Far Infrared Sauna

Fir Sauna

Far Infrared Sauna

Sauna is a Scandinavian word used for an ancient form of heat therapy. A traditional sauna uses a heat source to warm the air, which in turn warms your body. A Far Infrared (FIR) sauna uses ceramic elements to create radiant thermal waves that generate heat when striking a surface, such as your body.

FIR wavelength is too long to be perceived by the eyes, however, the body experiences its energy as a gentle radiant heat which can penetrate up to 1.5 inches (almost 4 cm) beneath the skin. FIR sauna is able to provide beneficial effects at much lower temperatures (usually 90F-130F) than regular sauna.

Gordon Medical uses a Heavenly Heat FIR Sauna. Heavenly Heat Saunas has been building Saunas for the chemically sensitive person since 1988.

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    How does a FIR Sauna work?

    The general sauna concept is to heat the body by several degrees. The body attempts to reduce the temperature by relaxing blood vessels, driving blood to the surface, and by sweating. This has the effect of increasing circulation, and allowing detoxification through the skin. Repeated sauna use increases the efficiency of sweating.

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    What benefits do FIR Saunas have?

    First and foremost, FIR sauna increases circulation in the body and can relieve internal congestion.

    FIR sauna help your body release a number of toxins, including heavy metals like mercury and lead, and other environmental chemicals. Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification.

    FIR Sauna can relieve pain, stiffness, and fatigue.

    The warmth from Infrared Saunas promotes relaxation.

    FIR sauna therapy has been used to improve cardiac and vascular function and reduce oxidative stress in patients with chronic heart failure.

    With FIR Sauna technology, you can also potentially lose weight and purify your skin.

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    How often will I need a FIR treatment?

    The frequency of treatment depends on the symptoms being treated, how well the patient is tolerating treatments, and how well treatments are working. Discuss this with your practitioner. Some patients need to build up tolerance to the heat over time.

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    Do I need a prescription from a practitioner to use the FIR Sauna?

    No, you will not need a prescription from a practitioner to schedule a FIR Sauna session with our office. You may want to talk with your practitioner about how hot the sauna should be, how long to stay in, and how often you should use it.

    Use one of the following options to make an appointment:
    Patient Portal for current patients
    (707) 575-5180

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    How do I schedule an appointment in the office?

    Appointments can be made Monday through Friday with one of our Technicians.

    Use one of the following options to make an appointment:
    Patient Portal for current patients
    (707) 575-5180

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    How much time do treatments take?

    At Gordon Medical we book our Infrared Sauna treatments for one hour. This gives the patient enough time for treatment and a shower afterward if needed. If you need to build up tolerance to the sauna heat, you may start out with shorter periods in the sauna, building up the time you are able to be in the heat over time. It is best to start for 10-15 minutes and increase by 5 minute intervals as tolerated. Talk with your practitioner on how to do this.

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    How can I prepare for my appointment?

    Before your FIR sauna appointment you will want to make sure your body is well hydrated. You will be sweating during your session, and need to be able to replace those fluids. You will want to discuss with your practitioner if you should drink water or add electrolytes to your diet before and after your sauna treatments. (Due to certain testing to be completed after your sauna treatment you may not want to over hydrate yourself, please check with your practitioner or the lab for your test kit.)

    Be sure not to wear ANY scented products. This is even more important than usual at GMA. As you sweat in the sauna, the scents on your skin will vaporize, and could embed in the sauna walls, impacting other patients.

    You will also want to bring a bathing suit, if you prefer, a small hand towel to wipe sweat from your face during the sauna, and toiletries for the shower after your treatment. Before your appointment a medical technician will set the sauna up with four towels; one on the floor, one on the seat, one to wear and one for showering.

    You will need to rinse off in the shower at GMA prior to getting into the sauna, as you would at a public pool. This will help rinse away any residual oils, lotions or perfumes that could embed into the sauna walls.

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    What will I experience in the FIR Sauna?

    Our FIR Sauna is located in a room along with a walk-in shower. The sauna will be set up with towels for you to sit on and to dry off during and afterward. Before getting in the sauna you will take a brief shower to rinse off any oils or other impurities, helping your skin be open for the sauna’s work. The sauna will be set at the temperature your doctor has advised. This can be between 90F and 130F, depending on your tolerance for heat, and the goal of your therapy. FIR sauna does not need to be excessively hot in order to have positive benefits. If you find the sauna is too hot for you to tolerate, speak with the tech to have the temperature lowered.

    The sauna has a wooden bench for you to sit on. The sauna has 6 heaters. One heater is in the side wall at the end of the seat so you can stretch out along the interior & retain FIR at your back. FIR exposure upon the back is critical to its therapeutic effects. There will be towels spread on the bench for you to sit on. The heat should feel comfortable, very warm, but not so hot that it is unpleasant.

    Depending on the state of your autonomic nervous system, you may sweat extensively. This is good! It means your body is able to respond well to the heat stimulus, and you will be detoxifying through your skin. You may want to bring a small hand towel to wipe the sweat off your face and body for more comfort.

    If you are not able to sweat the first time, you may be able to increase your ability with more sessions. It is common for people with chronic illness to have their temperature regulation disordered. This is one of the things that repeated exposure to FIR has the possibility of helping to correct.

    During the sauna you can just sit back and relax, read, or listen to music. Don’t stay in the sauna longer than recommended by your doctor.

    When you are done, you can take a shower to wash off the excreted toxins in your sweat. You may feel light headed when you first get out. Many like to rest briefly after the sauna. Be sure to remember to continue to hydrate yourself following the sauna.

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    What are the possible side effects using a Far Infrared Sauna?

    Patients may have a rise in heart rates, difficulty with body temperature regulation, fatigue, and possible detox reactions. In patients who are volume depleted (low blood fluid volume), they may need to rest for 30-60 minutes afterward because of increased blood flow to the skin. Patients should discuss with their practitioner all of these effects, as well as any other health concerns before using the FIR Sauna.

    Use one of the following options to make an appointment to discuss your use of the FIR sauna:
    Patient Portal for current patients
    (707) 575-5180

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    Is it safe?

    Far infrared saunas use safe and effective radiant heat, similar to the sun’s soothing warmth. When used correctly it is very safe. Radiant heat is more efficient because it warms you, not the air around you. Your body directly absorbs as much as 93% of the heat generated by the FIR Saunas. Please see the information about possible side effects, and be sure to discuss with your practitioner whether FIR sauna is a good choice for you.

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    Is it safe for the chemically sensitive?

    The manufacturer of our sauna, Heavenly Heat, began in 1987 as one of America’s first distributors of far-infrared (FIR) saunas. Once they realized these saunas were built with strong adhesives and objectionable materials, they decided to build better saunas. Heavenly Heat saunas are built for optimal safety and effectiveness, using only the best materials and with innovative construction methods to avoid the use of glues.

    Their main goal has always been to create true “medical-grade” saunas that provide an ideal detox environment. Anyone needing to eliminate toxic substances from their body can appreciate the wisdom of using a sauna that’s been the #1 choice of chemically sensitive persons for over 25 years!

    Two of the most highly regarded sauna detox programs for chemical and heavy metal injury are the The Environmental Health Center – Dallas, run by Dr. William Rea, and the Nova Scotia-EHC, a clinic used to treat Canadians diagnosed with “multiple chemical sensitivity”. These medical clinics and many others have used Heavenly Heat saunas successfully for several decades in treating their patients.

    With Heavenly Heat:
    • Each sauna is built without wood glue, varnish, plywood, or any similar materials.
    • Only untreated white poplar wood is used for all wooden parts of each sauna.
    • The frames are built with steel screws rather than pin-nails and glue.
    • Windows are made of strong heat-tempered glass.
    • Window gaskets are custom-milled poplar rather than synthetic materials.
    • Lights are made of metal and glass.
    • “Gadgets” like CD players and ionizers are excluded.
    • Wall heaters are ventilated to provide an automatic, constant air-change.
    • Heaters are tested to assure low electro-magnetic fields (EMF).
    • A carbon filter purifies the stale air leaving the sauna before it enters your living space.
    • Wall-connecting latches are stainless steel; door latches are brass.