The FAR INFRARED RAY Sauna
   
What it is, how it works, and what the medical researchers say.
     

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What is it?
Far InfraRed Rays are an integral part of the sun’s spectrum, and though invisible it has been known for many years as the ’Light of Life” in Korea, Japan and China, where the advantages of the FIR rays in therapeutic use first became common.

Since then Thermal Infra Red heating has been used extensively in Europe and USA and the health benefits assessed and reported on. You may at times have used an infrared lamp as an aid to recovery from back pain or sprains and muscle lesions.

The sun emits FIR energy that is absorbed by human cells, causing a physical phenomenon called “resonance”. FIR rays vibrating at a frequency to that of the human body are thus able to activate cells, and reactivate as well as strengthen resulting in a better blood circulation and an overall improved micro blood circulatory systems.

The body’s ability to also emit FIR energy is the reason behind some alternative healing practices such as ‘laying-on of hands’ and ‘palm healing’, a practice with some 3000 years of tradition behind it in China (known as “Qi-Gong therapy). Our palms in fact emit far infrared energy at between 8 to 12 microns.

In Japan FIR heaters were used by the medical practitioners exclusively until 1979 when they were released for public use.

The energy radiated by infrared [IR] rays heats objects directly, i.e. the intervening air is not heated, a process known as ‘conversion’. The IR segment of the Sun’s electromagnetic spectrum is divided into 3 parts: the near infrared wavelength: 0.076 to 1.5 microns, medium infrared wavelength: 1.5 to 5.6 microns, and the FAR INFRA RED wavelength: 5.6 to 1000 microns.

Our sun’s energy output comes mostly from the IR segment of the spectrum, but it is the wavelength of between 6 and 14 microns that is most beneficial to humans and indeed to all living things on this earth.

How it works:
The FIR rays’ energy when tuned to the human body is absorbed by the cells invigorating the cellular activities and stimulating the blood vessel allowing increased oxygen to reach the joints and extremities and carrying greater amounts of nutrients to cells and skin.

The heat energy penetrate the body tissues to a depth of 4 to 5cm quickly and efficiently, and instead of using energy to convert air to higher temperatures, as for example in a steam sauna, the energy is converted directly to heat the body. This is one of the reasons for the unprecedented benefits reported for the FIR Sauna system, unavailable from the use of a conventional steam sauna.

The volume of perspiration induced by FAR Sauna may be up to 2-3 times the volume obtained from a conventional sauna, yet the FIR sauna operates a significantly cooler air temperature 55-65oC, against the hot air sauna’s 80-110oC, so FIR saunas are safer for people with cardiovascular concerns.

When it is desired to enjoy only the FIR ray penetration the front of the sauna cubicle may be left open, i.e. unzipped, for example for the purpose of a pre-activity warm-up, even when fully clothed, then minimal perspiration is likely to be experienced. This approach is useful for a warm-up prior to stretching, working-out, running or before exposure to cold weather, as well as being useful for those competing in international games.
Dr. Tsu-Tsair Oliver Chi observed in his explanation on the mechanism of actions of IR devices tuned to the human body, that the internal production of infrared energy that normally occurs within our tissues is associated with a variety of healing responses and could provide a boost to the fullest healing response possible in a tissue under repair. The phenomenon [also referred to above] is known as ‘resonant absorption’.

What are the benefits?
FIR sauna therapy speeds up the metabolic process of vital organs and endocrine glands resulting in substantial caloric loss, i.e. weight loss, during a sauna session.

The increased blood flow speeds healing of sprains and strains and relieves pain. It also helps aching muscles to recover faster because the metabolic and toxic waste products are purged faster from your system and through the skin when perspiring. In fact, the skin is often referred to as the ‘3rd kidney’ because it is believed responsible for eliminating up to 30% of the body waste.

With the extra nutrient reaching the skin the sought-after ‘glow’ is obtained whilst promoting healthy tone and texture, helping the body to ward off invading organisms.

It is well known that a fever is the body’s response to infection because of increased activity of the immune system fighting the invading germs. An increase in the function of the immune system incurs naturally during FIR sauna’ing and this treatment for early stages of colds and flu’ like virus are known to be successful in stopping the disease before becoming full-blown.

It is clear then, that increased wellbeing and better health can be enjoyed by regular use of the FIR sauna, and below you’ll find information from a number of eminent people and researchers as well as results of international studies carried out on the use and benefits recorded from the use of IR treatment.

In addition to the health benefits obtainable from the use of a FIR Sauna there are some down-to-earth benefits too. A FIR sauna is easy and comfortable to use compared to the Steam sauna and does not require the extensive warm up period of the latter. It leads to a more regular use of the FIR sauna and the consequent benefits that can be conferred. Hence the running cost is much less, around 5cents for power compared to a steam sauna costing up to 10 times more to operate.
It is advisable to drink a glass of water before and after use of sauna.
For that low cost you can enjoy the unique and unprecedented benefits of the FIR Sauna.

The use of FIR can provide therapeutic effects.

Click here for more information about the therapeutic effects of FIR

Operating Instructions
a) Plug in the power socket. No other appliances should be connected into the same socket.
b) Press the ‘Power’ button once will activate and show ‘00’ in the LED display window.
c) Press ‘Timer’ button to preset for10, 20 or 30 minutes. This will turn the heater & FIR.
d) Press ‘Foot’ button will turn the heater & FIR for the foot pad. After 10 minutes should the foot pad be too hot, you can move your feet to the sides or press the ‘Foot’ button again to turn it off.
e) If using to warm your body (for competitive athletes) closing the zipper all the way up is optional. Closing the zipper all the way up to your neck is for full sauna effect thus heats up your body faster.

Disclaimer/Contraindications
As may be noted the segment of the infrared spectrum emitted by the Infrared Thermal System is reputed to offer an astounding range of possible therapeutic benefits and effects in research conducted around the world. The data presented is offered for reference purposes only and to stimulate further observation. Infrared Thermal Systems creating a cure for, or treating of, any disease is neither implied nor should be inferred.

If you are suffering from a disease be certain to consult with a primary-care physician concerning it.
If you are using any prescription drugs check with your physician or pharmacist for any possible change in the drug's effect likely to result from any interaction with infrared energy.

If you have a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the hot and swollen symptoms subside. If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind. Vigorous heating is strictly contraindicated in cases of enclosed infections, be they dental, in joints, or in any other tissues.

Enquiries
If you have any enquiries about the Far Infra Red Sauna, please E-mail enquiry@firsauna.info.