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Posted by: walk_the_walk, Thursday, July 4, 2013, 8:35pm
Fellow Gatherers, hello

I was just wondering how many of you have tried them? - I live pretty remotely, so I'm not going to drive anywhere to use one, and am contemplating buying an entry level home usage one - "zip up pod" rather than the "wooden box type"...

...I'd love to hear your feedback before I commit to buying (or not!!)

Cheers :)
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Thursday, July 4, 2013, 9:03pm; Reply: 1
I say get it, it is not that expensive. Dr. D uses them alot.
Posted by: walk_the_walk, Thursday, July 4, 2013, 9:45pm; Reply: 2
Andrea thanks for your speedy response - I will definitely buy one now...

- I expect big cities have bigger, better machines etc etc - But, I'm so rural it has to be a home arrangement or nothing...


Therefore, would still love to hear feedback from other home users - pointers on biggest bang for bucks, rubbish to avoid etc

Cheers ;)
Posted by: lann1958, Thursday, July 4, 2013, 9:51pm; Reply: 3
ive used one one time so far want to again, i just happen to find a local salon had one. i sweat very  very little and it was really great to really sweat and get rid of some toxins
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, July 5, 2013, 1:12am; Reply: 4
http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=infared+sauna+bag&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=rRzWUenTMreo4AOj54FI&biw=1276&bih=639&sei=CB3WUab6GPSz4AOJiYHIDw



Here is a link to a whole bunch of them the bag type is the one Dr. D recommends just cause it is inexpensive and portable.

Why not get something that does not cost much and see if you want to upgrade at some point?
Posted by: Serenity, Friday, July 5, 2013, 1:44am; Reply: 5
I would definately recommend one which you can lie down in, much more relaxing than sitting in the same position for any lenghth of time:)
I had a cheap one from ebay but upgraded to a sunlighten solo & it is used daily by at least one of us so has paid for itself many times over in the last few years. I enjoy winter a lot more with improved circulation!
Posted by: BCgal, Friday, July 5, 2013, 2:15am; Reply: 6
I was introduced to one in 2011 at a place that also had whole vibration machines.  I used it for a couple of months.  Then switched to one at a salon just down the street from me.  I liked it so much that I finally bought my own in spring of 2012.  I use it 3-4 x a week.  I got a 2 person box one and love it.  I do something that was recommended in another thread, and that's taking a dose of Trehalose Complex and ARA6 Larch ( both Dr.D's supplements) in lemon water before I go in.  I also find that the more water I drink in there, the more I sweat.

It was a great investment.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Friday, July 5, 2013, 3:14am; Reply: 7
How much electro-magnetic shielding do these bags have?  Aren't they merely foil-lined electric blankets?  Anyway, my preference is for a walk-in unit.  I'd want my head (sinuses) heated, too.  In fact, I sometimes sit in the parked car with the windows closed during summer.
Posted by: aussielady582, Friday, July 5, 2013, 4:47am; Reply: 8
I have instructions to contruct a sauna, to be kept & used in the bathroom, but have not yet found anyone to build it. good for deep relaxation too, and ridding of toxins.  Some people can't exercise due to different reasons, and due to sluggish liver/kidney/bowel function so infra-red sauna would be good. I also hope to use one at some point, to decrease the amount of heavy metals in my body (aluminium, copper, mercury). for now in my case, it is more to do with better nutrition and taking some supplements, am slowly improving. I think my cellular oxidation rate is increasing, which is good news.
Posted by: Chloe, Saturday, July 6, 2013, 1:27am; Reply: 9
There are other threads on this subject if you do a search, but I just wanted to say I have the zip-up
infared sauna and I do not like it.  If I had to do it again, I'd have bought one where you can lie down.

Here's my main problem. I'm short....5'2 1/2" This box wasn't meant for someone as short
as me.......and the seat that comes with this sauna is way too low to the floor.
It barely allows my head to comfortably sit on my neck without me having to sit up super and unnaturally straight, while stretching my neck to insure my whole head is sitting outside of the
box....and instinctively, while trying to feel comfortable, I'm slumping downward.

So, I find it super uncomfortable to sit upright for as long as
I'm having to be in the unit without getting back pains from sitting up so unnaturally tall.  There is nothing I can put inside that box that resembles an actual chair with a back because as the unit heats up, the coils are behind the seat and anything with metal gets super hot.......See, the flimsy chair thing that comes with the unit is just that....flimsy and not omfortable to sit on.  I bought a plastic cube,  covered it with a folded towel to make me sit taller.  Got my head and neck high enough but still I had the same problem...I had to sit super straight for 30 minutes and wound up with muscle spasms from that attempt.

In all reality, this is unit is cheap, better than nothing but I can't justify the purchase of such
a junky unit if I had to do it again.  I used it for about 6 months....and just gave up.  Wasn't comfortable enough to sit there and one minute started to feel like one hour. I just wanted OUT of that box.  Felt claustrophobic.

The unit I really wanted is way more expensive....lies on the floor, the Sunlighten solo... but if I had to do it again, I would have never bought this cheaply made, uncomfortable plastic box.  I think it was $200
including shipping.
Posted by: Chloe, Saturday, July 6, 2013, 1:34am; Reply: 10
Quoted from SquarePeg
How much electro-magnetic shielding do these bags have?  Aren't they merely foil-lined electric blankets?  Anyway, my preference is for a walk-in unit.  I'd want my head (sinuses) heated, too.  In fact, I sometimes sit in the parked car with the windows closed during summer.


I pretty much think these cheaply made boxes have no magnetic shielding at all.  That's another
issue I have with this unit.. I don't know if it's built like a foil lined electric blanket, but who knows.
I know there are coils on the back of the unit and they're rather exposed....which is the main reason you can't lean back against it. Easy to get badly burned.  I had to make sure to sit closer
to the front of the thing because I did nearly burn my back, but that meant my legs were crammed in an uncomfortable position. Honestly, I have to say I hate this thing and will probably
never use it again.
Posted by: Chloe, Saturday, July 6, 2013, 1:41am; Reply: 11
Quoted from Andrea AWsec
I say get it, it is not that expensive. Dr. D uses them alot.


No, Dr. D doesn't use these cheap box units at all.  He recommends them to patients because they're inexpensive and I honestly don't think he's ever tried out this unit himself.  He has a
much better unit in his practice in the Bridgeport office that patients come and use as treatment...

Have you used this particular unit? I think if you tried it you might not be recommending it.

Posted by: Tom Martens, Saturday, July 6, 2013, 2:01am; Reply: 12
There are short wave and long wave IR saunas.  If you can, get one that has both.
Having both types, you would benefit deep and suface stimulation at the same time.
Posted by: walk_the_walk, Saturday, July 6, 2013, 7:29am; Reply: 13
Dear All,

Thank you so much for your invaluable advice and assistance. I got a good deal on a zip up tent type sauna with heated footpad...I decided against the lie-down versions because we've got building works going on and the floors are quite dusty, plus, my 2 little Jack Russell terriers who follow me everywhere would not stop licking or chewing my ears...

In the short term, I just want to sweat out some toxins and get rid of some muscular aches. (Dear Hubby has said that if I want to he will build me a sauna when we've finished our building works, and I can move into the garage annex as my gym - at the moment it's full of building materials and likely to be so for another year... ::) Hey Ho!
Posted by: BluesSinger, Saturday, July 6, 2013, 11:04pm; Reply: 14
i have researched and reseached and this is the only one out there now with low to no emf's.


http://www.infraredsauna.com/

I do have a zip up one for sale if anyone is interested you can email me.  originally was $250.  I'll sell it for $100 plus some shipping.
Posted by: Serenity, Sunday, July 7, 2013, 12:01am; Reply: 15
They are exactly the same as the sunlighten saunas!  I have the dome, it is portable, heats up quicky, uses less power to run & can be packed up & stored easily out of the way.  It fits in a small/medium car so when we are away my family/friends can borrow it (its hard to get it back though ;)
The company here offers rental so you can try before you buy & they put some of that money toward the unit i bought.
Posted by: BluesSinger, Sunday, July 7, 2013, 3:28pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from Serenity
They are exactly the same as the sunlighten saunas!  I have the dome, it is portable, heats up quicky, uses less power to run & can be packed up & stored easily out of the way.  It fits in a small/medium car so when we are away my family/friends can borrow it (its hard to get it back though ;)
The company here offers rental so you can try before you buy & they put some of that money toward the unit i bought.


wow... i was wondering about the 'dome.'  does it work as well as a full on box sauna?  low emf's?  do you lay a towel down to collect sweat?  can you put your head in the sauna a swell or?  it seems somewhere I read about O's needing to put cold towels on their head in saunas ??? anyone remember this from Dr. D?
Posted by: Chloe, Sunday, July 7, 2013, 7:58pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from BluesSinger


wow... i was wondering about the 'dome.'  does it work as well as a full on box sauna?  low emf's?  do you lay a towel down to collect sweat?  can you put your head in the sauna a swell or?  it seems somewhere I read about O's needing to put cold towels on their head in saunas ??? anyone remember this from Dr. D?


I'm pretty sure the dome unit is designed so your head is lying outside of the unit, not inside.

Having low tolerance for heat....while sitting in my sauna I put an ice pack on top of my head....otherwise, I'd have truly passed out.  Drank lots of water, but the zip up
unit is rather difficult to manipulate your hands as there are two slits for them to get outside
the box and you can't reach all that far... and not easy to get water to your mouth without unzipping, letting the internal temperature fall while reaching for your water, drinking it, setting it down, re-zipping and waiting for temperature to rise again.

Thinking I'd gladly sell my unit too....if anyone wants it, PM me....I have the original carton although don't know how much shipping would cost to get it from NY to some other part of the
country.

I know the benefits of an infared sauna.  I have many books on the subject, but in all reality if
given a choice between sitting in a hot box to sweat or an igloo to shiver, I'd choose an igloo in a heartbeat..  LOL

Posted by: walk_the_walk, Sunday, July 7, 2013, 9:22pm; Reply: 18
Hello Chloe and the rest of the gang

Chloe - I had ordered my zip up tent IR sauna the night before you posted - so didn't have the benefit of your appraisal before I hit the "Checkout" key...I too am rather short - 5'2" ish like you - fingers crossed that it fits me ok (There was a large tent option available, but I went with the smaller one, mostly because DH says he won't use it and he's 6'3' - so if he changes his mind, we'll all have to cross our fingers and toes...!!)

I know from your post that you would rather have the lie down version - and lots of people find lying down more relaxing, but that's not realistic for me with the building works for the foreseeable, plus my 2 little "helpers" (NOT)!!

Delivery is due around Wednesday, so I'll let you know how it fits, and how I get on...





Posted by: Chloe, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 1:40am; Reply: 19
Quoted from walk_the_walk
Hello Chloe and the rest of the gang

Chloe - I had ordered my zip up tent IR sauna the night before you posted - so didn't have the benefit of your appraisal before I hit the "Checkout" key...I too am rather short - 5'2" ish like you - fingers crossed that it fits me ok (There was a large tent option available, but I went with the smaller one, mostly because DH says he won't use it and he's 6'3' - so if he changes his mind, we'll all have to cross our fingers and toes...!!)

I know from your post that you would rather have the lie down version - and lots of people find lying down more relaxing, but that's not realistic for me with the building works for the foreseeable, plus my 2 little "helpers" (NOT)!!

Delivery is due around Wednesday, so I'll let you know how it fits, and how I get on...







i read many positive reviews about this unit on amazon before I bought mine....so although I have complaints doesn't mean you won't be happy with yours.  Just hope your upper torso is tall enough so your head fits comfortably outside of the box....but if you can find another seat....preferably something plastic or wood to raise you up a bit, I think you'll find it more comfortable.  When something is designed for "one size fits all", there has to be issues.
My husband sat down on the plastic box we bought and was uncomfortable because he had no
leg room.  I felt I had no leg room because I didn't want my back to hit the coils so I pushed the
seat up closer to the opening which made me feel claustrophobic.  I'm not someone who can
sit in the middle seat on an airplane.  I hate feeling crushed or crowded.  I think that's the part
that bothered me the most....the confined feeling which I'm pretty sure won't bother most people.

I'm hoping you don't have any issues and can enjoy the purpose of being in an infared sauna,
which is to help you detoxify.  Can't wait to hear you share your experience.  Hoping it's all good!  

Posted by: BluesSinger, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 3:48pm; Reply: 20
so lately I've been heating my sauna up to 105 degrees before I get in and only letting it rise up to 115 the entire time I am in which is 45 min.  I go in for 15, get out take a cold shower, get back in for 15, get out take a cold shower and then finish up with 15.

this is the only way I've managed to break a good sweat.  If I go in at 90 degrees and heat up with the sauna.. it takes 20 min to break a sweat.

anyone see any issues with this?  I think I've built up a tolerance to the heat.  but I must have a good sweat!  I want those toxins out!  ha ha!
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:21pm; Reply: 21
I'm curious about the lie-down saunas.  Does your back actually heat up the way it would if your were seated?  Or is the surface going to be blocking some of the heat?  
Now that I've read what I wrote, I think I know the answer, considering what the concept of 'infrared' is all about.  Still, I'd like to hear others' experiences.
Posted by: BCgal, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:27pm; Reply: 22
BluesSinger, I go in my sauna about 97 degrees (I let it heat up about 10 minutes).  I let it heat up to about 125 degrees and keep it at that by how much I leave the door cracked.  

One thing I didn't know when I first started using my sauna, was the more water you drink  in there, the more you sweat.  Tried it and it worked for me.  I'm in the sauna for 50-55 minutes.

I have read about the way you're doing it, but haven't tried it.  I've often thought about going out and rolling in the snow, then back in the sauna, but haven't got around to that either. lol
Posted by: Juliebug, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:48pm; Reply: 23
Since I am in the company of people who like to detox, I thought I would share a wonderful product that I discovered about 9 years ago. I use an ionic foot bath twice a week. It pull out all kinds of yucky stuff from your joints, organs, etc. I bought mine in Dallas at the Women's Health Expo. Michael mason is the owner of the company

http://www.ionicdynamo.com

This product has changed our lives. My joints and muscles feel amazing, skin and hair became very soft and overall much more energy. If you use one, you do need to take a mineral supplement or I use colloidial minerals afterwards. You can lose some of the good stuff that is attached to the toxins that come out of your feet. I just thought I would share since it has been so great for us.
Posted by: Dianne, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:57pm; Reply: 24
Quoted from Juliebug
Since I am in the company of people who like to detox, I thought I would share a wonderful product that I discovered about 9 years ago. I use an ionic foot bath twice a week. It pull out all kinds of yucky stuff from your joints, organs, etc. I bought mine in Dallas at the Women's Health Expo. Michael mason is the owner of the company

http://www.ionicdynamo.com

This product has changed our lives. My joints and muscles feel amazing, skin and hair became very soft and overall much more energy. If you use one, you do need to take a mineral supplement or I use colloidial minerals afterwards. You can lose some of the good stuff that is attached to the toxins that come out of your feet. I just thought I would share since it has been so great for us.


We have used this a few years ago at the naturopath's office and could feel its benefits. At that time we were not aware that you could purchase this type of unit. We have purchased an infrared sauna that was tested for EMF by a friend who has the equipment to do so. He tested the one another friend bought and then we ordered ours.

Posted by: Juliebug, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 6:02pm; Reply: 25
I love the saunas too. I first experienced the foot bath in Europe about 12 years ago. I knew I had to have one. When I got back to Texas I found out that you couldn't purchase them in the US and the ones I could order from other countries started out at $1500 up to $3000. When I discovered the ionic dynamo I purchased it immediately. This was so much cheaper and works faster than other models I had tried.
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