Precautions and Contraindications of a Far Infrared Sauna

Precautions and Contraindications of a Far Infrared Sauna

If you are pregnant we would prefer you did not use the infared sauna in this time.  

Use of alcohol, drugs, or some medications before or during use of the sauna may be harmful or cause drowsiness. Please consult your health care professional.

Certain Ailments: According to some authorities, it is considered inadvisable to raise the core temperature of someone with Adrenal Suppression, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Multiple Sclerosis and pregnant women.

Joint Problems: If a person has a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours or until the hot and swollen symptoms subside. Joints that are chronically hot and swollen may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind. (Vigorous heating is in cases of enclosed infections as in dental, in joints, or in any other tissues is not advisable.)

Surgical Implants: Metal pins, rods, artificial joints, or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared rays and are not heated by an infrared heat system. Nevertheless, a person should consult their surgeon before receiving such therapy. Certainly infrared therapy must be discontinued if a person experiences pain near any implants.

Silicone: Silicone does absorb infrared energy. Infrared rays may warm implants, silicone or silicone prostheses for nose or ear replacement. Since silicone melts at over 200 degrees Celsius, it should not be adversely affected by an infrared heat system.

Menstruation: Heating of the lower back area of women during their cycle increases menstrual flow. She can choose to allow herself to experience this short-term effect without worry or she may simply avoid using an infrared heat source at that time of her cycle.

Hemorrhage: Hemophiliacs and anyone predisposed to hemorrhage should avoidinfrared usage or any type of heating that would induce vasodilatation that can lead to the tendency to bleed.

Persons suffering from heart disease, low or high blood pressure, circulatory problems, or diabetes should use the sauna cautiously at first because they may be very toxic. Toxic people who have trouble sweating should use the sauna at lower temperatures and never stay in the sauna at temperatures that are not comfortable for them. Teach your body to sweat gradually.

Worsened Condition: Should any condition worsen with the use of an infrared heat system, the use of the system should be discontinued.

Infrared Protocol

~If you feel light headed, nauseous or in any way uncomfortable while using the sauna, or anytime in the following 24 hours, it can be a sign of detoxifying too quickly. Make sure you keep hydrarated with water leading up to your treatment. 

Never use the sauna over 130 degrees or for more than 30 minutes!

Recommended Health and Safety Tips

  • Wear loose-fitting gym attire. Cotton shorts and a t-shirt or a bathing suit will be suitable.
  • For optimal benefits, set your controls to maintain a sauna temperature of 110F-130F. Please remember that infrared heat is simply radiant energy in the form of a band of light that radiates heat penetrating the skin to a depth of 1.5 inches or more. This radiant heat is efficient because it warms the body internally, not the air. Setting higher temperatures may add to personal discomfort with very little therapeutic value. The sauna should never be set over 150F. To regulate the temperature in your sauna during use open the overhead vent for cooling.
  • Do not immediately shower after your session due to eliminated toxins on the body's surface. Toxins may be inhaled through water vapor mist causing nausea. If a shower is required, simply wipe your body with a cool moistened wash cloth. A hot shower before a sauna session may enhance sweat volume by heat conditioning your body.
  • For optimal results refrain from using the sauna on a full stomach.
  • It is important to remain hydrated. For best results drink water before, during, and after your sauna session. 
  • Do not apply excess body lotion to your body prior to a sauna session.
  • Use at least 2-3 towels: Sit on one folded towel for perspiration absorption and cushioning. Use another towel on the floor to absorb extra sweat. Use a third towel to wipe off your body surface sweat.
  • At the first sign of a cold or flu, increasing sauna sessions may be beneficial in boosting the immune system and decreasing the reproductive rate of viruses and bacteria.
  • To treat your ankles and feet more effectively, elevate them while in the sauna. Any area you wish to achieve a specific deep heating effect should be placed as close to the Infrared emitters as feels comfortable.
  • Please make the time to stretch after a sauna treatment for approximately 10 minutes. Since your muscles are warm, it would improve your flexibility immensely.

Many people with heavy metal, chemical or pesticide toxicity levels may find it difficult to sweat initially; for some individuals it may require five to ten sessions before measurable sweat volume is evident, but continuous water intake will enhance detoxification. Even without measurable sweat, the Far Infrared sauna is helping to eliminate toxins through urine, bowels and hair.