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Far Infrared Sauna
What is an Infrared Sauna?
A conventional sauna transfers heat by heating the air in the chamber to an extreme temperature, which in turn rises and heats our body. Infrared saunas work differently. The unique wave length penetrates directly into your body. It makes you feel warm and perspire, but your skin is not hurt by the hot air. This allows an in-depth heat, in a more pleasant temperature. The health benefits are increased, and the environment is much more comfortable and enjoyable.
Infrared energy is a part of the natural light spectrum of sunlight minus the skin damaging UV rays.
The oxygen ionizer cleans the air inside the sauna, giving you the freshest, cleanest possible air to breathe in while relaxing. The ionizer works by charging the air with negative ions which remove particles from the air.
You can add colour therapy, to your regular infrared sauna use to help balance the body’s energy wherever it is lacking. Chromotherapy sauna benefits include physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing.
Chromotherapy is the science of using colours to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Each colour possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is related to different physical symptoms.
What are the benefits from using an infrared sauna?
Relaxation of the mind and body is possibly the most immediate benefit from the Infrared Sauna. In addition to the stress-relieving aspects of penetrating heat, you may leave a sauna session with a heightened sense of well-being. The low temperature helps to relax tense muscles, and relieve aching joints. The enclosed environment and gentle music provide an opportunity to calm your mind, and let go of the hectic demands of every-day life.
Infrared heat penetrates tissue, joints, and muscles to relieve anything from minor aches and pains to chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. Pain management professionals incorporate infrared heat therapy into treatment plans to decrease pain and muscle spasms and to speed up recovery time.
Lower Blood Pressure
Infrared saunas induce a deep sweat to make the heart pump faster, which in turn increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and helps promote circulation.
Infrared saunas are excellent for increasing blood circulation to the skin, essential for a beautiful, youthful glow. The infrared energy causes your capillaries and vessels to dilate which stimulates blood flow and draws more oxygen and nutrients to your skin’s surface. This keeps skin moisturized and gives it a soft, pink glow.
An Infrared sauna stimulates the circulatory system helping to oxygenate the body’s cells. Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system.
Studies have shown that benefits of an infrared sauna session can burn around 400-600 calories while you relax! As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories.
Scientific research has concluded that near infrared therapy greatly enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting faster cell regeneration and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increases to repair wounds and prevent infection.
Frequently asked questions – using an infrared sauna
How do I prepare for a sauna session?
- Ideally wait until 1-2 hours after a meal
- Drink at least half a litre of water BEFORE starting your sauna
- Bring a towel with you to sit on and wipe your sweat
- Bring your swimmers to wear (personal choice)
- Bring a bottle of water to sip on during the sauna
- Remove all jewelry and as much of your clothing as possible to get the maximum effect of the infrared rays
Please note that you are detoxing even as the infrared sauna is heating up – you don’t need to have the infrared sauna at the maximum heat to get the full benefit. Remember the heat is NOT as hot as an air sauna, but the benefits are believed to be as good, if not greater.
What do I do during a sauna?
- Ideally, move around every few minutes so different parts of your body are directly exposed to the infrared panels.
- Especially keep your hands open as much as possible as many of the acupuncture and reflex points are on the palms of the hands.
- 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.
- Relax and focus on your breathing at all times. The sauna is a great place to meditate and do visualizations.
- Keep sipping your water throughout the session to remain hydrated.
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)
You can book a stand-alone infrared therapy session or integrate a session with a massage!
* We recommend reading over the list of far infrared sauna contraindications prior to booking your sauna session.
Single session Infrared Sauna is $1.00 per minute…. Choose from the following:
Relax in a low temperature cabin for 30 mins to help relieve any stress and increase your sense of wellbeing
Spend 45 mins in a medium temperature cabin to sweat out toxins and help detoxify the body. The infrared raises the core body temperature to elicit a deep, cleansing sweat.
Spend 30 mins in a hot infrared cabin for a deep penetrating heat that eases tension and pain in muscles & joints and promotes natural healing.
Rest and rejuvenate for 30 mins in a low temperature cabin and let the deep heat purify your skin.
Relax your body and mind for 30 mins in a hot temperature cabin and burn calories at the same time! A study in the Journal of American College of Cardiology showed that one 30 min session can burn between 400-600 calories.
What to bring with you
- Please bring a towel and a water bottle for use in the sauna.
- Shower facilities and extra water are provided.
We recommend reading over the list of far infrared sauna contraindications prior to booking your sauna session
Why not combine your infrared sauna session with a full body massage?
Integrated infrared sauna with massage packages:
60 Minute Massage Treatment
(15 Mins Infrared Sauna & 45 Minutes full body Massage)
Costs: $75 or $60 (concession card holders)
Add a 15, 20 or 30 minute Infrared sauna to your full body massage session for an additional cost of $1.00 per minute.
15 minute infrared sauna plus a 60 minute full body massage = $90 or $75 (concession card holders)
20 minute infrared sauna plus a 60 minute full body massage = $95 or $80 (concession card holders)
30 minute infrared sauna plus a 60 minute full body massage = $105 or $90 (concession card holders)
15 minute infrared sauna plus a 90 minute full body massage = $125 or $105 (concession card holders)
20 minute infrared sauna plus a 90 minute full body massage = $130 or $110 (concession card holders)
30 minute infrared sauna plus a 90 minute full body massage = $140 or $120 (concession card holders)