Haven Medical is pleased to offer far infrared (FIR) sauna therapy in our Heavenly Heat brand sauna to assist with detoxification, pain management, skin purification, improved circulation and weight loss.
Why use FIR sauna?
One of the most important jobs your body has to do is to eliminate toxins produced in every day functioning, absorbed from the environment, and produced by infective organisms when you have an infection. There are many ways the body can detoxify: by metabolizing toxins in the liver (which are then released in the bile into the GI tract and eliminated through stool), in the kidney through urine, through sweat, skin cells, hair and nails. But when the toxin load is greater than the body’s ability to detoxify, symptoms occur. FIR sauna helps to increase detoxification through sweat and skin. Showering immediately after a FIR sauna session prevents reabsorption of toxins. In addition to improving the detoxification ability of the body, FIR also promotes cellular repair through the production of heat shock proteins (HSP). HSPs are produced by cells that are heated. The nucleus of the cell responds to heat by down-regulating regular metabolic processes and inducing the production of HSPs, which work to repair the cell. The body begins to produce HSPs after 15-20 minutes of FIR exposure.
About Our Sauna:
Heavenly Heat, the brand recommended by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, uses six ceramic heaters that produce energy on the narrow far infrared end of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum. Traditional saunas heat the body by heating the air, while far infrared waves heat the body with radiant energy, warming the body on the inside as well as on the surface. Radiant heat like this is similar to the heat from the sun, without the sun’s harmful UV rays. Our bodies both emit and absorb infrared radiant energy, and with the Heavenly Heat Sauna, far infrared energy penetrates into the body approximately 1.5 inches. As a result, the sauna is effective at temperatures lower than those of traditional saunas and is more comfortable for most people. In our sauna, the therapeutic operating temperature is much cooler: 130 degrees Fahrenheit compared to 150-210 degrees Fahrenheit required by a traditional sauna.
Differences between FIR and traditional saunas:
FIR saunas help induce up to three times the sweat volume of traditional saunas and is thought to be seven times more effective at detoxifying metals such as mercury and aluminum, as well as cholesterols, nicotine, alcohol, ammonia, sulfuric acid, and other environmental toxins when compared to conventional heat or steam saunas.
Studies support the benefits of FIR saunas in the treatment of chronic issues such as hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and congestive heart failure (see below). Regular use of a FIR sauna is a powerful adjunct in detoxification of biotoxins, can enhance circulation, help heal infections, and decongest internal organs. In addition to detoxification, FIR saunas relax muscles and soothe the nervous system, offering a quiet, meditative environment to unwind and center. Treatments help to balance the autonomic nervous system, improve oxygenation, induce sweating, dilate peripheral blood vessels, improve tendon and ligament flexibility, increase overall systemic alkalinity (decreasing acidity), produce heat shock proteins, and help resolve edema and exudates.
Try our infrared sauna and discover the benefits of infrared heat therapy, including detoxification, weight loss, relaxation/stress relief, skin purification, injury rehabilitation, pain management, improved circulation, and more.
Scheduling a session:
Sessions in the FIR Sauna are generally 30 – 60 minutes long. Unless you’re experienced with FIR sauna, we recommend that you begin with a 25-30 minute session and work up to longer sessions. We recommend that you reserve your appointment by phone: 919-969-1414. Walk-ins are possible when the FIR sauna is available.
Single sessions are $30 (30 minutes or less) and $50 (30 to 60 minutes). A package of 10 one-hour sessions, good for one year from time of purchase, is $400.00. The 10-pack of sessions may be used for either FIR sauna or salt lounge sessions. FIR Sauna treatments are generally not covered by issuance and it is not necessary to have been seen as a patient at Haven Medical prior to use of the sauna (this also applies to the salt lounge treatments: see our page on Halotherapy).
About your appointment:
Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your first appointment for your sauna orientation and to sign the consent forms. For subsequent sessions, please arrive 10 minutes before your assigned time as we can only ensure that the sauna is available for the time reserved. Your session will end either 30 or 60 minutes after the reserved start time.
What to bring:
Bring shorts or a bathing suit to wear in the sauna. The FIR sauna suite has a private changing room, a private shower, and towels are provided for your use. Please remove shoes before entering sauna and cover all wood surfaces on which your skin is in contact with a towel. Given the release of toxins through the sweating process, we recommend that you shower immediately after your FIR sauna sessions.
Meals: Avoid eating for an hour or two before sauna therapy. Digestion is a circulation-intensive process. The effect of the sauna is to shunt blood away from the internal organs to the skin. This will interfere with digestion and could cause cramping. It is fine to eat 15 minutes after sauna therapy.
Staying hydrated: Drink 8-16 ounces of water, preferably spring water. Continue to drink after your session. Bring your water bottle. Sweating causes the loss of salt and drinking an electrolyte solution, sole, or drinking water and taking a pinch of sea salt before and after your session may be beneficial.
After your session: You may need to rest more during the day while on a sauna therapy program. The changes caused by the program continue after the session’s completion. You may experience fatigue, headaches, faintness, or other symptoms as toxins are released.
- Exit and immediately alert staff if you begin to feel uncomfortable, lightheaded or unusually sleepy.
- Check with your doctor before using the far infrared sauna if you are pregnant, ill, or receiving ongoing medical treatment.
- Ask staff for assistance or instruction before adjusting any settings in the sauna.
- Avoid sitting directly against the heating elements. If your skin gets uncomfortably hot, shift positions.
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2) Hanlon T. Does thermal therapy benefit patients with chronic heart failure? Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2010;85:693.
3) Beever R. Do Far-infrared saunas have cardiovascular benefits in people with type 2 diabetes? Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 2010;34:113.
4) Kuwahata S, et al. Improvement of autonomic nervous activity by Waon therapy in patients with chronic heart failure. Journal of Cardiology. 2011;57:100.
5) Oosterveld FG, et al. Infrared sauna in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Clinical Rheumatology. 2009;28:29.