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SAUNA HEALTH & WELLNESS


Piedmont Massage Featuring "Moonlight Sauna"

 

Our Moonlight Sauna

can be used as original Finish Sauna (195 degrees)or the New Far Infrared Sauna (150 degrees).

It has the capacity for 7 people to sit or 2 people to lay on the top and 2 sit on the lower level.

FAR INFRARED SAUNA

Carbon flex panels located on the walls of the Sauna are the most state of the art method to produce the far infrared waves. Far infrared are the healthy non-damaging rays from the Sun that produce the warming sensation even when going outdoors on a cold yet sunny day. The far infrared waves penetrate deeper into the tissues of the body. This is a dry heat sauna.

FINNISH SAUNA

Rocks get heated up to 195 degrees in the room and water can be added to the rocks to intence the heat and humid.

Adding Eucalyptus or other essential oils can be requested for more Healing Effects (extra charge).

This kind of sauna has been used in Europe and Scandinavia for many generations and to be known for the great benefits.

To get the best results with either one of the saunas, please sit on a towel (do not wear a towel around the body), stay for 10-15 minutes or until you feel like it is getting too much, take a possible cold or colder shower and rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Then repeat the sauna again for a 2nd time and shower with cold again. The hot/cold therapy will help with temperature changes in the summer or winter time and protect you from getting you from colds.

Our No gravity chairs provide you with a comfortable rest and let the blood flow go against gravity.

Southing music and color in sauna should help getting you more relaxed.

Please let us know which color you like to relax in!

 

Chromotherapy

Chromotherapy Definition: Chromotherapy, also called color therapy, is the use of color and light to gently bring about homeostasis. Color and light is applied to specific areas and accupoints on the body. (Source: Institute For Chromotherapy) The earth, the oceans, in fact every living thing, is dependent upon light for its very existence. A recent scientific study disclosed that each cell in the body emits light. We live in a sea of energy and our bodies are composed of energy. Color works through and in us, in every nerve, cell, gland and muscle. Within our body, our organs, muscles, cells and nerves all have a level of vibration. When our body becomes out of balance, disease occurs. Each color has its own frequency and vibration. Through extensive research, we know that color and light will help bring our physical and emotional systems into balance." (A. Cammilleri, Trainer)

At Sun Life Saunas® we use seven different types of lights in our saunas:



Yellow helps strengthen the nerves and the mind.

Green is the color of Nature and the earth. Green affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart.

Turquoise increases intuition and sensitivity. Works disinfecting and antiseptic. Tones the general system. It builds the skin and relaxes sensations of stress.

Blue is cooling; electric, astringent The Blue Ray is one of the greatest antiseptics in the world." Cools down inflammations (don't forget rheumatic inflammations), fever, high blood pressure, stops bleedings, relieves the bursting headaches, calms strong emotions like anger, aggression or hysteria.

Purples are colors of transformation. These colors slow down an over-active heart; stimulate the spleen and the white blood cells (immunity).

Red brings warmth, energy and stimulation, therefore good for energy, fatigue, colds, chilly and passive people. Red energizes heart and blood circulation, it builds up the blood and heightens a low blood pressure. It energizes all organs and the senses.

 


IF YOU ARE TAKING A SAUNA FOR THE FIRST TIME

-Don't think you are in for an ordeal!  You will find that the SAUNA is a wonderful place where you can shed your troubles, aches and pains, just as you shed your clothes.

 

YOU START IN THE HOT ROOM - sitting up or lying down on a bench. Then R-E-L-A-X! 

The true value of SAUNA is its ability to relax both mind and body.

 

IMPORTANT:  SPLASH SOME WATER ON THE ROCKS (finish sauna only)

and you will get the wonderful feeling of wellbeing - the real Finnish "LOYLY"!

 

YOU SHOULD NOT STAY IN THE HOT-ROOM TOO LONG THE FIRST TIME!

SAUNA veterans take about fifteen minutes, but new-comers take a cooling off period after every five minutes.  Relax in the dressing-room for a little while, read, lie down and you will enjoy the effects all the more.  The main rule is - take a cooling off period whilst you still feel comfortable.

 

WHEN SAUNA BATHING, ALWAYS SPLASH SOME WATER ON THE ROCKS. 

Then take a warm shower and you will be surprised how your skin rids itself of all the dirt or make-up that has accumulated in your pores.  Feel good and relaxed.

 

AFTER THE SHOWER,

you may want to take another session or two in the hot-room.  After the last session you will feel like another shower which should be cool enough to close your pores.

 

THE SAUNA ACTIVATES YOUR CIRCULATION

whilst limbering up your muscles and relieving aches and pains.  Lots of people seem to find relief from sinus trouble as well.  You do lose weight - but if you want to keep the loss, you should not drink or eat for a couple of hours after the bath - and then eat normally.

 

THE SAUNA WILL NOT HARM ANY PERSON IN NORMAL HEALTH.

 However, if you suffer from acute heart trouble or any ailment where exercise might be unwise, take the precaution of consulting your doctor.

 

THE SAUNA IS A FINE, NATURAL WAY TO KEEP YOUR SYSTEM TONED UP. 

Many doctors confirm this.  It keeps your muscles supple and eliminates body poisons through perspiration.

 

THE TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY RECOMMENDATION: 

for the Far infrared Sauna: about 150°F dry even heat for the finnish Sauna: about 195°F (85°C) and 15-25% relative humidity measured 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) from the ceiling.

 

IN FINLAND WHERE THE SAUNA ORIGINATES,

everyone from babies to grandfathers takes a SAUNA at least once a week.  Athletes consider it a must while training or competing.  There are almost a million SAUNAS in FINLAND for a population of five million, and five million Finns can't be wrong!

 

ORIGINAL SAUNA FROM FINLAND
- THE SAUNA COUNTRY -


      

 

Ten key health & wellness benefits

1. Saunas relieve stress.

Not surprisingly, sauna bathers most frequently cite stress reduction as the number one benefit of sauna use. Medical studies often determine that stress in our daily lives can negatively affect our health. In fact, the vast majority of disease (i.e. heart disease) is at least partially stress-related. Heat bathing in a sauna provides stress relief in a number of ways. It's a warm, quiet space without any distractions coming from the outside. As we like to say, step into a Finnleo sauna and close the door on the rest of the world. The heat from the sauna relaxes the body's muscles, improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body's all-natural "feel good" chemical, and their release provides a truly wonderful "after sauna glow."



2. Saunas relax muscles and soothe aches/pains in both muscles and joints.

Under the high heat provided by a sauna, the body releases endorphins (see health and wellness benefit #1). Endorphins can have a mild, enjoyable "tranquilizing effect" and the ability to minimize the pain of arthritis and muscle soreness other from, say, an intense physical workout. Body temperature also rises from the heat of the sauna.. This causes blood vessels to dilate, therefore increasing blood circulation. This increased blood flow in turn speeds up the body's natural healing process via soothing aches and pains and/or speeding up of the healing of minor bruises or cuts. After participating in physical sports, use the heat and/or steam of a sauna to promote muscle relaxation by helping to reduce muscle tension and eliminate lactic acid and/or other toxins that may be present.



3. Saunas flush toxins.

Many - if not most - of us do not actively sweat on a daily basis. Deep sweating, however, has multiple proven health benefits. Benefits derived from a deep sweat can be achieved via regular sauna bathing.

Due to the heat of a sauna, the core body temperature begins to rise. The blood vessels then dilate, causing increased blood flow (see above). As heat from the blood begins to move toward the skin's surface, the body’s nervous system then sends signals to the millions of sweat glands that cover the human body. As the sweat glands become stimulated, they produce sweat. Sweat production is primarily designed to cool the body, and is composed of 99% water. However, deep sweating in a sauna can help reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and chemical - which are all toxins commonly absorbed just from interacting with our daily environments.

There is no shortage of books from Doctors and practitioners, who describe the benefits of detoxifying our bodies regularly. As many doctors will agree, a big reason for the popularity of saunas is that they are one of the best ways to detoxify our bodies.



4. Sauna cleanses the skin.

Heat bathing is one of the oldest beauty and/or health strategies in terms of cleansing one's skin. When the body begins to produce sweat via deep sweating, the skin is then cleansed and extra dead skin cells are replaced - keeping your skin in good working condition.Sweating rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer and sweat ducts. Cleansing of the pores has been shown to improve the capillary circulation, while giving the skin the skin a softer-looking quality. Dr. Ben H Douglas, a professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and author of "Ageless: Living Younger Longer," attests that "Sweating is a way of energizing the skin almost the way exercising a muscle energizes it." He goes on to explain that, when you sweat, the rush of fluid to the skin "bathes skin cells with a liquid rich in nutrients," which "fills in the spaces around the cells" and even "plumps up" tiny wrinkles. He also mentions that the nutrients and minerals in sweat "are essential to maintaining the collagen structure of the skin."
Bathing skin in sweat on a fairly regular basis, therefore deters collagen breakdown that can ultimately result in wrinkles and sags. By continually flushing body waste through individual cells, one eventually brings back vitality, tone and a healthy glow to the skin. Sauna usage is certainly not a cure for acne, but it can very often help - due to the deep cleansing it provides from a deep sweat (that is, cleaning the pores from the very inside out - instead of just cleaning the top of the skin).



5. Saunas can induce a deeper sleep.

Research has shown that a deeper, more relaxed sleep can result from sauna use. In addition to the release of endorphins (see above), body temperature is raised in the late evening only to fall once bedtime comes around. This slow, relaxing decline in endorphins is key in facilitating sleep. Numerous sauna bathers worldwide recall the deep sleep experiences that they feel after bathing the the calming heat of a sauna.




6. Saunas bring about recreational and social benefits.

While the social benefit is rarely talked about, it's really actually quite important. The sauna can be a private, personal area of relaxation and solitude. However, it can just as easily be a relaxing environment for socializing with family, friends and soon-to-be friends. The sauna room environment is conducive to open, intimate and quiet conversation.


7. Saunas improve cardiovascular performance.

In the high temperatures of a traditional or infrared sauna, skin heats up and core body temperature rises. In response to these increase heat levels, the blood vessels near the skin dilate and "cardiac output" increases. Medical research has told us that the heart rate can rise from 60-70 bpm (beats per minute) to 110-120 bpm in the sauna (140-150 with more intensive bathing), and can often sink to below normal after the cooling off stage. With regular sauna useage, we not only train our heart muscles and improve the heart rate/cardiac output, but we also help the body's regulatory system.
Even more cardiovascular conditioning takes place when the sauna bathing is taken in multiple “innings”, with sessions in the sauna separated by a cool shower or a quick dip into a cool pool or lake. Each time you rapidly change temperature (from hot to cool or vice-versa), your heart rate increases by as much as 60%, which is very comparable to the increase experienced during moderate exercise.


8. Saunas burn calories.

Outlandish claims are often made by some sauna sellers (primarily those who sell infrared saunas) to promote saunas as an end-all weight loss tool. While some individuals may experience high amounts of calorie burn at first - particularly those individuals in poor shape to begin with - over the long term, saunas are simply treated as one of many tools in our arsenal when it comes to burn additional calories.
The sweating process itself requires a notable amount of energy. That energy is derived from the conversion of fat and carbohydrates in a bodily process that burns up calories. According to U.S. Army medical research (Ward Dean, M.D.), “A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna in a single session, consuming nearly 300 calories in the process.”
The body consumes said calories due to the acceleration of heart activity (the cardiovascular section). As heart activity increases and as these processes demand more oxygen, the body begins to convert more calories into usable energy.



9. Saunas can help fight illness.

German sauna medical research shows that saunas were able to significantly reduce the incidences of colds and influenza amongst participants. As the body is exposed to the heat of a sauna and steam (in the case of traditional saunas), it produces white blood cells more rapidly, which in turn helps to fight illnesses and helps to kill viruses.
In addition, saunas can relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of sinus congestion from from colds or allergies - especially when used with steam (tip: add eucalyptus to the water for added benefit and overall enjoyment). The steam vapor action helps to clear up unwanted congestion and is a wonderful aspect of the Finnish sauna experienc
e.


10. Saunas just feel good.

A sauna not only feels good, it’s good for your body. Whether it’s the physiological changes that occur during the warmth of a sauna, or if it’s simply the time spent in the calming and still retreat of the sauna, every seasoned sauna bather agrees - it feels wonderful! As we progress through our stressful everyday lives, the sauna provides a pampering retreat - where we can relax and restore body and soul.
Sauna bathing truly makes you “Feel Better”, “Look Better” and "Sleep Better"!


                                          Esunbathingver thought of infra red as a cellulite remedy ?

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An infra red sauna as a cellulite remedy ?

Everyone knows that dimples are cute on babies. But ask any woman whether she thinks the dimples associated with cellulite are cute, and you're likely to get a very different answer.

Cellulite is the body's natural way of storing fat in post-adolescent women to ensure that the body has enough calories available for pregnancy and lactation.

Almost all women who are not severely malnourished have cellulite.

Anti cellulite creams and lotions are big business, but don't work.

The real results an come from the sauna or from hands on cellulite treatment. Ask us for more information on our 45 minute Treatment!

 

 

The Finnleo Sauna Experience Q&A

What is the best temperature for a sauna?

The appropriate temperature for a sauna depends on your preference! Most people prefer to enjoy their sauna at temperatures between 195 degrees Fahrenheit for traditional saunas and 150 degrees Fahrenheit for infrared saunas.

How long should I stay inside a sauna?

While this, too, varies between individuals - one can usually stay in the sauna until they begin to feel uncomfortable. Typically, remain in the sauna for about 10-15 minutes and then take a break to cool off for several minutes. Then you can feel free to return to the sauna for another "inning." A Finnleo sauna experience can be truly relaxing and rewarding, but don't stay in the sauna for extended periods of time. Set the temperature and humidity level (if you are using a traditional sauna) to your ideal level. If you begin to feel dizzy or uncomfortable, simply leave the sauna and cool off.

What should I do after sauna heat bathing?

After your sauna, cleanse your skin via shower or bath to remove any and all residues or salts left behind. A quick rinse will close your pores once again and is the perfect way to end your sauna experience. It is recommended that you moisturize your skin with a high quality moisturizing lotion. Don't forget to drink and adequate amount of mater, mineral water, fruit or vegetable juice to replace fluids that were lost during your heat bathing.

Is it okay to pour water on the rocks of Finnleo traditional heaters?

Pouring water on the rocks of Finnleo traditional sauna heaters is perfectly fine and is an essential aspect of the overall experience! For infrared saunas, however, the humidity will be ambient.

Are there any health problems that I should be concerned about?

Be sure to consult your personal physician if you have any history of heart problems, high blood pressure or any other health problems before enjoying any kind of sauna.

What are some of the most notable benefits of using a sauna?

Relaxation is by far the most cited benefit from regular sauna bathers, followed closely by the positive effects seen from detoxification.

 

 
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