Infrared Sauna FAQs

What should I wear in the infrared sauna?

We suggest wearing gym clothes to your sauna session. Towels are provided - we lay out three in the sauna to sit on and give you one to dry off. Some guests choose to wear a bathing suit or their undergarments in the sauna. We recommend you do not apply lotion or oil to your body before your sauna session.

What can I bring into the sauna?

We encourage you to bring water or drink the water provided, however, you cannot bring plastic water bottles into the sauna as the heat will break down the plastic. We have both paper cups and ceramic mugs for your use. Please don't bring shoes or food into the saunas. Additionally, please do not use lotions or oils in the sauna as they can stain the wood. You are welcome to bring your phone or a book into the sauna.

How much should I expect to sweat?

How much you sweat will depend on your individual body and the Wellness Program you choose. The sweat you produce from infrared may be oilier and less watery than other sweating experiences. Most customers find they do not sweat as much in their first few sessions as they do in later sessions as their body adjusts to the sauna. Remember it is essential to stay hydrated! Drink water before and after your session.

How often should I come and how long till I see the results?

To fully experience the infrared sauna benefits, we recommend coming for sessions at least twice a week. Immediately after a sauna session you will feel refreshed and see a glow in your skin, similar to after a great workout. It will take a handful of sessions before more benefits become obvious as the body cleanses and heals. One of our greatest joys in helping sauna users is seeing the euphoria so many experience after their session.

Is there an age limit and can children use the sauna?

We allow sauna use by anyone 15 years of age and older. Unsupervised children are not allowed at Willow Tree Medicine.

Can I use the IR sauna if I'm pregnant or nursing?

If you’re pregnant, you may NOT use the sauna. The NIH recommends that pregnant women limit sauna use for the duration of their pregnancy as increasing body temperature above 100 degrees can increase the risk of complications and birth defects.

If you’re nursing, you MAY use the sauna. Far-infrared rays have been shown to be a safe and effective way to increase lactation in breastfeeding mothers. New moms can also benefit from many of the benefits of infrared sauna therapy, including detoxification of heavy metals and chemicals, decrease in anxiety and depression, and strengthening of the parasympathetic nervous system which decreases respiration and heart rate and increases digestion.

Can two people share an infrared sauna during a session?

Our policy is one person per sauna per session.

What is your cancellation policy?

We use the Vagaro app for booking. A 48-hour cancellation or reschedule notice is greatly appreciated. Refunds with less than 48-hour notice are not guaranteed. Repeat cancellations with less than 24-hour notice for any service may result in required prepayment for all future appointments.

If you are running late, we ask that you call us at 252-698-9286 to let us know. If you don't call the front desk and are more than 15 minutes late for a session, the session may be forfeited.

What is the difference between a traditional sauna and an infrared sauna?

Infrared waves heat the body with light, creating an atmosphere of 120-140 degrees F and raising your core temperature by a few degrees. Traditional saunas use steam and heat the air temperature to 180 degrees or above, creating a humid, less comfortable environment to sit in.

How does infrared therapy work?

Infrared light penetrates to the inner layers of the skin, reaching muscles, nerves, and even bone. Unlike ultraviolet light (which damages the body), infrared light helps cells repair themselves. Infrared light also improves blood circulation, promoting deep tissue healing and pain relief.

Multiple studies show infrared therapy is effective in reducing pain, promoting healing, and improving mood with no adverse effects. Infrared light exposure increases connections between neurons and stimulates the formation of new ones. It significantly promotes faster cell regeneration, wound healing, and human tissue growth.

We recommend talking to your doctor about your condition and needs. You can also check out the US National Library of Medicine or our Science of Infrared Therapy page for more literature on infrared therapy.

Where is your sauna from?

We have a Sunlighten mPulse sauna, simply because it’s the best on the market.

Sunlighten offers the only line of full-spectrum infrared saunas in the world, using a blend of 3-in-1 (near, mid and far) infrared sauna technology. All timber used to assemble their saunas is basswood hypoallergenic timber sourced from sustainably managed forests and is 100% toxin-free.

Sunlighten’s Solocarbon heaters are the only patented and clinically proven 95-99% emissive heaters on the market today. This gives you maximum sauna benefits, including raised core body temperature (which has been shown to reduce body weight and waist circumference) and reduced blood pressure.

Do the saunas emit concerning levels of EMFs?

Short answer: No, our sauna does not.

Long answer: EMFs (electromagnetic fields) are invisible areas of energy that are associated with the use of electrical power and various forms of natural and man-made lighting. All electrical appliances (including computers, wireless internet, cell phones, and power lines) emit EMFs. Scientists continue to study the effect of EMFs on our bodies. Since there are no EMF safety standards set in the U.S., our sauna provider uses the Swedish safety standard of 3 mG as their benchmark. When tested by a third party facility, the EMF levels of their infrared heater panels measured at 0.05mG or less.

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How long are the sauna sessions?

We book you for 55 minutes total in the sauna area. The sauna programs run for 30 to 45 minutes depending on which Wellness Program you select.

I have a question that isn't answered here, how do I contact you?

We are happy to answer any questions or concerns. Call or text us at 252-698-9286.