Guidelines for NIR Sauna Therapy

Near Infrared Saunas are used somewhat different than far-infrared and wet saunas,

please read the guidelines below in their entirety.


General Guidelines

  • Wait one to two hours after eating; you may eat 15 minutes after sauna use.

  • Stay hydrated, 8 to 16 oz. of room temperature mineral water is ideal before and after.

  • If you feel sick, faint, or have any kind of significant distress during sauna therapy turn the sauna off and exit.

  • Supervision is a good idea especially when beginning a sauna therapy program. If you are alone, have someone check on you by phone.

  • Limit initial sessions to 20 to 30 minutes once a day. Duration can be increased over time up to 60 min, but not exceeding 2 hours per day.

  • First thing in the morning or last thing at night are the best times for sauna therapy.

  • Be careful of jewelry which may become uncomfortably hot.


Ready to Begin

  • Preheat your sauna by turning on the three or four lamp panel. The sauna will reach 110 deg. F in a few minutes. Keep the temperature below 120 deg. F by turning off the 4th light or opening the door flap.

  • Bring a couple of towels in with you, one to sit on and one wipe off sweat. Start out facing the lamp panel, ideally with the topmost lamp at chest height, keeping the heat lamps 18 – 30 inches from your torso.

  • Rotate your body 90 degrees every few minutes and always if the side facing the lamps feels too hot. This allows deep penetration, sweating, and detoxification to reach maximum benefit.

  • Avoid working, studying, or talking. Detoxification requires a relaxed nervous system.... so relax, listen to some relaxing music, meditate or use visualization techniques. Sit comfortably, but erect and avoid slouching or leaning.

  • Be aware of your breathing. Try deep breathing and you will be impressed. An easy excellent technique is the ancient three part yoga breath. Count to nine as you slowly inhale, hold for a three seconds, then slowly exhale while counting to nine again.



  • Turn off Light Panel.

  • Shower to rinse the sweat off your skin to avoid reabsorption of excreted toxins. This may be done at the office or immediately afterwards at home. Bring necessary items (shampoo, cleanser, towel) if showering at EFH. 

  • If you prefer, scrubbing the skin during the shower with a natural-bristle brush or loofa facilitates removal of toxins clinging to the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. It leaves the skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Due to health reasons, this is not supplied by Essentials for Health.


Healing Reactions


These are usually mild and temporary. Healing reactions are a feature of the deep healing that saunas provide and are a sign of detoxification. You may think of them as flare-ups occurring during the detoxification process. Symptoms may include any physical symptom as well as emotional reactions such as fear, anxiety, crying or moodiness. Common physical symptoms include odors, aches and pains, muscle cramps, fatigue, diarrhea or constipation. If you have persistent or increasing symptoms see your health care provider. Almost always, however, the symptoms will be self limited and you will feel better afterwards.


The statements on this site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products and services offered on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and are intended as information only. Sue Ontiveros is an Independent Distributor with LifeVantage Corporation.