In order to get the most out of your infrared sauna experience at The Mat, please read the details below.
What do I wear? Ideally, you want to wear as little clothing as possible - and since this is a public facility, we ask that you do wear clothes to your infrared sauna session. Wear comfortable clothing you can sweat in - we recommend a bathing suit or loose-fitting workout clothes. You'll want to bring change of clean clothes you can change into after your appointment.
Do I need to bring anything else? You'll want to bring water and at least 2 large towels - one to wipe down the sauna after use and one to sit on. If you forget those items, you can rent a towel for $1 and buy a bottle of water for $1. We do not recommend heating a plastic water bottle in the sauna as plastic chemicals can leak into your water.
How much will I sweat?
If you are just beginning your use of a sauna, you may not sweat right away. And don’t be alarmed if you’ve used the sauna several times and you still aren’t sweating as much as you think you should. The sweating mechanism can be hindered by the exposure of toxins throughout our life. Note that if you are not sweating, understand that your tolerance of the heat may be hindered since your body is unable to regulate the temperature of your body. Just take it slow, and know that your sweating mechanism will be enabled once you become a regular user.
How long are appointments? Each appointment is 30 minutes. Arrive 10-15 minutes early for your first appointment. You will need to fill out and sign a separate waiver. Want to save time? Print and fill out the waiver and bring it with you to your first appointment.
How long should I stay in the infrared sauna?
This will depend on your tolerance of the heat, but somewhere between 5-30 minutes. For beginners, it may be just a few minutes at a time. Listen to your body…get out as soon as it feels like enough. Ideally, you want to stay in long enough for your body to really sweat, but not to the point you feel light-headed or uncomfortable.
How often can I use the infrared sauna? You can use the infrared sauna daily!
What is the cost of a session? Sessions for Monthly Unlimited Auto Debit, 3-month Paid-in-full, and 6-month Paid-in-full Members are $10. Sessions for non-members are $15.
Can I bring a friend? Yes - the sauna fits 2 people. You can bring a friend to join you in your appointment for an additional $5. Call 972-497-YOGA (9642) to add the appointment for your friend.
What happens if I need to cancel my appointment? All appointments are non-refundable, but you can reschedule your appointment if you do it at least 24 hours in advance. If you need to cancel within 24 hours of your appointment time, you will not be able to re-book. No refunds will be given.
Are there any people who shouldn't use an infrared sauna? There are people who should not use a infrared sauna. Please consult your doctor first - especially if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or are on any type of medication. Click here to print the questionnaire you'll fill out and print with you on your first visit.
Why do I need to fill out a new waiver if I've already filled out The Mat's New Client Registration waiver? The New Client Registration add you to our system and allows you to take classes. The infrared sauna questionnaire is very specific to the use of the infrared sauna only.
Why should I use an infrared auna?
1. Quiet time, space, privacy; this is much-needed in our hectic, rapid-fire society.
2. Deep tissue relaxation.
3. As the body warms throughout, the heat relaxes your muscles, tendons and ligaments, and oxygen and nutrients are delivered to tissues that are not that well supplied at other times.
4. The stimulation of endorphin production (our own natural feel-good chemicals).
5. Causes an increased heart rate and stroke volume (amount of blood pumped with each heartbeat) in order to bring blood to the surface of the skin for sweat production and cooling. NASA and various cardiac medical journals report that this is equivalent to walking at a moderate to vigorous pace.
6. Shortened recovery time from workouts.
7. Shorter recovery time from muscle aches, strains and bruises.
8. Quicker clearance of lactic acid from post workout muscle soreness.
9. Weight Reduction. Yes, it’s true that you can burn up to 600 calories in 1 hr. in the infrared sauna, provided you sweat profusely. This is energy required for high-capacity sweat production and is separate from any water weight you lose from the sweat itself (which you must replace so you don’t dehydrate yourself).
Did you know…that producing sweat requires a lot of energy? So, since energy in the body is measured as calories, sweating uses up a lot of calories. Here’s how:
• Producing 1 g of sweat requires nearly 0.6 calories.
• A profuse sweat can produce 1 liter of sweat in an hour.
• Since sweat weighs 1 g/ml, 1 liter (1000 ml) requires 600 calories to produce. (0.6 calories x 1000)!
Despite the fact that many people are embarrassed by their own sweating, it serves a critical cooling and detoxification function in the body.
Increase metabolism, burn calories, and lose weight. As you relax in the gentle far infrared heat, your body is actually hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, and burning calories. As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart will work harder to pump blood at a greater rate to boost circulation. This increase in your metabolism will burn calories.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build big leg muscles. Regular use of a Sauna imparts a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories as regular exercise.”
Relieves muscle pain. The deep heat of the sauna helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries.
Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscle, so they recover faster.
Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm,for greater flexibility and range of motion. Far Infrared heat relieves muscle tension and thereby helping your body to make the most of its intended healing abilities. Infrared heat reduces soreness on nerve endings and muscle spasms as muscle joints and fibers are heated.
Improves the immune system. The sauna's deep heating infrared heaters will raise your core body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. Fever is the body’s natural mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, as seen in the case of infection.
This enhanced immune system, combined with improved elimination of toxins and wastes via intense sweating, increases your overall health and resistance to disease.
Removes toxins. Infrared Sauna heat increases your blood circulation and stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built up toxins in the body.
Daily sauna sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of accumulated highly toxic metals (lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid, and other organic and inorganic compounds.
“Traditional wisdom has suggested that saunas work largely by promoting detoxification through the sweat… Saunas also stimulate cells to release toxins which can then be eliminated by the liver and bowel. Several published studies have now shown that this hypothermic therapy can bring about the rapid removal of a wide range of toxic substances from the human body.” John C. Cline, M.D., B.Sc., C.C.F.P., A.B.C.T., Medical Director of the Cline Medical Centre and Oceanside Functional Medicine Research Institute, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
“The best way to get rid of heavy metals and pesticide residues? The infrared sauna. It has been known for decades that sweating is a wonderful way to get rid of stored chemicals, including heavy metals. In fact, sauna is one of the detoxification procedures used in the Environmental Units in Dallas (Dr. William Rea) and North Charleston (Dr. Allan Lieberman) where the sickest of folks go to heal. But many people, myself included, never could tolerate a sauna. We felt weak, sick, fast heart rate, faint, dizzy, headachy, or just miserable. Thanks to improved technology, the infrared sauna is tolerated much better, because it uses a heat energy that penetrates the tissues better, allowing an overall lower temperature to be used.” Dr. Sherry Rogers, Total Wellness, May 2000
Improves appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is a common term used to describe superficial pockets of trapped fat, which cause uneven dimpling or “orange peel” skin. It appears in 90% post adolescent women (almost all women over the age of 20 have cellulite to some degree) and is rarely seen in men.
Common but not exclusive areas where cellulite is found, are the buttocks, thighs, and the abdomen. Contrary to popular belief, cellulite is not related to obesity, since it occurs in overweight, average, and thin women. The appearance of cellulite is not always reduced by weight loss.
Cellulite occurs in the subcutaneous fat layer just beneath your skin. Your skin is connected to the underlying muscle by vertical strands of tissue. The combination of this connective tissue pulling in on your skin and fatty deposits and fibrosis pushing out against your skin cause the dimpled appearance of cellulite.
Since the far infrared radiant heat of the Clearlight sauna warms three times as deep as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at reducing cellulite. There is a direct link between the slowing of metabolic rates and the storage of toxins in fat cells. Sauna use and infrared heat can increase heart rate and localized blood circulation, which essentially reverses the above-mentioned trends towards the accumulation of liquids in the fat cells to reduce the appearance of cellulite
Eases joint pain and stiffness. In many countries radiant heat therapy is widely used to treat patients suffering from many forms of arthritis. Radiant heat has also been effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other muscular-skeletal ailments. Much of the stiffness, aches and soreness that comes with aging is reduced or eliminated.
Reduces stress and fatigue. Relax in the sauna as the stresses and tensions of every day life melt away! Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of the sauna and you’ll feel relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed.
Improves skin. The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes in the sauna carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Increased circulation draws your skin’s own natural nutrients to the surface.
You’ll see improved tone, elasticity, texture and fresh color. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.
Source: Clearlight Infrared Sauna Website