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How do I use an infrared sauna?

Whether you just purchased your infrared sauna or are still shopping for one, it’s good to know the best use an infrared sauna. Your health and safety are important!

Infrared therapy has been around for centuries, initially introduced in the 1800s as a “light bath”. However, the technology was still new at the time and research was still being done. In 1965, a Japanese doctor patented the first far infrared heater. By 1979, Health Mate had introduced the infrared sauna to the U.S. market.

Getting Started With Your Sauna

Today infrared saunas are very commonly enjoyed in homes and wellness centers, however, we suggest some precautions before and during use:

  • To properly acclimate, set your sauna temperatures slightly lower to begin, then gradually increase it each session until you reach your comfort level.
  • Start by spending shorter sessions inside your sauna, then increase by a few minutes each time. If you feel lightheaded or nauseous, take a break or drink some fluids.
  • Spend no more than 30-40 minutes in any one sauna session.
  • Children using the sauna require adult supervision, at least initially. Be sure they are the appropriate age, generally 8 or older, and in acceptable health, since children tend to dehydrate faster than adults.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during, or after your sauna session, since sauna use causes intense perspiration

Your sauna requires at least 10-15 minutes of warm-up time after you first turn it on. Once it’s at your desired temperature, you can enter the sauna and enjoy the soothing and healing experience. Wear comfortable clothing or a bathing suit or wrap yourself in a towel. For added comfort, we recommend a backrest or cushion.

While infrared heat can be relaxing and rejuvenating, you’ll gain many valuable benefits beyond just that, including pain reduction, increased circulation, and improved cardiac health.

Learn more details on how to use an infrared sauna from our Sauna News blog.