How to Intensify the Health Benefits of an Infrared Sauna
- 1). Set the temperature on the infrared sauna to the temperature level you want. Most first-time sauna users find 120 F comfortable. It can take up to 20 minutes for the sauna to warm up to the set temperature.
- 2). Drink a glass of room temperature water before you enter the sauna. This will help your body to perspire and aid in the detoxification process of the sauna session since toxins are released through the skin via perspiration.
- 3). Take a lukewarm or hot shower before you go into the sauna. This is not a requirement, but serves to relax you and acclimatize your body for the sauna session. Make sure you dry off before going into the infrared sauna so you don't get the area wet.
- 4). Perform a few, simple stretches before you take a sauna. This improves the circulation and helps you to begin to perspire more easily once you're in the sauna.
- 5). Put on some music if you can, making sure it is relaxing and not loud or distracting. This is just for background effect if you think it will help you relax.
- 6). Take one or two towels with you into the sauna to wipe up sweat. If you like aromatherapy, light a scented candle or take in some essential oils you enjoy such as lavender, pine or eucalyptus.
- 7). Step into the sauna and make yourself comfortable. Close your eyes if this helps you to relax and take a few deep breaths. Allow yourself to sweat freely for 15 to 20 minutes.
- 8). Finish the sauna treatment by taking a warm or cool shower after the sauna session. Dry off and rub lotion or oil on your body. Drink a couple more glasses of water to help your body flush out toxins and rehydrate. Get dressed and find time to relax; don't do any strenuous activity right after the sauna therapy.