New Service – Infrared Sauna Sessions at Synergy!
November 9, 2022
Have you been looking for a boost to your wellness routine? Wondering if there is a way to further optimize your workout recovery? Want to enhance your immune system function as we head into the fall and winter? Want the benefits of detoxification while boosting your circulation and metabolism?
Book a session in our new, top-quality Sunlighten sauna to experience these benefits and more. These sessions will be in high demand so you’ll want to call our Front Desk to reserve your appointments as soon as possible!
As you can see, our sauna has multiple panels to give you maximum benefit for the time you invest in your session.
What to Expect
Our front desk team will show you to our private sauna room to orient you to our procedures and set the timer for your sauna session. The sauna will be pre-heated for your arrival; all you need to do is get changed into your bathing suit/ shorts/ sports bra, drink some water, and enter the sauna. Please arrive well-hydrated, and bring your water bottle with you.
You’ll want to leave any electronics out of the sauna, so if you want to read please bring a book or magazine with you. You will be given a remote to adjust the chromotherapy (colour light therapy) colours during your session.
The sauna will turn off at the set time, and you can then dry off and change. There is a small sink available for your use as well.
We’ll provide a clean towel to wipe sweat away while in the sauna, and a clean towel to dry off after your session.
You’ll want some loose comfortable clothing to change into after your session as you will continue to perspire as your body cools down; we recommend that you allow your body to cool down gradually and then shower to remove perspired toxins from your skin once your temperature returns to your usual baseline.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Infrared Saunas
What are your COVID-related cleaning protocols for the sauna?
There will be a UV air filter running in the room at all times, similar to the air filters we use throughout the clinic and studio. After each use, the air filter will be used directly into the sauna before another client will be allowed to enter the room or sauna.
Mask use is optional within the sauna.
You will have individual use towels to sit on in the sauna; we ask that you do not lean on the infrared panels. You’ll be given wipes to clean your feet before entering the sauna. The room will be cleaned after each use as per our regular cleaning protocols.
How long should I stay in the sauna?
If this is your first time in an infrared sauna, the recommendation is to start with 15-20 minutes and then build up to 30-45 minute sessions. Everyone is different and it is important to listen to your body, start gradually, and let your body adapt.
If you have any medical conditions, we ask that you first get clearance from your doctor before starting sauna use.
What are the Health Benefits of using the Infrared Sauna?
The most well-known benefit of infrared saunas is that they improve cardiovascular function and blood circulation. Infrared light increases the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a
natural and essential gas in the body that helps improve blood flow by preventing the blood vessels from narrowing and the blood from clotting. Infrared saunas can also reduce cholesterol levels, which has a positive impact on cardiovascular function.
Infrared saunas have also been shown to boost immune function, detoxify the body, decrease blood pressure, reduce joint pain and chronic pain, and enhance sleep.
Additionally, there are several psychological benefits of infrared saunas, including decreased stress, improved well-being and quality of life.
For athletes, there is some evidence to show that infrared saunas may enhance recovery.
What are the Differences Between an Infrared Sauna and a Traditional Sauna?
Both traditional saunas and infrared saunas are used to produce health benefits by increasing core body temperatures. It is the way in which the heat is produced that
differentiates the two. Traditional saunas use physical heaters, powered by electricity, wood, gas, or other fuel, to heat up the air inside the sauna, which then heats your
body. Infrared saunas, however, use infrared light to penetrate the skin and internally heat your body without heating the surrounding air. The infrared rays cause these saunas to be slightly cooler than traditional saunas, making for a more therapeutic and comfortable experience.
How often can I use an Infrared Sauna?
You can use an infrared sauna as often as you would like to; frequency can vary from once per week to daily. When starting infrared sauna use it is best to start with shorter sessions of 15-20 minutes until your body adapts to the infrared heat, then gradually work up to longer sessions of up to 45 minutes.
Who can use an Infrared Sauna?
Infrared saunas are generally quite safe and have very little risk. Therefore most individuals are able to enjoy the infrared sauna benefits. However, the sauna should not be used by children, women who are pregnant, or anyone with a pacemaker, acute joint injury, or fever. For those with cardiovascular conditions, insensitivity to heat, reduced ability to sweat, implants, or taking prescription medications it is best to consult a health care professional before using an infrared sauna.
Can I use an Infrared Sauna whilst on prescription medications?
It is best to speak with your doctor before using an infrared sauna if you are taking prescription drugs to discuss any potential changes in the drug’s effect when the body is exposed to heat and infrared energy. Some medications may also impair the body’s ability to sweat and tolerate heat, increasing the risk of dehydration.
Can I use an Infrared Sauna with a joint replacement?
Typically, artificial joints will reflect infrared waves and will not be heated, however, it is best to consult your doctor before using an infrared sauna if you have had a joint replacement.
What should I do to prepare for my Infrared Sauna experience?
- hydration is important, stay hydrated during the hours leading up to your sauna
- bring a bathing suit, shorts or sports bar to change into
- bring your full water bottle and continue to hydrate
- wipe your feet with the body wipes provided prior to entering the sauna
- use the towels provided to wipe away sweat during sessions
What should I do after my session?
- dry off with a towel provided
- allow your body to cool down naturally and then shower once cool
- wear loose comfortable clothing
- stay hydrated throughout the day with water or electrolytes to rehydrate your body