INFRARED SAUNA FAQ
If you have any additional questions after reading this list, please do not hesitate to call our office or send us a message on our contact form.
What is infrared?
Infrared waves are part of the invisible part of the sun's spectrum. It is able to gently penetrate human tissue. It is safe and effective and allows for a lower operating temperature than traditional saunas.
What is the difference between Near, Mid, and Far Infrared?
Near infrared waves have the shortest wavelength of the three and the wavelengths increase as you move towards far infrared. Our sauna will vary through the different frequencies depending upon the program you select. It is the only sauna on the market with all of the spectrums of infrared heat. Here is a brief description of each of the three types of infrared and their benefits.
- Near Infrared - The shortest wavelength of the three, and thus has the least penetration of the three. It penetrates the epidermis so that it works best for skin rejuvenation and health, and wound healing.
- Mid Infrared - These waves penetrate a little deeper than near infrared. It is the primary wave used to increase blood flow and circulation. Mid infrared therapy mimics the benefits of a cardiovascular workout. And the blood flow effects last even after you are finished with your session.
- Far Infrared - The largest wavelength, which allows it to penetrate the deepest. This wave heats the body's core temperature, which is the component of the detoxification benefits our sauna provides. It is also the wave that helps with blood pressure reduction and the 600 calorie weight loss effect of our sauna.
What is the cost and how do I schedule?
Each sauna session is scheduled for an hour and costs $30. Some of the programs are a little longer than 30 minutes, some are a little shorter. Essentially, you are scheduled in the room for a full hour, but we recommend you do not exceed the time that the programs schedule for you. They are designed to be the perfect length for the benefits you desire. You can schedule by calling our office at the number at the top of this page, or by visiting our sauna page and clicking the button that will take you to our online scheduling. A $15 deposit is required at the time of scheduling to hold your appointment.
How often can I use the sauna?
You can use the sauna everyday if you want! If you use the sauna often we recommend increasing your water intake. Most people use the sauna about once per week or so. However, it is safe to use as often as daily.
What are the different programs, how long do they last, and what do they do?
There are 6 preset programs on our Infrared Sauna. Each one uses at least 2, and sometimes all of the spectrum of infrared. More information is available on the Sauna page, but here is a list of the programs, their duration, and a brief description:
- Cardiovascular Health - lasts 45 min. Uses Near, Mid, and Far. Starts at high intensity to increase heart rate and cardiac output, then lowers to sustain heart rate level. Increases circulation.
- Detoxification - lasts 37 min. Uses Mid and Far. Starts at high intensity to increase core temperature then reduces to low intensity. Mid and Far combination penetrates to detox at the cellular level
- Pain Relief - lasts 30 min. Uses Near, Mid, and Far. Blends through the three wavelengths to reduce inflammation and swelling. Near IR stays at a medium constant level to promote cellular repair
- Relaxation - Lasts 40 min. Uses Near, Mid, and Far. Low comfortable intensity of all three wavelengths to relieve tension and promote relaxation.
- Weight Loss - Lasts 30 min. Uses Mid and Far. Starts at high intensity to get the cardiovascular system going, then reduces to medium intensity. Increases metabolic rate in order to burn up to 600 calories
- Anti-Aging - Lasts 30 min. Uses Near, Mid, and Far. A low intensity that remains constant and penetrates tissue to help with various skin issues.
Who can use the sauna? Is it safe?
Almost anyone can use the sauna, however there are some people, like children and the elderly, who should lower the heat level and spend no more than 15 minutes in the sauna. People with cardiovascular conditions or cardiac implants such as pacemakers and defibrillators should check with their doctor before use. These devices reflect the infrared waves, so are not heated by the sauna. However, there are magnets used in the structure of the sauna and so people with these devices should check with their doctor to discuss if there is any risk involved. If you take prescription medications or have a chronic health condition, it may be wise to check with your doctor to make sure that infrared waves will not affect them. People with bleeding conditions and diseases should not use the sauna. Obviously, if you experience any pain or discomfort in the sauna, you should exit.