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Is infrared heat safe?
Infrared heat is completely safe and healthy for all living things. Infrared light is a natural light spectrum from the sun but does not contain the harmful UV rays associated with unprotected sunlight. Infrared heat is so safe it is used in hospitals to warm new born babies.

How long is a typical session?
Most Dwell Yoga sessions are 40-minutes in length. Some clients choose a mini session that lasts 25-30 minutes. For children and elderly, sauna sessions are limited to 15 minutes.

How often can I use the sauna?
Sweating is safe so come as often as you like. Depending on personal wellness goals most people come 1 to 3 times per week. People with in-home infrared saunas use them daily. 

Can individuals on prescription drugs use the sauna?
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 infrared waves or elevated body temperature. Diuretics, barbiturates and beta-blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Anticholinergics such as amitryptaline may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent, heat stroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke.

Who should not use a sauna?

  • Do not use the sauna if you are pregnant or have a pacemaker. 
  • Individuals with insensitivity to heat or who have a fever should not use the sauna until the fever subsides.
  • Anyone with a recent acute joint injury should wait at least 48 hours before using sauna or until the swelling subsides.
  • The use of infrared sauna should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
  • Children and elderly are limited to 15 minute sessions and temperatures not to exceed 100 degrees.

ALWAYS consult your physician prior to using sauna if you have a chronic illness, cardiovascular issues, obesity, diabetes, condtions with impaired sweating or take any medications.

What should I wear during my sauna session?

You have access to a private room during your session. We recommend wearing as little as possible to receive the maximum benefit of infrared heat. We provide towels for all clients, and these should be used on the bench and backrest to help keep the unit sanitary.

Can children use the infrared sauna?
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. Therefore, we require that children’s sessions be limited to 15 minutes at a temperature no higher than 100 degrees. Laws require minors under the age of 18 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian for sauna services.

Does infrared heat interfere with implants?
Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, you should consult your physician prior to using an infrared sauna.

Does the infrared sauna emit EMF?
The EMF levels of Sunlighten’s infrared saunas are well below the threshold of what is generally considered safe. In fact, they produce less EMF than a standard hair dryer.