Frequently Asked Questions
What is infrared light?
Infrared light is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum. They are the healthiest rays, with the ability to penetrate into the skin deeply as they dissolve harmful substances accumulated in your body. The sun is the primary source of radiant energy, but not all of this energy is beneficial. Although life needs energy from the sun, the sunlight’s ultraviolet rays damage the skin. Far infrared heat provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation.
How is an infrared sauna different from a traditional sauna?
Far-infrared waves penetrate 1.5 inches or more into our body, raising the core body temperature and producing a deep and detoxifying sweat at a cellular level. The sweat glands offer one of only a few mechanisms that the body has to eliminate toxins and since the skin is the largest organ in the human body, it is very good means for elimination.
When far infrared waves are applied to water molecules (comprising 70% of our body) these molecules begin to vibrate. This vibration reduces the ion bonds and the eventual breakdown of the water molecules causes encapsulated gases and other toxic materials to be released.
Infrared heat is gentle on the body. It feels similar to lying outside on a warm day, but shaded from the harsh ultraviolet rays. Unlike traditional saunas, which often operate around 200 degrees Fahrenheit or more, infrared stays a more comfortable temperature of 120-140 degrees. Traditional saunas heat the air instead of the body directly, which can make them unbearably hot and breathing difficult. Because infrared penetrates human tissue instead of heating the skin’s surface, they are seven times more effective at detoxifying the body. The sweat produced by a traditional sauna might have only 3% toxins, while infrared can produce sweat comprised of up to 20% toxins.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of infrared sauna are almost endless. Some of these include:
-Quicker muscle and injury recovery
-Improved skin appearance (can improve acne as well)
-Lowered blood pressure
Are the saunas private?
Yes, your sauna is located in a private suite where you can relax uninterrupted.
How long is a sauna session?
Our sauna sessions are 40 minutes long.
What should I wear/bring?
Less is better, to allow maximum skin exposure for the release of sweat. This could be a bathing suit, shorts and a tank, etc. We also provide a towel wrap for each guest to use in the sauna if he or she wishes.
We recommend bringing a water bottle (we provide a water cooler to refill your bottle) and we also have bottled water available for purchase.
Do you provide showers?
Our Short Pump location has one room with a private shower and sauna that you can reserve, and there is a $10 additional fee for this room.
Our Patterson location does not have showers, although we always provide a cool towel to wipe down with after your session at both locations.
How often should I come?
At least once a week is ideal, but you can sauna as often as you like! It is a great complement to your exercise routine, and also perfect for a rest or recovery day. Find what works best for you and your body’s needs.
Do you accept walk-ins?
We don’t accept walk-ins at this time. Please make your appointment over the phone or online to ensure a sauna.
How do I make an appointment?
We book appointments online on our website, through the MindBody app, by phone, and in person.
What should I do while I sauna?
We encourage using your time in the sauna as a moment to relax and meditate, and allow the infrared heat to melt away any stress or fatigue you may be experiencing. If this is not appealing to you, then the options are endless! You can bring a book, magazine, or even your phone or tablet into the sauna to pass the time. If you are feeling more active, you may choose to do exercises such as stretching or yoga.
Can I sauna with another person?
Absolutely! Our saunas accommodate 2-3 people, and we charge individually. If you do choose to sauna with a friend or loved one, please be mindful and keep your conversations to a considerate volume as the saunas are not completely sound proof.
Please note that our online system cannot make reservations for more than one person in a sauna, so please call us to schedule this type of appointment.
Are the saunas sanitary?
Yes. The heat and infrared light are naturally disinfecting and kill bacteria, and our cedar wood is antibacterial. We also lay towels on the bench that are changed between each client, and we frequently clean the benches.
Who shouldn't use a sauna?
If you are unsure, you should consult with your physician. Do not use if pregnant, have serious inflammation, a fever, a communicable disease, hemophilia, or are intoxicated or dehydrated.
You may also want to consult with your physician regarding medications, if you are elderly, have cardiovascular or chronic conditions, insensitivity to heat, or a condition that affects your body’s ability to sweat.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! Our sauna sessions make great gifts. You can purchase gift certificates online or in person.
What is your cancelation policy?
Our late cancellation window is 4 hours prior to your appointment time. We charge $15 for all late cancellations within 4 hours of the appointment, and for no-shows. We are unable to make exceptions to our policy at this time.