Far Infared Sauna ~ Treatment

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Put a FIR Sauna in your house and any number of Swedish girls will magically appear.

What: Far Infared (FIR) Saunas look very similar to traditional saunas. In fact most people wouldn’t be able to spot the difference. However FIR saunas emit Far Infared light rays a frequency found in rays from the Sun. These rays elevate the body’s temperature, expand capillaries and stimulate blood circulation having a therapeutic effect on a persons health.

Why: The major reason to use a FIR sauna is to detoxify. The FIR light rays cause you to sweat, releasing heavy metals and toxic chemicals. They are said to penetrate deeper into the fat than a regular sauna and cause greater levels of sweating at lower temperatures. People with CFS/ME generally tolerate FIR saunas far better than traditional saunas as they do not raise the core body temperature as much. 

My Experience: (25/04/2011) I have used FIR saunas about 10 times over the last two years. Usually I feel very relaxed and at peace while in the sauna. Then feel quite spaced out and light headed afterwards. However I feel they have an overall positive effect due to the detoxification process. It seems to me to be quite a strong tool and should be treated with respect. I’ve just recently purchased a Cocoon home FIR sauna blanket from a company called GetFitt in the UK. They offer a support program and are specifically focused on helping people with CFS/ME recover. I’m excited to get sweaty and will keep you posted on my progress.

Learn more: The book Detoxify or Die by Sherry Rogers is filled with useful information. As is the article from the Hummingbird foundation on FIR Sauna use. And finally here is the link to the Getfitt company website.

Has FIR Sauna worked for you?

Leave a comment telling us which ones you have or haven’t had success with!

Where to next? – Read about the right type of water to drink while getting sweaty.

11 Responses to Far Infared Sauna ~ Treatment
  1. Tareq
    June 8, 2011 | 1:17 pm

    Nice website! I just bought one of these and about to use it for the first time. Was told to get one by a practitioner to help detoxify, as I tested high in cetrimide (found in cleaning products and other stuff!) and heavy metals. Just hope it makes a difference.

    • Joe
      June 9, 2011 | 1:56 am

      Thanks Tareq. Good luck with your first Sauna. Remember to start with really small amounts of time (like 5 minutes) and build up gradually. I’m really enjoying using mine in the afternoons as it also acts as a forced relaxation time as well as a detox. Cetrimide? Sounds like fun :) Benzoquinine was the chemical I’m working to expel. Have fun getting sweaty!

      • Steve
        January 3, 2012 | 11:42 pm

        Hi Joe, just wondered how you were finding the Infrared Sauna’s? Do you find that they are helping you?

        • Joe
          March 2, 2012 | 12:46 pm

          I’m not in Australia right now (where I keep my Infared Sauna as it ain’t exactly portable) so haven’t made use of it in the last couple of months. But for the couple of months during winter it was great, I’d look forward to getting in my cotton silk pajamas then having a sauna session all day. I’d put on some very hypnotic down tempo electronica and do really bliss out.

          Therapeutically it was hard to say what results I was getting but it was definitely making me sweat. I over cooked myself a few times and felt pretty washed out after wards but that was my gung ho attitude rather than the machines.

          All in all a good experience. I will continue to use it in the future. I have a friend in the UK that swears by hers. Good luck with it and be sensible and cautious in your approach as they are powerful tools.

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  7. Maureen
    June 4, 2012 | 8:01 pm

    Hi again (I just commented about HCl on another post — I am having a field day with your site! So much great info!).

    Thought I’d share with you my experience so far with FIR sauna. My husband bought one several months ago “for me” since he heard it could help with CFS. So far, he uses it a lot more than I do :-), lol.

    We got the Aspire sauna made by Sunlighten. It’s a “medical grade” sauna. It’s really nice, the kind you actually sit in with a wooden bench and customizable programs. It uses near and far infrared heat, and you can adjust the settings as needed. I think I figured out how to make it all Far Infrared, but it’s a little complicated so I’m not sure i did it right.

    I’ve used it about 4 times, and each time I end up completely wiped out for about 3 days. This, I’m sure, is because I sit in there too long, and it gets very hot. I definitely sweat a ton! I have been staying in for about 30 minutes, but I need to exercise some self-discipline and try to stick to 10 or 15 minutes. I’m hoping that will make a difference.

    Are you still using your sauna? How is it going?

    • Joe
      July 24, 2012 | 8:18 am

      Great comments Maureen keep em’ coming!
      I had similar experiences when I first got my Sauna and like most people was in there for too long. It pays to be diligent with drinking electrolytes before the session and really building up extra slowly. I was informed once that you don’t even need to be sweating to induce a detox response. Take it slow is always a good option with this condition :)

      I still use my FIR blanket and will continue to do so for the long term. Skin brushing is also another good option for detoxification and I chew Chlorella each day.
      Hope this helps.

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Welcome! I'm Joe and my vision is to empower people with the knowledge they need to take control of their health. I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) in 2003 and recently added Lyme disease to that diagnosis in 2012. I'm on a path to recovery and I invite you to join me..... P.S. It's best to never take anything I say too seriously. In fact I reckon it's best to never take anything too seriously!