FAR INFRARED ?
What is FAR Infrared?
Infrared light, as radiated by the Sun, lies
between the Visible and Microwave sectors of the electromagnetic
In an infrared sauna, the infrared heater produces radiant energy,
which is the same as the heat from the sun, only without the harmful
ultraviolet rays. Most of these heaters draw on technology developed
in 1965 by Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa, a member of the Research and
Development Department of Fuji Medical. The experience of a far
infrared sauna is similar to sunbathing, which gives you the radiant
heat that is all your own. The far infrared heat penetrates your
skin, giving you that wonderful natural warmth. Unlike sunbathing,
Infrared heat therapy is completely healthy and safe. You can relax
in a far infrared sauna and it will never cause your skin to burn.
Far infrared heat is completely healthy and safe for all living
things. In fact, far infrared heat is so safe it is used in
hospitals to warm newborn infants.
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IS IT SAFE TO USE?
Infrared saunas use safe and effective radiant
heat just like the sun's soothing warmth. Radiant heat is more
efficient because it warms you, not the air around you. Your body
directly absorbs as much as 93% of the heat generated by our Carbon
Far infrared radiation (FIR) is considered harmless for human.
Infrared heaters are even
used to heat premature babies in hospitals incubators.
But some people with certain illnesses and conditions should not use
an infrared sauna or should use it with great caution.
The infrared radiant waves penetrate the body's tissues to a depth
of over one and one half inches. Its energy output is tuned to
correspond very closely to the body's own radiant energy that our
bodies generate. There are many recorded health benefits that you
can view in our Health Benefits section.
Saunas and Contraindications
Saunas and Medications
Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice
of their personal physician or a pharmacist for possible changes in
the drugs effect when the body is exposed to Far infrared waves or
elevated body temperature. Diuretics, barbiturates and beta-blockers
may impair the body's natural heat loss mechanisms. Some over the
counter drugs such as antihistamines may also cause the body to be
more prone to heat stroke.
Saunas and Children
The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults.
This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited
circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands and the
inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. Consult with the
child's Paediatrician before using the sauna.
Saunas and the Elderly
The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age.
This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat
gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural
cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature.
Saunas and Cardiovascular
Individuals with cardiovascular conditions or problems (hypertension
/ hypo tension), congestive heart failure, impaired coronary
circulation or those who are taking medications, which might affect
blood pressure, should exercise extreme caution when exposed to
prolonged heat. Heat stress increases cardiac output, blood flow, in
an effort to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment
via the skin (perspiration) and respiratory system. This takes place
primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the
potential to increase by thirty (30) beats per minute for each
degree increase in core body temperature.
Saunas and Alcohol
Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to attempt to "Sweat
Out" a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person's judgment;
therefore they may not realize it when the body has a negative
reaction to high heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which
may be further increased by heat stress.
Saunas and Chronic
Conditions / Diseases Associated With A Reduced Ability To Sweat Or
Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumours and
Diabetes with Neuropathy are conditions that are associated with
Saunas and Haemophiliacs /
Individuals Prone To Bleeding
The use of Infrared saunas should be
avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
Saunas and Fever
An individual that has a fever should not use any type of sauna.
Saunas and Insensitivity to
An individual that has insensitivity to heat should not use any type
Saunas and Pregnancy
Pregnant women should consult a physician before using any type of
sauna because foetal damage can occur with a certain elevated body
Saunas and Menstruation
Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period
may temporarily increase their menstrual flow. Some women endure
this process to gain the pain relief commonly associated with their
cycle whereas others simply choose to avoid saunas use during that
time of the month.
Saunas and Joint Injury
If you have a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated
for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the hot and swollen
symptoms subside. If you have a joint or joints that are chronically
hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating
of any kind. Vigorous heating is strictly contra-indicated in cases
of enclosed infections be they dental, in joints or in any other
Saunas and Implants
Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants
generally reflect Far infrared waves and thus are not heated by this
system, nevertheless you should consult your surgeon prior to using
an Infrared Sauna. Certainly, the usage of an Infrared Sauna must be
discontinued if you experience pain near any such implants. Silicone
does absorb Far infrared energy. Implanted silicone or silicone
prostheses for nose or ear replacement may be warmed by the Far
infrared waves. Since silicone melts at over 200°C (392°F), it
should not be adversely affected by the usage of Infrared saunas. It
is still advised that you check with your surgeon and possibly a
representative from the implant manufacturer to be certain.
Saunas and Pacemaker /
used to assemble our Luxury series saunas can interrupt the pacing
and inhibit the output of pacemakers. Please discuss with your
doctor the possible risks this may cause.
In the rare
event, you experience pain and/or discomfort, immediately
discontinue sauna use.