Sound Mind Body Healing Institute
Sound Mind Body Healing Institute

Infrared sauna

Infrared Sauna

How it works

IR sauna penetrates the skin deeper than radiant sauna using safe, low frequency infrared lamps. Therefore, the temperature inside the sauna is lower. It ranges from 130-150F instead of 180-200F. The heat on the skin and the air that you breathe is more tolerable while at the same time a greater amount of heat is penetrating the body which increases circulation. Sessions last from 20-30 minutes and studies have shown that your health status can be improved in as little as twice a week for 4 weeks.

Benefits of Infrared

Increasing your circulation creates a host of benefits to the individual including:

  • Cardiovascular Improvements
  • Decrease in high blood pressure
  • decreased inflammation
  • Increase in immune system function
  • Diabetes (metabolic) symptoms improved
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis improved
  • Improvement in chronic fatigue
  • Raynaud's Syndrome improved
  • Muscle and joint pain decreased
  • Workout recovery time decreased
  • Detoxification
  • Supports weight loss
  • Skin conditions improved
  • Cellulite decreased

Sedentary Lifestyle

For those individuals with a sedentary lifestyle, IR is a safe way to increase circulation and receive benefits that have been found to be equal to moderate exercise. Some of these benefits include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased oxygen intake
  • Higher metabolic rate
  • Better muscle relaxation
  • Improved joint flexibility
  • Improved mood

In combination with massage

Prior to having a massage, IR prepares the body via warming and relaxing skeletal muscles and improving tendon and ligament elasticity. Many spas will have their clients prepare for a massage by soaking in a Jacuzzi for 30 minutes prior to receiving body work. The idea is the same, warming and relaxing the skeletal muscles improves the outcome of the massage.

Weight Loss

Regular use of the Infrared sauna in 20 to 30 minute sessions supports weight loss my increasing metabolism and burning between 300 and 800 calories per session.


If you have any of the following conditions, you are advised against Infrared treatment:

  • Preganacy
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Unstable Angina
  • Severe Orthostatic Hypotension


If you are not a client/patient of Sound Mind Body Healing Institute or one of the affiliated practitioners and you would like to use the sauna, we can provide a health screening for you. Alternatively, you can submit a note from your doctor referring you for IR treatment.

Initial time and temperature in the sauna may be as little as 5 minutes at 100℉ depending on person’s health status. Time and temperature will gradually increase as you are able. This process should not be rushed.