Infrared Sauna Therapy is a safe and pleasurable way to maintain and improve your overall health and wellbeing.
An introduction to Infrared Saunas
What is far infrared radiant heat?
Sunlight is a combination of visible light and invisible light. The seven colors of the rainbow are visible lights, and infrared rays and ultraviolet rays are invisible lights. 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.
When far infrared waves are applied to water molecules (comprising 70% of our body) these molecules begin to vibrate. This vibration reduces the ion bonds and the eventual breakdown of the water molecules causes encapsulated gases and other toxic materials to be released.
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.
The infrared waves have the potential to penetrate 1.5 to 2 inches or more into the body allowing for deep heat and raising your core body temperature from deep inside.
The far infrared rays consist of similar wavelengths as that which is emitted naturally by the human body. This is one potential explanation of why many feel energetically rejuvenated and balanced from contact with far infrared waves. It is also believed that far infrared waves help improve blood circulation and recovery from fatigue.
Why Far Infrared Technology?
Infrared Saunas use Far Infrared energy to penetrate the body’s tissue. Tests have shown that the energy output is tuned so closely to the body’s own radiant energy that our bodies absorb as much as 93% of the far infrared waves that reach our skin.
By comparison, conventional saunas must rely only on indirect means of heat: first, on convection (air currents) and then, conduction (direct contact of hot air with the skin) to produce its heating effect. Your Infrared Sauna is best used at temperatures between 100 to 125F versus 180 to 220F for traditional hot-air saunas.
Is Infrared Heat Safe?
Yes! Infrared heat is all around us. The photo below shows that all things give off and receive infrared heat. This image was taken with a camera that takes a regular photograph and an infrared image of the subjects at the exact same time.
The human body gives off and receives infrared heat and in the far infrared band. Other surfaces, like a warm street or heated vending cart give off infrared in the middle and near infrared band.
Do you want to experience far infrared heat right now? Take you hands and put your palms together. Move your hands about 1/2 an inch apart. You will feel warmth eminating from your palms. This is far infrared heat very similar to the infrared heat emitted from the carbon panels. Radiant far infrared is all around us and is essential for human life.
Why is infrared heat better than traditional sauna?
Our Infrared far infrared saunas use low-EMF carbon paneis, which do not turn red hot, but instead produces invisible, far infrared heat. This is the same type of heat as produced by the sun and our bodies. Infrared heat is very safe and not at all like the heat produced by microwaves. In an infrared sauna, only 20 percent of the energy is used to heat the air, leaving the rest of the energy to heat the body. The radiant heat can penetrate deep below the skin producing a gentle warming inside the body. The temperature inside an infrared sauna is adjustable and averages a comfortable 100 °F to 140 °F This allows a person to sweat faster and to tolerate a longer period of time inside the sauna, allowing for the therapeutic effects to occur. Typical sessions last 20 to 45 minutes and can be repeated once or twice during the day to maximize the benefits. Infrared saunas leave you feeling invigorated, not depleted like conventional saunas.
Infrared heaters warm the body in the same manner as natural sunlight. Far Infrared Heat therapy uses the wavelength of the visible and non-visible light spectrum of sunlight that heats the body normally. Traditional saunas raise the temperature of the air to a very high level within the chamber to warm the body. Some people have difficulty breathing in this extremely warm air. Far infrared saunas work differently. Instead of heating the air within the enclosure, far infrared saunas heat the body directly. The result is deeper tissue penetration. In the far infrared sauna, the body perspires and receives all of the healthy benefits but avoids the harmful and extremely hot air of a traditional steam sauna.
Sauna Prices & Packages
20 Minute Sessions
- Single – $20
- Series of 5 – $70
- Series of 10 – $130
- Sessions can be purchased either online or at the studio prior to sessions
40 Minute Sessions
- Single – $35
- Series of 5 – $140
- Series of 10 – $260
- Sessions can be purchased either online or at the studio prior to sessions
- Sessions are scheduled on the half hour
- To schedule an appointment (link to mindbody)
- Wait at least 1 – 2 hours after eating before beginning a sauna session.
- Stay hydrated before, during and after your sauna session.
- 20 – 40 minutes per sauna session is recommended.
- Start with 20 minutes, 2 – 3 times per week and increase to a maximum of 40 minutes.
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Infrared Sauna Therapy Health Benefits
Detoxification for Your Whole Body
Eliminate Stress and Tension
Healing Power of Infrared
Organic Skin Care
Bullet Proof Your Immune System
Infrared Sauna Safety
Precautions & Contraindications
Our Rocky Mountain Saunas are quality instrument of professional health therapy. However, you may put yourself at risk if you do not fully understand how to use the infrared sauna, or are unaware of proper health safety guidelines.
With a little common sense and by following a few precautionary guidelines, Infrared Sauna Therapy is a safe and pleasurable way to maintain and improve your overall health and wellbeing.
DO NOT attempt to self-treat any disease with an IR Sauna without direct supervision of a certified physician. If you have a disease, be certain to consult with your primary-care physician before use. The material presented is offered for reference purposes only. Creating a cure for or treating any disease is not implied and should not be inferred as such.
In all situations, proper hydration is a primary requirement for IR sauna use. Drinking plenty of fluids is recommended before, during and after infrared sauna use. Replacing the body’s electrolytes, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium is very important, since these minerals are depleted during sweating. Regular vitamin supplements are an inexpensive way to accomplish electrolyte replenishment. Sports drinks that replace electrolytes are also acceptable.
The light energy spectrum emitted by a far infrared saunas offers an astounding range of therapeutic benefits for a responsible health maintenance program. Actually, there are only a few absolute contraindications for safe infrared sauna use. A safe and beneficial therapy for the vast majority of people, worldwide, the following list of the precautions and recommendations are prudent for your productive Infrared Sauna (IR Sauna) experience.
It is considered inadvisable to raise the core temperature too high in someone with adrenal suppression and systemic lupus or multiple sclerosis, by some authorities.
For patients with these health considerations, some physicians recommend shorter IR sauna sessions at lower temperatures with a friend nearby in case a physical weakening may occur. We have had good reports from our clients with lupus and multiple sclerosis. Mild radiant body heating produces a wonderful cardiovascular improvement, carrying increased amounts of healing oxygen throughout the body, even if clients do not sweat profusely.
Individuals with total Heat Insensitivity or who lack the ability to perspire or sweat or to emit body heat should probably refrain from IR sauna use. As always, check with your doctor first.
If you have a sprain, bruising, laceration or surgery, the affected area(s) should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury OR until the swelling has reduced. Start with short sessions of 15-20 minutes at a lower temperature (115-120 degrees) and work your way up. Mild stretching exercises work wonders for rehabilitating injuries like ACL and Rotator Cuff surgery. Proper IR Sauna Therapy speeds healing of wounds and injuries dramatically.
Two special benefits make contact lenses ideal for the infrared sauna: they do not ‘steam up’ in humid conditions or as a result of temperature fluctuations. They always remain at body temperature.
Any mention of contact lens contraindication that I researched gave no specific reason why contact lenses could not be worn. I have told my clients for many years that contact lenses are safe to wear in your sauna and have never received any negative feedback.
Bottom Line: As always, when any health condition is in question, I ask that you check with your eye doctor and/or the manufacturer of the lenses!
Pregnant or Lactating Women
If you are pregnant, limit your sessions to 10 minutes with a maximum of four sessions per week. **** NOTE: Exposure to intense heat during the first trimester of pregnancy may slightly increase the risk of birth defects. Consult your physician, as opinions on use during pregnancy vary.
Breastfeeding: There is insufficient empirical evidence to establish whether or not toxins are released, during IR sauna use, that could enter into breast milk. It would be prudent to reduce or avoid intense sauna therapy during the breastfeeding period.
Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared rays and thus are not heated by the infrared sauna; nevertheless, you should consult your surgeon prior to using an infrared thermal modality.
Silicone does absorb some infrared energy. Implanted silicone or silicone prostheses for nose or ear replacement may be warmed slightly by the infrared rays. Since silicone melts at over 200 degrees, it should not be adversely affected by the usage of an infrared thermal system and is considered safe in most circumstances.
Saline implants may warm slightly as the body core temperature elevates, but IR sauna use should be safe and without discomfort or problematic symptoms.
**** We always recommend that you check with your surgeon and/or the product manufacturer’s representative before use. ****
Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase their menstrual flow. Once a woman is aware that this may occur, she can choose to allow herself to possibly experience this short term effect without worry or to simply avoid use at that time of her cycle. Many women do report relief of other common symptoms related to menstruation including relief of bloating, cramping and headaches.
If you are using any prescription drugs, check with your physician for any possible change in the drug’s effect due to any interaction with infrared heat. Very rarely does heating the body alter the properties or effects of a prescribed medication. Cortisteroids may be a contraindicated substance. Some antihistamines contain ephedrine and may increase heart rate inordinately during sauna use.
Hemophiliacs and anyone predisposed to hemorrhage should avoid usage or any type of heating that would induce vasodilatation or stimulated circulation, which can increase the tendency to bleed.
According to Dr. J. Halperin, M.D., Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, “Moderate sauna use is safe for most older people. Diabetics or anyone being treated for heart conditions, circulatory issues or prescription medication should check with their doctor.”
Age is not a contraindication for IR sauna use. We have clients in their 90’s who enjoy the benefits of regular sessions.
Young children have a high metabolic rate and are less adaptable to higher body core temperatures than adults, due to their limitations of circulatory adaptation and body temperature regulation (sweating).
Ages 6 – 12 should spend no more than 20 minutes in IR saunas, and should be accompanied by an adult. Start with lower temperatures and work up gradually as child demonstrates the ability to perspire freely.
Ages 6 and Under should avoid use unless prescribed by a doctor.
Teenagers may safely use IR saunas, taking particular care to hydrate liberally and not become overheated.
Start your IR sauna program slowly and monitor any unusual changes in blood sugar. Infrared sauna use does not increase the blood sugar level or the body’s consumption of glucose.
High Blood Pressure
Using an IR sauna does not normally raise blood pressure. You may use a blood pressure monitor during your session to observe BP rates. Although the heart rate is increased during use, vasodilation of all the blood vessels in the body and increased blood circulation actually allows for a lowering of blood pressure in many users, both short and long term. Regular infrared sauna use is a highly effective, passive cardiovascular activity for folks with limited physical exercise capability.
Elimination of Medications / Healing Reactions
During IR sauna therapy, it is common for the body to eliminate residues of prescription and “over the counter” medications… even those ingested many years past. Such residues can include ingredients found in antibiotics, narcotics, sedatives, stimulants, chemotherapy, cold medicines, sleep and allergy aids, etc. Occasionally, the release of these substances can result in temporary effects similar to the action of the drug when first taken, i.e., novocaine expulsion may temporarily produce a slight numbness in the jaw from a previous dental injection.
Purging your system of antibiotics can sometimes alter digestive bacteria balance and constipation or diarrhea may be a symptom. In most instances, these effects pass quickly as residues are excreted.
“According to Dr. L. Wilson, M.D. and Homeopathic Practitioner, “Healing Reactions are temporary symptoms associated with eliminating toxic substances, healing chronic infections or due to other metabolic changes in the body. They are an important part of all deep healing.”
As some toxins are mobilized from storage sites throughout the body, they are transported by the blood to the liver, primarily. Toxins must be processed by the organs of elimination, including the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin. The metabolic process of expelling toxins sometimes results in mild and short lived “flare ups” or experienced symptoms of a previous illness, virus or physical trauma.
Most healing reactions are mild and pass quickly. Symptoms may include diarrhea, constipation, aches, pains, muscle cramps, sinus discharges, odors, minor rashes, headaches, irritability and fatigue. Mood swings and emotional reactions may occur on rare occasions and are the result of changes in body chemistry and neurotransmitter levels.”
Please call us for suggestions and support in handling a healing reaction.
Wait for an hour or two after a meal before engaging in infrared sauna therapy. Therapy right after a meal may interfere with proper digestion and cause mild stomach cramps.
Alcohol consumption during, or prior to, an IR sauna session, is prohibited! “Sweating out a hangover” is not advisable, but permissible, given that you limit your session to no more than 30 minutes and do not overheat! Drink lots of fluids prior, during and after your session.
Stents and Pacemakers
In many instances, clients with stents and pacemakers may use the our units safely. Check with your physician and/or the manufacturer of the particular product.
Danger signals include a rapid increase of body temperature, a noticeable “racing” of the heartbeat, extreme redness of the skin and feeling light headed or extremely faint. If you notice any of these symptoms, end your session immediately. Occurrences of this nature are very rare.
Exercise and Sauna Use
Wait 20-30 minutes, following strenuous exercise, to use your infrared sauna. Allow your body to cool down completely before entering the unit. You are activating a different branch of your involuntary nervous system; The IR sauna is supplying your body heat passively, instead of actively, as in a physical workout.
People with advanced symptomatic heart disease or unstable angina should not use an infrared sauna unless supervised by a doctor.
Recent Joint Injury
If a person has suffered a recent joint injury that is considered acute, it should not be heated for at least 48 hours or until the hot and swollen symptoms diminish. Enthusiastic heating is strictly contraindicated in cases of enclosed infections in any of your tissue including dental.
What is Infrared Sauna Therapy?
Infrared light is the invisible part of natural sunlight. It is completely safe and healthy and although infrared light is a naturally occurring wavelength of the sun, it does not contain the harmful UV rays associated with unprotected sunlight. In fact, infrared is so safe, hospitals use infrared to warm newborn infants.
Infrared light can penetrate the body up to 2 inches. It is absorbed by the body and safely raises the core body temperature over 3 degrees (to over 102 degrees) after each 40-minute session.
Does the sessions dry out my hair?
The dry heat is meant to draw moisture out of the things to which it is exposed, which is why we sweat in the sauna. If your hair is unprotected, you will logically find that the moisture is being drawn out of it as well.
The best way to combat this is to wrap your head in a towel when you go into the sauna. It would be good that the towel is damp so that you can be sure that the hair stays moist.
One thing I would suggest is that you apply your hair conditioner before entering the sauna and THEN wrap the hair in the towel. Doing this would allow you to give your hair a deep conditioning treatment while you soothe your tired muscles. Afterward, simply shampoo and shower as you normally would after a workout.
Is the weight loss only water?
No, It is more than that. Your body works harder in response to the heat. It increases circulation, heart rate and sweating thus burning calories. According to many experts and studies it is possible to burn as many calories as you would running for 30 minutes. So you lose actual weight not just water weight.
Do we provide water?
Are there any contraindications for using saunas?
If you have any concerns consult your physician. For a full list of contraindications please see above on this page.
How long are your sessions?
Sauna therapy sessions are 40 minutes. All appointments are booked on the half hour.
What should I wear?
Wear something comfortable and loose fitting such as workout clothes or a swimsuit. That being said, you can wear as much or as little as you would like while in the privacy of your sauna suite.
How long does it take my core temperature to return to normal?
It is normal for the body to take as much as an hour to return to its regular temperature. This is why the body continues to sweat after the sauna is finished.
Can I use a sauna if I have 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.
Can a friend to join me in the sauna?
Yes, our saunas will accommodate you and friend, however it is most effective to do your session alone. When you book your appointment, please be sure to let us know if another person will be joining you, it is only $10 for them to join you in your session.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
We request prior-day notice of any cancellation as this allows us to better accommodate all of our members. If a session is scheduled using a package offer and no cancellation notice is provided, the session could be counted as fulfilled.
How much water should I drink?
Plenty. Bring water with you into the sauna. Other drinks that are helpful are ones that contain electrolytes. Coconut water is natures electrolyte replacement drink.
Do you sell gift cards?
Yes. Gift cards may be purchased at the studio or online at www.yogasouth.net
How do I make an appointment?
You can schedule your next appointment at our front desk or booking online through our website, here!
Do you provide showers?
Yes, however not showering can lengthen the detoxifying effects for up to an hour as you continue to sweat out toxins and cool down.
How often should I come in?
The more time you spend in the sauna the better! That being said, the frequency will depend upon your individual health and wellness goals. We recommend at least 3 times a week. For more aggressive results, 4-5 times a week is recommended. We suggest visiting the sauna immediately following your workout or yoga practice to see the best results. We also recommend a sauna therapy following massage and chiropractic appointments.
Are all of the saunas private?
Yes. Each sauna is located in a private suite where you can relax uninterrupted.
Do I need an appointment?
Scheduling an appointment can be done by calling, visiting our facility or booking online if you’re a member. Walk-ins are accommodated based on sauna availability.
Are the saunas sanitary?
Yes. We provide clean towels and we sanitize each sauna after every use.
What do I to do during my session?
Taking a sauna is the best time to relax, unwind some choose to meditate. We also provide music and guided meditations. It is best not to sleep while taking a sauna.
What if I don’t sweat much during my session?
Not to worry. For most people it usually takes a few sessions before the body really begins to sweat profusely.
What if I am running late?
If you are running late, please call and let us know. Please Understand that the tardy minutes will cut into your session if we have an appointment booked after you.