Jade Infrared Sauna: FAQ
Jade Infrared Sauna: FAQ
Are infrared saunas safe? What are the potential side effects? How does an infrared sauna treatment feel?
The pod looks similar to a tanning bed, with a cylindrical light inside, on top in the center, which emits the infrared light. The infrared light emits light waves that aren’t visible and the experience happens at a much lower temperature than with a conventional sauna. Infrared light is a radiant heat, so this light can penetrate up to 1.5 inches beneath the skin without being painful or causing a burning effect.
No serious adverse effects have been reported with infrared saunas, and this type of treatment is safe for the majority of people. Even those who can’t normally tolerate other types of saunas or heat treatments can handle the infrared sauna better.
That being said, it’s still a good idea to talk to your doctor or health care practitioner about starting treatments with infrared saunas if you have sensitive skin, a history of heart problems or take medications. Infrared saunas are powerful devices and capable of changing your perspiration and heart rates, so it’s safest for some people to work with a knowledgeable practitioner while starting treatments to monitor their reactions and progress.
Can I be burned in an infrared sauna?
Infrared saunas are constructed with grilles over the infrared heaters and cannot produce this type of burn. In fact, no surface inside a properly designed infrared sauna gets hot enough to burn you by contact.
How old should you be to use the infrared sauna?
It is not recommended for very young children to use a sauna. Until puberty, children can’t regulate their body temperature through sweat production as efficiently as adults can. For this and other reasons, children do not follow the same guidelines of sauna use as their parents. As a result, children between the ages of six and twelve are recommended to perform a sauna session for 15 minutes or less. In addition, anyone younger than 18 years of age must have signed consent of a parent or guardian before performing an infrared sauna treatment.
Below are conditions to be aware of when performing an infrared sauna and their symptoms.
– Overheating (heat exhaustion) – symptoms include fatigue, nausea, headache, excessive thirst, muscle aches and cramps, weakness, confusion or anxiety, drenching sweat with cold, clammy skin, slowed or weakened heart rate, dizziness, fainting and agitation.
– Dehydration – excessive thirst, headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, irritability and confusion in adults, very dry mouth, sunken eyes, sleepiness and dry skin. Make sure to drink water and/or electrolyte replacement beverages before and after sauna use (8 to 16 ounces). Don’t drink alcohol before or during sauna use and avoid sugary drinks or sodas as well.
– If you have diabetes be sure to monitor blood sugar before and after sauna use.
– Do not use the sauna during an acute illness or injury where it may interfere with the natural healing process. For example, it is recommended to avoid sauna use during the first 48 hours of an acute sprain-type injury.
– Note that your skin nearest the far infrared heaters can get reddened from the increased blood flow there, but this goes away within an hour or so after the sauna and doesn’t feel uncomfortable.
AVOID sauna use completely in case you:
– Experienced a stroke in the past (type caused by bleeding into the brain)
– Have severe aortic stenosis
– Have had a recent myocardial infarction (heart attack)
– Have unstable angina pectoris
– Have lupus erythematosus and on steroids since this significantly interferes with blood circulation
– Have any brain tumors
– Are on a medicine applied by a skin patch (transdermal medication) since the absorption rate of a transdermal medication can change with sweating and the adhesive may also unglue from your skin.
– Multiple sclerosis
– Silicone implants