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Far Infrared Sauna

Suana Costs:

$1/minute

Package Costs:

6 Sessions = $150

20 Sessions = $300

Click here to read FIR vs Toxins and Disease

How does an infrared sauna work?

What is the theory behind these saunas?


  • Far infrared sauna therapy duplicates the healthy frequencies of our own cells.  The tissues are purported to selectively absorb these rays as the water in the cell reacts in a process called “resonant absorption”. 
     
  • This resonant absorption is said to occur when the frequency of the far infrared matches the frequency of the water in the cell.  This causes toxins from the cells to be put out into the blood stream and excreted in sweat, feces, and urine.
     
  • Proponents of this therapy state that our tissues which are undergoing the healing process may need a boost of infrared to ensure the fullest healing response.
     
  • Far infrared is claimed to penetrate the body’s tissues to a depth of 1.5 to 3 inches.
     
  • Due to the supposed deep penetration of infrared rays, a heating effect is observed deep in the muscular tissues and even into the internal organs.  
     
  • This “deep heating,” along with sweating, is thought to be responsible for the healing effects and the other health benefits associated with these infrared rays.

Far infrared heat waves:

The infrared heat in our sauna is just like the heat from our sun or that which our own bodies produce as they burn fuel to keep us warm. The Infrared Sauna utilizes dry environment and lower temperature (120° - 150° F.). This increases patient tolerance for longer, deeper heating of tissues; promotes profuse perspiration; and provides beneficial metabolic, circulatory, immunological and dermatological effects. Conversely, other types of sauna operate at much higher humidity and temperatures, causing discomfort, circulatory constriction, limited perspiration, reduced tolerance and only superficial physiological effect.

  • Dilate blood vessels and capillaries, providing increased flow of rich oxygenated blood to muscles and joints.
  • Reduce muscle spasms and promote healing of injured and sore muscle fibers.
  • Improves flow within the lymphatic system to reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Stimulates cellular and enzyme activity.
  • Promotes the adhesion and osmosis of water molecules across the cellular membrane

Doctors in Europe and Japan have conducted extensive research on the therapeutic uses of infrared. Far infrared treatments have shown Medical Benefits in a variety of illnesses. Far infrared waves speed removal of toxins from the body, which are often a major contributor to various health problems.

Numerous toxins are absorbed and stored in our bodies. Toxic gases like sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and substances like lead, mercury, and chlorine are encapsulated by large water molecules. When toxins are present in the body, blood circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired. The body’s immune system is inhibited, which makes it difficult for the body to fight disease.

However, when 9.4 microns of far infrared are applied, the large water molecules vibrate and breakdown the ion bond to release the encapsulated gases and toxic materials. Far infrared heat has been used in the treatment of clogged capillary vessels; this heat expands the capillaries and skin pores to expel toxins from the body.

Your body will absorb more beneficial far infrared


The patented TheraSauna® TheraMitter™ emits infrared in wavelengths of 6 to 14 microns, with the greatest output at 9.4 microns. These wavelengths are similar to those naturally emitted by the human body, so your body absorbs more beneficial far infrared in a shorter treatment time.

TheraSauna®'s far infrared radiant heat source warms the body directly and not the air. TheraSauna® operates at safer more comfortable temperatures of 110 degrees Fahrenheit to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Far infrared radiant heat penetrates deep into your body as much as 2” below the skin for deep muscle therapy. Your body will produce up to three times more perspiration with TheraSauna®. This natural process rids your body of harmful toxins.

This “Patented Control System” automatically maintains a constant output of far infrared heat at the 9.4 micron level. Other saunas turn off after reaching their set convection air temperature, losing air temperature and creating an ineffective range of infrared. The TheraSauna® Stable Heat™ System does not turn off, but powers down and sends a trickle charge of electricity to maintain the surface temperature of the TheraMitter™ heaters, thus providing a continuous and effective 9.4 micron range of far infrared to the user.

What is infrared energy?


  • The electromagnetic spectrum is divided into three segments by wavelength, which is measured in microns (1/1,000,000 of a meter).
  1. 0.76 to 1.5 microns = near infrared
  2. 1.5 to 5.6 microns = middle infrared
  3. 5.6 to 1000 microns = far infrared
  • This wavelength of light warms objects without warming the air between the source and the object (known as conversion).
     
  • This radiant heat can also be called Infrared Energy (IR).
     
  • Do not confuse this with UV radiation (sunburn) or atomic radiation (nuclear) - see the diagram above for where these types of light fall on the spectrum.
  • Infrared waves are not visible to human eyes but can be seen by special instruments that translate infrared into colors that are visible to our eyes.
     
  • The best example is the sun (80% of  the sun’s rays are infrared).
     
  • Our atmosphere allows infrared rays in the 7 to 14 micron range to safely reach the earth’s surface.
     
  • When warmed, the earth radiates infrared rays with its peak output at 10 microns. 
     
  • The human body radiates infrared energy out through the skin at 3 to50 microns, with most around 9.4 microns.

Short List of Benefits of Infrared Sauna


  • Enhances circulation in deep and superficial tissues.
  • Accelerates metabolism (at least 600 calories burned in 30 minutes).
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Enhances detoxification processes.
  • Reduces pain (promotes analgesia).
  • Promotes deep cleansing of skin pores.
  • Induces muscle relaxation.
  • Accelerates breakdown of cellulite/fat.
  • Improves skin nourishment/skin conditions.
  • Accelerates healing from wounds, injuries, and surgeries, and thus reduces scarring.
  • Reduces physiological and mental/emotional stress.
  • Warms muscles (maximizes muscle performance and minimizes exercise - related injury).
  • Enhances nutrient/oxygen supply to deep tissues.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Promotes softening and elasticity of old scars (internal or external) and keloids.

Provides an anti-cancer effect (induced by hyperthermia, enhanced immune and circulatory systems and elimination of carcinogenic toxins).

A More in Depth List of Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna


Detoxification - Removes Wastes And Toxins
Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins and wastes. Daily sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of highly toxic heavy metals (lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid, and other organic and inorganic compounds.

* Stimulates the body to release fat-soluble toxins, heavy metals, and other toxic chemicals in sweat via pores more effectively than any other form of heat therapy or exercise.

* Sweating via exercise is said not to be as effective because it works via the sympathetic nervous system which is said to inhibit toxin elimination.

* Reported to be “method of choice” for chronically ill patients as well as those that are well and wish to stay that way by reducing their “toxic burden.”  

* This is the only way to remove the noxious substances that silicon breast implants put out.

* Reports have been made that it can relieve the symptoms of drug-induced lupus.

* The list of chemicals claimed to be removed from the body includes: Mercury, lead, copper, cadmium, manganese, sodium, chloride, arsenic, nickel, benzenes, street drugs, prescription drugs, anesthetics, cholesterol, urea, nicotine, sulfuric acid


Immune System Enhancement

The infrared sauna's deep heat raises your body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. Fever is the body's natural mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, as seen in the case of infection. This enhanced immune system, combined with improved elimination of toxins and wastes via intense sweating, increases your overall health and resistance to disease.

* A typical sauna session will cause a brief 1 to 3 degree F increase in body temperature.  Fever is the body's defense against bacteria, microbes and consequent infection.  This side effect is said to trigger the production of white blood cells by the bone marrow and killer T cells by the thymus.  The overall result is claimed to be immune system enhancement as well as the killing of microorganisms.


Reduces Stress And Fatigue

Continuous strain on the autonomic nervous system leads to a high level of stress, one of the elusive causes of many chronic diseases.  Allowing the capillaries to dilate may improve circulation, thus stress levels are reduced.

Perhaps the most immediate relief our infrared sauna offers is simple relaxation as it melts away the stresses and tension of "modern" life. Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of our Infrared Sauna gives you an overall massaging effect, soothing jangled nerves and knotted muscles. You'll feel rejuvenated and renewed, restored in both body and mind.


Weight Control

* Although weight loss from perspiration is quickly regained, sending more blood to the capillaries and converting fats results in as much as 600 calories during one session.  If heavy metals are reduced, this will correct metabolic imbalances that were causing poor digestion and weight gain.  Also, toxins stored in fat are decreased making it easier for weight loss.  

* Some proponents claim that a 15 minute sauna session is as effective for weight loss as rowing or jogging for 30 minutes.

* The improved blood flow to organs and endocrine glands speeds up their metabolic process, increasing caloric burn.

* Because fat becomes water soluble at 110 degrees F, subcutaneous fat can be released along with the sweat and toxins.


Cardiovascular Conditioning - Increases Blood Circulation And Strengthens The Cardiovascular System

As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder pumping blood at a greater rate to boost circulation, providing the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops, thus boosting overall cardiovascular fitness.

* The body responds to the deep heating effect via a hypothalamic-induced increase in both heart volume and rate.

* This beneficial heart stress leads to a sought after cardiovascular training and conditioning effect, including lowering blood pressure.

* The human body will naturally try and cool itself as temperature increases.  It does this by diverting blood from internal organs to the extremities and skin by vasodilatation.  This increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate.

* Claims are made that it can take the place of exercise for patients undergoing cardiac rehab, with arthritis, allergies, skin conditions, and other painful conditions.

* Claims to sweat the equivalent of running 2-6 miles.


* Burns Calories, Controls Weight And Reduces Cellulite


As you relax in the gentle heat, your body is actually hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, and burning calories. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, in a single sauna session you may burn as many calories as you would rowing or jogging for 30 minutes. Saunas have been traditionally used by European beauticians to help eliminate cellulite. Since the radiant heat of the Infrared Sauna warms three times as deeply as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at reducing cellulite.

Cellulite is a gel-like substance made up of fat, water and wastes, which are trapped in pockets below the skin.  Profuse sweating is purported to clear this form of unwanted debris.

* Claims to be effective in cellulite removal when used in conjunction with a program that includes diet and massage.   


Pain Relief and Control

* Claims to eliminate or reduce the pain of arthritis, muscle spasms, shoulder pain, neck and back pain, sprains of any area, and reduce scar tissue and adhesions. Will rapidly increase the healing process in any non-acute injury.


Relieves Pain And Joint Stiffness

The deep heat of our infrared sauna helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. In Europe, radiant heat therapy is widely used to treat patients suffering form many forms of arthritis. It has been proven effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other musculoskeletal ailments. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles so they recover faster. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm, promoting greater flexibility and range of motion. Much of the stiffness, aches and soreness that come with aging is reduced or eliminated.


Skin Cleansing and Rejuvenation - Improves Skin

The profuse sweating achieved in the infrared sauna carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Increased circulation draws your skin's own natural nutrients to the surface. You will see improved tone, elasticity, texture, and fresh color. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions, and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.

* The sauna can open clogged pores allowing for removal of dirt, oil, and makeup.  In addition, there are improvements in skin problems such as acne, rashes, burns, eczema and psoriasis.  Scars, even keloids, may be gradually softened.


Increased secretions of:
  ACTH
            GH
            Endorphins

            LH/FSH
Prolactin
Renin-Angiotensin, Aldosterone


Musculoskeletal

* Claim to have seen improvements in:

Arthritis (gouty, rheumatoid and DJD)

Shoulder pain

Bursitis

Post-exercise muscle pain

Muscle tension

Healing of sprains and strains more quickly

Spinal cord shock

Adhesions

Low back pain

Muscle spasms


Cancer Therapy

* Some supporters of sauna therapy state that “hyperthermia is a well-researched therapy for cancer.”  They state that the high temperatures can “select” for abnormal cells and that tumors are unable to handle the high heat.


Probable Benefits of Sauna

The following information is supported by randomized, controlled trials in peer-reviewed, medically respected journals. 


Improvement in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure

· In the Journal of Cardiac Failure, researchers reported statistical improvements in blood pressure, strength of heart (ejection fraction on echocardiogram), and exercise tolerance while reducing number of hospital admissions for this condition in patients treated with sauna.  Sauna may be an effective adjunctive treatment in this patients with this condition.

Miyamoto, H. et al. Safety and efficacy in repeated sauna bathing in patients with chronic systolic heart failure: a preliminary report. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2005; 11(6): 432-6.

These claims also supported by Michalsen A, et al. Thermal hydrotherapy improves quality of life and hemodynamicfunction in patients with chronic heart failure.  American Heart Journal. 2003; 146(4): 728-33

· A study in Circulation Journal studied 30 patients with congestive heart failure and preventricular contractions (PVCs), delegating half to 60 degree C sauna treatment for 15 minutes followed by bedrest and the other half to 45 minutes of bed rest once a day for two weeks.  The researchers found statistical difference in the number of PVCs as well as a statistical improvement in the subjective functional status of the patients.  More research is needed for long-term benefits.

Kihara, Takashi, et al.  Effects of repeated saune treatment on ventricular arrhythmias in patients with chronic heart failure.Circulation Journal. 2004, 68: 1146-1151.


Possible Improvement in Risk for Heart Disease

· A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggested that repeated use of a sauna improves the function of the impaired vascular endothelial cells in patients who are at risk for coronary artery disease.  The mechanism of this is not fully understood and more research needs to be done in order to assess the role of sauna in prevention of heart disease.

Imamura, M, et al. Repeated thermal therapy improves impaired vascular endothelial function in patients with coronary risk factors.  Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2001, 38 (4): 1983-88.


Improvement in Patients with Mild Depression

· A study out of Psychosomatic Medicine looked at a group of 28 mildly depressed patients with appetite loss and subjective symptoms and treated half of the patients with sauna once a day for 4 weeks and half with just bed rest for 4 weeks.  They showed a significant improvement in somatic complaints, hunger and relaxation scores in the group treated with sauna compared to the control group.  In addition, the plasmaghrelin and daily caloric intake improved in the sauna group significantly more than controls.  More research is needed on long-term effects.

Masuda A, et al. Repeated thermal therapy diminishes appetite loss and subjective complaints in mildly depressed patients. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2005 67 (4): 643-47.


Improvements in Patients with Chronic Pain

· A study in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics tested 46 patients with chronic pain using a variety of treatment modalities with and without far-infrared sauna.  They found a decrease in pain score, pain behavior, self-rating depression and anger score in both groups of patients, but a more significant drop was noted in the sauna group.  Two years after treatment, more of the patients in the sauna group had returned to work than those without sauna treatment.  This may be a very promising method for the treatment of chronic pain.

Masuda, A, et al. The effects of repeated thermal therapy for patients with chronic pain.  Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.  2005; 74 (5): 288-94.

Research Support for Health Benefits of Infrared Sauna


In general, the following factors must be considered when exploring the "benefits" of Far Infrared therapy:  

  • The effects of the infrared modalities are primarily superficial and directly affect the cutaneous (skin) blood vessels and nerve receptors.
  • Penetration of energy into a medium is dependent on the intensity of the source of IR, the angle at which the ray hits the surface and the coefficient of absorption of the material.
  • Skin is a complex material and its reflective and absorptive characteristics are not uniform, especially between individuals.

Metabolic Changes

  • An increase in temperature will result in an increase in the metabolic activities in the superficial tissues only due to the direct effect of heat on chemical processes.
     
  • Metabolic rate increases approximately 13% for each 1 degree C increase in temperature. 

Circulatory Effects

  • There is an increase in circulation due to vasodilatation of the skin vessels.  This may be mediated through the direct effect of heat on the vessels themselves or via their vasomotor nerve supply.
     
  • Body core temperature or blood pressure do NOT rise significantly.
  • Most research shows the effect of IR to be local.  There is an increase in circulation superficially but does not extend far in terms of depth.
  • Cutaneous vasodilatation, increased skin blood flow and heart rate, and profuse sweating are the most effective mechanisms whereby the body can combat the thermal stress of the sauna.  Peripheral vascular resistance decreases by 40% and cardiac output increases by 70% (in proportion to heart rate).  Mean arterial pressure decreases moderately in response to heat.  The change in systolic blood pressure is small.  The intense vascular dilation in the skin and the drop in peripheral resistance explain the finding that the load on the heart and the oxygen demand are lower than physical or emotional stress with the same heart rate. 

Weight Loss

  • Reports say although weight may drop by as much as four pounds during a long session, you are primarily losing fluids and not burning fat.  This weight will return as soon as you drink fluids.
  • However, to produce one gram of sweat requires 0.568Kcal.  Thus, reports state a conditioned person can easily lose 500 grams of sweat in a sauna, consuming nearly 300Kcal (equivalent to a 2-3 mile run).  While the weight of the water will be regained easily by drinking, the calories will not. 

Arthritis

  • The heat itself may help control pain and increase joint mobility.  However, sauna use alone does not modify the natural process of the disease.
     
  • The joints are more supple through altered properties of joints and tendons, which may help temporarily improve motion.

Fighting the Common Cold

  • The heat from a sauna may temporarily alleviate the symptoms of colds, but they do not shorten the duration of infection.

Elderly

  • It is generally safe for the elderly to use a sauna but they should consult with a physician before doing so.

Collagen

  • Studies do show that heat does alter the behavior of collagen and therefore may be used prior to applying passive stretch or active exercise in order to facilitate the lengthening of scars or contractures.
     
  • Heat increases the elasticity and decreases the viscosity of connective tissue.

Joint Stiffness

  • Studies show there was a 20% decrease in stiffness at 45 degrees C as compared to 33degrees C in rheumatoid finger joints.

Muscle Spasms

  • Muscle spasms are known to be reduced by heat, be they secondary to underlying skeletal, joint or neuro-pathological conditions.
     
  • Newer studies show cold may be better in reducing muscle spasms.
     
  • Information about the physiological basis for the clinical observation that heat relieves muscle spasm is limited.
     
  • Possible reduction in muscle spindle firing or inhibition of the golgi tendon organ

Neurological/Pain Relief

  • There has been documented pain relief with the application of heat.  There are two theories associated with this:
  1. Vasodilatation brings cells and chemicals to the area to assist healing and remove breakdown products of injury.
  2. The pain gate control theory might indicate that the transmission of thermal sensations may take precedence over nocieceptive impulses( pain).
  • Studies do show that when IR was applied to a region of the body,  there was an analgesic effect distal to that point.
  • Some researchers are now saying there may be an increase in endorphins.
  • Local superficial heating is recommended in subacute conditions for reducing pain and inflammation through analgesic effects.
  • Superficial heating produces lower tissue temperatures at the site of injury relative to the higher temperatures in the superficial tissues, resulting in analgesia.

Endocrine System

  • The endocrine system does respond to thermal changes, mainly through activation of the sympathetic nervous system and activation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.

Respiratory

  • Studies show no enhancement of tracheobronchial clearance and physiologic changes return to normal soon after exiting the sauna.

Wound Healing

  • Research does show that there is a positive effect on wound healing.  Thus this product can play a role in treatment of skin ulcers and delayed postoperative wounds. 

Far Infrared Saunas Over Conventional Saunas Are:


· Far infrared saunas operate at temperatures of 100 degrees F to 130 degrees F.  Conventional saunas operate at temperatures of 180 degrees F to 220 degrees F, temperatures are not as well tolerated.

· Far infrared is claimed to heat tissue three times as much as conventional saunas.

· Far infrared's resonant absorption causes more toxins expelled through the kidney, liver, and hair.

· Far infrared saunas are safer as there are no hot surfaces or high temperatures.

· Far infrared saunas are portable and easy to assemble.

· Far infrared saunas' lower temperatures do not dry out the mucous membranes like conventional saunas.

· Infrared energy requires 90% less electrical energy (thus a lower electrical bill).

· Less than 20% of the infrared energy heats the air, leaving 80% available to be directly converted to heat within the body.

· Warms the user to a much greater depth (up to three inches) and more efficiently than the conventional sauna.

· Induces 2-3 times the sweat volume as conventional saunas, increasing many of the health benefits, including detoxification, cardiovascular conditioning, and calorie burning.

· The lower heat ranges may be safer for those with cardiovascular risks.

· The air is more pleasant and easier to breathe, making the sauna more comfortable to use.  Many models pump in fresh air.

· Warm up only takes 5-10 minutes compared to 30-90 minutes for conventional saunas.

· Uses no water, thus no plumbing costs, bacterial growth, or cleanup.

The Halling Wellness Center TheraSauna® is made with non-toxic and non-allergenic Aspen Hardwood

Infrared energy heats objects (like your body and the inside wood of the sauna) directly and penetrates up to 2 inches below the surface. Cedar and redwood contain a natural insecticide within the wood called turpines. When these naturally occurring oils within the wood are heated, they gas off a substance called cedrine. Cedrine attacks the central nervous system of insects and kills them. It can also cause vomiting and convulsions in humans. TheraSauna® is made of Aspen, which is a clear wood grown at elevations where the trees do not produce an insecticide. Aspen is 99% non-toxic and non-allergenic.

Health concerns related to different types of woods used for saunas

  • Aspen â€" No health effects.
  • Cedar â€" Asthma, allergic contact dermatitis sensitizer, decrease in lung function, eye irritation, conjunctivitis, rhinitis, convulsions, vomiting and effects on the central nervous system.
  • Hemlock â€" Skin irritation, decreased lung function, rhinitis.
  • Basswood â€" Skin irritation.
  • Birch â€" Irritant dermatitis.
  • Spruce â€" Skin irritation, wood pulp workers disease.
  • Oak â€" Nasal Cancer.
  • Pine â€" Skin Irritation.
  • Poplar â€" Contact dermatitis, rhinitis.

How do I use the sauna? 

What is sauna etiquette?

  • Always consult with your personal physician before using any sauna.
  • Drink around12 ounces of water for every 15 minutes you are in the sauna (drink lots of fluid!).
  • Start with 20 minutes per day and gradually increase.  After a few weeks, may increase to 30-40 minutes up to twice per day.  If you suffer from serious medical problems, start with 15 minutes.
  • The number of sessions and amount of time spent in the sauna should be discussed with your physician.  This should be individualized.
  • Use twice per week up to twice per day.
  • The best time for sauna is first thing in the morning or last thing before bed.
  • Showering prior to using the sauna can increase the amount you sweat.
  • Bathing attire is suggested but shorts and a t-shirt are fine.
  • Relax!  Time spent in a sauna should be enjoyable - forget all your worries.
  • You can sit, lay, stand or meditate, whatever is comfortable for you.
  • It is claimed that the closer you are to the infrared coils, the better the penetration of the IR energy.  This is not proven, the benefits of this product are only theory.
  • Rest for at least 10 minutes after the sauna session with a shower or relaxation techniques.
  • At any point during your sauna if you do not feel well, leave immediately, especially if you feel weak, lightheaded, dizzy, or nauseous.  If symptoms do not resolve, seek medical attention!
  • You may experience “healing reactions,” which are temporary symptoms that occur as toxic substances leave the body â€" these may be odors, rashes, tastes, fatigue, headaches, or gastrointestinal changes.  This may be normal, but if symptoms are severe, medical attention should be sought.

Sauna Precautions

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SELF-TREAT ANY DISEASE WITH SAUNA THERAPY WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING A PHYSICIAN.

IF YOU HAVE ANY DISEASE OR TAKE ANY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, CONSULT WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN BEFORE USING SAUNA.

Do not use sauna if you have a history of:

1. Adrenal suppression (body does not respond to heat)

2. SLE (systemic lupus erythematous)

3. Multiple sclerosis

4. Hyperthyroidism           

5. Hemophilia

Do not use in these circumstances:

· If you are pregnant or are nursing.

· In children under age 5.

· If you have acute joint injuries.

· If you have enclosed infections (dental, joints, tissue).

· With artificial joints, metal pins, or any other implants.

· With Silicone implants (may melt at higher temperatures).

·  During menstrual cycle, as it may increase menstrual flow.

· If you suffer from hemophilia or have other predispositions to bleeding.

· If you take a prescription drug, check with a physician or pharmacist for any possible change in drug’s effect due to interaction with infrared energy.

· If you are heat intolerant and do not sweat even with vigorous exercise.

If your skin becomes clammy, you feel weak, tired, or nauseous, STOP USE immediately! These could be signs of heat exhaustion.

If you stop sweating, GET OUT immediately!  This may be the initial stage of heat stroke

History of the Sauna

  • Palm healing, a type of healing in which one person lies their palm on the “patient,” has a 3000 year old tradition in China.  This technique is based on the healing properties of the natural infrared rays that we as humans give off. 
     
  • Sauna use was popularized by the Finns.  It seems that the saunas were originally used for bathing, as well as childbirth and some ceremonies.  The tradition came with the Finns when they migrated from an area northwest of present day Tibet, between 5000 and 3000 BC, to their present location in Finland.  During travel, the sauna probably resembled the sweat lodges of the American Indians â€" holes dug in the ground covered with a cloth.  The first recorded wooden saunas date to sometime between the 5th and 8th centuries.  Today, there is one sauna for every two to three Finns and sauna design is a revered art.
     
  • Numerous saunas appear along the Mediterranean and the world’s first bathtub appears in the palace of King Minos of Crete in 1700 BC.
  • Native American sweat lodges have been used for thousands of years in North and South America and were documented with the European invasion of the Western Hemisphere.
  • Whole body infrared therapy has been used for greater than 80 years by German physicians in an independently developed form.
     
  • Dr. Tadashi Ishikowa of Japan received a patent on the zirconiaceramic infrared heaters in 1965.  These were mostly used exclusively by medical practitioners in Japan until they were released for public use in 1979.
  • The infrared idea has been further refined and sold in the United States since 1981.
     

Chinese researchers consider the band from 2 to 25 microns as the most therapeutic.

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