How to take a sauna

How to Take a Sauna

One of the great advantages of the Sauna Fix compared with other saunas, is that not only is it portable, but it is versatile enough to hang from the back of a door or in a shower (without water running.)  However, if you have the space, we strongly recommend using the Sauna Fix with our portable radiant Sauna Tent. 

Use of the Sauna Fix with the Sauna Tent maximize the benefits of near infrared sauna therapy, as the enclosure blocks near infrared rays from escaping. This allows the light to more effectively penetrate the skin. The tent does not out gas chemicals, unlike wooden enclosures, is not flammable like canvas covers, and is suitable for sensitive people. The tent frame has a baked enamel coating, and the fabric is radiant insulated with 100% cotton bias tape trim along the zippers. 

Please note bulbs are not included with the purchase of the Sauna Fix. Make sure not to use a clear bulb, or a halogen bulb. You should use 250 Watt Red Heat Lamp bulbs. We recommend the brands Phillips, GE, Westinghouse, and FEIT.


  • You should wait one or two hours after eating before taking a sauna. The best time is in the morning, or as the last thing you do at night.  We recommend you drink 8 ounces of spring water before taking a sauna. No clothing is worn during the session.
  • No pre-heat is required with the use of the Sauna Tent, so you can begin your session as soon as you turn it on.
  • It is important that you do not look directly into the near infrared light.  Please wear the STAY SAFE safety glasses to protect your eyes. These glasses block out 190-1800 IPL, and meet FBA standards.
  • Your body should be about 18-24 inches from the bulbs during the sauna. Make sure to rotate your body 90 degrees every few minutes.  We recommend you wipe off your sweat with a towel (see our Bamboo Fleece), and set a towel down beneath you.  Continue to rotate your body every few minutes to expose all sides of the body to the near infrared light.  Once the sauna is over, shower with warm water to remove toxins that are on the skin.  Drink another 8-16 ounces of spring water, and rest by sitting or lying down for about 10 minutes before continuing about your daily activities.
  • The duration of your recommended sauna session depends on your health.  Most people can begin with 15-20 minutes per sauna.  Limit sessions to 30 minutes each for the first few weeks, and gradually increase up to 60 minutes. You should use the sauna once or twice a day.  Please note that these are basic guidelines. We recommend you get a hair analysis to determine how long your body can benefit from this therapy.

Safety precautions:

  • Do not use in or near water. The bulbs are shatter resistant, but not shatter proof. It is important to keep them away from all forms of water, and be cautious when moving the Sauna Fix.
  • Do not over-tighten the bulbs, or turn on the Sauna Fix if the bulbs are not screwed in properly. This will increase the chance of explosion.
  • If the bulbs start to turn cloudy or display a more orange color, they may be going bad. The Sauna Fix should be turned off right away to avoid explosion, and the bulb(s) should be replaced.
  • If you turn red and/or have problems breathing, turn off the Sauna. Many people do not sweat properly, and may overheat without realizing it.
  • If you are very heat-sensitive, have multiple sclerosis, diabetes, a heart condition, or have used psychotropic drugs in the past, we recommend you have an attendant during your sauna.
  • If you have a respiratory condition, and have trouble breathing while in the sauna, make sure to sit up comfortably and breathe slowly. You can open the door if you experience discomfort. As you acclimate to sweating, the process will become easier.
  • Sauna therapy is not recommended for children under 6 years of age. Their sweat glands are not as developed as adults.
  • Do not wear jewelry while in the sauna. It can become too hot and cause a burn.
  • Saunas and alcohol to not mix.
  • Sauna therapy is very powerful, and should be approached with caution and common sense. Do not begin with a sauna that is more than 20 minutes long.