Infrared saunas can help to reduce cramp pain, but can also temporarily increase menstrual flow. Although saunas are generally taken naked sitting on a towel, you should use a pad, tampon, or menstrual cup . If you’re uncomfortable, it may be best to simply avoid sauna treatment during your period.
Sauna and other heat therapy treatments have remained popular throughout history for their ability to promote mental relaxation and physical restoration. The high temperature of a sauna causes vigorous sweating and increased heart rate, similar to the physiological response elicited by moderate exercise. In a sauna, just as when you exercise, you are forcing your body to cope better with stress (somewhat paradoxically) through stressing the body itself.
Raising your core body temperature causes perspiration, a function of the body’s natural autonomic reaction to try to cool the body down to a normal temperature. When body temperature and heart rates are elevated, the body’s natural response results in lowered blood pressure and improved circulation, increased cardiovascular function, as well as improved metabolic and immune response.
Sauna therapy is also successful at revitalizing skin cells, relieving joint stiffness, soothing muscle tension and pain, and helping to boost athletic performance and endurance. Sauna heat also promotes mental relaxation, reducing stress and inflammation while improving general well being and helping one recover mental clarity and focus.
Basically, the physical and mental relaxation response precipitated by time in the sauna helps promote overall good health.
FAR infrared saunas are heated by infrared waves (i.e. light) which produce radiant energy (i.e. heat). Infrared waves are part of the electromagnetic spectrum produced by the sun. Infrared waves are on the low end of the spectrum where the wavelengths are long and less intense. “FAR” describes where the infrared waves fall on the light spectrum.
The sun is our primary source of radiant energy and sunlight is a combination of visible and invisible light. The seven colors of the rainbow lie in the middle, while infrared and ultraviolet rays fall outside the range of our eyes. The infrared spectrum falls just below that of visible light and infrared rays act on the body like the heat from the sun, producing a gentle warming of the body, only without the harmful effects of ultraviolet. Infrared waves have the potential to penetrate 1.5 to 2 inches or more into the body allowing for deep heat and raising your core body temperature from deep inside. Most infrared heaters draw on technology developed in 1965 by Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa, a member of the Research and Development Department of Fuji Medical.
The efficacy of FAR infrared waves is very broad and the subject of recent study by NASA. Among the infrared waves, the FAR infrared rays, which have a wavelength of 8-14 microns, are especially good for the human body, as they correspond to the wavelength which the human body naturally emits.
Sauna treatment is generally not recommended during pregnancy. Please consult your doctor if you wish to experience sauna therapy while pregnant.
In a traditional sauna, air within the sauna is heated, which in turn heats you. In order to raise the temperature enough to experience therapeutic benefits from the heat, traditional saunas run at a very high temperature (usually somewhere between 80 to 100 °C (i.e. 176 to 212°F). This high heat can quickly become uncomfortable and many people have a hard time staying in the sauna long enough to experience the benefits.
Infrared saunas work differently. Instead of heating the air, infrared sauna uses radiant heat to heat the body directly. Only 20 percent of infrared energy is used to heat the air, leaving the rest of the energy to warm your body.
As a result of this direct radiant heat, the ambient temperature of an infrared sauna is much lower (between 45-60°C (113-140°F) than a traditional sauna, which makes for a more pleasant and relaxing experience. Also, because infrared heat penetrates the body, perspiration is induced more quickly, and the gentler heat of an infrared sauna allows for a longer treatment time, potentially increasing the therapeutic benefits.
Infrared is a part of nature and essential for life. The radiant heat they transmit is like that of the sun (but without the potentially harmful effects of UV). Infrared waves fall on the low end of the light spectrum where the wavelengths are long and less intense, just below those of visible light. They are “gentle” waves that give off heat.
Electromagnetic waves that are dangerous to humans, plants, and animals are those in the upper end of the spectrum, such as ultraviolet, x-rays, and microwaves. Here, the wavelength is closer or tighter and more intense. Any of these wavelengths in moderation are generally safe to humans, plants, and animals, but with prolonged exposure, cellular damage occurs. Infrared Saunas do not produce high intensity waves EMF waves, and in fact, you would receive more EMFs to your body from sleeping beside an electric alarm clock, watching television or by using your microwave then you would ever receive in our infrared saunas. Our infrared panels have been tested by the manufacturer to surpass the most stringent Swedish standards for acceptable levels of Electromagnetic Radiation and Electric Field radiation.
If you are still a little wary of far infrared sauna heat, consider that humans give off and receive heat in the infrared spectrum. When a mother touches her baby for comfort, the touch is experienced as infrared heat. Similarly, hospitals use infrared heaters in the neonatal unit to warm premature newborns. Ahh….
Because of the efficiency of far infrared heat, the ambient temperature in our saunas (generally 50°C-60°) is cooler than in traditional saunas (generally ranging between 80 to 100 °C). Lower temperatures make for a more pleasant and relaxing experience for people who can’t tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna, but rest assured, you’ll still get nice and hot and put out a good sweat!
All sauna users need to pay attention to their body and are advised to leave the sauna if the heat becomes unbearable or if they feel faint or ill. It is also very important to KEEP HYDRATED.
Cedarwood is the traditional wood used to build saunas. It is naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and contains aromatic oils that are known for their healing and cleansing properties which aid detoxification during the sauna. A small percentage of people are sensitive to aromatic woods such as cedar. Hemlock has no aroma or resin and as such is an excellent wood to produce saunas for people with wood sensitivities.
Both saunas are equipped with a private shower, allowing you to truly relax and enjoy the experience. Cold water, towels, and salt scrubs are also provided. Our main floor Hemlock sauna is also HC accessible so has enough open floor space for a good stretch.
You don’t need to do anything to prepare for sauna, although a sauna after exercise feels especially relaxing! When you arrive at the spa and sign in at reception, you will be given a pair of slippers to wear while enjoying the spa facilities. If this is your first visit, please come to Hälsa at least 15 minutes before your appointment time so we can take care of some paperwork and answer any questions you might have. Otherwise, please arrive at least 5-10 minutes before your appointment to ensure your treatment starts on time and that you begin your sauna in a relaxed state.
It is best not to wear jewelry or watches in the sauna, so please leave at home or in the suite’s changing area. Towels and amenities (natural botanically infused shampoo, conditioner, body wash and scrub) as well as cold water are provided in the treatment room.
Blowdryers, lotions and other amenities to prepare you for the outside world are available post treatment in our private vanity area. Please bring along your favorite brush or comb and any other personal items which will make you feel more at home.
Like exercise, sauna can be a fantastic tool for reducing stress and promoting well-being. However, undertaking any deliberate physical stress, whether physical exertion or heat stress, is something that requires caution. Allow yourself room to ease into the experience. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Use common sense and know your limits. Make use of the personal shower in your suite to cool off mid-treatment.
Like rigorous exercise, prolonged stay in a sauna may lead to the loss of electrolytes from the body. The risk of dehydration leading to heat stroke may be reduced by regular sipping of water or isotonic drinks. Remember, STAY HYDRATED!
As our saunas are a completely private experience, sauna treatment is generally taken naked, sitting on a towel, although you are welcome to wear a bathing suit if you prefer. It is best to leave off watches and other jewelry.
Far infrared sauna use is contraindicated for the following people:
- Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol/Alcohol Abuse/Hangover
- Insensitivity to Heat
- Adrenal suppression
- Systemic lupus
- Multiple sclerosis
- Acute injury or infection
- Hemophilia and anyone predisposed to hemorrhage
Anyone with a heart condition or other cardiovascular condition, chronic illness, alcohol or drug abuse, taking prescription or over-the counter medications, using blood thinners, or think they may be pregnant should consult their health-care advisor before infrared sauna therapy.
Consult your physician if you have surgical implants, metal pins, rods, or artificial joints.
Should any pre-existing condition worsen with use of an Infrared treatment, treatment should be discontinued and your health care provider consulted.