Infrared SAUNAS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS
Saunas & Medications
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.
Saunas & Children: No one under 18 is permitted in the sauna.
Smokers: Are not permitted in the sauna, due to the emission of tobacco toxins through the skin.
Saunas & The Elderly:
The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age. This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature. When using with the elderly, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
Saunas & Cardiovascular Conditions:
Individuals with cardiovascular conditions or problems (hypertension / hypo tension), congestive heart failure, impaired coronary circulation or those who are taking medications which might affect blood pressure should exercise caution when exposed to prolonged heat. Heat stress increases cardiac output and blood flow in an effort to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and respiratory system. This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential to increase by thirty (30) beats per minute for each degree increase in core body temperature.
Saunas & Alcohol / Alcohol Abuse:
It is not advisable to attempt to “sweat out” a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person’s judgment; therefore, he/she may not realize when the body has a negative reaction to heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress.
Saunas & Chronic Conditions / Diseases Associated With Reduced Ability To Sweat Or Perspire
Multiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumors and Diabetes with Neuropathy = impaired sweating.
Saunas & Hemophiliacs / Individuals Prone To Bleeding
The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
Saunas & Fever: Those with a fever should not use an infrared sauna until the fever subsides.
Saunas & sensitivity to Heat:
Those with sensitivity to heat should not use an infrared sauna.
Saunas & Pregnancy:
Pregnant women should not use an infrared sauna.
Saunas & Joint Injury:
If you have a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the swollen symptoms subside.
If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind.
Saunas & Implants Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, you should consult your physician prior to using an infrared sauna.
Saunas & Pacemakers / Defibrillators: The magnets used to assemble our wooden saunas can interrupt the pacing and inhibit the output of pacemakers. Please discuss with your doctor the possible risks.
In the rare event you experience pain, light-headedness or discomfort, immediately discontinue sauna use.
How to prepare for your Far Infrared sauna session.
If you have any medical conditions or medical concerns,
please check with your doctor before scheduling a sauna session. (Read contraindications at left)
SMOKERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE SAUNA.
The wood surface absorbs tobacco odor released from the pores
of the body and will cause damage to the sauna and may cause allergic reactions to other clients.
The day of your sauna session:
• Do not consume alcohol 36 hrs before your sauna session
• Do not eat 2 hours prior to your sauna session
• Do not apply lotions, perfume or deodorant before your session
• Arrive clean!
• Drink a minimum of 8oz of water before your session
• Arrive at the studio 10 minutes before your session.
What to bring:
• An extra bottle of water (with Electrolytes is recommended)
To drink after your session (no water bottles in the sauna)
• If you wish to keep undergarments in sauna, bring a change
What does the sauna session include?
• 16 oz bottle of water
• Bath size towel to wear in the sauna
• Towels for the sauna bench and floor
• wash clothes (for use in sauna and to cool down with afterward)
• Music CD selection available (or silent meditation)
• Privacy: sessions booked with a min of 30 min. between classes
Schedule you Session
• Check the Website calendar for hours
• Email Abby with two options for day/time
• Indicate 20, 30, or 40 minute session desired.
• Appointments can be made in person at the studio as well.
• Once your sessions is confirmed, purchase your sauna pass
(online or at the studio)
• 24 hours notice is required for cancellation
in order to use credit for future sauna session.
WAIVER (print and sign to bring with you, or complete at studio)