Far Infrared Sauna
What is the Far Infrared Sauna?
Today, as we are exposed to the greatest toxic load in our planets history, periodic detoxification of ones body is essential to help maintain health and avoid disease. Because the skin is the body’s largest organ for detoxification, ACM utilizes only the best Sunlight Saunas to help the body eliminate toxins through your pores. Far Infrared energy can gently penetrate the skin 2 to 3 inches, resulting in a heating effect observed deep in the muscular tissues and internal organs. This “deep heating” along with sweating, is thought to be responsible for the healing effects and other health benefits. Conventional saunas’ high temperatures are not well tolerated by the body at 180 to 220°F. Far Infrared saunas operate at temperatures of 100 to 130°F, allowing a wider range of people to experience its benefits. Also, Far Infrared’s high energy but lower temperatures do not dry out your mucous membranes like conventional saunas. Even at a lower heat, Far Infrared induces 2-3 times more sweat volume than conventional saunas, increasing many health benefits, including detoxification, cardiovascular conditioning, and calorie burning.
The sauna has existed in various forms for thousands of years, its purpose, as a cleansing and relaxing habitation, has not changed over that time, but advances in technologies and applications have brought forth better and easier ways of enjoying the warmth of the sauna.
The first saunas were, in essence, holes in the ground with a fire pit in the center and a roof made of anything that could cover the fire, retain the heat and prevent rainfall, wind and cold disruption.
There’s no question our Finnish and Roman ancestors were on to something when they improved and embraced the traditions of sauna. The sauna was used to socialize with friends and rejuvenate the body after hours of hard labor.
It is the Finns that made sauna a cultural tradition and a way of life. While other cultures enjoyed dry heat, the Finns perfected it to a science.
The first “Finnish Sauna” in North America was built by Finnish and Swedish immigrants who settled in the Delaware River Valley before the American Revolution in 1638. Sauna bathing really took off between 1850 and 1920 in the United States when over 400,000 Finns left their homeland and traveled to the “New World”.
In the 1930s, American athletes discovered the benefits of sauna from their Finnish counterparts. With American’s passion for sports, the sauna tradition continued to grow throughout the 1940s. More people were exposed to the product in hotels and gyms in the 1950s. In the 1960s, sauna became its own small industry with companies like Metos Sauna from Finland, Viking Sauna and Helo Sauna all selling their products to the hot new market- the American consumer.
In the 1970s, the thrust for exercise once again impacted the growth of the American sauna market. More health clubs were built with saunas and saunas were now appearing in many hotels and motels. Companies like Amerec that sold both sauna and exercise equipment had tremendous growth. The 1980s and 1990s were perhaps the biggest growth for the American residential sauna market. Companies such as Amerec, Finnleo and Finlandia that specialized in custom saunas rooms dominated the market.
In 1984 Joe Leahy and Doug Smith founded Apex on the principles of strong customer service, local on site consulting and factory trained installers. Their quest for quality and customer service has made Apex one of the top sauna companies in America.
In 2006, John Gunderson (23 year veteran of the sauna and steam market) joined Apex. Joe, Doug and John have sold or installed over 20,000 saunas throughout the world over the past 25 years.
Web Source: Apex Sauna History
Infrared saunas are frequently recommended by medical professionals to relieve pain and even to prevent illness. We at ACM believe very strongly in the health benefits of infrared saunas. There is a wide body of both scientific and anecdotal evidence regarding the effectiveness of sauna heat therapy.
- Burn 300-600 calories in 30 minutes
- Balance weight and reduce cellulite
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
- Increase circulation of blood and lymph
- Improve skin tone
- Lesson burns, scars and wrinkles
- Heavy metal detoxification
- Chronic Fatigue
- Cardiovascular conditioning
- Pain Relief
- Decrease inflammation and arthritis
- Relaxation and stress relief
- Increase energy, strength and vitality
- Improves immune system
- Helps several skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis and acne
- Relieves pain (joint pain, sore muscles, arthritis)
- Helps treat bronchitis
- Helps treat hives (urticaria), gout, tissue damage, prostate hypertrophy
Improvement in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure:
In the Journal of Cardiac Failure, researchers reported statistical improvements in blood pressure, strength of heart (ejection fraction on echocardiogram), and exercise tolerance while reducing number of hospital admissions for this condition in patients treated with sauna. Sauna may be an effective adjunctive treatment in patients with this condition.
Miyamoto, H. et al. Safety and efficacy in repeated sauna bathing in patients with chronic systolic heart failure: a preliminary report. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2005; 11(6): 432-6.
These claims also supported by Michalsen A, et al. Thermal hydrotherapy improves quality of life and hemodynamic function in patients with chronic heart failure. American Heart Journal. 2003; 146(4): 728-33
A study in Circulation Journal studied 30 patients with congestive heart failure and preventricular contractions (PVCs), delegating half to 60 degree C sauna treatment for 15 minutes followed by bedrest and the other half to 45 minutes of bed rest once a day for two weeks. The researchers found statistical difference in the number of PVCs as well as a statistical improvement in the subjective functional status of the patients. More research is needed for long-term benefits.
Kihara, Takashi, et al. Effects of repeated sauna treatment on ventricular arrhythmias in patients with chronic heart failure. Circulation Journal. 2004, 68: 1146-1151.
Possible Improvement in Risk for Heart Disease:
A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggested that repeated use of a sauna improves the function of the impaired vascular endothelial cells in patients who are at risk for coronary artery disease. The mechanism of this is not fully understood and more research needs to be done in order to assess the role of sauna in prevention of heart disease.
Imamura, M, et al. Repeated thermal therapy improves impaired vascular endothelial function in patients with coronary risk factors. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2001, 38 (4): 1983-88.
Improvement in Patients with Mild Depression:
A study out of Psychosomatic Medicine looked at a group of 28 mildly depressed patients with appetite loss and subjective symptoms, and treated half of the patients with sauna once a day for 4 weeks and half with just bed rest for 4 weeks. They showed a significant improvement in somatic complaints, hunger and relaxation scores in the group treated with sauna compared to the control group. In addition, the plasma ghrelin and daily caloric intake improved in the sauna group significantly more than controls. More research is needed on long-term effects.
Masuda A, et al. Repeated thermal therapy diminishes appetite loss and subjective complaints in mildly depressed patients. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2005 67 (4): 643-47.
Improvements in Patients with Chronic Pain:
A study in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics tested 46 patients with chronic pain using a variety of treatment modalities with and without Far-Infrared sauna. They found a decrease in pain score, pain behavior, self-rating depression and anger score in both groups of patients, but a more significant drop was noted in the sauna group. Two years after treatment, more of the patients in the sauna group had returned to work than those without sauna treatment. This may be a very promising method for the treatment of chronic pain.
Masuda, A, et al. The effects of repeated thermal therapy for patients with chronic pain. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 2005; 74 (5): 288-94.
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Your First Visit
After reviewing your history with us, you will be escorted to one of our Far Infrared Sauna rooms. You will see the hypoallergenic Sunlight Signature II Sauna, a shower to rinse after the session, towels to dry off and a table to place all of your belongings. We suggest, because you will perspire profusely, to remove all of your clothing before getting into the sauna. If you are uncomfortable removing all your clothes you may choose to wear a bathing suit. Typically the first session runs about 15 to 20 minutes at a moderate temperature. After each sauna visit, your sessions will extend in duration and increase in temperature. When your session is over, you may use the shower and towels provided, dress and meet us out front. People have experienced improved colonic sessions after using the Far Infrared Sauna, so you may want to ask about our special packages.
- Adrenal suppression (body does not respond to heat)
- SLE (systemic lupus erythematous)
- Multiple sclerosis
Do not use in these circumstances:
- If you are pregnant or are nursing.
- In children under age 5.
- If you have enclosed infections (dental, joints, tissue).
- With Silicone implants (may melt at higher temperatures).
- During menstrual cycle, as it may increase menstrual flow.
- If you suffer from hemophilia or have other predispositions to bleeding.
- If you take a prescription drug, check with a physician or pharmacist for any possible change in drug’s effect due to interaction with infrared energy.
- If you are heat intolerant and do not sweat even with vigorous exercise.
If your skin becomes clammy, you feel weak, tired, or nauseous, STOP USE immediately!These could be signs of heat exhaustion.
If you stop sweating,GET OUT immediately!This may be the initial stage of heat stroke.
Web Source: Sunlighten Saunas
If you do not have any of the listed contraindications and would like to make an appointment, please click here forOnline History Form.
“If you want to live well, you need to use a Sunlight Sauna. It will help you maximize your metabolism, remove toxins, and reduce inflammation and soreness. It’s a great secret to extraordinary physical health.” –Jorge Cruise, Creator of the 3 Hour Diet
Dr. Jeff Spencer, D.C., 2004 Sports Chiropractor of the Year and former Olympic Athlete works with premier athletes to minimize injury downtime and expedite recovery after competition. Dr. Spencer works with high performance athletes including Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Chad Reed, and Troy Glaus. He believes that the regular use of a far infrared Sunlight Sauna is essential in promoting muscle recovery, reducing tension and eliminating performance inhibiting toxic burdens from the body.
“In my personal experience, Sunlight Saunas dramatically improve body chemistry leading to overall enhanced health and well being. Since using the Sunlight Sauna, my body sweats easier during my cardio workouts. When the skin does not sweat readily, toxins build up in our body systems causing stagnation in our vital life force, known as chi. This stagnation leads to pain, diminished health and disease.” –Dr. Michelle Robin, DC
“To Sunlight Saunas, I have owned your Solo sauna for more than two years and have been extremely satisfied since day one. I set it up in front of the TV, get my bottle of water, cordless phone and remote, and I sauna away the accumulated toxins of the week.” –Dr. Carri Drzyzga, DC, DNM
“It is my pleasure to recommend the Sunlight Saunas to my patients. Many patients have difficulty with standard high temperature saunas and the Sunlight Saunas allow them to have an excellent sweat at lower temperature…Thank you for such an excellent product that sets a new standard for professional model saunas.” –Dr. Arden Andersen, DO, PH.D, FS
“Far infrared is a key element in any discussion about whole body detoxification. One of the best long term health care investments an individual could make is to purchase a Sunlight Saunas far infrared sauna.” –Dr. Bernard Shannon, DMQ
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