Infrared saunas are incredibly safe to use. They utilize effective radiant heat which is the same the sun’s thermal radiation. Radiant heat is more efficient than heating the air alone because it warms the body from the inside. Thus, the body directly absorbs as much as 93% of the heat generated by our combination carbon/ceramic heaters. Far infrared radiation (FIR) is considered harmless for humans, plants and animals (it is even used to heat premature babies in hospital incubators). The invisible radiant waves penetrate the body’s tissues to a depth of over one and one half inches, which then gets absorbed by your soft tissue and water molecules. In fact, the infrared wavelength is tuned to correspond very closely to the body’s own generated radiant energy wavelength output. Absorbing far infrared waves from an infrared sauna is no different than sitting in the sun as 53 percent of the sun’s energy is far infrared.
Our saunas are not only extremely safe but seriously contribute to ongoing health maintenance. Some general precautions to address prior to enjoying any infrared sauna:
• Best to not exercise before using the sauna. Exercise stimulates the sympathetic nervous system getting in the way of toxin elimination.
• Drink plenty of clean, spring water before a sauna session and and much as possible afterwards.
• Begin with around 30 minutes in the sauna. If you feel lightheaded you can begin with 20 minute sessions.
• Always shower off, bathe, or if you do not have time for a shower, towel off; showering is best. This wipes off all those toxins just removed through sweat.
• Always relax after a sauna session to allow your body to readjust. This is never difficult as simply taking the sauna is extremely relaxing!
• It is best to use a sauna first thing in the morning or the last thing at night. This is when you are the most relaxed and your sauna session will be the most effective.
• Always consult a health professional if you have a chronic illness and are not sure about sauna use. However, we have found no problems with using a sauna with people who have diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.
• Pregnant women and children under the age of five should not use infrared saunas. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Continue prescribed medication while taking saunas unless directed otherwise. Always consult your physician.
• As toxins are eliminated temporary symptoms may be present. Symptoms vary from mild odors, unusual taste in your mouth or rashes; these symptoms usually pass quickly. Some people feel great fatigue after sessions and this is normal. Almost all healing symptoms are benign and will pass quickly.
• Some people have bowel changes, aches, pains or headaches.
• Today many people may use saunas who have chronic illnesses that may affect their ability to tolerate the sauna’s heat. In our experience with those with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, joint replacements and many other conditions, the sauna appears to be very safe.
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