Infrared Sauna Therapy

Dr. Oz, Infrared Saunas & Life Extension
AS FEATURED ON THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW

Far infrared saunas are finally getting the mainstream media attention they deserve. Last month, medical expert Dr. Mehmet Oz introduced North Americans to infrared saunas on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In a special segment titled "Extreme Life Extension," Dr. Oz unveiled several technological marvels designed to enhance and extend life - one of which was a Sunlight Sauna. He and Ms. Winfrey actually sat in the sauna while he talked very specifically about the unique health benefits far infrared saunas provide.

Read more on what Dr. Oz said about infrared saunas.

Sunlight Infrared Sauna
Infrared Sauna’s offer astonishing possible therapeutic benefits and effects according to studies conducted around the world. Most people can relate to the enjoyable experience of having a sauna. However, few may realize there are actually a number of important health benefits that can be derived from regular sauna use. These include:
• Improved detoxification
• Relaxation and stress management/reduction
• Immune system support
• Cardiovascular conditioning
• Improved pain relief
• Weight control/management
• Cellulite reduction
• Skin cleansing
• Blood pressure stabilization
• Easing joint pain and stiffness
• Improving injury healing
• Improving blood circulation

Whether we like it or not, we are constantly exposed to chemical and heavy metal residues, tissue acid wastes and stress. Using the relaxing Detox Foot Spa for only a thirty-minute session will visibly remove toxins and waste products from your body – see for yourself!

Health Benefits of a Sunlight Infrared Sauna

Infrared Sauna’s offer astonishing possible therapeutic benefits and effects according to studies conducted around the world. Most people can relate to the enjoyable experience of having a sauna. However, few may realize there are actually a number of important health benefits that can be derived from regular sauna use. These include:
• Improved detoxification
• Relaxation and stress management/reduction
• Immune system support
• Cardiovascular conditioning
• Improved pain relief
• Weight control/management
• Cellulite reduction
• Skin cleansing
• Blood pressure stabilization
• Easing joint pain and stiffness
• Improving injury healing
• Improving blood circulation

Detoxification
Detox at a cellular level. Detoxify the body from heavy metals including mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminum. Sunlight Saunas heaters help to purify cells, where our body stores waste and harmful toxins.

• Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal, stay healthy, and detox
• Sweat carries toxins out of the body and pushes it through the pores
• Sweating helps the body release heat and keeps your internal core temperature as consistent as needed
• The average person has 2.6 million sweat glands. Sweat glands are distributed over the majority of the human body
• Skin is the largest organ in the body and it plays a significant part in the detox process
Detox from a Sunlight Sauna is 7 to 10 times greater than a conventional sauna because it operates more effectively at temperatures 60 to 80 degrees lower than conventional saunas.

In a conventional sauna the average person sweats out 3% toxins and 97% water. In a Sunlight Sauna, the average person sweats out 20% toxins and 80% water! Far-Infrared Technologies that Harness the Sun, Calerie Free

“ The most important breakthrough today for detox and health is to do daily far infrared saunas. Heat therapy is probably the most important avenue for detox for abundant health today

Why Detoxify?
Detox can be helpful for people suffering from diseases and conditions including:
• Allergies
• Depression
• Low Blood Sugar
• Anxiety
• Headaches
• Digestive Disorders
• Arthritis
• Heart Disease
• Mental Illness
• Asthma
• High Cholesterol
• Obesity
• Chronic Infections

Detox therapy is also useful for those suffering from immune system problems that include chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental illness/multiple chemical sensitivity and fibromyalgia.

The United States Centers for Disease Control estimate that over 80% of all illnesses have environmental and lifestyle causes.

Therefore, detox has also become a prominent treatment as people have become more aware of environmental pollution.

For example, it is estimated that one in every four Americans suffers from some level of heavy metal poisoning, including mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminum.

Toxins in the body also include chemical pollutants such as pesticides, DDT, PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) and food additives. Drugs and alcohol also have toxic effects in the body.

Source: Sweat It All Out; How stuff Works; Jane R Gand, MD & Erma J. Brown, BSN, PhN, TifDP, October 1992

Relaxation
Sunlight saunas delivers the ultimate experience in relaxation. With the most therapeutic far infrared heat found in Solocarbon heating technology, our saunas are guaranteed to help you relax in comfort with an invigoration deep tissue sweat that will have you feeling mesmerized with each sauna session! Relaxation is more important to your health than most people realize. According to New York Times best-selling author and fitness expert Jorge Cruise – and many other health professionals, the more stressed you are, the more cortisol your body will produce. Cortisol is a “fight or flight” hormone made in the adrenal glands that raises heart rate, blood pressure, and encourages the deposit of any excess calories into the midsection.

Scientific evidence shows that far infrared therapy helps the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol. While cortisol levels stay the same or rise slightly during a sauna session, they drop afterwards.

Improved Circulation
Heating of muscles with far infrared produces an increased blood flow level similar to that seen during exercise. Body temperature elevation also produces an increase in blood flow. Infrared heat assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrates, edema and exudates. The increased peripheral circulation provides the transport needed to help evacuate the edema which can help end inflammation, decrease pain and help speed healing. Heating of muscles with far infrared produces an increased blood flow level similar to that seen during exercise. Body temperature elevation also produces an increase in blood flow.

Pain Relief
Relieve back, neck and arthritis pain with far infrared sauna heat therapy. New clinical research on pain offers evidence to establish a novel class of pain “heat responsive pain” or HRP, which encompasses several common pain conditions that can be treated with the use of heat therapy. Researchers studying HRP (Heat Responsive Pain) have observed remarkable therapeutic benefits by using continuous low level heat therapy for treating lower back and upper back pain, all conditions that fall under the HRP classification. “For centuries healthcare providers have used topical heat to relieve minor aches and pains, but today we are just beginning to understand the full range of therapeutic benefits that heat offers,” said pain expert Peter Vicente, Ph.D. past president of the American Pain Society and Clinical Health Psychologist, Riverhills Healthcare, Cincinnati, OH. “Through new clinical research, we have found that heat activates complex neurological, vascular and metabolic mechanisms to mediate the transmission of pain signals and effectively provide relief for a variety of pain conditions.”

This deep heat helps blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscles and is used to treat patients suffering from many forms of arthritis. Infrared treatments also help in relief of pain associated with backache, bursitis, fibromyalgia, headache, sprains and ailments. Stiffness and soreness that comes with aging is reduced.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
A case study reported in Sweden involved a 70 year-old man who had rheumatoid arthritis secondary to acute rheumatic fever. He had reached his toxic limit of gold injections and his erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) was still 125. After using a far infrared sauna for less than five months, his ESR was down to 11. A rheumatologist worked with a 14 year-old Swedish girl who had difficulty walking downstairs due to knee pain from the age of eight. This therapist told her mother the girl would be in a wheelchair within two years if she did not begin gold corticosteroid therapy. After three far infrared sauna treatments, she began to become more agile and subsequently took up folk dancing without the aid of conventional approaches. A clinical study in Japan reported a successful solution for seven out of seven cases of rheumatoid arthritis treated with whole body far infrared sauna therapy.

Weight Loss - Burn Calories
Burn Calories in a 30 Minute Sunlight Sauna Session!

“Saunas are an important aid to weight loss and thyroid repair because as you lose weight, fat tissue releases stored toxins such as PCB’s and pesticides.”

Dr. Mark Hyman, author of NY Times best selling book “Ultrametabolism” and Sunlight Saunas customer.

Studies have shown a 30-minute far infrared sauna session can burn up to 200-600 calories! As the body works to cool itself while using a far infrared sauna, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. Blood flow during whole body hyperthermia is reported to rise from a Norman 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute.

Sunlight Saunas far infrared heat therapy raises core body temperature causing passive cardiovascular conditioning. Your body’s natural response to far infrared heat therapy is to increase circulation and sweat. Check out the results with a heart rate monitor and you will be amazed! Heart rate, metabolic rate and cardiac output increase to improve overall cardiovascular in one 30-minute session.

Lowers Blood Pressure
Be Heart Smart with a Sunlight Infrared Sauna

Sunlight Saunas Solocarbon heaters were used in a clinical study with the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2005 and were shown to lower blood pressure from a 30 minute session three times a week.

Repeated Sunlight Saunas far infrared treatment improves impaired blood vessel functions in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. This suggests a preventative role for sauna use for arteriosclerosis.

Skin Purification
Improve your skin’s appearance with regular use of a Sunlight Sauna
• Open wounds heal quicker with reduced scarring
• Help acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns and any skin lesions or cuts
• Helps to reduce wrinkles and makes skin look radiant
• Firms and improves skin tone and elasticity
• Digestive Disorders
• May help reduce cellulite trapped beneath the skin
• Scars may become less visible
• Burns and incisions may heal significantly

Infrared light is part of the sun’s invisible spectrum. One of far infrared light’s characteristics is the ability to easily penetrate human tissue. When this happens, it creates a natural resonance, which has many beneficial properties. Remember the last time you were sunbathing with sunscreen? Were you still hot? Of course you were because the sunscreen only stops the ultraviolet (UV) light from hitting your skin. The far infrared heat penetrates your skin, giving you that wonderful natural warmth.

Proven Results:

Fibromyalgia:
Dr. Alison Bested, Canada’s premier MD treating this growing epidemic of chronic pain, treats her toughest cases in a Far Infrared Sauna in her practice. Dr. Bested reports that after Far Infrared Sauna Therapy patients who otherwise did not respond to treatments will show improvement.

Asthma:
Clinical observations reported by Dr. Jozef Krop (pioneer in sauna therapy) in 1988 showed that detoxification with sauna therapy completely abated the symptoms of asthma in patients where pharmaceutical treatment failed.

Heart Disease:
Studies at the Renowned Mayo Clinic in 1995 showed that low heat infrared saunas are not only safe for heart patients but in clinical tests actually reduced the symptoms in 34 end-stage-heart patient. The reason; toxins burdening the body were released via sweat, allowing the heart to perform more easily and at peak function for each patient.

Blood Pressure:
Customers with both Low Blood Pressure and High Blood Pressure have reported an equalization of their BP readings and a reduction of symptoms associated with their conditions.

Arthritis:
The Solocarbon heat penetrates deeply into the joints, softening connective tissue and making it less brittle and tight.

Psoriasis:
Customers have reported a complete abatement of symptoms resulting from psoriasis. The sweat carries natural toxins out of the body, instead of them coming out via dead skin cells, and the problem subsides.

Cancer Prevention:
Many toxins associated with cancer such as plasticizers, Lead and other heavy metals are proven to be removed in sweat particles. Dr. Sat Dharam Kaur, author of the “Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer” recommends regular far infrared saunas as a means to avoid carcinogenic substances from building to dangerous levels in our bodies.

Weight Loss:
Studies reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association show that 30 minutes of continuous sweating in a sauna will burn 600 calories, similar to rowing or running.


The Far-Infrared Sauna Experience

Saunas are quite safe for most people if one follows simple precautions.
- Avoid drinking alcohol before sauna use.
- Avoid heavy meals two hours before a sauna session
- Drink four ounces of water before entering a sauna and eight ounces afterwards
- Remove metal jewelry before entering a sauna, as it may become hot. Glasses can be worn, however, the parts of the frame that do not touch the skin can become hot. Rings do not generally become uncomfortable.
- Pregnant women and children under five should avoid sauna use, although in Finland pregnant women regularly use hot air saunas during pregnancy with no apparent ill effects.

A far-infrared sauna should be preheated for 15-30 minutes prior to entering. After the preheat cycle, the sauna will generally be about 100-110f and will rise to about 130-150f during a 30 minute session. If the temperature becomes uncomfortable, the vent in the ceiling may be opened and/or the door may be opened slightly. The infrared rays continue even with the door open and one continues to receive the benefits of the infrared, although the sweating may decrease.

It is recommended that clothing not be worn in an infrared sauna. Use a small towel to wipe off the sweat. Sit on another towel. Have a third towel on the floor to avoid slipping. Talking or working is not recommended while in a sauna. Meditate or relax.

To enhance the effects of a sauna session, visualize absorbing the heat and energy. Deep, slow breathing and good posture are very helpful. Sound therapy, such as listening to low tones, is also excellent. Aromatherapy is also very effective during a sauna session. Do not place oils on the skin, as they might cause a burn.

Finishing Up: How long one remains inside a sauna depends on one’s condition. Body temperature should not increase more than four degrees. The pulse should not increase more than 50% of the resting pulse. Begin with 15 minutes if one is ill. If the heart begins to race, sweating stops or one feels very faint, end the session immediately. Thirty minutes is recommended and sixty minutes is a maximum time.

When finished, towel off the sweat. Drink eight ounces of water. It is recommended to sit or relax for 15 minutes.

Optionally, take a shower, warm or cool but not hot. However showers are not provided at our clinic. Avoid soap if possible as one should be very clean. Soap leaves a film and clogs the pores. Clean the body with a skin brush or loofa brush. Brush all over, even face and hair. Painful at first, it soon feels wonderful. Brushing enhances the cleansing effect of the sauna. Use shampoo and conditioner only if needed. Most contain chemicals toxic to the body. Also skip most oils, lotions and creams. These also contain chemicals that may clog the pores. These simple steps allow the body to reap the full benefits of the sauna experience.

Supervision and Safety:
Saunas are very safe for most people providing one follows the rules described above. Supervision is best if one has a chronic condition. If debilitated or very heat-sensitive, begin with less time in the sauna. The presence of an attendant or friend is also most helpful. Consult a health professional if one has any condition listed under Contraindications on our website. Those who have used LSD or other psychotropic drugs require an attendant close by, as removal of drugs from tissue storage may cause flashbacks and even full-blown LSD trips. Continued prescribed medications while taking saunas unless directed otherwise.

Use a sauna twice a week to twice a day. If one is very debilitated, begin with once a week. Work up to daily use, as one is able. When beginning, many people do not easily sweat. Instead, their bodies overheat and they tolerate less time in the sauna. In a few weeks to a few months, one acclimates to sweating and is more able to regulate one’s temperature. Sweating generally increases over a few months. Also, the more one relaxes, the more one will sweat.

Healing Reactions:
Healing reactions are temporary symptoms that may occur as toxic substances are eliminated and chronic infections heal. Symptoms may vary from mild odors, tastes or rashes to periods of fatigue, bowel changes, aches, pains or headaches.

Many people have chronic infections, often treated with antibiotics that killed most of the bacteria but did not eliminate bad tissue and all the organisms. These may flare up as they are healed due to repeated sauna use. Most healing symptoms are benign. Consult a knowledgeable practitioner if any cause concern.

Emotional healing also takes place. Memories may arise consciously or in dreams. Temporary anxiety or other emotional states may occur and usually pass quickly. Some are directly related to elimination of toxic substances. Others are associated with emotional clearing.

An Integrated Health Program:
Following a total health program enhances results. Eat natural foods, breath deeply, rest plenty and exercise a little each day. Nutritional supplements can be very helpful. Take excellent care of yourself.

Reduce one’s exposure to toxic chemicals at home and at work. Toxic products range from pesticides and insecticides to solvents, body care products, paints, cleaners, new carpeting and toxic building materials. Ventilate one’s house and where one works.

Features Unique to Far Infrared (F.I.R.) Sauna

Unlike conventional saunas which use ambient heat and only heat the air, F.I.R. saunas provide radiant heat, warming the object directly. This provides a deep penetrating heat, creating the sauna affect from within and pulling toxins from subcutaneous fat storage directly into our sweat. It can also help by eliminating excess lactic acid, often associated with muscle stiffness and pain as well as excess acidity.

Far-infrared begins emitting as soon as the sauna is turned on, while the temperature rises from 100f to 135f, generally within 30 minutes. Regardless of the cabin temperature, far infrared is still being emitted and providing a therapeutic effect.

Upon reaching 150f, the sauna starts cycling off and on, limiting the amount of far-infrared rays. Therefore, keeping the cabin temperature lower can have more benefit.

For safety reasons, most F.I.R. saunas cannot be set above 150f, as people with certain medical conditions should avoid temperatures above this. For example, anything over 160f can be a risk in pregnancy, asthma, heart problems, the elderly or those susceptible to heat stroke.

Electric or wood fired conventional saunas may reach as high as 200f, at temperatures this high, toxins can be, drawn back into the blood stream and cause unpleasant reactions.

Some people need several sessions before they begin to perspire. Deep sweating in a far-infrared sauna can be affected by a number of factors including health status, medications, recent food intake and hydration level. Once sweating begins however, a volume 2-3 times that of regular saunas can be achieved and at lower temperatures.

Our Signature Series Far-Infrared Sauna
Several important features are incorporated into our Signature Sauna experience in order to maximize the health benefits of your session:

- a ceiling vent, allowing old air out and new air in
- materials and construction free of toxins
- built from truly hypoallergenic basswood eliminating the risk of sensitivities to wood aromas
- Certified – No electro-magnetic frequency (EMF) in or around the saunas
- Solo carbon heaters create pure far-infrared, penetrating deep to the body’s cellular level and raising your core temperature causing you to sweat from deep within.

Infrared Sauna Therapy Contraindication

Our infrared saunas operate with the same efficacy in a medical facility as in your home. As with all professional equipment, you may put yourself at risk if you do not fully understand how to use the sauna. Infrared saunas creating a cure for or treating any disease is neither implied nor should be inferred.

DO NOT attempt to self treat any disease with an infrared sauna without direct supervision of a certified physician. If any of the items listed below apply to you, be certain to consult with your physician before using an infrared sauna.

In all situations, hydration is a requirement for sauna use. Drinking advanced electrolyte replacement water is also recommended before and after sauna use.

In the interest of your health and safety, if you are affected by any of the following you are required to obtain a referral letter from your primary health care practitioner.

Saunas & Medications
Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician or a pharmacist for possible changes in the drugs effect when the body is exposed to Infrared waves or elevated body temperature. Diuretics, barbiturates and beta-blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Some over the counter drugs such as antihistamines may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke.

Saunas & Children
The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increase cardiac demands and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. Consult with the child’s Pediatrician before using the sauna.

Saunas & The Elderly
The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age. This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decrease sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature.

Saunas & Cardiovascular Conditions
Individuals with cardiovascular conditions or problems (hypertension/hypo tension), congestive heart failure, impaired coronary circulation or those who are taking medications, which might affect blood pressure, should exercise extreme caution when exposed to prolonged heat. Heat stress increases cardiac output, blood flow, in an effect to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and respiratory system. This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential to increase by thirty (30) beats per minute for each degree increase in core body temperature

Saunas & Alcohol/Alcohol Abuse
Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to attempt to “Sweat Out” a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person’s judgment; therefore they may not realize it when the body has a negative reaction to high heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress.

Saunas & Chronic Condition / Diseases Associated With A Reduced Ability To Sweat or Perspire
Multiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumors and Diabetes with Neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating.

Saunas & Hemophiliacs / Individuals Prone To Bleeding
The use of Infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.

Saunas & Fever
An individual that has a fever should not use the Solo® or any other type of sauna.

Saunas & Insensitivity To Heat
An individual that has insensitivity to heat should not use the Solo® or any other type of sauna.

Saunas & Pregnancy
Pregnant women should consult a physician before using the Solo® or any other type of sauna because fetal damage can occur with a certain elevated body temperature.

Saunas & Menstruation
Heating of the low back area of women during menstrual period may temporarily increase their menstrual flow. Some women endure this process to gain the pain relief commonly associated with their cycle whereas others simply choose to avoid saunas during that time of the month.

Saunas & Joint Injury
If you have a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the hot and swollen symptoms subside. If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind. Vigorous heating is strictly contra-indicated in cases of enclosed infections be they dental, in joints or in any other tissues.

Saunas & Implants
Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system, nevertheless you should consult your surgeon prior to using an Infrared Sauna. Certainly, the usage of an Infrared Sauna must be discontinued if you experience pain near any such implants. Silicone does absorb Infrared energy. Implanted silicone or silicone prostheses for nose or ear replacement may be warmed by the Infrared waves. Since silicone melts at over 200C (392F), it should not be adversely affected by the usage of Infrared saunas. It is still advised that you check with your surgeon and possibly a representative from the implant manufacturer to be certain.

Saunas & Pacemaker / Defibrillator
The magnets used to assemble our saunas can interrupt the pacing and inhibit the output of pacemakers. Please discuss with your doctor the possible risks this may cause.

In the rare event, you experience pain and / or discomfort, immediately discontinue sauna use.

In the interest of your health and safety, if you are affected by any of the following you are required to obtain a referral letter from your primary health care practitioner before having an Infrared Sauna session.

Current Medical History:
Dehydration
Multiple Sclerosis
Pregnant or lactating
Recent (acute, within 48 hours) joint injury, chronically hot and swollen joints or any other tissue
Medication with a narrow therapeutic index, out of which is life threatening
Medication with a narrow therapeutic index, out of which is life threatening
Hemophilia and/or predisposition to hemorrhage
Heat Illness (heat cramp/exhaustion/stroke)
Unstable Hypertension
Severe Hypotension
Superficial metallic implants (ie: rods, metal pins, artificial joints)

If you Currently have:
Diabetes – use insulin subcutaneous injections
Acute or chronic edema (swelling of ankles or wrists etc)
Neuropathy
Attempting to conceive (female or male)
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Take recreational/street drugs
Take medications which may predispose you to heat illnesses.
Take medication that may reduce perspiration ability.