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FAQ

  1. Are Infrared Saunas safe to use?
  2. What’s the difference between Infrared Saunas and Traditional Saunas?
  3. Do I have to make an Appointment?
  4. How long is each Infrared Sauna session?
  5. What do I wear in the sauna?
  6. Do I have to drink water before using the Infrared Sauna?
  7. If I am taking prescription medications, can I use the Infrared Sauna?
  8. Can kids use Infrared Saunas?
  9. Can the elderly use Infrared Saunas?
  10. Can pregnant woman use an Infrared Sauna?
  11. How often does the Infrared Sauna get cleaned
  12. Does infrared heat interfere with implants (metal, silicone, etc.)?
  13. Should I be concerned with the output of electromagnetic field (EMF) from the Infrared Sauna?
  14. How does the Infrared Sauna detoxify the body?
  15. Does the Infrared Sauna strengthen the Immune System?
  16. Does the Infrared Sauna have any effect on pain?
  17. Will the Infrared Sauna help me lose weight?
  18. How does the Sauna affect my Cardiovascular System?
  19. How does the Infrared Sauna affect my skin?
  20. Who shouldn’t use the Infrared Sauna?

  1. Are Infrared Saunas safe to use?
    Yes!! Far infrared heat is a form of radiant energy. The sun is an example of the principal source of infrared radiant energy that we experience on a daily basis. All human bodies absorb, as well as emit, infrared radiant energy. Infrared Sauna heat emitters produce a specific bandwidth of radiant energy that matches the vibrational frequency of the human body. This process is also known as resonant absorption. No harmful UV rays are emitted.
  2. What’s the difference between Infrared Saunas and Traditional Saunas?
    Unlike traditional hot rock based saunas that operate at well in excess of 200°F, infrared heat has the benefit of being effective at a much more comfortable temperature of 100°-150°F. Traditional saunas focus on heating the air as opposed to the body directly. This can make the experience uncomfortably hot and make breathing difficult rather than a pleasant detoxification and relaxation environment. Since infrared heat penetrates human tissue as opposed to simply heating the surface of the skin, infrared saunas are about seven times more effective than traditional saunas at detoxifying the body. By raising the body’s core temperature, infrared saunas can typically generate a sweat composed of 20% toxins vs. only 3% toxins in a traditional sauna. This equates to reduced inflammation in joints, helping to regenerate damaged tissues, increasing your metabolism. The increased core temperature also helps the immune system by weakening and killing cancers cells, bacteria, and viruses that are all susceptible to heat.
  3. Do I have to make an Appointment?
    It does take some time to get the sauna heated up so to ensure we have it at an adequate temperature prior to your arrival, we recommend you schedule your sauna sessions rather than just dropping in. Just click the “BOOK NOW” button on this page to schedule an appointment.
  4. How long is each Infrared Sauna session?
    A typically recommended session will be about 30 to 40 minutes in duration. However, several factors will influence how long to stay in an infrared sauna with the most important factor being how your body is reacting to the sauna session. You should always listen to your body and you do not want to overdo it by staying in the sauna for too long. If you’re a newcomer to infrared saunas, you should try a lower temperature and end your first few sessions after only 15 to 25 minutes. It is recommended that you gradually increase the temperature and duration of your sessions. It is important to always pay attention to your body and ensure it’s not giving you any warning signs like feeling faint, dizziness, lightheadedness or general discomfort. If any of these warnings arise, you should end your session immediately and focus on rehydrating yourself. If you ever start to feel as though your body is giving you warning signals, pay attention to them.
  5. What do I wear in the sauna?
    The sauna is best experienced in the nude, but this is completely up to you and what you are comfortable with. Your exposed skin will sweat more freely than if it is covered. However, we will supply you with a towel that you cover yourself within the sauna or some people will wear a bathing suit. You will have complete privacy in the sauna room. We do recommend removing jewelry and glasses, but they will not be harmed if you decide to leave them on. We just ask that you please just be clean and dry when you enter the sauna.
  6. Do I have to drink water before using the Infrared Sauna?
    Staying hydrated is very important and we highly recommend being well hydrated prior to using the Infrared Sauna. As the body heat increases and the body begins to sweat, the loss of water can change the electrolyte concentration and can have harmful effects. Furthermore, as the toxins are released through the sweat, they are, to a lesser extent, released in the body and hydrating helps the body flush them out. As a result, we recommend hydrating well before, during, and after your sauna sessions.
  7. If I am taking prescription medications, can I use the Infrared Sauna?
    Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician before scheduling a sauna session. There can be changes in a drug’s effects 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. Anticholinergics such as amitriptyline may inhibit sweating and can bring on heat rash or heat stroke in more extreme situations. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke. However, because the infrared sauna maxes out at a temperature of 150°F, the concerns should be less than if you were to be using a traditional sauna.
  8. Can kids use Infrared Saunas?
    Yes. Children may use the Infrared sauna with their parent’s written consent and may require parental supervision. However, a child’s core body temperature rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. For this reason, we do recommend the sauna be set to a lower temperature and the child use the sauna for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
  9. Can the elderly use Infrared Saunas?
    Yes. However, our ability to maintain core body temperature does decrease with age primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. In order to safely reap the benefits of the infrared sauna, the body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes and be able to maintain its core body temperature. If you are elderly, we will recommend operating the sauna at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
  10. Can pregnant woman use an Infrared Sauna?
    There can be concerns and complications if a mother raises her core temperature too much while pregnant. Please consult with your physician before using infrared saunas while pregnant.
  11. How often does the Infrared Sauna get cleaned?
    The PRAHC staff cleans the sauna diligently after every session. We use high quality, antimicrobial products to treat the sauna. The sauna will be very clean and sanitary for each session.
  12. Does infrared heat interfere with implants (metal, silicone, etc.)?
    Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants typically reflect infrared waves and are not heated by the sauna. However, we do recommend you contact your physician prior to using the infrared sauna if there are any concerns.
  13. Should I be concerned with the output of electromagnetic field (EMF) from the Infrared Sauna?
    We offer the safest sauna available anywhere with Zero rated EMF far infrared carbon panel emitters. The Nano-Carbon infrared heating panels used are 97% efficient in producing the exact bandwidth of far infrared light/ heat that precisely matches the bio-frequency of the human body, which means maximum infrared energy absorption delivering more results in less time.
  14. How does the Infrared Sauna detoxify the body?
    When the infrared light penetrates the body and converts to heat, this heat can melt the fats holding the toxins and also activate detoxification mechanisms which then purge the toxins through the skin. Many of the toxins include mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, sulphuric acid, and more.
  15. Does the Infrared Sauna strengthen the Immune System?
    Spending time in an Infrared Sauna can increase the body’s temperature several degrees and can further weaken sick or diseased cells, which have a lowered resistance to heat. The heat also initiates the production of white blood cells and NK (Natural Killer) cells which seek out these weakened cells and bacteria and kill them. This results in a strengthened immune system. In similar fashion, a fever is a natural way for the body to increase its temperature to kill off these cells.
  16. Does the Infrared Sauna have any effect on pain?
    There is anecdotal evidence where people who have used the sauna say that their pain is significantly reduced or even eliminated. However, a lot of the research on this subject is focused on inflammation and arthritis. We do know that when muscle fibers are heated, inflammation is reduced and the joint and muscle pain is reduced.
  17. Will the Infrared Sauna help me lose weight?
    Research has shown that a 30-minute session in an Infrared Sauna can help a person to burn between 500-800 calories. Much of the weight that is lost directly in the sauna is water weight, which needs to be replenished with fresh water, but the calories that are burned will not be replenished with water and serve to increase a body’s metabolism. This increase in metabolism has many effects that help weight loss including increasing digestion function which efficiently converts the food you eat into energy.
  18. How does the Sauna affect my Cardiovascular System?
    There is research showing that the cardiovascular system is strengthened through repeated Infrared Sauna use. When the light penetrates the body and converts to heat, the hypothalamus responds and increases heart rate and volume. This is an effective way to train and condition the heart. The infrared light produces another effect which increases cardiovascular function. When the body increases heat, the fatty acids and cholesterols melt. Many of these fatty acids and cholesterols are hardening the arteries and keeping them from expanding and contracting as necessary for proper circulation. This hardening of the arteries causes the heart to work harder at circulating the blood and when the fatty acids and cholesterols melt, it increases the elasticity of the hardened arteries which takes much of the burden off the heart and, therefore, decreasing the chance for heart failure.
  19. How does the Infrared Sauna affect my skin?
    Research has shown, the Infrared Sauna has many salutary effects on the skin. Sebum is a waxy substance produced in the skin which can block pores and cause acne. Infrared light melts the sebum and unblocks the pores. Another effect the Infrared Sauna has is that it increases blood circulation to the skin which means that the body has the ability to deliver the necessary nutrients to the skin as well as remove the metabolic byproducts. The heat from the Infrared Sauna also has the detoxifying effect which purges the toxins from the skin as well as melts the cellulite trapped in pockets below the skin producing clean, smooth-looking skin. It also increases the healing of damaged tissues which causes scars and keloids to be reduced. You may also find some of the other effects on the skin are improvements with rashes, burns, eczema, and psoriasis.
  20. Who shouldn’t use the Infrared Sauna?
    Some conditions may be adversely affected by the use of an Infrared Sauna. please consult with your physician before use if you have any of the following conditions: Adrenal suppression, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematous), Multiple Sclerosis, Hyperthyroidism, Hemophilia, acute joint injuries, enclosed infections (dental, joints, tissue), artificial joints, metal pins, or any other implants, or during menstrual cycle. If at any point during your session in the Infrared Sauna you stop sweating, your skin becomes clammy, you feel weak, tired or nauseous, please leave the sauna immediately.

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