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Tips for Using the Sauna

Posted by admin on February 21, 2016

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  1. Sauna Apparel. Lightweight shorts and tee shirt are ok. Swim suits are better. The more skin you can expose, the better!
  2. Wait at least 1 – 2 hours after eating before your sauna session. This allows your body to attain the best detoxification results.
  3. Do not take any medications within 2 hours of sauna session.  The sauna may allow your body to metabolize the medication more quickly.  So, wait at least 2 hours before sauna use.
  4. Do NOT use skin lotions or essential oils the day of your sauna session as this will inhibit sweating and potentially absorb into the wood, affecting other clients negatively.  We also encourage you to wash off any makeup before using the sauna.
  5. When you first begin using the sauna, we start slowly and build up.  We usually do a total of 40-60 minutes in the sauna, but we break them up into 20-30 minute increments with 5-10 minute breaks out of the sauna. (for example: 30 minutes in the sauna; 10 minutes out of the sauna; and 30 minutes back in the sauna….OR…20 minutes in the sauna; 5 minutes out; 20 minutes in; 5 minutes out; and 20 minutes in)
  6. We have several towels in the sauna for your session.  It is very important to make sure no sweat touches the wood of the sauna. Continue to wipe off sweat during your session, which encourages your body to sweat more. Be mindful that even your feet may begin to sweat, which is why we also have a towels under your feet!
  7. You may not sweat much during your first 2-3 sauna sessions. This is normal for many people, as they haven’t had a recent history of sweating, and it takes a few sessions to “retrain” the body to do what comes naturally. As the body continues to adjust, sweating can increase dramatically and body temperature regulation becomes more effective. Over time, you will begin to sweat more quickly and at a lower temperature setting as your body adjusts to your sauna routine.
  8. Sweat during a traditional sauna session is about 3% toxins,
  9. Sweat during a FAR Infrared sauna session is about 17% toxins!
  10. The sweat produced during a FAR Infrared Sauna Session is different from the sweat you usually produce. Many describe it as feeling thick and sticky.
  11. Stay Hydrated! Most people do not drink enough water to begin with and now that you are using an infrared sauna and sweating, it is even more important to stay properly hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to divide your body weight by two and drink that many ounces of water on a daily basis. (160 lbs. divided by 2 = 80 ounces of water or eight 10 ounce glasses of water, daily)
  12. Drinking a fresh juice at the beginning of your sauna helps to flood your cells with good nutrients while helping to push out toxins.
  13. If at any point the sauna becomes too hot or stuffy, you may open the vent in the ceiling to allow heat to escape and/or open the door for a minute to let some fresh air inside.
  14. Drink at least 16 ounces of water during or after your sauna session.
  15. You should weigh about the same before and after your sauna session.  Even though you are sweating, which can often lower the number on the scale, you need to replenish with plenty of water. If your weight has dramatically decreased, then you most likely have not consumed enough fluids!
  16. Absolutely no caffeine or alcohol consumption is allowed during a sauna!  We only allow water and fresh juice (preferably in a glass container) in the sauna during a session.
  17. Gently massage tight muscle areas to help alleviate pain and tension.
  18. Stretching your arms, legs, and back area during your session can help create more body flexibility.
  19. Fat and cellulite deposits begin to melt at 101 degrees F. Rubbing and massaging fatty tissue during your sauna session will help to break down these areas into smaller water clusters, which can then be more easily eliminated through the pores of the skin.
  20. A 60 minute session in a FAR Infrared sauna can burn 900-1800 calories.
  21. A 60 minutes session can have similar the benefits for the cardiovascular system as provided by jogging 6-9 miles.
  22. If you feel a cold or flu symptoms beginning, it is a good idea to break up your sauna sessions to three 20 minute sessions, which increases your white blood cell count, strengthening your immune system and allowing you to better fight illness.  Often times you can lessen the severity and duration of the illness or maybe even eliminate it all together!
  23. When you finish your sauna session, it is important to relax and cool down while your body continues to perspire. Sit or lie down for 10-15 minutes to allow the body to attain the full benefit of FAR Infrared Therapy.
  24. Replace your electrolytes. We provide water and electrolytes at the end of your session to help replenish those lost in sweat.
  25. It is important to be able to go home and shower after your sauna!  The toxins are excreted through the skin, so we want to make sure to wash after the session.
  26. Start with a warm shower and use a loofah or skin brush to aid in removing toxins from your body. Try to use natural soaps and lotions instead of those containing chemicals.  Your cells are open and have eliminated toxins.  Why add more to the body if you can help it?
  27. Many have great success reducing and even eliminating callouses by scrubbing them with a short bristled brush, such as a fingernail brush.
  28. Finish your shower by turning the water to make it a cool/cold shower.  The cold water helps to close your pores.
  29. The Food and Drug Administration approves the therapeutic use of Far Infrared Saunas.
  30. Health Insurance Companies may offer reimbursement for cost of a sauna if prescribed by a doctor.