Far Infrared Sauna

What is Far Infrared?

Infrared has nothing to do with ultraviolet radiation, nuclear radiation of other forms of negative radiation.

Infra red is also called radiant heat.  Infra red is a segment of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum and is not visible to human eyes.  However, we can feel this type of light as heat.  Ever noticed how the heat of the sun is blocked by a passing cloud?  That heat is radiant.  Our sun produces most of its energy in the infrared segment of the spectrum.  The “far” indicates a long wavelength (5.6 – 1000 microns (micron = 1 millionth of a metre)).  Infrared heat is also produced by the body, thus the heat produced in the infrared sauna is just like the heat from our sun or that which we produce as we burn fuel to keep warm.

How is it different to regular saunas?

Conventional saunas rely on convection (heating the air) and conduction (contact of heated air with the skin) to produce a heating effect.  There is no transfer of any form of healing energy to the body and high temperatures are required to produce a good sweat and cardiovascular conditioning.  Most people, however, find the high temperatures uncomfortable, especially since the head is also heated and breathing can be uncomfortable. This type of sauna is unsuitable for many people, especially those with certain medical conditions.

Our Infrared sauna uses far infrared rays of which 80% directly convert to heat within our bodies, thus allowing for much lower operating temperatures.  The infrared sauna’s radiant energy directly penetrates the body’s tissue from 2.5cm to 3.75cm (1 to 1.5 inches) and our bodies absorb as much as 93% of the infrared waves.  These rays are selectively absorbed by the body tissues which require a boost.  The normal internal production of infrared energy is responsible for a variety of healing responses.  Boosting the infrared energy of the body ensures that cells requiring additional energy for functioning and healing receive it without the expenditure of stamina.  This phenomenon is called “resonant absorption.”  Since the temperature can be adjusted, the sauna can be utilized in very low heat ranges that do not induce sweating or produce very mild sweating but still provide the body with this resonant energy absorption.  Since the sauna encapsulates the body and not the head, many of the uncomfortable aspects of regular saunas are eliminated.  When used at higher temperatures, the body will produce 2-3 times the sweat of conventional saunas allowing for  detoxification, cardiovascular conditioning as well as the absorption of energy without cost to stamina.


The fat cells of our bodies not only store fat but also toxins from our environment as a means to dilute these substances and keep them out of essential systems.  At temperatures above 60 degrees and because of the amount of sweat that is produced at these temperatures (7 to 10 times greater than conventional saunas) it is possible to detoxify the body of heavy metals including mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminum as well as arsenic, formaldehyde, pesticides, agent orange, industrial chemicals, gasoline, alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs as well as cholesterol.  It purifies the body on a cellular level.  Japanese researchers have reported that infrared radiant heat serves as an antidote to the negative effects of toxic electromagnetic sources, such as those from high tension power lines, computer and other electrical appliances, mobile telephones, microwaves and other household electromagnetic fields.  A general improvement in lymphatic function through the excretion of wastes through sweating and improvement of cardiovascular function to which the lymphatics are closely linked, results in general improvements in health.  In one study performed by American researchers, the sweat of people using a conventional sauna was found to be 95 to 97% water while the sweat of those using a Far-infrared sauna was 80 to 85% water with the non-water portion principally cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals (such as mercury and aluminium), sulphuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid. This unusually high concentration of heavy metals and other fat-soluble toxins is not found in the sweat from normal exercise.  Mercury is the most toxic element on earth, second only to plutonium.

Cardiovascular Conditioning

Due to the deep penetration into the skin of the far infrared rays, there is a heating effect deep in the muscular tissues and the internal organs. The body responds to this deep-heating effect via a hypothalamic-induced increase in both heart volume and rate. This beneficial heart stress leads to a sought-after cardiovascular training and conditioning effect.

Medical researchers confirm that the use of a sauna provides cardiovascular conditioning as the body works to cool itself and involves substantial increases in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. As a confirmation of the validity of this form of cardiovascular conditioning, extensive research by NASA in the early 1980’s led to the conclusion that infrared stimulation of cardiovascular function would be the ideal way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during long space flights. Blood flow during whole-body hypothermia is reported to rise from a normal 5 ~ 7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute.

Weight Loss

When the body produces sweat it burns calories/kilojoules to do so.  Weight loss also occurs because body fat becomes water soluble at 38 degrees Celsius and the body will excrete it through sweat. Many people suffer from an inability to lose weight despite dieting and/or exercise due to chemical toxicity whereby fat is used within the body to dilute such toxins and keep them away from essential systems.  The body therefore does not give up fat easily in such a situation since it acts as a protective mechanism.  By detoxifying with the infra sauna, weight loss becomes achievable.  While the weight of the water loss will be regained by drinking water, the calories/kilojoules consumed will not be.

A moderately conditioned person can easily lose 500 grams of sweat in our infra sauna, consuming nearly 300 calories (1260 kilojoules), which is equivalent to running 3 ~ 5 kilometres. A heat conditioned person can easily sweat off 600 ~ 1000 calories (2520 to 4200 kilojoules) with no adverse effects.  For those who are unfit, or not heat tolerant, regular use of the infra sauna at lower temperatures and gradually increased will create a heat conditioning effect as well as a cardiovascular conditioning effect thereby allowing for greater calorie/kilojoule consumption with regular use.

Session times are priced according to time, with sessions from 10 minutes up to an hour at fully variable temperatures to suit you on an individual basis and are based on your health, fitness and heat tolerance and trial based on feedback.  The sauna may be stopped at any time you choose.  You will be asked to fill in a brief health check prior to your first treatment, and we reserve the right to refuse use of the sauna if information you provide on the health check contraindicates treatment. Please check the list of contraindications at the end of this information sheet.  We regret that some people may be too large to fit in the infra sauna.  Its maximum width is 72 cm and height 45 cm.  If in doubt, measure yourself at the widest point of the hip (hip to hip) or shoulder or other widest part.


You cannot have an infra sauna if you have:

  • Adrenal suppression
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • A recent injury less than 48 hours old
  • Chronic hot or swollen joints
  • Are pregnant or suspect you might be
  • Haemophilia
  • Predisposition to haemorrhage

You should check with your doctor if you:

  • If you have a disease, consult with your physician first
  • If you are using prescription drugs you must consult with your physician for any possible changes in the drug’s effect due to any interaction with infrared therapy.
  • If you have metal pins, plates, rods, artificial joints or surgical implants check with your surgeon. (These generally reflect infrared rays and thus are not heated by this system).
  • If you have breast implants or other silicone implants, check with your surgeon or product manufacturer prior to infra sauna. (Silicone absorbs energy but only melts at over 200 degrees C (our system heats to a maximum of 70 degrees C) thus should not be adversely affected in any way through use of the infra sauna but it is still advisable to check.)

Other things: Just so you know….

Heating of the lower back area during menstruation may result in increased menstrual flow (temporary) but is not contraindicated. Should any condition worsen, use of the sauna should be discontinued

People do not experience pain using infrared therapy, however, if you do, the use of radiant heat is clearly inappropriate for you at this time.


What to wear:

As little as possible, but for hygiene we require you to wear underpants.  For men, a pair of briefs or Speedos, for women a bikini bottom or knickers.  Ladies, you may wear a two piece into the sauna and remove the top once in.  Our sauna is private and for one person at a time only.

What to bring:

A spare pair of underpants, as the ones you wear into the sauna will be soaked. A beach towel or bath sheet and a hand towel for your own use (this allows us to keep our costs down and provide the sauna at the lowest cost – we charge a towel fee if you cannot or forget to bring your own towels). You might also bring an MP3 player or walkman or other personal music device with headphones if you so wish.  It is possible to receive the energy benefits of an infra sauna fully clothed where temperatures are set low. It is also possible with our sauna to target only half the body if required.


30 mins or less $28       40 mins $33         50 mins $39          60 mins $45     Towel Fee $2.50

Detox & Weight Loss Packages:

30 minute sessions x 6 – pre-pay $132 save $36

30 minute sessions x 12 – pre-pay $240 save $96

What to do afterwards:

We do not provide shower facilities, thus you should shower once you get home to remove any toxins excreted during your session from your skin as soon as possible.  You will, however, feel quite clean immediately afterwards due to the nature of the cleansing action of sweat.

It is important to hydrate the body well with good quality water both before and after treatments or dehydration may result.  This is especially important if you are having multiple sessions per week for detoxification and/or weight loss.  For these type of programmes it is also important to maintain electrolyte and vitamin and mineral balance (which is also lost through sweat), therefore we recommend the supplementation of a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement as well as electrolyte balancing drinks.

Happy sweating!!


At Laser and Dermal the treatments are always of the highest quality, with the staff always willing to accommodate client wishes as much as possible. The staff always display a high level of nurturing and care for their clients, and this, I feel, is almost as important as the quality of services that they deliver.
- Diane Armstrong

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