We have recently introduced an infrared sauna at our Clovelly Indoors Centre.
Unlike conventional steam saunas, Far Infrared Saunas provide their benefits at lower, more comfortable temperatures; meaning longer, healthier, more enjoyable sauna sessions. Far infrared heaters are heated by metallic, ceramic or carbon elements that emit a narrow spectrum of mainly far infrared energy. Research shows that the infrared can penetrate about 3.5 – 4cm into the body and for this reason they get great results at much lower temperatures.
35 minutes initial session for $33
45 minutes standard session for $38
Call us on 9664 4400 to book your sauna experience now! Or book online here.
Benefits of Infra-red saunas:
Humans have been detoxifying using this process for tens of thousands of years. Infrared sauna therapy aids this release of toxins by resonating the bonds that hold toxins locked in the subcutaneous fat layer under the skin.
Researchers analysed the sweat from both traditional and infrared saunas. Sweat from traditional sauna users was about 97% water and 3% toxins. Infrared saunas produced sweat that was only 80 — 85% water. The remaining 15-20% was made up of heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia, uric acid and fat-soluble toxins.
One of the key benefits of detoxification through the natural sweating process, is that toxins are removed directly through the skin, bypassing the kidneys and liver. Detoxification systems that are based on treatments taken orally, rely on the toxins being taken out of suspension, into the blood stream and then filtered out through the organs. This effectively reintroduces toxins into the circulatory system before they can be removed.
Relaxation and Mood Elevation
Decreases cortisol and increases serotonin levels.
A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine looked at a group of 28 mildly depressed patients. Half of the patients were treated with an infrared sauna once a day for 4 weeks and the other half just had bed rest for 4 weeks. The sauna group showed a significant improvement compared to the control group.
Infra-red heat penetrates tissues, joints and muscles to relieve aches and pains.
Stimulates circulatory system, improving muscle recovery, decreasing pain and inflammation after intense exercise.
Improved Skin Tone and Texture
Infra-red is the most effective wavelength to heal the dermis and epidermal layers of skin, stimulating collagen production. Detoxification and circulation boosting effects will result in softer, healthier skin.
Infra-red causes your core temperature and heart rate to increase and your body to burn more calories.
You can burn up to 600 calories in one session!
Our body uses energy to produce sweat. We burn 0.586 of a calorie to produce 1 gram or milliliter of sweat. A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off up to 1000gms or more in a sauna session. 1000ml x 0.586 cal = 586 calories burned!
Preparing for your Infrared Sauna session
Your therapist will prepare the sauna for you and provide you with towels. All towels are washed after each use at 80 degrees Celsius.
Make sure you are well hydrated before your sauna session. Drink a minimum of one cup of water before your session and drink plenty of water during your session. You may bring your own water with you and filtered water will be provided also.
Wear as little as possible. Naked is best as you will sweat a lot. Bathers or undies are fine if you prefer. You will be provided with a towel to wrap around you loosely. The room is private so you can relax.
Wear/bring clothes that you don’t mind changing into at the end of your session after you towel down. Unfortunately, we do not have shower facilities on the premises.
If you have a massage prior to your treatment, be sure to wipe off any excess oil with the towel provided before you enter the sauna. We use a water dispersible oil so any remaining oil will not prevent you from sweating (we have tested it).
In the rare event that you experience pain and/or discomfort, immediately discontinue sauna use.
Sauna before or after massage?
There are benefits to both.
We suggest a Sauna after a massage to maximize the powerful detoxification effect of the massage-sauna combination as the sauna aids the body to release toxins that have accumulated in the muscles and body systems during the massage.
A sauna before a massage can be good for warming up muscles, helping them to relax and stretch prior to massage. However, we have heated tables and other techniques to achieve this end.
Precautions and Contraindications
Saunas are not recommended during pregnancy or for Young children and the elderly or weak. Those with the following conditions require extra care when using a sauna:
- Dental amalgams
- Past use of LSD or other psychotropic drugs
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Respiratory conditions
- Acute infections
- Lymph node removal
- Prostheses, silicone implants or metallic pins
- Sensory nerve damage
- Pregnancy* and breastfeeding
- Chronically ill
- Anyone taking pharmaceutical medications
If you have any questions, please refer to your health care practitioner before booking your session. The decision as to whether far infrared sauna sessions are for you is up to you and, if deemed necessary, your primary health care provider. We are not able to provide medical advice.