It is best to take a sauna either in the morning or at night before bed. Regardless of when you take a sauna, it should be at least an hour or two after eating.
The recommended duration of your sauna depends on your health. Most people start with 15-20 minutes per sauna. We recommend you get a hair analysis to determine how long your body can benefit from this therapy. We suggest not spending more than 20 minutes in a NIR sauna unless you are consulting a practitioner knowledgeable in sauna use.The reason is that saunas can cause profound changes in body chemistry that are best monitored by a health practitioner.
Prior to the sauna:
- Consume 8 ounces of spring water or carbon filtered tap water.
- Try dry skin brushing to boost the effectiveness of sauna therapy by loosening toxic matter.
- Remove as much clothing as you can. We recommend taking a sauna in the nude.
- It is not necessary to pre-heat the sauna, so you can start to sauna once you turn on the lamp.
During the sauna:
- Do not look directly into the near infrared light.
- Keep your body about 18-24 inches from the lamp during the sauna.
- Rotate 90 degrees every few minutes.
- Use a towel to wipe off your sweat, and also keep a towel underneath you. Rotate every few minutes to allow all sides of the body to be exposed to the near infrared light.
Following the sauna:
- Shower with warm water to remove any toxins left on the skin.
- Drink an additional 8-16 ounces of spring water.
- Recover by sitting or lying down for about 10 minutes before continuing on with daily activities.
- Pregnant women and children under five should avoid near infrared lamp saunas. Sauna therapy is not recommended for children under five years of age. Their sweat glands are not as developed as adults.
- Do not use in or near water. The bulbs are shatter resistant, but not shatter proof. It is important to keep them away from all forms of water. Be careful when moving the portable sauna.
- Do not over-tighten the bulbs, or turn on the sauna if the bulbs are not fully and correctly screwed in. This could increase the chance of explosion.
- If the bulbs begin to appear more orange in color, or turn cloudy, they may be going bad. Turn the sauna off right away to prevent explosion, and be sure to replace the bulb(s).
- If you turn red and/or have trouble breathing, turn off the sauna. Many people do not properly sweat, and may overheat without realizing it.
- If you are very heat-sensitive, have multiple sclerosis, diabetes, a heart condition, or have used psychotropic drugs in the past, we recommend you have someone accompany you during the sauna.
- If you have a respiratory condition, and experience difficulty breathing while in the sauna, be sure to sit up comfortably and breathe slowly. You can open the door if you feel uncomfortable. As you get used to sweating, the process will become easier.
- Do not wear jewelry during the sauna. It can become too hot and cause a burn.
- Saunas and alcohol do not mix.
- Sauna therapy is very powerful, and should be approached with caution and common sense. Do not begin with a sauna that is over 20 minutes.