What is an Infrared Sauna?
Our Sunlighten full spectrum infrared sauna is a powerful place to relax and allow your body to heal. Infrared heat is part of the sun's invisible spectrum of light that causes you to feel warm when you are sunbathing. Unlike sunbathing however, relaxing in an infrared sauna will never burn your skin. You can be exposed to infrared heat for hours without burning. In fact, infrared heat is so safe it is used in hospitals to warm newborn babies.
Conventional hot rock/steam saunas only elicit sweat at the tissue surface. Many people also find them unbearably hot and hard to breathe in. An infrared sauna heats the body directly providing a soothing warmth that increases the body's core temperature at a deeper level allowing profound detoxification and pain relief. Infrared therapy has been shown to aid weight loss, relieve pain, improve circulation, and rejuvenate skin.
We offer six preset program options ranging from 30-45 minutes in length as well as the ability to customize your sauna experience.
- Cardiovascular (increase heart rate, cardiac output, metabolic rate)
- Detoxification (help relieve symptoms and enhance overall health)
- Pain Relief (heat mediates the transmission of pain signals while relaxing muscular tension)
- Relaxation (deep penetrating warmth relaxes body and mind)
- Weight Loss (burn 250-600 calories in a 30 minute session!)
- Skin Health/Anti-Aging (infrared heat easily penetrates surface tissues to give a beautiful, healthy glow and assist with common skin concerns)
The world we live in is highly toxic, even for those who eat carefully, use natural personal and home care products and strive to reduce the amount of chemical stressors they are exposed to. Did you know that the skin is designed to be our largest organ of elimination of waste and toxins? In a full-spectrum infrared sauna tests have shown 20% toxins in the sweat released vs. 3% during vigorous exercise or a traditional steam sauna. What a soothing way to deep clean your body for optimal wellness!
"I visited Soteria Wellness in June, 2015. I had an absolutely amazing 90 minute massage by Dawn, a distinguished and consummate professional. She treated my aches with just the right touch and technique. I then slipped into the new infrared sauna on site for a private 40 minute relaxation treatment. It was absolutely amazing! The heat was gentle. The music, relaxing. Special bamboo towels wick away toxins from your skin while you sink into luxurious warmth. There are many "programs" that can be utilized in the sauna for different health concerns. Wow-what a great way to top off an excellent massage! I absolutely loved it. Dawn Olsen is a gift to the wellness community because of her commitment to her clients, excellence in customer service, and invaluable knowledge-base. This is truly a superior level of skill without the superior price tag. Go here!"--Michelle
While infrared heat is safe for most people, we do require that clients consult their health care provider if they have a medical condition or are on medications that impact temperature regulation. Do not use the sauna during pregnancy due to the potential increase in core body temperature. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Young children and elders are often more sensitive to heat and may need to enjoy shorter sessions. Additionally, because our sauna is fitted together, then reinforced with magnets rather than using toxic glues or plastics, please consult your physician if you have a pacemaker.
It is not safe to use the sauna while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Please prepare for your sauna with excellent hydration (drink a large glass of water before your session and follow your session with two additional glasses.)
Acoustic Resonance Therapy/Chromatherapy
Enhance your body's ability to heal in the sauna with Acoustic Resonance Therapy (ART.) The ground-breaking technology allows your body to feel the music besides hearing it. ART provides an environment for the body and mind to integrate sound on a very deep level encouraging harmonic relaxation and rest. Tension in stressed muscles and joints melts while relieving the mind and emotions of accumulated stress. Specific healing music can be tailored to your health goals, having a profound impact on the body's restorative processes.
Chromatherapy is the science of using color to restore natural balance to the body. We use special adjustable lights to assist the body in finding enhanced wellness during your sauna experience.
Ask your practitioner about customized programs and casual use. Discounts are available through our Wellness Package, as well as for those who utilize the sauna after a massage or bodywork session or who share their session with a friend!