Infrared Sauna

Feel the heat

What is an infrared sauna?

Our infrared sauna uses a dry, constant, gentle and radiant heat to raise your core temperature. The sauna heater provides a blend of all three infrared wavelengths, Near, Mid and Far. Whether you are looking to release tension, detoxify the body, lower your blood pressure, relieve minor aches and pains related to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, stimulate collagen production, heal wounds faster and/or increase your immune system, your 30 – 45 minute session can be customized to meet your needs.

Why Try Infrared Sauna?

Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins including heavy metals like mercury and lead, and environmental chemicals. In addition to detoxification, other benefits of an infrared sauna session are: burn calories, increase circulation, purify skin, relieve unwanted pain and relaxation. You will experience a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, have decreased pain and muscle spasms, increased recovery times, as well as improved skin tone and stimulated collagen production.

Benefits

Detoxification

Sweating is good for you. It is the body’s safe and natural way to heal and stay healthy. Infrared sauna detoxification happens by heating the body directly, causing a rise in core temperature. This results in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.

Detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system and helps the body’s biochemical processes function efficiently so that we are better able to digest the nutrients in our foods. Detoxification has also been shown to be helpful with colitis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, immune deficiency states, autism, ADD and ADHD.

Pain Relief

Infrared sauna 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 sauna heat therapy into treatment plans to decrease pain and muscle spasms and to speed up recovery time.

Skin Purification

As part of a sauna skin therapy program, infrared saunas help restore skin to a youthful appearance. Our saunas are designed so that the skin on your entire body – from face to feet – will benefit from a sauna therapy session. The near infrared wavelengths are the most effective wavelengths for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Near infrared treatments stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone. Far infrared wavelengths target deeper down, removing toxins that can have a negative impact on your skin.

Blood Pressure Reduction

Clinical research shows a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Both are key factors in maintaining a healthy heart. Our infrared sauna induces a deep sweat to make the heart pump faster, which in turn increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and helps circulation. Scientific evidence shows that using an infrared sauna a couple times a week lowers blood pressure.

Relaxation

Unlike traditional saunas which operate at extremely harsh temperatures, infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Infrared sauna benefits include therapy that helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep-tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session.

Immune System Support

Spending regular time in an infrared sauna can also help boost your immune system. Infrared saunas raise core body temperature, helping to keep the immune system strong and in good working order.

Weight Loss

Our infrared saunas promote weight loss by detoxifying the body and burning calories while you relax in total comfort. Studies have shown that benefits of an infrared sauna session can burn upwards of 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.

Improved Circulation

Infrared therapy is like giving yourself a passive cardio workout – whenever you need it!

Heating the muscles with infrared rays produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. Regular infrared sauna use – especially in the mid infrared range – can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate.

A Brief History of Saunas

Before infrared technology, electrical circuits, automobiles, industrial factories and even metal, it is likely there were saunas. In 2011, archaeologists in England uncovered what they believe could be a neolithic “sweat lodge.” This supposed purification room overlooked a prominent Stone Age temple area and was nearby the River Avon (a water source for the room).

Other instances of saunas and similar styles of bathhouse appear throughout history all over the world. Many believe the ancient Mayan people used sweat therapy for some of their rituals. There are instances in China, too, where an early form of spiritual infrared heat therapy is said to have been practiced around 1,000 BC.

Infrared technology itself didn’t appear until the end of the 1800s. In its early form, it was known as a “light bath” and was designed by a man called Dr. J H Kellogg. An upgraded version of this strange new cabinet was brought to the 1893 Chicago World Fair, where an investor from Germany picked up the idea and promoted it in Europe.

Lady Gaga uses an infrarad sauna to help combat her ongoing struggle with chronic pain.

I’m ready for my sweat!

FAQs

What do I wear?

Lightweight shorts and tee shirt are ok.  Swim suits are better. Wearing nothing is fine, too.  The more skin you have exposed, the better. It is easier to wipe away sweat when there is no clothing in the way.

What do I bring?

Other than what you choose to wear inside the sauna, we will provide everything else. This includes 2-3 towels and a robe.  You will probably appreciate having: one towel to sit on or lay on; one towel to help wipe off and absorb perspiration as it accumulates on your body so that you sweat more; and one towel placed under your feet to catch any perspiration that might otherwise fall to the sauna floor.

How is an IR sauna different from a conventional steam sauna?

Infrared radiation is measured as light along the electromagnetic spectrum. It falls just below (“infra”) the red light segment. It is not visible to the human eye. Infrared light penetrates beyond the skin level and is absorbed by the cells. In contrast, visible light simply bounces off the skin. Near-infrared light is absorbed at the skin level and will cause the surface skin temperature to increase slightly. Far-infrared light (FIR) penetrates an estimated four centimeters, working energetically at the cellular level to increase metabolism and blood circulation, as well as elevating the core body temperature – all of which can promote healing of injuries and detoxification of the body..

One of the clearest advantages of FIR saunas is the sweat-to-temperature ratio. The energy emitted by FIR saunas will result in a “sweat volume” two to three times greater than a conventional steam sauna and do so at a much lower temperature. FIR saunas operate in the 110 to 130 degree Fahrenheit range while conventional steam saunas will typically reach temperatures in the 180 to 235 degree Fahrenheit range. Many individuals find these high temperatures, as well as the level of humidity, uncomfortable, perhaps even unbearable.

How hot is the sauna?

The best part about our sauna is that you control everything. It is recommended that you set your sauna temperature to 115 -135 degrees Fahrenheit (F) to begin infrared sauna warm up.  When sauna reaches 90-110 degrees F, it’s time to begin your session. However, you are in control of your entire session. Feel free to play around and find what works best for you.

How long is a sauna session?

We block out 60 minutes for your sauna session, from start to finish. We recommend you start slowly with your first infrared sauna session. After you begin to break a sweat, a 10 -20 minute session is recommended.  For the first week to two weeks, schedule your infrared sauna sessions every other day. Do not exceed 60 minutes in the sauna per session.

What can I do in the sauna?

What you do in the sauna is up to you. It is recommended that you stretch your arms, legs, neck, back area, etc. during your infrared sauna session. This will help you increase your body flexibility, range of motion, and reduce chronic stiffness and problem areas. You might also want to massage congested and “knotty” muscle areas to help alleviate soreness, pain and tightness.  Massage the area around old injuries to help bring more oxygen to the damaged area. This will assist in bringing improved healing to old injuries. You may also play music or a podcast if that helps you relax.

How much will I sweat?

You may not sweat a lot during your first 2-3 sauna sessions.  This is normal for many people, as they haven’t had a recent history of sweating, and it takes a few sessions to “retrain” the body/lymph system to do what comes naturally. Over time, you will begin to sweat more quickly and at a lower temperature setting as your body adjusts to your regular sauna routine.
Dr. J.H. Halperin, Professor of Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center.

What do I do after the sauna session?

When you finish your sauna session, it is important to relax and cool down while your body continues to perspire. If you still have time, you can remain in our private sauna room and sit quietly with a towel or robe around you for about 10 minutes, or until you cease perspiring all together. After your time is complete, you are welcome to sit in our “relax and recovery” area and enjoy some tea and cool water.

When do I shower after the sauna?

Once you have cooled down, you can take a warm shower, exfoliate your skin to thoroughly clean and remove sweat residue, old skin cells and any toxins that have risen to the surface of your skin.  Once your body is thoroughly clean, cool the shower to help cool down your body completely and close the skin pores.

What do I do after the sauna session?

When you finish your sauna session, it is important to relax and cool down while your body continues to perspire. If you still have time, you can remain in our private sauna room and sit quietly with a towel or robe around you for about 10 minutes, or until you cease perspiring all together. After your time is complete, you are welcome to sit in our “relax and recovery” area and enjoy some tea and cool water.

How will I feel after the sauna?

After your first few sessions, you may experience some temporary “flare-ups” associated with eliminating toxic substances, healing chronic infections or metabolic changes in the body.  They are an important function of all deep healing methods. These short-lived “flare-ups” are generally mild and are a positive sign that deep healing is occurring. Symptoms may include a headache, muscle pain, odors, and fatigue.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, drink water and lie down and rest until the symptoms abate.

First Timer’s Guide

What will your first sauna be like and what should you expect to happen once you arrive at Imagine Float?  This brief guide will walk you through the process so you’ll arrive prepared, anxiety-free and ready for your session.

We try to make this as seamless as possible. You will find several “BOOK NOW” buttons on our website. Click the button and you’ll be on your way to booking your time and paying in advance so that you have nothing to worry about upon arrival. If this is your first time at Imagine Float we highly recommend the “First Time Infrared Sauna-Three Pack”.

Key Tips Prior to Your Infrared Sauna Experience

  • Make sure you drink lots of water before your sauna session.
  • Do not drink alcohol before your sauna session. Having too much alcohol the day before can make you feel extra dehydrated in a sauna and is discouraged.

Arrival Time
If it is your first time to Imagine Float we ask you to arrive 15 minutes prior to your session to assure you have time to fill out our waiver and go through our brief introduction. If it’s not your first time here, just be sure to arrive on time. Any time past your scheduled appointment will tap into your session time.

Upon Arrival
Check in at our reception desk. A staff member will show you to your room, take you through the next steps, and answer any questions you have.

Embark On Your Sauna
Lightweight shorts and a tee shirt are fine to wear in the sauna. Swimsuits are better. Wearing nothing is fine, too.  The more skin you have exposed, the better. It is easier to wipe away sweat when there is no clothing in the way. 

During Your Sauna
In order to get the most benefit out of your sauna, you might want to try stretching your arms, legs, neck, back area, etc. to achieve increased body flexibility, range of motion, and reduce chronic stiffness and problem areas. Massage congested and “knotty” muscle areas to help alleviate soreness, pain and tightness.  Massage the area around old injuries to help bring more oxygen to the damaged area. This will assist in bringing improved healing to old injuries. 

After Your Sauna
When you finish your sauna session, it is important to relax and cool down while your body continues to perspire. If you still have time, you can remain in our private sauna room and sit quietly with a towel or robe around you for about 10 minutes, or until you cease perspiring all together. After changing back into your clothes, join us in our “relax and recovery” room to enjoy some tea and cool water. It’s very important that you continue to hydrate all day. You will have lost a lot of fluids. Continuing to hydrate will also help flush out additional toxins.

 

 

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