My massage therapist began educating me about Far Infrared (FIR) technology and therapy about five years ago after she and her husband (our family doc) got a FIR sauna. They chose one that was big enough for two people to sit inside at once -- big, walk-in-sit-down, put-it-outside-or-in-a-rec-room, and expensive.
Since that time, I have been researching Far Infrared (FIR) technology and therapy.
Our biggest hesitation was, "Where would we put it?" Our house is too small to accommodate a structure that big, and if it was outside, would we use it when the weather was too hot? or too cold? So, the FIR sauna just never came to be.
A couple of years ago I began to see "personal FIR saunas", and I was so excited -- they are small, inexpensive, energy efficient, and because the energy source is closer to your body, the therapeutic benefits are delivered in a shorter time session. Now I would get my sauna! But, after extensive research, I found that none of the personal saunas could be sanitized inside! Ick!
Sweating is one of the main "objectives" to FIR therapy, and therefore, lots and lots of sweat "stuff" is going on inside that personal dome-shaped sauna. How would you clean it??? The ads all read, "Not for clinical use", which translated to, "Cannot be cleaned!"
After all these years, I have finally found one that CAN be sanitized! Simply spray the inside walls with a disinfectant (the type a massage therapist would use on tables, etc.) and wipe dry.
And yes, we got one. And yes, it is awesome! So awesome that I cannot help but offer them to all my customers who not only have health and pain issues, but also those who just want to stay fit, and create a feeling of well-being.
Here are some of the reasons John and I wanted FIR therapy:
Pain Relief - John has osteoarthritis, I have fibromyalgia.
Detoxification - John has spent half his life in Turpentine and pesticides, I am still recovering from all the meds I took while having undiagnosed carpal tunnal and fibromyalgia.
Relaxation -- Who doesn't get stressed from pain and everyday life?
Immune System Support -- one theory as to the "why" of fibromyalgia is that perhaps it is due to a compromised immune system.
Improved Circulation - Because I cannot exercise as rigorously or long enough to promote good cardio-vascular health, I knew that FIR would improve that portion of my health concerns. NASA uses FIR to keep astronauts in good shape while in space.
Restful Sleep - Sleep deprivation increases as we get older, with pain issues, and with stresses of everyday life.
As you read through our FIR pages on our site, you will find your own particular reasons to want a Sauna Dome, a Vita Mat, and or a Mineral Lamp. Maybe you will start with one thing, then end up with all, like we have!
I use my Sauna Dome almost every morning. I set the clock for 5 a.m., get up, turn on the 'Dome to preheat, have a drink of Emer'gen-C, "do the 'Dome" for 15 minutes on each side, hop in the shower, and then get on with the rest of my day.
At night, before I go to sleep, I lie on my Vita Mat for about 20 to 30 minutes while reading. Then I slide it off the bed, and I'm ready for a great night's sleep. It really seems to help my sleep pattern, and I feel rested in the morning, and am not so stiff and sore when I try to get out of bed.
I mostly use the Lamp for spot treatment. For instance, while at the computer I will focus it on my elbow, or maybe the back of my neck -- wherever I am feeling stressed or hurting.
In addition to all the benefits we feel we are receiving from our FIR products, there have been a couple of surprises. The FIR information always includes a statement such as, "...burn 600 to 900 calories in 30 minutes," and I'm thinking, "yeah, sure, uh-huh, I'd like to see that happen!" Well, I've been Sauna Doming now for a couple of months, and I've lost about 7 pounds. I've done nothing else different. Pretty cool.
The other effect is that within about 20 minutes after a Sauna Dome session, I will suddenly have a feeling come over me that I can only describe as a distinct feeling of "Well-Being". I believe this to be the release of endorphins, which is one of the primary benefits of exercise. Endorphins are the body's natural version of opiates such as morphine and codeine -- without the addictive side effects. High endorphin levels are not only powerful pain relievers, but they also alleviate the negative effects of stress.
Here is what Sherry Rogers, MD has to say about FIR saunas:
?I used to hesitate to recommend something as expensive as a home sauna. But when you realize the lifelong incapacity and expense of diseases such as chronic pain syndromes, heart disease, chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraines, neuralgia, Alzheimer?s, cancer or others caused by chemical toxicity, a sauna is very inexpensive.?
You can find her books, Detoxify or Die, and Pain Free in 6 Weeks at www.amazon.com
Please read all this great information on the following pages. Then place your order for an investment that you will use to help you feel better now, and with continued use, will keep you in better health for the rest of your life.
It is ESSENTIAL TO DRINK ENOUGH WATER and to take supplemental minerals to replace the fluids and electrolytes lost during sweating. One method of replacing minerals and electrolytes is by drinking Emer'gen-C, or check with your health care provider for guidance, or read the Dr. Sherry Rogers books as listed above. Learn more about Emer'gen-C by going to www.alacercorp.com
Always consult with your physician or health care provider before using the Sauna Dome, Vita Mat, or Lamps. The information in this web site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.