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Man I love that Sauna!

November 1, 2013
November 1, 2013

sauna_lady_cream_towelYou may or may not know this, but we have an infrared sauna at the studio and I LOVE that thing. I’m pretty sure that I get the most use out of and this is a trend that will most likely continue. But don’t worry, I like to share, so I’ll make sure there’s lots of time for you to use the sauna too…I promise!

I’ve been getting a few common questions about the sauna so while I was sitting in there sweating today I decided I’d come home and answer some of those questions here for you!

1. When should I use the sauna in relation to my yoga class or massage?

If you are having a massage I highly recommend using the sauna before your appointment. It will warm up your tissues and help you to relax before you even get on the massage table, making your massage far more effective and thorough.

If you are heading to a yoga class I’d recommend using the sauna before your class in order to more deeply stretch areas of excess tension, or after your class if you’d like to save the sweatiness for when you’re heading home. Please only go for that deep stretch if you know that your targeting muscle group is actually in need of a serious stretch. The body is prone to imbalances (called upper crossed and lower crossed syndromes) where one set of muscles is overly tight and the opposing set is overly long. The overly long muscle group can feel tight as well, but it does not need to be stretched more. A common occurence of this is in the rhomboid muscles (the muscles between your shoulder blades)…they definitely feel great to be stretched, but in the majority of cases they are in dire need of strengthening…not stretching. And that’s the end of my little rant on not overstretching muscle groups that don’t need it! Remember that adding heat and stretching those groups can equal injury. If you have questions about this let me know or come in during retail hours…I’d be stoked to help you understand it more fully!!

2. How long should I stay in the sauna for?

If it’s your first time in the sauna I’d recommend 20-30 minutes at the most. It’s a good way to judge how your body will be affected by the heat of the sauna. After that, work your way up to sweating in the sauna for up to 40 minutes if it feels right for you. Any dizziness or discomfort indicates that you need to get out of the sauna.

3. What are the benefits of using the sauna?

There are many benefits of using the sauna from relaxation to detoxification. Click HERE to find more details about each of these benefits:

– Detoxification: Eliminate toxins and pollutants from your body
– Burn calories and control weight
– Relax and relieve stress
– Relieve aches and pains
– Build up your immune system
– Strength your cardiovascular system
– Improve skin quality & tone
– Enjoy the benefits of a workout without the pain

4. For what reasons should I not use the sauna?

Current medical history:

  • Pregnant or lactating
  • Dehydration
  • Recent (acute, within 48 hours) joint injury, chronically hot and swollen joints, enclosed infections (either dental, in joints or any other tissue).
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Heat illness (heat cramp/exhaustion/stroke)
  • Medication with a narrow therapeutic index, out of which is life threatening
  • Unstable hypertension
  • Severe hypotension
  • Hemophilia and/or a predisposition to hemorrhage
  • Superficial metallic implants (ie. metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implant due to the reflection of infrared rays by these articles

Currently have:

  • Diabetes
    • also use insulin subcutaneous injections
    • also have neuropathy
  • Neuropathy
  • Acute or chronic edema or lymphedema (swelling of the wrists, ankles, etc.)
  • Cholinergic urticaria, acantholytic dermatosis, malaria, severe burns/scarring/heat rash
  • Am attempting to conceive (male or female)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Take street/recreational drugs (please circle either past or present) [eg. amphetamines, heroin, cocaine]
  • Take medications which may predispose me to heat illnesses when exposed to heat [eg. sympathomimetics, anticholinergics, tricyclic antidepressants, antihistamines, phenothiazines]
  • Take medication that may reduce perspiration ability [eg. diuretics, barbiturates, ß-blockers]

Read the following carefully before starting an Infrared Sauna session.

Please remember that infrared heat is simply radiant energy in the form of a band of light that radiates heat penetrating the skin to a depth of 1½ inches or more. This radiant heat is efficient because it warms the body internally, not the air. To regulate the temperature of the infrared sauna during use, open the door for cooling.

  • For optimal results, refrain from using the sauna on a full stomach.
  • It is important to remain hydrated. For best results, drink water prior, during and after your sauna session.
  • Do not apply excess body lotion to your body prior to a sauna session.
  • Use at least 3 towels:
    • sit on one folded towel for perspiration absorption and cushioning
    • use another towel on the floor to absorb extra sweat
    • use a third towel to wipe off your body surface sweat
  • At the first sign of a cold or flu, increasing sauna sessions may be beneficial in boosting the immune system and decreasing the reproductive rate of viruses and bacteria.
  • As your body becomes more heat conditioned, you may want to have the sauna session increased to 45 minutes or longer. Please remember to hydrate your system with plenty of water during the full session.


I hope this answers some of your questions! If you have more let us know!!



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