The way that you use your infrared sauna will help to maximize the health benefits that you can receive from it. Using it the right way is similar to prepping for exercise. Having the right gear, water, towels and knowledge will go a long way to not only using your sauna, but liking it as well (you must like using your sauna!)
You must begin by warming up your sauna. It will usually take about 15-25 minutes to reach 110°F depending on the ambient air temperature. If you know what time of day you are going to use your sauna you can program it to automatically come on at a certain time using reservation mode.
I personally recommend having around 6-8 sauna towels that you can rotate in and out of use. You will always want to put a towel down on the bench and on the floor. There is a very strong floor heater that will produce a lot of sweat from the lower half of your body, so you want to make sure you have a towel down there. You can also bring in a small towel to help absorb excess sweat on your face and arms.
Make sure that you drink plenty of water before, during and after your sauna session. When you are in a good sauna rhythm, ideally you will wake up drinking water and then continue throughout the day. If you are not in that rhythm, try to drink 8-10 ounces of water before you get in the sauna.
During Your Session:
Get in your sauna at 110°F. Make sure that you remember that the sauna will rise in temperature as you are in there. The best temperature range to use your sauna is 110°F to 127-130°F. You are always allowed personal preference and there is no “right” way to use your sauna. You have to figure out what you like while still having the goal of sweating. The sweating process is what allows for the many health benefits and that temperature range allows for our combination carbon and ceramic heaters to perform best.
Know what your body can handle in terms of time in the sauna. I recommend making sure that your body is ready for a full 30 minute session by building up to it. Try a session for 15 minutes, then 20 and go from there. You will know when you’re ready. I also only recommend one sauna session per day.
Just like going to the gym, getting long term health benefits takes time. Make sure you stick with it as much as you can. I have found that it’s much easier to use your sauna if you’re in a good rhythm. I try to use my sauna everyday; sometimes life gets in the way and that’s not possible, but just stick with it. The more you use your sauna, the more you’ll sweat. The more you sweat the more you’ll detox.
Make sure to rehydrate your body with water and electrolytes. You can replenish electrolytes by eating fresh fruit throughout the day.
You can dry off naturally or get in the shower. I recommend taking a shower.
Change out the towels and wash them.
In Between Sauna Sessions:
Make sure to eat as healthy as possible. Taking a daily brisk walk is great as well. Saunas are not meant to supplant exercise and a healthy diet: they just add to it!