Archive for August, 2016

Guest Blog post – FIR Saunas

This is a guest blog post from one of our sponsors, Heavenly Heat Sauna. Some great information!



Body heating has been used for centuries for pain and stiffness, body purification, relaxation, rejuvenation, and more recently, as a holistic, adjunctive modality for treating autism, cancer and Lyme disease. Saunas can be powerfully effective by increasing blood flow, raising body temperature, and inducing profuse sweating to excrete toxic chemicals and heavy metals.

A good far-infrared (FIR) sauna can increase blood flow and induce sweating more profoundly than in a considerably hotter traditional sauna. This occurs due to the greater speed with which infrared energy – a light wave, warms the body as compared to hot air. This, by the way, has nothing to do with any “special wavelengths” that some promoters falsely claim make their saunas uniquely more effective than others.

There are two factors in sauna designs that really matter for efficacy. The first is to create optimal infrared exposure levels, and the second is to construct the sauna to create a most healthful detoxification environment.

Effective IR levels are achieved by using ceramic heaters rather than carbon or near-infrared bulbs. Carbons are typically made of covered plastic and are weak, making these saunas effective only at higher temperatures. NIR is absorbed by the body in a less concentrated manner than FIR and this makes it less effective for detoxification, and it may create optical risks if it’s not positioned properly.

Heavenly Heat creates ideal sauna detox environments. Each sauna is built entirely with low-allergen white poplar wood and tempered safety glass, without the use of plywood, laminates, or any wood glue. A constant air-change is built into each model.

FIR can enhance and accelerate the sauna detox process, and can be highly beneficial but only if the sauna is designed and built properly. That is a big “if” as the marketplace is flooded with Asian imports that are built improperly for a detox environment with strong adhesives and plastic heaters.

Heavenly Heat’s saunas can be viewed at and brochures with pricing and specifications can be requested at or by calling 800-697-2862.