F.A.Q. What is infrared sauna? Infrared sauna uses invisible light in three wavelengths. The light waves penetrate several inches into your body creating a whole-body heat that causes sweating. Is this like a regular steam sauna? No! Invisible light penetrates your tissues and heats the body from the inside out. The surrounding air will feel warmer, but is not nearly as hot as a traditional sauna. This allows for a much more comfortable experience and increased health benefits. Is infrared sauna safe? Yes! Infrared sauna is like sitting in the sun, but without getting exposure to harmful UV rays! What about electromagnetic fields (EMF)? Will I be exposed to EMFs in an infrared sauna? EMFs are invisible energy emissions given off by any device powered by electricity. Infrared saunas are powered by electricity. However, at Hot Bods, we have taken the time to research and purchase saunas that emit the lowest EMF and ELF in the industry! You are complete safe in our Clearlight saunas! What is the recommended length of time for a sauna visit? At Hot Bods we offer 30 and 45 minute sessions. We recommend starting with a shorter session and working your way up. It may take a few sessions for your body to get used to the therapy. Shorter sessions can be arranged if 30 minutes is too long to start. Is it clean? Yes! Infrared wavelengths kill 99% of bacteria. You will be sitting in a near-sterile environment. The Hot Bods staff checks and cleans the sauna rooms after each guest, ensuring a comfortable and healthy experience. How many people can fit into the sauna? Our saunas are built for two and are comfortable enough for a private or couples session. Can kids use the infrared sauna? These saunas are generally considered safe for children 12 and older. Younger children cannot thermoregulate as well as older children and adults. At Hot Bods, no one under the age of 15 may use the sauna without a doctor’s note. Any child under the age of 18 must have a parent present to use the sauna. Who should not use an infrared sauna? Pregnant women, children under 12, people with a sweat disorder or who are sensitive to heat, those with hemophilia, fever, and anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We always recommend that you consult a doctor before using an infrared sauna, especially if you have pre-existing health issues or are taking medications. What should I wear in the sauna? As little as possible! You will sweat a lot. You can go completely naked, wear a bathing suit or underwear, and/or cover up with the provided towels. You will be in a completely private room, so do what makes you most comfortable. Is there anything I should do to prepare for my sauna session? Yes! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You will sweat a lot, so be sure to drink water before, during, and after your session. Don’t wear too much makeup or put heavy lotions on your body before your session. You will not wear clothing into the sauna, but be sure to wear loose clothing that’s easy to get off and on (nothing worse than wasting half your sauna session trying to get your clothes off and on!). Come prepared to relax and turn off the rest of the world (it can be really hard to turn off your phone for even 30 minutes...we are so used to being connected. We do not recommend bringing any device into the sauna because it’s harmful to the device...so sit back and relax for your session!) Will an infrared sauna help me lose weight? Maybe. There is evidence that you can burn up to 600 calories per session, which is about the same as going for an hour jog! However, like exercise, a single session won’t help you lose weight. For weight loss, you will need to attend regularly: at least 3 sessions per week. At Hot Bods, we see potential weight loss as an ancillary benefit of going to the sauna. The other health benefits of infrared heat and sweating are far more important than the weight loss itself! Is infrared sauna anti-aging? Yes! Regular infrared sauna use can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improves the texture, tone, and firmness of the skin, reduces pore size, and helps to clear blemishes and acne.