Sauna use is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. It provides an easy avenue to affect multiple health domains, while allowing the user to relax and effectively ‘switch off’. Scheduling down time is so important these days in our (sometimes crazy) modern society!
“Antifragility” is a term that’s become popular recently – referring to one’s increased resilience to internal and external stressors.
A session in an infrared sauna may promote this effect, with promising research showing a number of key health benefits with regular sauna use:
- Cardiovascular conditioning and lower heart rate
- Athletic recovery
- Pain relief
- Improved circulation and blood flow to skeletal muscle
- Weight loss
- Lowered cholesterol
- Reduced rate of glycogen depletion, and increased insulin sensitivity
- Enhanced immune system activity
- Reduced blood pressure
We love to share the latest evidence-based technology with our clients – assisting them in achieving their health goals.
Did you know?
- That two 20-minute sauna sessions elevated human growth hormone levels two-fold!
- That 2-3 weekly sessions reduced risk of cardiovascular disease by 27% and lowered all-cause mortality by 24%
- That men who sauna 4-7 times weekly were 66% less likely to be diagnosed with dementia!
- That over 6 weeks, chronic lower back pain was reduced by 50% versus a control group!
- That a 30-minute session twice weekly for three weeks post-workout increased the time that it took for study participants to run until exhaustion by 32%!
If you’re curious about the healthful benefits of sauna, please peruse the FAQ and ask us if you still have questions.
What is the difference between a Finnish (hot rock) sauna and an Infrared (IR) sauna?
A Finnish sauna will have both a higher level of humidity (from the water being poured over rocks), and temperature than IR. They often hover around the 70ºC mark, whereas IR heats to approximately 55ºC.
Finnish saunas heat up air temperature, which can raise your core body temperature reasonably quickly, but is often difficult to tolerate for long.
Light on the infrared spectrum penetrates deeper into your body, vibrating particles at a higher frequency which then rapidly raises your core temperature.
So infrared effectively heats you up from the inside, rather than the outside in. This is ideal as it provides a healthy stress to your cardiovascular system, and gets you sweating quickly!
What are the specs of Connect Healthcare's sauna?
- While most IR saunas have either near-IR (nIR) or far-IR (fIR) available, our sauna is full spectrum. This means that benefits of both heating frequencies will be experienced. We also boast more panels than most commercial saunas, meaning that regardless of where you sit within the sauna, you’ll still get your healthy dose of infrared.
- A downside to IR saunas, is the potentially large electromagnetic field (EMF) they emit. While there isn’t hard science to prove ill-effects just yet, we think it probably wise to limit your EMF exposure where possible.
- Want to listen to music, a book, or use a meditation app while you sauna? Then just connect your phone to the sauna’s Bluetooth. Easy!
- The sauna has also been fitted with light therapy, and we encourage you to experiment with the different colours during your session
- If you would prefer to lie down instead of sitting, just ask one of our staff how to reverse the internal seating.
Raw materials – wood (antibacterial), glass etc.
- Our sauna uses naturally antibacterial materials. The wood is Canadian Red Cedar which not only smells nice when heated, but also stops any nasties from ruining your sauna experience. Unlike Finnish (wet) saunas, which are prone to mould, IR ensures both a dry and clean environment.
Can saunas be dangerous?
*If you do have a medical condition, please consult with your doctor if in any doubt about your safety. While our staff have been trained to know where risks might lie for certain populations, or for certain disorders, it is always recommended to double-check your particular situation with your GP.
Like everything else in life, sauna use carries a small risk to its user. Heating up your core temperature is a fantastic stressor to your body but should be approached in a graded fashion. 10-20 minute sessions are recommended for beginners – slowly increasing up to 40-minute sessions for those conditioned to the heat.
- This needs no explanation. Inebriation in a heated space can lead to death. Avoid entirely.
Cardiovascular stress – graded approach
- As outlined above, regardless of your level of fitness please book a shorter session for your first sauna. This will help you gauge how your body handles the heat. Your heart rate can rise to 150 beats per minute during a session, which is the equivalent to an intense workout.
Can I claim on private health insurance or Medicare?
Unfortunately not – sauna therapy is at this stage non-rebatable.
How long should a session last?
Sauna sessions go for 60 minutes which is inclusive of shower time before and after.
For first-time users, start with 10 to 15 minutes. You can add time each session until you reach the suggested time of 30 to 40 minutes. There is a timer (and temperature gauge) on the wall, so keep track of how long you’ve been in there.
You don’t want to stay in there too long and risk becoming dehydrated.
When should I arrive for my sauna session?
Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to ensure you get the most from your scheduled session. Check in with reception staff on the ground floor, then make your way up to the gym space on level 1. If you are late, you may still use the sauna, but your time will be cut short, so as to not inconvenience the next user.
Can I sauna with a friend?
Yes, if you would like to explore the healthful benefits of heat therapy with a pal (and split the bill!), then feel free to bring them along. Just make sure to include this in your booking note so that we are aware beforehand.
The booking is limited to a maximum of two people.
How do I prepare for my sauna session?
Shower before and afterward your session. Please do this to maintain a clean setting for future users.
You will be sweating much more than you are used to, and so it’s a good idea to drink extra water before and after your session to avoid dehydration.
Important minerals are lost through sweating, and it is always a good idea to supplement with magnesium, sodium, and/or potassium after a heavy session.
What should I do during my sauna session?
You might want to simply relax and enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle, read, meditate, or listen to podcasts/audiobooks through the inbuilt speakers.
What is appropriate sauna etiquette?
- This is not a nude sauna, so appropriate swim wear (board shorts, bikini, cotton underwear etc.) must be worn at all times while in the sauna room itself. Also please wear thongs in the wet areas to prevent the spread of Athlete’s foot and other foot borne diseases.
- It is necessary to shower before and after each session for hygiene reasons.
- For hygiene reasons, please use a towel to sit on while in the sauna.
- It is recommended to use one towel whilst inside the sauna, and a separate towel for shower use before and after your session.
How much does it cost?
Drop in single session for a 60-minute Full Spectrum Sauna $38
3 pack of 60-minute full spectrum sauna sessions $93 ($31/session)
5 pack of 60-minute full spectrum sauna sessions $145 ($29/session)
10 pack of 60-minute full spectrum sauna sessions $270 ($27/session)
Where can I find research on the benefits of sauna use?
Lucky you asked! We’ve created a PDF resource where we’ve collated a number of research articles on the benefits of sauna use. Click here to view.