Health Benefits Of Using A Sauna
Weight Loss and Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
Sweating away those calories, slimming that waist line and helping with weight loss has never been easier than relaxing in a sauna! Not only will you be increasing your metabolism but you will also be detoxifying your body of toxic chemicals and substances such as lead, zinc, sodium fluoride, arsenic, cadmium, nickel and mercury that have been absorbed, inhaled or ingested into your body. While you are relaxing in a sauna, the heat generated is being absorbed deep into the body. There is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate while using a sauna. Because our body expends energy to produce sweat (1g sweat requires 0.586 kcal), this means that your body can safely burn up to 300 to 500 calories in just one 30 minute session; with sweat loss equivalent to running 10-15km. As an added benefit, your basal metabolic rate rises meaning you will burn calories at an elevated rate for hours after your session has finished. This can translate to a benefit of up to 800 calories from a single session. With all that said, engaging in 30 minutes of exercise at least 3-5 times per week and eating a well-balanced diet is still part of a healthy lifestyle and should not be solely replaced by using a sauna for weight loss.
Another point to be stressed is that many people who are not physically active, nor do they eat the most healthy diet, will need more time to sweat in the sauna. Our ability to sweat actually measures our level of health. An individual with an optimal healthy body will start sweating significantly after 5 minutes inside of sauna. That is because the pores are unclogged, body's systems are clear, metabolism kicks in quicker and therefore it reacts to the heat almost instantaneously. That being said, if you find yourself struggling to sweat and takes you longer time, increase a consumption of a detoxifying foods such as green leaves (kale, spinach…the darker the better), celery and so called “trinity roots" (garlic, onion, ginger). These vegetables are detoxifying and cleansing, as well as nourishing. Your water intake should also increase to minimal of 1/3 of your entire body weight. A person who weighs 130 lbs should drink 43 oz of water per day. Please note: this is a normal water intake for a healthy person. When you use infrared sauna you should consider increasing to a higher amount of water to compensate for the loss of fluids during a sauna session. Spring water or distilled water are recommended. Tap water (since it contains high amounts of heavy metals such as sodium fluoride, chloride, etc.) should NEVER be consumed!
If you combine these remedies with infrared sauna heat, you will see how quickly your body starts to respond with an increased sweating and faster toxic/fat elimination. (Note: Always discuss with your physician before starting any change in your diet regiment and/or use of infrared sauna.)
At 42 degrees Celsius, body fat becomes water soluble and the body can sweat out fats, toxins, and heavy metals such as lead, zinc, nickel, sodium fluoride, cadmium, mercury, etc.
It can also lead to weight loss through:
- Effectively reducing heavy metals which have been directly related to metabolic imbalances in the body causing poor digestion and weight gain.
- It decreases fat stored (lipophilic) toxins. Often weight loss cannot be accomplished unless these toxins are first removed.
Heart Health and Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
Far infrared sauna therapy has been used successfully to support and treat cardiovascular diseases and has been studied in many leading medical journals. In a 2009 study from the Journal of Cardiology, researchers studied how far infrared sauna treatments could help patients with arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Over thirty patients who had been monitored with 24-hour Holter monitors were randomized into groups. Those who received two weeks of daily 15-minute treatments with far infrared sauna therapy, had a substantial decrease in abnormal heart rates over a monitored 24-hour period.
In a 2001 study from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, far infrared sauna therapy was studied to evaluate if it improved endothelial (the thin layer of cells that line the interior surface of blood vessels) function in patients with coronary risk factors such as elevated cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and in smokers. 25 men with these risk factors had a substantial improvement in vasodilation (widening of the blood vessels), reducing turbulence in the blood vessels and allowing blood to be pumped farther. This study showed that far infrared therapy can be beneficial for patients who have an increased risk for atherosclerosis. Since Asian cultures have traditionally used far infrared therapies for over a century, many of the most recent and promising studies have been coming from the medical schools and journals in Japan and China. In a 2005 article from the 'Journal of Cardiac Failure', Japanese researchers studied the use of far infrared sauna therapy with patients who had systolic congestive heart failure. The study included 15 hospitalized patients who used a far infrared sauna daily for four weeks. Thirteen of the fifteen patients had a reduced blood pressure and an increased exercise tolerance after only 4 weeks of therapy. There are numerous studies that have been published that show that using far infrared sauna therapy can be a successful and supportive therapy for patients who are currently faced with cardiovascular disease. From a preventative point of view, using far infrared sauna therapy can be a pro-active, safe and enjoyable way to decrease risk factors for stroke, heart attack and atherosclerosis. For those people who are undergoing care for cardiovascular conditions, far infrared sauna has been clinically shown to improve outcomes and quality of life.
Skin Conditions and Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
The largest organ of our body: SKIN
Think of it as a first-line of defense. Our skin comes first in contact with, cold, heat, chemicals. It absorbs first hand all that is exposed to through its pores. Adult human carries almost 8 lbs of skin; that is a heavy and large amount of organ that is fully and completely exposed to its environment. And let's face it…our environment is TOXIC. We can see it manifested in many skin diseases that are currently troubling majority of our population (i.e. eczema, psoriasis, rash, acne, etc.). Taking care of your skin should be #1 priority. Skin protects us, keeps us warm or cool, and assists our toxin-eliminating process. However, oftentimes we do not pay attention what we put on our skin, and so it suffers and makes us more sensitive to free radicals and decreases our ability to be immune to skin illnesses, and it may even decrease our ability to sweat. And yes, ladies… Sweating is very important for a beautiful radiant skin! But can we reverse our negligence and turn it into an opportunity to heal and to learn about ourselves more than we have known until now? The answer is – ABSOLUTELY!
Our deeply penetrating infrared heat helps to encourage the growth, development and maintenance of the body's circulatory and integumentary system; (skin, nails, hair). This increased level of blood circulation nourishes the skin by bringing oxygenated blood and nutrients to the surface as well as carrying away waste products. Together with infrared heat's super cleansing effect, users have seen a noticeable improvement in skin texture, complexion and tone. Many report that their skin feels more pliable, youthful and healthy overall. A regular use of far infrared saunas, has been reported to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, and help reduce scarring. It also helps reduce cellulitis! It has also been postulated that these improvements in skin conditions from using the infrared sauna may also be due to the connection between the inflammatory response and toxins. Dr. Mark Hyman MD, one of the foremost health experts states: “Simply put, autoimmune diseases are conditions where the body's immune system attacks its own tissues rather than a foreign molecule like bacteria. This happens when something confuses the immune system. Increasingly, that “something" appears to be the enormous load of environmental toxins to which we are all exposed." This could be the reason that people have been finding relief from these many disorders using infrared saunas. When the body is freed of toxins, it is able to return a more normal state of health and quits attacking itself. It could be that simple. Beauty specialists in Europe and North America regularly incorporate daily infrared sauna sessions in programs specifically designed to reduce cellulite and improve skin health. The radiant infrared heat of the far infrared saunas warms three times as deeply as conventional saunas and aids in the break down and release of stored fat and toxins through the skin. It has been shown to be effective at reducing cellulite and promoting smoother, healthier skin.
THROW AWAY YOUR FEARS OF SWEATING AND START YOUR REGIMENT TODAY! YOUR SKIN WILL THANK YOU!
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND FAR INFRARED SAUNA THERAPY
Far infrared sauna therapy works in many ways to help strengthen the immune system. The gentle heat from the far infrared sauna raises the internal body temperature which mimics the state of fever. This “fever" stimulates the body's immune system to produce white blood cells like neutrophils, lymphocytes, macrophages, eosinophils and basophils; our body's defensive army. This is a similar process that occurs when you take an antibiotic, but the infrared sauna boosts the immune system naturally without the dangers associated with antibiotic usage. At the same time, the far infrared sauna stimulates detoxification of the body. Detoxification can be defined as "the process of reducing the build-up of various poisonous substances in the body". Because the far infrared sauna wavelength penetrates the entire surface of the body up to two inches, a thorough cleansing takes place. The far infrared heat opens the pores which then allows the toxins to be flushed out with perspiration. Every system in our body performs better when it is free of toxins including the digestive, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune systems. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that over 80% of all illnesses have environmental and lifestyle associated causes. We are now living in a culture of stress that is literally killing us.
An infrared sauna is an easy way to reduce stress on a daily basis and allows the immune system to function better. Stress can cause chemical and hormonal imbalances to occur, wreaking havoc on our body and exacting a heavy toll over time. Our adrenal glands which sit on top of our kidneys, are essential in production of three important hormones: Cortisol, Aldosterone and Adrenaline. Cortisol supports carbohydrate metabolism; Aldosterone assists kidneys with sodium and water retention. Adrenal Glands also produce hormones responsible for muscle growth and they also produce Adrenaline which kicks in our “fight-or-flight" response in very stressful situations. If put in stress, adrenals are overworked and leave us feeling depleted of vital life force energy. And eventually, we become “burned out". When our adrenal and immune systems are worn down we become more susceptible to cold, flu, infections and other dis-eases. The soothing heat that surrounds you in the far infrared sauna allows a deep relaxed state while stress levels decrease. You can literally reset the ratio of stress/relaxation in your life. The blood vessels open; (vasodilation), the heart rate increases; (passive cardio), muscles relax, pain is reduced as endorphins are released. Regular far infrared sauna therapy promotes a normalizing of the body's hormones through this effect on the autonomic nervous system.
TIP - SAUNA EXERCISE FOR QUICK STRESS RELEASE: To increase a blood flow and to help adrenals and kidneys to become more open and receptive, try torso twists: Stand up in your sauna (you may also remain sitting) and set your hands comfortably at your waist. Then turn to left on inhale, then turn to right on exhale. AN INHALE begins as soon as you start turning to your left and finishes as soon as you complete the left turn. AN EXHALE begins as soon as you begin your right turn and finishes as soon as you complete it. Repeat (full/complete inhale to the left and full/complete exhale to the right). Make sure to breathe deeply and drink plenty of water.
Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Cognitive Impairment Relief
Everyone experiences stress, anxiety and most of us are familiar with some forms of depression which we may have encountered personally or know someone who did. Considering that depression is the most commonly diagnosed condition in the United States, it is a real problem in our society.
Some of us are also in danger of cognitive impairment conditions in later life such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and dementia. Considering the emotional and monetary costs of these conditions on individuals and their families, it is no wonder most of us fear this more than cancer or dying from a heart condition.
Considering the scientific findings, saunas including those that use infra-red therapy could be effective in helping us staying cognitively sound and mentally strong
Heat treatment though sauna use could alleviate numerous symptoms associated with stress, anxiety and even depression.
Sauna use itself has been linked with avoiding or postponing cognitive decline and even increasing longevity.
Continue reading to find our more about mental health issues and how sauna use helps against them.
Stress Relief and Far Infrared Sauna Therapy Stress seems to be so ingrained in our culture today. It is everywhere we turn; cell phones, deadlines, emotions, traffic and overbearing bosses - the list goes on and on. Stress has been linked to a heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, lowered immune function, depression, obesity, sleep disorders, increased Alzheimer's and premature death, just to name a few. When we are stressed, our body/mind takes a defensive "fight-or-flight" position. This is a natural response of the Autonomic Nervous System designed to take us away from dangerous situations when we are roaring the savannah, like a big Lion! However, we are NOT designed to stay in this “fight-or-flight" for very long. Unfortunately, most of us live like this day-to-day! And when this happens, a road to a “danger zone" begins…
When we remain in the stress response, the body wears down and our adrenal glands (responsible for our “fight-or-flight") start to malfunction. During stress (fight-or-flight) response, your body rushes all of its vital energy into the muscles to “protect" itself. The nervous system, the brain and organs are automatically depleted of this life force energy which helps them to heal and to sustain in optimal health. As a result, many highly and chronically stressed people often suffer with neurological, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular diseases, which then often result in heart attack or a stroke. Continuous output of dangerous stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine have also very damaging effect on the body over time. These hormones disrupt normal metabolism and function and are the main factors that causes the physiology cascade leading to the conditions listed above.
he remedy is to get into para-sympathetic (the other side of the autonomic) nervous system. This is the “rest and digest", or the “relaxation response". When you get into our infrared saunas the body is surrounded by our technologically advanced heaters. The infrared penetrates up to two inches into the body, causing vasodilation, muscle relaxation, pain relief and a feeling of well-being. Endorphins are released and the entire body relaxes. Repeated and regular infrared sauna use over several weeks will significantly reduce stress levels even when out of the sauna. Many people report improved sleep and a greater peace. When the body is stressed, chemical changes occur that result in unbalanced hormone levels.
Far infrared sauna therapy has been shown to normalize these levels thereby returning the body to a healthy state that rebalances both the mind and body. As stress is now recognized as one of the leading causes of disease, a far infrared sauna can be a perfect addition to any stress relief/stress management program. Far infrared saunas are the perfect way to relax and let life's pressures melt away in the soothing warmth, thus allowing the healing energy re-entering all sore and depleted areas of the body.
Using a sauna such as infrared could help relieve anxiety. There are psychological and physiological reasons for it.
Anxiety can be defined as a feeling of worry, often about something one has no control over, it can also mean restlessness and unease. Generally anxiety is caused by an individual's response to uncertainty over something. Anxiety may interfere with an individual's life and can lead to further stress.
This feeling of anxiety is familiar to almost everyone but there are conditions where this feeling is constant. Some people experience anxiety daily, others barely know the meaning of it at all. In any case, saunas may be a suitable intervention to the feeling of anxiety for several reasons:
A trip to the sauna is a getaway. For ten minutes or half an hour you get to escape from your troubles, fortunately the heat is the only thing you can really think about in the sauna. It is a worthy distraction from everything else in life for the time you spend there.
This distraction is an opportunity for the brain to work on something other than the things causing anxiety. Often the time spent in the sauna is enough to escape the thought loop that causes anxiety in the first place.
You have absolute control over the time you spend in the sauna, you can leave at any time, this degree of control over the immediate heat stress is liberating.
After leaving the sauna you may be able to look at the things troubling you in a new light, from a new angle and therefore more objectively, perhaps leading to a better resolution.
The increased air intake due to heat will make you feel happier, similar to the feeling you get after exercise.
Increased heart rate and increased blood circulation will allow for more resources to the brain, which may help you make a better decision.
Overall, anxiety is a reasonable reaction to something troubling, but it may get out of hand. A trip to the sauna may be the intervention you need. As an opportunity to escape from the thought loop that causes worry. Therefore sauna can relieve some anxiety.
Stress is similar to anxiety in the way that it is also a feeling of emotional strain, the feeling of anxiety and stress obviously overlap. However, stress is also a state of mental and physical strain from demanding or exhausting circumstances.
Common physiological symptoms of stress: chronic fatigue, headaches, digestion problems, frequent colds and infections, decrease in sexual performance and eating disorders.
Common psychological symptoms of stress: lack of concentration, mood swings, irritability, memory problems, lack of sexual desire, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
There are a lot of symptoms of stress, some physiological some psychological, they tend to be vague.
As it was mentioned above, sauna helps overcome anxiety, at least in the short term. Some studies suggest that sauna visits may help alleviate some of the symptoms of stress as well, in particular insomnia, it also helps against frequent colds and infections and through increased blood flow to the brain it can also help tackle headaches.
When it comes to psychological symptoms they are more difficult to take on. However, having a similar benefit to that of exercise, through increased blood flow and through the release of stress countering hormones such as serotonin (4) a sauna can help even against chronic depression which has similar symptoms.
Depression is one of the most common diagnosed conditions in North America and it is no wonder that people are looking for unconventional treatments for it. However, unlike the widely prescribed medicine in form of pills, heat therapy is more natural. Moreover, in regions where sauna use is widespread such as Nordic countries, depression as a condition is far less common.
Since the sauna appears to be a leisurely activity that is available to almost everyone now, scientists have started looking at hyperthermia (heat) therapy for body and mind.
Charles Raison, from the lead researcher in the University of Wisconsin-Madison thinks that heat makes the brain feel happy. He joined forces with other researchers to investigate the effect of heat on the human body in a recent study. The study looked at the effects of whole body hyperthermia (heat stress) on the patients with chronic depression.
In a double-blind study, some of the patients, the control group were exposed to a placebo-like machine that simulated the look and feel of a gadget that would make people feel heated. Another group was subjected to a real increase in whole body temperature through the use of a similar gadget.
Researchers were astonished by the results scientists evaluated depressed volunteers on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) and found that 60 percent of them had a response and 40 percent met the criteria for remission of depression during at least one assessment after having received the treatment.
Researchers concluded the following:
"Results from the current study suggest that WBH holds promise as a safe, rapid-acting, antidepressant modality with a prolonged therapeutic benefit. Future studies will be required to identify both the optimal temperature and number and timing of treatments likely to produce the largest and longest-lasting clinical response in most patients." (5)
Considering other benefits offered by sauna-like therapy, it is possible to establish therapy and sauna interventions as a first line of defense in prevention and treatment of depression.
Dementia and Alzheimer's are becoming more widespread in aging populations and medical professionals are looking at what causes these conditions to occur. Scientists are also researching what prevents development of Alzheimer's in potential patients and they try to pinpoint the exact genes and exact lifestyle that is associated with cognitive impairment.
Lifestyle has been heavily associated with dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, recent studies have found that aging soccer players in the United Kingdom, were three and a half times more likely to suffer and die from dementia than the general population (6). Whilst trauma to the head from heading footballs is rare in the general population there is clearly a whole range of environmental factors that can be associated with dementia and similar cognitive impairment.
Likewise, external heat such as sauna use is also an environmental factor but it has been found to be beneficial.
To find patterns that may pinpoint what causes or prevents mental illness researchers resort to longitudinal studies. One study published in 2016 at the University of Eastern Finland found that sauna may act as a preventative treatment against dementia. This study oversaw an evaluation of 2315 men's lifestyles and found that men who frequented sauna were at lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. This was a first-of-its-kind study and more will follow. Furthermore, moderate to high frequency sauna experience was the most likely to correlate inversely with risk of developing cognitive impairment disease. (7)
It isn't clear what causes saunas to be beneficial but further research is ongoing.
Injuries and Far Infrared Sauna Therapy:
Far Infrared Saunas have gained tremendous respect and renown among weekend cyclists, marathoners, weekend warriors and professional athletes alike. Far infrared sauna therapy (FIRST) has the unique ability to speed up and improve the healing process of many injuries, including joint and muscle pain, back pain, scarring, colds and flus as well as a host of other conditions. FIRST penetrates the skin up to two inches to allow increased blood flow and vasodilation. During the sub-acute stage, far infrared sauna therapy permits a new growth of connective tissue and capillaries that help repair the damaged structures. Scar tissue also continues to grow during this time but can be minimized by the use of far infrared saunas. FIRST helps promote rebuilding of injured tissue by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts (connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of injury). Furthermore, it increases growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and protein synthesis all necessary during tissue repair and regeneration.
FIRST also expands capillaries which stimulate increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation. The chronic stage follows in which scar tissue is remodeled by the stresses placed on it. During this stage the deep heat of far infrared sauna therapy helps blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles, so they recover faster. All in all, FIRST is an excellent addition to any muscle and joint rehabilitation program. Amongst its benefits is also a reduced downtime caused by colds and flus, contributed to its strengthening effect on the immune system. Please visit the Immune System section for more information.
- Sports Injuries - Many professional and amateur athletes are incorporating far infrared therapies into their workout and recovery regimes.
- Reduce scarring - Far infrared therapies increases blood flow into damaged areas and can result in less scarring and quicker healing times.
- Boost Immune System - Far infrared therapy helps to create an artificial fever within the body allowing our natural defense systems to work at their optimum.
- Skin Conditions - Far infrared therapy has been shown to help with acne, wrinkles, Eczema, Psoriasis, burns, scarring and cellulite.
Saunas Can Help With Flexibility
Over time, and as we age, our bodies have a tendency to contract which can make even simple tasks seem difficult. A tight body may have to bend in strange contorted ways just to pick up an object. Poor posture caused from inflexibility can increase the chances for an injury to arise or even cause a fall from poor gait. Stiff muscles tend to weaken and such negatively effects our bones and joints, hence they fully rely on the support of our muscle tissue. So how do we get ourselves out of our bad posture, inflexible stands and movements? The infrared sauna can be an easy and effective way to improve flexibility and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Recent clinical studies have shown that just sitting and stretching in an infrared sauna can improve range of motion up to two inches. Participants were asked to perform several stretching routines sitting inside an infrared sauna and also outside the infrared sauna. Every stretch performed inside the sauna was measurably greater with the help of the infrared heat. Sitting and stretching in the sauna will also reduce muscle tension, which can reduce overall stress. When we stretch our muscles, we also stretch our nerves. Which then helps our brain to operate more efficiently. Studies have also shown that a warm muscle stretches far better than a cold one and will retain its elasticity for longer periods of time.
The human body is affected by regular cycles
The human body is affected by regular cycles The human body is affected by regular cycles, like moon phases, tides or even the female menstrual cycle. There is another cycle most people are not aware of called the Circadian Cycle, which affects the body's sleep patterns every 24 hours. The Circadian Cycle is what tells the body when it should rest, and that is in early afternoon (the siesta) and late evening. Modern life, with artificial lighting, caffeine and sugar, allows us to circumvent this natural sleep pattern. When this happens, then the quality of sleep decreases. There are two cycles of sleep; the body first goes in to a light sleep phase and if it not disturbed, it will enter the REM phase of sleep, which is essentially a more therapeutic sleep. During this time, the body heals itself and the individual will awaken felling refreshed.
Conversely, sleep deprivation is a well known form of a torture. A short time after being exposed to sleep deprivation, a prisoner will experience psychological pain in the form of depression, unbearable fatigue and mental disorientation.
Look at the proliferation of energy drinks. Energy is like money. You only have so much, and if you use too much one day, you'll have to pay it back the next. There is no energy bar that I am aware of that is not just a temporary fix. You MUST replenish your energy by getting a better quality and longer sleep. If you wish to have more energy, you have to find ways of getting quality sleep. Taking medication will not help to achieve this goal, hence will only mess with your natural hormonal balance, brain function and will leave you feeling groggy.
Many people cannot get a good night's sleep because of slow changes that occur over the years from a high stress levels, to musculoskeletal pain, back pain, leg pain or restless leg syndrome. People who have disturbed sleep patterns are quite easy to recognize; they often complain of feeling tired (even on a rising), they are the ones looking for a coffee or sugar foods to give them more energy, and their mental acuity may be diminished.
FIRST can help you to train yourself to get a better night's sleep. The first thing you should do is relax and prepare yourself for sleep. FIRST causes the release of endorphins from the brain, which are the body's natural opiates or pain killers. This will reduce your pain, relax your muscles, make you feel more comfortable and help you eliminate inflammation and swelling. Many people can go to sleep, but are later awakened by the pain. This occurs when they lie down and the gravitational stress on your joints is removed from the body. The lessened body weight can allow the joints to swell, which is what produces the pain. FIRST helps to increase the circulation in your body, which subsequently helps to remove toxins from daily exposure to unhealthy additives (i.e. caffeine, sugar, alcohol) from your system. This improves the function of your immune system, making you healthier and resulting in a better sleep.
Conversely, when FIRST is used in the morning or throughout the day, the release of those same endorphins causes a boost in energy. This is a very common, almost universally reported side effect to a morning use of far infrared therapy.
Here are some additional tips to help improve your sleep:
- Make sure you have a quiet sleep area where you will not be disturbed.
- Avoid eating late at night and decrease sugar intake.
- Try to have some quiet time before retiring.
- Try to decrease stress levels. If you consume energy drinks or coffee, decrease their consumption in the early afternoon and avoid drinking it later in the day.
- Try incorporating Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (FIRST) into your routine.
Although an Infrared Sauna is very health beneficial to a human body, it may not be for everyone. Customer acknowledges his/her responsibilities as the sauna user at his/her own risk. Children under 6 years of age should not be using an infrared sauna! Customer should discuss with a pediatrician/family physician before considering their minor child/youth (6-18 years) joining them in infrared sauna sessions. Children and minors under 18 years of age should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adult. NEVER leave your children unattended and/or alone in an infrared sauna booth, and always monitor your child's comfort level. Children are more sensitive to heat than adults, so please ensure their safety and comfort first. If you are nursing or pregnant, please discuss with your physician before using any sauna products.