USING AND ENJOYING YOUR NEW CLEARLIGHT INFRARED SAUNA
USING AND ENJOYING YOUR NEW CLEARLIGHT INFRARED SAUNA
Congratulations on your new Clearlight Infrared Sauna! Your purchase of a Clearlight Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna is an investment in you and your family's health and longevity. We're sure you will have years of enjoyment and benefit from regular use of your sauna.
We put this page together to act as guide to help you get started using and enjoying your sauna. The manual included with your sauna has full instructions on how to set up and install your sauna, as well as general use instructions. Please refer to the manual for our full lifetime warranty.
When you begin to unpack your sauna please note that although very durable, the woods used can be easily scratched by belt buckles and sharp objects. Please use care and attention during the assembly process.
When you first receive your sauna:
1) Once you have set up your sauna be sure to wipe out the sauna with a soft, damp cloth to pick up any excess sawdust film that may have settled in the sauna post-production.
2) To turn on the sauna, hold down the "Power" button. You can now adjust the time and temperature for your sauna session and control the lights. The AM/FM/CD player is powered independently from the main power and can be turned on without powering up the sauna.
3) Instructions for setting and using the controller are in your User Manual.
Recommended Use of Your New Clearlight Sauna:
The more you use your sauna, the more you will discover your own personal preference for how you like to use it. Remember, infrared heat is more effective at lower temperatures and your Clearlight Far Infrared sauna is designed to heat your body more so than to heat the cabin. Approximately 80% of the heat heats your body and 20% of the heat heats the sauna cabin.
In their book Beyond Antibiotics, Drs. Michael A. Schmidt et al., state the following: "Saunas are being used by some doctors to stimulate the release of toxins from the bodies of their patients. They have found that a lower temperature (105º-130ºF) sauna taken for a longer duration is most beneficial. These low temperatures stimulate a fat sweat, which eliminates toxins stored in fat, as opposed to the high temperature sauna, which encourages a water sweat."
The following is our recommendation for use of your sauna:
1) Turn your sauna on and warm it up for about 15 minutes. We recommend putting a towel on the bench to absorb sweat, as well as one on the floorboard under your feet. It’s also nice to have a small hand towel available to wipe the sweat off your skin. Some say this encourages more sweating.
2) After this short warm-up time when the sauna is in the range of 100º to 110º, get in the sauna and turn the temperature on the thermostat up to about 130 degrees. Once you’re in the sauna you can turn the heater up to as high as 140º if you do well with high temperatures. Keeping it at this level will ensure that the heaters stay on the entire time and you will be receiving optimal infrared heat throughout your entire session.
It is important to note that you do not have to set the temperature setting this high. Many people prefer 120º to 130º. In time you will find what is best for you. If it’s starting to feel too warm, you can either lower the temperature or just open the door a crack to let in some cool air. This strategy of leaving the temperature at a high level and opening the door a little is often used to find a comfortable temperature while keeping the infrared heaters on, thus continuing to emit the beneficial infrared heat.
3) Sit back and enjoy your sauna session. Since the key to infrared therapy is heating your body core you will find that you sweat more sitting up in the sauna with your back lined up with the back wall heaters heating your body core from the back. This positions you in such a way that the front wall heaters will be heating your front body core.
4) During your session the temperature will slowly climb inside the sauna. Remember, your Clearlight Infrared Sauna is heating your body more so than heating the air.
5) Stay Well Hydrated. It is essential to stay well hydrated when using your sauna. It is estimated that 70% of people are dehydrated. When you are dehydrated, your body holds on to water and will not allow you to sweat very much. It is recommended to drink water before you get in the sauna and bring a quart of water into the sauna with you and drink it during your session. It is also suggested that you use a good quality electrolyte solution or something such as a pinch of Himalayan Salt in your water to replace the minerals lost in your perspiration.
What To Expect During Your Sauna Session
1) In the first 10 to 20 minutes, the infrared heat will start to stimulate the various systems in your body and some may start to sweat profusely. Of course this timing will vary from person to person and from day to day. Some people sweat more easily than others. It is also very common for people not to start sweating for the first 15 to 20 minutes. For some people it may take several sessions for the infrared heat to kick-start the sweating process. Everyone is different.
2) The recommended session time is 25-35 minutes. Some people are in their sauna for longer or shorter sessions depending on their preference and overall health. Starting with shorter sessions and slowly increasing your session time may be recommended if you have conditions to warrant this.