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Infrared sauna use can promote detoxification, weight loss, pain relief, deep relaxation, and much more. But the way we prepare for, and use, our sauna time is crucial for gaining the maximum benefits. Proper preparation for sauna use is as important as the session itself. Just as we warm up our body when we begin an exercise routine, and cool down our body as we end it, there are some basic steps we need to follow to ensure that we get the most out of our sauna session. Here are the basic protocols for you to achieve the ultimate infrared sauna experience every time you sauna.

The Warm Up: What to do before your sauna session

  • Hydrate! Drink a minimum of 8 oz. of water to prepare your body for an increase in core body temperature.
  • Preheat your sauna. A typical sauna session will range between 125°F and 135°F degrees. If you prefer, ask to have your sauna preheated to the desired temperature before you begin your session. Starting your sauna session at a cooler temperature (but at least 100°F) will still produce a satisfying and effective sauna session.
  • Place a towel on the bench to absorb sweat. It’s also nice to have an extra towel around to wipe your face during the session. We recommend using our Bamboo Carbon Body Wrap or Bamboo Towel. Naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, with exceptional absorbency, the Bamboo Carbon Body Wrap or Bamboo Towel is the perfect addition to any infrared sauna session.

During Your Sauna Session

  • Enter your sauna when it reaches at least 100°F. Keep in mind the temperature will continue to rise as you enjoy the sauna. The optimal sauna temperature is 100°F to 135°F. Temperatures in this range enable the heaters to provide the optimal concentration of infrared wavelengths. This is the key factor in bringing you the many health benefits of using an infrared sauna, including detoxification, pain relief, skin purification, weight loss, and stress relief.
  • Watch your time: Make sure to adjust your session length in accordance to your body’s needs. It may be important to start slow if you are new to infrared sauna. Begin with short 15-20 minute sessions every other day, especially if you are engaging in other detoxifying activities. In a fairly short time, you should be able to increase your time toward our standard 40-minute session in the optimal temperature range. Always listen to your body and adjust based on what it’s telling you.
  • Stick with it for long-term benefits: Just as with exercise or eating healthy, sauna use takes time and consistency to see results. You may not even sweat the first few times you use the sauna. But know that sweating (and the detox that comes with it) will increase over time, leaving you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and renewed. We recommend using Pure Sweat amplifying cream, which increases sweating and circulation, to boost results. This amazing cream accelerates caloric expenditure, enhances vasodilation, stimulates the sweat glands, and helps fight muscle fatigue while enhancing muscle activity.

The Cool Down: How to end your sauna session

  • Dry off and cool down naturally. We recommend waiting at least 30 minutes after your sauna session before taking a refreshing shower.
  • Help keep the sauna clean. We clean our saunas after each use with a natural, plant-based cleaner specially designed to be free of harsh chemicals or fragrances. We ask that you help us keep the saunas clean by placing a towel on the bench during use and wiping the sauna of any excess sweat when your session is completed.
  • Rehydrate! Rehydrate with an electrolyte drink or at least 24 oz. of water. We recommend a NOOMA Organic Electrolyte Drink (available cold at Respira Vita when you have completed your session). Choose from one of several refreshing flavors made with real ingredients that naturally have what your body needs after a sauna session.

If you would like to learn more, visit us on the web at, or give us a call at 704-313-8678. We are happy to discuss the many benefits of infrared sauna and book a sauna session for you!

Disclaimer: Respira Vita is proud to feature Sunlighten Full-Spectrum Infrared Saunas. The information provided in this blog are excerpts taken from the Sunlighten blog and/or website.

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