WHAT IS AN INFRARED SAUNA?
A traditional sauna uses convection and conduction to heat the surface of your skin. Infrared saunas however use infrared heating panels that emit light helping your body detoxify, giving users a deeper cleansing experience. The infrared light can’t be seen by the naked eye but it gives off what’s called radiated head, penetrating deep within your tissues, muscles and cells.
‘Far’ infrared lighting heats the body from the inside first, which doesn’t cause any damage to the surface of the skin. Unlike traditional saunas, the air in an infrared sauna is a lot drier making it easier to breathe. This form of slow heating makes infrared saunas a much more comfortable experience than a traditional one.
TRADITIONAL SAUNA VS. INFRARED SAUNA
Infrared saunas penetrate deep within your body at a cellular level, while traditional saunas only heat the air around you. Infrared saunas use dry heat, whereas traditional saunas use humid heat resulting in poor air quality, which at times can be unbearable. Traditional saunas dehydrate you more than an infrared sauna and remove more water. Traditional saunas only remove about 3% of toxins in your body, whereas an Infrared sauna can remove up to 20% toxins from your body.
BENEFITS OF INFRARED SAUNAS
Sweating is the body’s natural process to remove toxins and nasty chemicals from the body. Infrared rays gently heat the body, increasing the core temperate creating a deeper reaction from within your body’s cells to assist the detoxification process.
The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss.
‘Far’ Infrared heat has been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in your skin. Sweating improves blood circulation as well as skin elasticity, tone, texture and firmness – it also helps unblock pores and reduce blemishes. A weekly infrared sauna session will leave you glowing and the more you sweat the better you’ll feel.
The benefits of using infrared saunas are extremely well known amongst individuals suffering from chronic illnesses. Infrared sauna use is effective for those suffering from Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. If you are battling any of the above conditions, we recommend you consult your physician before using an infrared sauna.
Regular sweating allows your body to detoxify nasty chemicals, pollutants and dirt lodged within the dermal layer. Infrared heat increases the blood flow and brings essential nutrients to the surface of the skin – allowing your body to naturally glow. Regular infrared sauna sessions have also been shown to improve skin conditions such as cellulite, acne, psoriasis and dermatitis.
When you use a sauna it increases the core temperature of your body. Bacteria and viruses can’t survive under certain temperatures and this increased heating helps your body fight these off, giving your immune system that added boost.
If your suffering with pains and aches, an infrared sauna is a great way for you to deal with these. By increasing your core temperature, infrared saunas help blood circulation in your system, which supports blood flow in these trigger areas.
STRESS REDUCTION & SLEEPING
Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.
As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise.
How do I prepare for a sauna session?
1. Ideally wait until 1-2 hours after eating a meal.
2. Drink at least half a litre of water BEFORE starting your sauna.
3. A face towel and a towel to sit on will be provided but you must
bring your own bath towel should you wish to shower afterwards.
4. During your session, we recommend wearing a bathing suit, towel, or
something minimal – nudity is allowed during your session.
5. Bring a bottle of water to sip on during the sauna.
6. Remove all jewellery.
What do I do during a sauna?
1. Ideally, move around every few minutes so different parts of your body
are directly exposed to the infrared panels.
2. Especially keep your hands open as much as possible as many of the
acupuncture and reflex points are on the palms of the hands.
3. If you feel light headed or dizzy, or your body releases odours that are
unpleasant, open the door slightly or sit outside until it passes.
4. Relax and focus on your breathing at all times. The sauna is a great
place to meditate.
5. Keep sipping your water throughout the session to remain hydrated.
What do I do after I have finished my sauna?
If it is possible to shower, do so as soon as you get out in order to wash off any lingering toxins. Ideally, the shower should be cool to warm but preferably not hot (if you can’t shower, just wipe yourself down with a wet towel).
It is important to stay hydrated. So drink plenty of water after your session.
Resting for 10-30 minutes after your sauna is ideal. It helps transition
the body back to homeostasis (balance) and decreases the chance of
lightheadedness or fatigue later in the day.
When is the best time to have a sauna?
Anytime is fine, however, research supports having a sauna first thing in the morning or just before bed to be more effective. Since the autonomic nervous system is less stressed, the positive effects are greater at these times.
Are there any cautions or contraindications for sauna use?
Not really, but young children and the elderly as well as those with the following conditions require extra care when using a sauna:
· Dental amalgams
· Past use of LSD or other psychotropic drugs
· Multiple Sclerosis
· Respiratory conditions
· Acute infections
· Lymph node removal
· Prostheses, silicone implants or metallic pins
· Sensory nerve damage
· Pregnancy* and breastfeeding
· Chronically ill
· Anyone taking pharmaceutical medications
*Saunas are not recommended during pregnancy
Am I likely to have any reactions after the sauna?
Healthy people generally don’t have too many reactions. Anyone that is toxic in any way (surprisingly, most of us are) or sick can have what we call a healing reaction. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
• Aches and Pains
• Bowel symptoms (usually increased)
• Odours – can be from your breath, sweat or vaginal/seminal discharge
• Computer sensitivity
Are their specific protocols for sauna use?
The key is to determine your goal before you start a sauna therapy program. Using a sauna sporadically will help, but you aren’t going to achieve any long-lasting results that way. Anyone who has a chronic illness, a very stressful lifestyle, or who is undergoing weight loss or detoxification will particularly benefit from a regular sauna program. Combining sauna use with other health care modalities, such as massage, chiropractic, naturopathy, acupuncture, counselling, herbal medicine, Pilates and Yoga, is ideal.
READY TO DETOX? HOW TO GET STARTED
START. Complete the online questions.
BOOK. Choose which day and time works for you through our online timetable.
POP IN. Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment. You’ll be welcomed by our friendly staff who will answer questions you may have and get your ready for your session.
TIME TO DETOX. Your experience with DTOX BOX is our top priority and as you enter your own private room, you’ll be all ready to relax, and embrace the sweat.
AFTER YOUR SESSION. After your session you can shower if you like, change, rest, hydrate and enjoy the benefits that Infrared Saunas provide.
FIRST TIMER TIPS
If this your first time using the Infrared Sauna at DTOX BOX please arrive 15 minutes early so we can run through the consent form and orientation.
You should drink an adequate amount of water before, during and after infrared sauna treatment.
You should prepare your skin for your session prior to your arrival. Skin should be free of deodorant, fragrances, oils, and lotions. Remove all make-up and jewellery.
Avoid coffee or stimulants a few hours before your session.
Please wait allow 1-2 hours after eating before using an Infrared Sauna.
The use of drugs, medication or alcohol prior to or during a Infrared Sauna session may lead to dizziness or unconscious. Clients using any medications must consult a physician or pharmacist prior to use of the sauna.