About Infra Red Sauna

 

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Click here for frequently asked questions about the Infra Red Sauna

NEW book your own daily sauna sessions
6 sessions in one week:

you get a special sauna booking code
so you can book your daily sauna online
Mon - Sat, between 9am - 9pm.
You also have a free chlorine free shower!
You need to bring your own towels...
Daily 30min sessions for 1 week, £35
Daily 1hr sessions for 1 week, £56

Infra red sauna:
one 30min session, £11
2 x 30min sessions, £22
6 x 30min sessions, £54
1hr session £15
3 x 1hr sessions, £40

Sauna + Massage offer:
1hr session sauna + 1hr massage, £45.

If you bring your own towels it is even cheaper:
one 30min session, £8
2 x 30min sessions, £16
1hr session, £12
3 x 1hr sessions, £31.

We have available a chlorine-free shower
4mins for only 20p, or £1 for 20mins
to wash away your toxicity!!

To book your sauna session please call Anahata Clinic, 01273 698687

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Infra Red Sauna FAQs

I’ve never heard of Infrared Saunas before. Are they a new invention?

What does infrared mean?

What is Far infrared?

Is infrared radiation dangerous?

How does an Infrared Sauna work?

What’s the difference between an Infrared Sauna and an ordinary sauna?

Is the Infrared Sauna safe for everyone?

Are there any negative effects that I need to look out for?

Will my Infrared Sauna session give me a sun-tan?

When is the Infrared Sauna open?

How can I book a session in the Infrared sauna?

How long is a session?

What do I need to bring with me?

Do I need to bring a bottle of water with me?

Does it matter if I’ve had a heavy lunch just before my sauna session?

How about having a few drinks or taking drugs before my sauna session?

Can I be naked in the sauna?

Is it a mixed sauna?

How can I get the most out of my time in the sauna?

What should I do after my sauna session?

I love the Infrared Sauna and I’d like to use it as often as I can. Do you have any discounts for regular users?

What do people say about the Infrared Sauna?

I’ve never heard of Infrared Saunas before. Are they a new invention?

Not really. A Japanese doctor, Tadashi Ishikawa of Fuji Medical, took out the first patent for infrared heating systems to be used in saunas back in 1965. For the next 14 years infrared heaters were only available in Japanese medical centres. In 1979, infrared heaters were made available for use by the general public. They’re fairly new in the UK and our Infrared Sauna is the only one in Brighton

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What does infrared mean?

Sunlight is made up of electromagnetic waves that have a wide range of wavelengths. Only a small portion of these wavelengths are visible to the human eye. Infrared is one of the ‘invisible’ wavelengths and sits just next to visible red. The visible spectrum accounts for just under half of the Sun’s total energy. A far larger amount is found in the infrared. So we are surrounded by infrared every day.

Infrared radiation was discovered by William Herschel in 1800 when he was investigating the properties of sunlight and used a prism to split it. He placed a thermometer on each colour of the spectrum. He surprised to find that the thermometer placed just outside the spectrum of visible light, ‘below’ red, registered the highest temperature. ‘Infra’ means ‘below’.

Every object in the universe which has a temperature above absolute zero radiates in the infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Even objects that we think of as being very cold, such as ice cubes, emit infrared radiation. The warmer the object, the more infrared radiation it is emitting.

Humans, at normal body temperature, radiate most strongly in the infrared at a wavelength of about 9 or 10 microns. (A micron is the term commonly used in astronomy for a micrometre or one millionth of a metre.)

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What is Far infrared?



Infrared has a range of wavelengths, just as visible light has wavelengths that range from red to violet. Near Infrared is closest in wavelength to red and Far Infrared is closer to the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum. On this NASA diagram of sunlight, the Far Infrared wave is shown as about the length of a pinhead.

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Is infrared radiation dangerous?

No. We experience infrared radiation every day. The heat that we feel from sunlight, a fire, a radiator or a warm pavement is infrared. Although our eyes can’t see it, the nerves in our skin experience infrared as heat because nerve endings detect the difference between our interior body temperature and our exterior skin temperature.

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How does an Infrared Sauna work?

An Infrared Sauna uses fuel or electricity to heat an emitter. Ours uses electricity. The electrical energy input is converted into infrared radiant heat in the filament and is directed onto heating panels by reflectors. Our Infrared Sauna uses Bio-Carbon Fibre heating panels to transmit this energy.

The main difference between Infrared Saunas and ordinary saunas is the way that the heat is delivered to your body. In an Infrared Sauna, the heat is ‘radiant’, which means that the infrared waves travelling through the air only deposit the heat that they’re carrying when they come into contact with your body or with another solid object.

In comparison, a traditional sauna uses a combination of radiation, conduction and convection to transfer thermal energy to your body (from the heater's stones and the room's walls, from the steam and from the airflow, respectively). This may be why some people find the heat and atmosphere of a traditional sauna oppressive.

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What’s the difference between an Infrared Sauna and an ordinary sauna?

In our Infrared Sauna, the maximum air temperature is normally about 40°C (about 104°F). The heat comes from Bio-Carbon Fibre heating panels positioned in the wooden walls of the sauna cabin. The heat that you experience in our Infrared Sauna is dry, radiated heat, warming you rather than warming the air too much. No water or steam are involved. The cosy warmth of our Infrared Sauna has been described as “like being hugged.” It is an individual cabin, so you are in control of the temperature at all times. You can listen to the radio or your MP3 player without disturbing anyone, or relax in silence. It’s up to you.

In an ordinary sauna, the kind you’ll come across in health centres, swimming pools, hotels etc in the UK, the heat comes from a “kiuas” or stove, usually electric, with stones to retain the heat. Water is thrown onto the stones to increase heat and to moderate moisture levels within the sauna by creating steam or “löyly”. The heat of the “kiuas” is infrared, of course, but it reaches you through a mix of convection, conduction and radiation (through the moisture in the air, through the heat of the walls and benches and through the radiant energy of the “kiuas” itself). The air in an ordinary sauna is heated to 70 - 100°C (158°F - 212°F) or sometimes higher. A malfunctioning thermostat or overenthusiastic fellow users can result in higher temperatures which many people find oppressive or claustrophobic.

Some science if you’re interested: the Infrared Sauna can operate effectively and encourage sweating, at its lower ambient heat, because 40°C is above normal body temperature, and that’s all that’s necessary to cause the human body to sweat. Also the very dry air has a lower thermal conductivity than moist air and so the sweat produced by the body evaporates quickly. The latent heat of evaporation cools the skin. In an ordinary sauna, pouring water over the “kiuas” increases humidity in the sauna, which increases heat transfer to the body and slows the rate of evaporation.

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Is the Infrared Sauna safe for everyone?

• Many people who find the heat of ordinary saunas oppressive are pleasantly surprised by the lower ambient air temperature of our Infra Red Sauna (40°C versus 70° - 100°C or higher in an ordinary sauna).

• Pregnant women should seek medical advice before using the sauna. (Many pregnant women in Finland use saunas, but as every pregnant woman is different, it’s worth being sure.)

• Users of hallucinogenic drugs should seek medical advice before using the sauna. Removal of drugs from tissue storage through sweating in the sauna can cause flashbacks or other negative effects

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Are there any negative effects that I need to look out for?

• If you begin to feel faint, if your heart feels as if it’s racing or if sweating stops completely, leave the sauna cabin.

• Occasionally, users have experienced a “healing crisis” where toxins leaving the body cause headaches or uneasiness on their way out. Remember to stay hydrated and let us know if you’re concerned. We have a replenishing mineral supplement cocktail available in our shop which may help (by replacing minerals lost during sweating or those deficient in the body).

• Many people do not easily sweat when they begin to use the sauna. It can take a few weeks or months to acclimatise to sweating in the sauna. Be patient.

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Will my Infrared Sauna session give me a sun-tan?

No. It’s Ultraviolet radiation that causes a sun-tan, not Infrared.

Your skin may look a little bit red for up to an hour after a session in the Infrared Sauna, but this won’t turn into a tan. The reddening is caused by vasodilation (expansion of the blood vessels). This is a result of the relaxation and warmth of the sauna causing the blood flow to increase, as your blood pressure drops. You could compare it with blushing, which is the result of increased blood flow in the face.

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When is the Infrared Sauna open?

Our sauna is open from Monday to Saturday (inclusive) from 9am to 9 pm.

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How can I book a session in the Infrared sauna?

• By phone: 01273 698687

• Or, if you are taking regular sauna sessions (you have booked a week sauna bundle), you will be able to phone or book online here using your special sauna booking code.

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How long is a session?

You can book a 30 minute or a full hour session

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What do I need to bring with me?

3 Towels and some 20p pieces for the chlorine free shower. That’s all!

You’ll need: One bath towel (for your shower or for towelling yourself off during or after the sauna) and two hand towels (one to sit on and one to rest your feet on) If you forget your own towels, we can provide a set of towels for a £3 charge (to include laundering).

Bring 20p pieces for the chlorine free shower (20p for 4 minutes /£1 for 20 minutes) The shower is free if you have booked one of our special offer sauna bundles.

There is a radio in the cabin, but you’re welcome to bring your MP3 player if you want to connect your own relaxing sounds or music while you’re enjoying the sauna.

No need to bring bottled water - there is a big bottle and a glass in the sauna room providing purified water. Enjoy!

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Do I need to bring a bottle of water with me?

No need. We have purified water in a big bottle, with a glass in the sauna room. Please help yourself!

Remember, you can lose just over a litre of water an hour through sweating in a sauna. So it’s wise to replace it with purified water.

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Does it matter if I’ve had a heavy lunch just before my sauna session?

If you’ve had a big meal, it’s a good idea to leave at least 2 hours before using the sauna. You’ll feel more comfortable and you’ll get much more out of the experience.

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How about having a few drinks or taking drugs before my sauna session?

Well, it’s not a good idea. Removal of alcohol from tissue storage through sweating can give you a truly horrible hangover and the same process can provoke flashbacks and other unpleasant effects if you’ve been taking anything hallucinogenic. These effects are impossible to predict or to control, so it’s better not to risk it.

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Can I be naked in the sauna?

Yes! The sauna room is completely private, so you can choose whether to wear nothing, a swimsuit or a loose cotton tank top and shorts. It’s up to you. Of course, the less you wear, the fewer layers of clothing the infrared waves need to get through in order to reach your skin.

Whether you choose to enjoy our sauna naked or not, remember to use one hand towel to sit on and one to rest your feet on. The towels will absorb sweat and add to your comfort.

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Is it a mixed sauna?

Our Infrared Sauna cabin is big enough for one person only, so your session will be completely private.

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How can I get the most out of my time in the sauna?

• Some people jog to their sauna session, so that sweating has started before they sit down in the sauna.

• It’s best if you have no lotions or oils blocking your pores before you start your sauna session. Take a chlorine free shower to be sure. (20p for 4 minutes)

• Drink at least half a glass of water before you enter the sauna cabin and at least a glass when you leave after a 30 minute session. Drink more for a 60 minute session.

• Many people sweat just over a litre every hour in the sauna. There is a big bottle with free purified water in the sauna room. Please help yourself.

• Once you’re in the sauna :

Relax
Breathe slowly and deeply (in through your nose and out through your mouth)
Relax
Visualise your body absorbing all the wonderful warmth and energy.
Relax
(The more you can relax, the more you will sweat)

• There is a radio option in the sauna cabin or you can plug your own MP3 player in (press ‘Aux’ and use the cable inside the sauna) and create your own bubble of tranquility.

What should I do after my sauna session? • Take a chlorine free shower with warm or cool water to close your pores after the detoxification of the sauna session.

• If you don’t have time for a shower after the sauna, rub your skin completely dry with a clean towel.

• It’s best not to use soap in the shower and not to apply oils or lotions after the shower. Use a loofah or skin brush for more efficient cleaning and let your body enjoy the benefits of clean, unclogged pores.

• Drink at least a glass of water per 30 minute session. We have provided a supply of purified water in the sauna room. Please help yourself!

• If you can, relax for at least 15 minutes after your sauna session.

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What should I do after my sauna session?

Our Infrared Sauna, changing area and shower room are all together in one private space, so that you can move comfortably from one to another as you wish.

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I love the Infrared Sauna and I’d like to use it as often as I can. Do you have any discounts for regular users?

Yes! We like to encourage regular use of our Infra Red Sauna, so we’ve come up with these special offers:

Special Detox Deal:
To take the best advantage of the powerful cumulative effects of our Infra Red Sauna:

• 6 daily sessions in one week, anytime from 9am till 9pm
• Book convenient time slots online
• Complimentary chlorine free shower for each sauna
• Save at least £13 over 6 sessions

You need to bring your own towels (2 hand towels and one bath towel) for this special price. Click here for booking info.

Sauna with Massage £45 (2hrs all inclusive):
An hour’s session in the Infra Red Sauna before your massage appointment will soften your muscles ready for a truly effective massage. A professional massage after your sauna session will complete the relaxing effect of the Infra Red rays. A win-win combination! Click here for booking info.

Bring your own towels and save money every session:
Bringing your own towels will always save you £3 on any other individual sauna session. (Our Special Detox Deal and Sauna with Massage offers already include this £3 discount)

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What do people say about the Infrared Sauna?

Here’s a selection of comments from our Infra Red Sauna users:

“Loved it - it is gentle, but powerful. It feels really clean and pleasant. I already feel clear and with more energy. I did sweat a lot! I will definitely do it again.” - Erine V

“Truly excellent. Sweated profusely but so comfortably. No sweat!!” - M G

“I felt extremely relaxed and lighter after the sauna - I think I need this during the long dark winters to keep the blues at bay - Thanks” - Miranda

“First time I tried the sauna, I hardly sweated at all. This is my third time, and I sweated profusely! Really brilliant.” - J R

“Being a regular sauna user at my gym I was intrigued by the advert I saw in a Brighton magazine. I find traditional saunas too hot at times. I took up the offer of sauna and massage as I was also suffering from stress at the time. I was also interested in the fact that it enabled the body to burn up to 800 kcal in an hour! I was surprised at how much I sweated without the discomfort of high temperatures. The combination of both sauna and massage work perfectly together as the sauna is very relaxing in itself. I would recommend this treatment to anyone suffering from stress and keen to rid their body of toxins.” - Andrew S.

`Having had 6 far infra red saunas, i have felt very cleansed. A year ago I finished a lot of dental work and was drawn to the far infra red sauna to help my body to eliminate the injections from the dental treatment. My daughter, Eve, experienced a rash on her arms. Knowing that she has been using chemical hairdyes, I booked her in to use the far infra red sauna - the rash went almost immediately after the first session. Thanks, - Maria`

`It was lush! I really enjoyed it, and I`m going to book another one, and tell everyone about it!! Thank you, - Lian L`

`Absolutely loved the experience, can imagine myself becoming rather hooked! Very refreshing and cleansing.` - Joe

`Really enjoyed it, after getting temperature up to 49 degrees, sweated nicely. My face looks less puffy, and my skin feels very smooth. I feel relaxed and rejuvenated.`

`I used to have regular infra red sauna treatments, and had great results with my circulation. I`m starting to use it again, now I have found the Anahata Clinic, as I`m sure it will aid my healing path.` - Christiana

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