We’ve tried naps, baths, and herbal teas, with mixed results, but maybe all we really need to do to relax and recharge is curl up—and sweat it out. After all, even ancient cultures knew that sweat promotes the kind of whole-body detoxification that can bring on that refreshed feeling. The latest trend in that arena? The infrared sauna. We asked Mari Steinke, owner and founder of Indu Wellness, what makes her saunas different.
What is infrared, and how does an infrared sauna work?
Infrared light is a type of radiant energy within the invisible spectrum of sunlight that we experience as heat. The infrared sauna at Indu Wellness contains carbon heating panels that consist of strips of nano- carbon conductors. When the sauna is turned on, the particles inside the conductors are activated and release infrared rays.
How is infrared different from a traditional sauna?
Infrared saunas do not heat the air around you like a traditional sauna. The infrared panels warm your body directly and penetrate more deeply.
What are the benefits?
This treatment is said to promote relaxation and better sleep, clear skin, loosen muscles and joints, reduce joint pain and arthritis symptoms, increase metabolism, offer pain relief, boost the immune system, improve blood circulation, and has been shown to help with chronic fatigue symptoms.
What do we need to do to prepare for a sauna session?
We provide everything you may need for your time in the sauna, such as robes, wraps, slippers, towels, and access to a shower after your session. Some people prefer to wear a swimsuit in the sauna, which we welcome you to bring. We also suggest having a water bottle, so you can stay hydrated before and after your session.
What can we expect during an infrared session?
Expect to sweat! When you first begin, 15 to 20 minutes is a good length for your sessions. Once your body adjusts, you can lengthen your time in the sauna to 30 to 40 minutes.
How should we feel after a sauna session?
Everyone’s experience varies. Some people may feel refreshed, energetic, and focused, while others may want to go home to take a nap. Due to increased blood circulation, many people look flushed after their sessions; I find this gives me an amazing glow for the rest of the day.
Are there any risks or side effects?
As with any sauna, the dangers of infrared saunas include the risk of becoming overheated, dehydrated, or dizzy. This can be avoided by drinking enough fluids before and after the sauna session.
WHAT YOU NEED
WATER: To avoid dehydration, bring a water bottle. The spa will provide everything else.
BATHING SUIT: Wearing a bathing suit will ensure you can sweat without feeling the stress of dirty clothes.
TIME: Sauna sessions can take up to 40 minutes, so plan to take some time out of your day so you don’t rush.