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Safe Use Tips for a Healthy Infrared Sauna Experience

The concept and use of saunas are thousands of years old. Originally developed by the Finnish people as a way to heat dwellings in the winter, their use evolved as a beneficial health resource. Studies continue on the beneficial effects of using a sauna for muscle recovery, healthy skin, heart and vascular health and as a pain management tool. The Cleveland Clinic Staff Writers of their health essentials e-zine published an article on April 14, 2022, examining the 6 Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas. Recognizing that traditional sauna use has thousands of years of data culled from millions of users, the focus was on the innovative infrared saunas that have added a new twist to sweating on the way to wellness.  The writers approached Melissa Young, MD from the Center for Functional Medicine for a medical opinion on the subject. There is no doubt that the plugin infrared sauna induces sweat in the same way as throwing cold water on heated rocks. The question is the sweating mode of the infrared sauna is as effective as traditional dry sauna experiences. 

The Apples and Oranges of A Dry Sauna Versus an Infrared Sauna

It is important to realize that comparing a dry sauna to an infrared sauna is an apple and oranges comparison. Although the results are similar between a dry sauna and an infrared sauna the method is different. A dry sauna heats the air around you while the infrared sauna directly heats the body using electromagnetic radiation. Extensive research continues to conclude that the wavelength used by infrared is safe and is not harmful to humans.  The latest evolution is the sauna is quickly gaining in popularity and is in demand, it is the concentrated infrared body wrap. Leading the way in targeted decentralized temperature settings with accessible client controls is the FIT Bodywrap System. This easy-to-use comfortable table sauna experience has an accessible control panel with four zones. Each zone allows a separate setting for maximum comfort.    Unlike the traditional dry sauna that heats the air and the infrared box style sauna that aims light at the body, the FIT Bodywrap Infrared Sauna System envelops the body in targeted heat. 

Enjoying the Healthy Benefits of Infrared Sauna Safely

The 6 Health Benefits of the Infrared Sauna as described by Dr. Young in the Cleveland Clinic health essentials e-zine include:

  • Improved Heart Health
  • Soothing Sore Muscles
  • Pain Relief
  • Improved Sleep
  • Fighting Illness

To reap the benefits of any sauna, dry infrared, or the innovative FIT Bodywrap System there are 4 essential tips that should be followed. 

  1. Start at the Lowest Temperature and for a Short Time: The sauna creates extremely hot temperatures up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. It is recommended to start at the lowest setting available for a short duration to evaluate individual tolerance levels.
  2. Maximum Time is 30 Minutes – No one, even the most temperature tolerant person should exceed 30 minutes in a high-temperature sauna.
  3. Stay Hydrated – It is important to keep hydrated, before and after the sauna experience. Sauna produces maximum perspiration which means fluids need to be replaced. 
  4. Rinse Off – Washing after a sauna will wash away the toxins on the surface of the skin pushed out by the sauna induced sweating.

These 4 simple yet essential tips will make the sauna experience beneficial, healthy, and safe.

FAQ about Healthy Infrared Sauna

1.How long should I stay in an infrared sauna?

Limit sessions to 20-30 minutes, especially as a beginner. Over time, you might gradually increase to 40 minutes, but always listen to your body’s signals.

2.What temperature is considered safe for an infrared sauna?

Keep the sauna between 100°F to 150°F for a safe and effective experience. Start lower and gradually increase as you become more accustomed to the heat.

3.Should I hydrate before using an infrared sauna?

Yes, drink plenty of water before, during, and after your sauna session to replace lost fluids and prevent dehydration.

4.Is it safe to use an infrared sauna every day?

Moderate use is key; start with 2-3 times a week, then you may use it daily if your body responds well. Always take a day off if you feel any discomfort.

5.What should I wear in an infrared sauna?

Wear minimal clothing like a bathing suit or cotton shorts and a T-shirt to allow your skin to breathe and to absorb the infrared heat more effectively.

6.Can I bring electronics into an infrared sauna?

It’s best to leave electronics outside as the heat can damage them, and this time should be used for relaxation away from devices.

7.What are the signs I should exit the infrared sauna immediately?

Leave immediately if you feel dizzy, lightheaded, have a rapid heartbeat, or experience any discomfort. It’s essential to listen to your body’s signals.

8.How should I clean the sauna after use?

Wipe down all surfaces with a mild, natural cleaner and dry any sweat left behind to maintain a hygienic environment and prevent bacteria growth.


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