Infrared Sauna Therapy

Inspired Life Health Centre has been promoting infrared sauna therapy in Toronto since late 2004. We have the experience, the knowledge and the proof from hundreds of clients of the benefits of using infrared sauna therapy as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The segment of the infrared spectrum emitted by the infrared sauna offers an astounding range of possible therapeutic benefits and effects according to research studies conducted around the world. In addition to being used by hospitals to assist premature infants in maintaining body heat, infrared therapy is beneficial for:

  • detoxification
  • easing joint pain and stiffness
  • improving injury healing
  • weight management
  • improving blood circulation
  • cardiovascular conditioning
  • relaxation and stress management
  • skin care
  • immune system enhancing

Infrared saunas are ideal in their design as they operate at safer, lower temperatures compared to conventional steam-based saunas. This feature makes breathing more comfortable and is considered safer, thus making infrared sauna therapy a better alternative for a greater variety of individuals. Although an infrared sauna operates at only 110 F to 130 F, compared to a conventional sauna which operates at 180 F to 210 F, radiant heat from an infrared sauna helps the body produce two to three times more sweat

These crucial differences help to explain why the health benefits available through infrared therapy are not attainable throughout the use of a conventional sauna.

Radiant heat is also very therapeutic for your overall well being. It helps to support your body’s natural ‘defense’ system to easily ward off harmful contaminates. An infrared based system can warm your body to a much greater degree and much more efficient manner than a conventional sauna, as its energy output is primarily used to convert energy directly to heat inside the body and not to create excessively hot air which then only superficially heats the skin. This radiant heat is absorbed by your body to a depth of over 1.5 inches below the skin.

These crucial differences help to explain why the health benefits available through infrared therapy are not attainable throughout the use of a conventional sauna.

Burn Calories

Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase to improve overall cardiovascular fitness. Burn 600 or more calories in just one 30-minute session.

Remarkable Pain Relief

This deep heat helps blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. In Europe, infrared heat is widely used to treat patients suffering from many forms of arthritis. In addition, infrared therapy in Japan has been effective for relief of pain associated with backache, bursitis, fibromyalgia, headache, sprains, strains and many other muscular-skeletal ailments. Much of the stiffness and soreness that comes with aging is reduced or eliminated.

What to Bring to Your Infrared Sauna Session

You need to bring the following items to each of your infrared sauna sessions in order to make it a safe and enjoyable experience:

  • 3 towels for use in the infrared sauna (one to sit on, one under your feet, and one to wipe sweat away)
  • 1 towel for your shower afterwards
  • “Flip flop” sandals
  • Water bottle
  • Reading material (optional)

For your convenience, you may rent towels for $2 each before tax. We also have complimentary reverse osmosis water on site if you would like to fill your water container when you arrive and when you leave, to ensure proper hydration.

Current medical history:

  • Pregnant or lactating
  • Dehydration
  • Recent (acute, within 48 hours) joint injury, chronically hot and swollen joints, enclosed infections (either dental, in joints or any other tissue).
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Heat illness (heat cramp/exhaustion/stroke)
  • Medication with a narrow therapeutic index, out of which is life threatening
  • Unstable hypertension
  • Severe hypotension
  • Hemophilia and/or a predisposition to hemorrhage
  • Superficial metallic implants (ie. metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implant due to the reflection of infrared rays by these articles

Currently have:

  • Diabetes
    • also use insulin subcutaneous injections
    • also have neuropathy
  • Neuropathy
  • Acute or chronic edema or lymphedema (swelling of the wrists, ankles, etc.)
  • Cholinergic urticaria, acantholytic dermatosis, malaria, severe burns/scarring/heat rash
  • Am attempting to conceive (male or female)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Take street/recreational drugs (please circle either past or present) [eg. amphetamines, heroin, cocaine]
  • Take medications which may predispose me to heat illnesses when exposed to heat [eg. sympathomimetics, anticholinergics, tricyclic antidepressants, antihistamines, phenothiazines]
  • Take medication that may reduce perspiration ability [eg. diuretics, barbiturates, ß-blockers]

Read the following carefully before starting an Infrared Sauna session.

Please remember that infrared heat is simply radiant energy in the form of a band of light that radiates heat penetrating the skin to a depth of 1½ inches or more. This radiant heat is efficient because it warms the body internally, not the air. To regulate the temperature of the infrared sauna during use, open the door for cooling.

  • For optimal results, refrain from using the sauna on a full stomach.
  • It is important to remain hydrated. For best results, drink water prior, during and after your sauna session.
  • Do not apply excess body lotion to your body prior to a sauna session.
  • Use at least 3 towels:
    • sit on one folded towel for perspiration absorption and cushioning
    • use another towel on the floor to absorb extra sweat
    • use a third towel to wipe off your body surface sweat
  • At the first sign of a cold or flu, increasing sauna sessions may be beneficial in boosting the immune system and decreasing the reproductive rate of viruses and bacteria.
  • As your body becomes more heat conditioned, you may want to have the sauna session increased to 45 minutes or longer. Please remember to hydrate your system with plenty of water during the full session.

Note: Many people with heavy metal, chemical or pesticide toxicity levels may find it difficult to sweat initially, for some individuals it may require 5-10 sessions before measurable sweat volume is evident, but continuous water intake will enhance detoxification. Even without measurable sweat, the infrared sauna is helping to eliminate toxins through urine, bowels and hair.

To treat your ankles and feet more effectively, elevate them while in the sauna. Any area you wish to achieve a specific deep heating effect should be placed as close to the infrared emitters as feels comfortable.