Our Infrared Sauna
Our sauna uses the latest Infrared technology to get the best results!
Sauna’s of various types have been used for many centuries and date back to as early as 1000BC for its health benefits.
Over time, the sauna has evolved. From dome shaped clay structures in Mexico and Guatemala, to sweat lodges in Native American culture, to Estonian sauna which used steam to the traditional Finnish saunas which involves throwing water on hot rocks to produce steam.
The latest evolution has been the invent and integration of far infrared technology to produce the modern day sauna. Far infrared technology made an appearance first by NASA in the sixties in their space program. However it was a Japanese doctor who received the first patent in 1965 for a ceramic far infrared heater to use for health benefit applications. Our sauna uses this technology as it works more effectively and efficiently.
Traditional Steam Sauna vs Infrared Sauna
A traditional sauna, uses steam to heat the body. It heats from your skin and through the layers of fascia and muscle to stimulate the process of sweating. It has a moist heat type of heat.
Infrared saunas, use specially designed heaters which deliver heat without the harmful UV rays. Meaning it heats the body like the sun without damaging the skin like the sun does. It has a dry type of heat. Its penetrates deeper through the skin, muscle layers and gets you all the benefits of a traditional steam sauna in half the time!
Because infrared saunas have a dry type of heat, it’s better for people with respiratory conditions like asthma. And because it heats the body like the sun it’s helpful in stimulating Vit D production.
So all the benefits of a traditional steam sauna, without the choking feeling and in half the time!
What Are The Health Benefits?
Sweating is a natural way to detox the body and eliminate toxins that build up due to our lifestyles. When compared to traditional steam saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about seven times more toxins
A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association found that you can burn anywhere from 400 – 600 calories in a 30 min session through the effects of sweating! (1) Using an infrared sauna increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, similar to exercise. This is a great option for athletes, bodybuilders and people who are wanting to cut weight as an adjunct to an effective exercise program.
Pain Relief from Arthritic Conditions
People with arthritic conditions can benefit from using an infrared sauna due to the increase in blood flow and helps relieve inflammation associated with degenerative arthritic conditions. Inflammatory conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis responds well as seen in a 2009 study by researchers at Saxion University of Applied Science in the Netherlands. (2)
Improved Circulation & Muscle Recovery
Heat and sweating increases heart rate, cardiac output and core body temperature and increased blood flow. This helps with increasing the bodies natural reparative process after exercise. This means you recover faster and more effectively.
Sweating helps to purify the skin by eliminating toxins from your pores. Resulting in softer, clearer and healthier looking and feeling skin.
Infrared saunas have an additional benefit of allowing you to switch off and relax. This natural relaxation process helps to control adrenaline and cortisol which is related to the bodies stress response. The heat also has a benefit in relaxing your body and reducing muscle tension.
1. Imamura M1, Biro S, Kihara T, Yoshifuku S, Takasaki K, Otsuji Y, Minagoe S, Toyama Y, Tei C. Repeated thermal therapy improves impaired vascular endothelial function in patients with coronary risk factors. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2001 Oct;38(4):1083-8.
2. Oosterveld FG1, Rasker JJ, Floors M, Landkroon R, van Rennes B, Zwijnenberg J, van de Laar MA, Koel GJ. Infrared sauna in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. A pilot study showing good tolerance, short-term improvement of pain and stiffness, and a trend towards long-term beneficial effects. Clin Rheumatol. 2009 Jan;28(1):29-34. doi: 10.1007/s10067-008-0977-y. Epub 2008 Aug 7.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe?
A study published in 2012 by doctors at Wellman Centre of Photomedicine of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, concluded that far infrared sauna considered safe, effective and widely applicable for healing many inflammatory disorders.
Vatansever F1, Hamblin MR. Far infrared radiation (FIR): its biological effects and medical applications. Photonics Lasers Med. 2012 Nov 1;4:255-266.
How long does it take?
We offer 30min, 45min and 1hr session. We suggest to anyone trying out an infrared sauna for the first time, to start with our 30min session. This gives you a feel of the heat and how your body reacts. The great thing is that you will get all the benefits above in as little as 30min. For those wanting to extend the effects we suggest a 45min session. And for seasoned pro’s looking to strip weight for bodybuilding or performance, 1hr is the way to go.
Can I use it to cut weight down before my bodybuilding competition?
Absolutely! Because you get all the cardiac effects of cardiovascular exercise through a infrared sauna, it’s a great way to maintain muscle mass while burning calories and fat.
What do I need to bring with me?
It’s best to wear bathers while in our sauna. You’ll be sweating and best be in something your comfortable in. All you need to bring are 2 towels, one to sit on and one for feet, and a water bottle.
How much does it cost?
Our pricing for our session are;