk factors
- The effects of repeated thermal therapy on quality of life in patients with type II diabetes mellitus.
How long do you recommend for each infrared sauna session?
We recommend working your way up to 30- to 40-minutes. You will have the room for 50 minutes total, giving you enough time to freshen up and change upon completion.
Your sweating and detoxification continues after you get out of the sauna for about 30- to 60-minutes afterwards, so it is not recommended that you shower right afterwards as it will shorten the benefits of the detoxification process.
Please try our signature essential oil body mist and cool washcloths to wipe off toxins and leave you feeling refreshed and clean.
What do I wear in the sauna?
You can wear a bathing suit or a towel. You will be in a private room alone or with a known partner.
How should I prepare for my infrared sauna experience?
Obviously with all the sweating, you want to make sure to rehydrate! Please come to each session well-hydrated, not hungover or after drinking alcohol.
Drinking water is available in the sauna room. Please only use glass or stainless steel bottles in the sauna; plastic bottles are not permitted in the sauna.
Two towels are provided for your use.
Is it clean?
Yes! Our saunas are sanitized after each use. Infrared light kills all bacteria and any airborne germs.
How many people can fit in your sauna?
Our sauna is spacious and comfortable for a private or couples session. The sauna has a removable bench so that you can enjoy a hot yoga session in the sauna. A private yoga instructor is available upon request.
Can children use the infrared sauna?
In general, children above the age of 12 can use the infrared sauna for a brief session. Children who are prepubescent are not able to thermoregulate (regulate their body temperature through proper sweat production) as well as adults do, so please consult with your primary care provider before using the infrared sauna.
Who cannot use the infrared sauna?Infrared Sauna use is not recommended for people who are pregnant, children under 12, those who cannot handle temperature extremes, those with hemophila, fever, insensitivity to heat, and those under the influence of alcohol or who abuse alcohol.