When Sarah and I got our first far-infrared sauna room at home 8 years ago, I remember proclaiming one day “I know we’ve only had it (the FIR sauna) a week, but I declare that it has already paid for itself!” After almost 4 years of 3 to 5 times a week of use, we knew, that when we opened Mandala that we wanted to make FIR therapy available to others and set about to find the best brand we could find
When we opened the center, a local MD, who happens to be one of the few Lyme disease specialists in the country, began referring patients to us for both the use of and purchase of FIR sauna rooms. And as I began meeting person after person who had been affected by Lyme disease, I got more and more interested in not only learning about Lyme disease but in learning how Lyme disease treatment could be supplemented by regular use of FIR therapy.
I began learning from FIR sauna customers about how muscle and joint pain so often prevalent with Lyme was being alleviated with use. Lyme patients reported feeling better at a time when they were unable to workout or even go for a walk. They experienced warmth in the sauna when so often they were feeling chilled because of the spirochetes ability to turn the body temp down via the thyroid (they thrive with a lower body temp, those pesky bacteria) and the warmth helps whatever treatment people are on work more effectively.
But it was when I went down hard and fast with Lyme disease in early 2009 that I really learned, firsthand, the benefits of far-infrared therapy with Lyme. When people ask me how I got through the months of muscle pain, the fatigue, the mental fog, the spasms, the constant chills, I can say that a great doctor, the right treatment, the correct diet for me, meditation and far-infrared sessions definitely did it. I can honestly say that without the 7 days a week of FIR therapy, I would not have healed so quickly.
The far-infrared sauna, used in conjunction with the right treatment, work hand-in-hand to make the body a less hospitable environment for the bacteria to flourish. The deep, penetrating heat provides us with a sense of comfort, a mental and physical sanctuary while the far-infrared waves help to directly kill the bacteria especially those closer to the surface of the body. The effects of the rapid detoxification that happens with far-infrared (much more-so than conventional style sauna) gives the body a greater chance at full-body healing as we sweat away the toxins that served to lower our immune systems in the first place. Recent studies show that up to 20% of the sweat content in a true far-infrared sauna is toxic material. A conventional sauna yields around 2 – 3% toxins in the sweat, not to mention that for so many, especially those dealing with compromised immune systems or other chronic illness, the superheated air in a conventional sauna is just too hard to endure for long enough to really get the benefit.
Out there in the world right now, there are a myriad of FIR sauna companies making many promises that they cannot back up and that is too bad. There is much deception in the FIR market as less scrupulous companies try to “cash in” on a growing health trend. It saddens me to see people go for the el-cheapo models that are all over the internet, not knowing what they are getting – do the emitters give off the correct frequency of FIR? Are there toxic glues and varnishes that will be outgassing while they are using the sauna (retox instead of detox)? Is the unit fully electrically tested and approved by the various agencies that oversee such things? Is the wood used in the cabinet from a slash and burn forest in Burma? Was the wood shipped wet and therefore sprayed with chemical fungicides in order to combat mold growth (another thing that will be outgassing for years to come)? Is there MDF (medium density fiberboard) used in construction (MDF is full of all manner of glues and sometimes formeldahyde)? These are the things that people need to know about, not to mention finding out how long the company has been around. In the last 5 years scores of companies have manufactured substandard FIR products, set up shop on the internet, promising lifetime warranty, cashing in with unsuspecting buyers and then closing up shop only to reform under a different business name and on and on.
It’s easy to make a website. It’s easy to make a product look good in the small photos seen. It’s easy to make promises that you know you won’t have to keep. After all, the internet can make for a pretty impersonal transaction. There is no one you have to look in the eye. It is easy to deceive.
I give these warnings not because I want you to purchase your far-infrared sauna from me, but because the last thing I want to see is people get burned buying a substandard product, one that may be doing you more harm than good. Sure, it might warm you up, but is the frequency of far-infrared emission the correct frequency? Again, easy to promise… but if the company that you are looking at can’t give you true and reliable 3rd party testing data for VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), then I would recommend running away as fast as your feet will take you.
We spent months finding a product that fit all of our (very) particular standards. And after many frustrating dealings with some pretty unsavory companies and people, we were led to Saunatec. We’ve been offering their products here at Mandala for 3 and a half years, not only in our local community but all over the US, shipping them to happy customers from Washington State to Washington, DC. If you find yourself reading this article because you are thinking of purchasing a FIR sauna or are just curious as to what a FIR sauna room can do for you and your family’s health, never ever hesitate to contact us. We want to see people feeling their best. The potential for healthier and more comfortable living is within us all. We would be grateful for the opportunity to help you along your way.
May the best of health be yours,