Proper Use of Sauna

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Harleyrider
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   Posted 3/4/2010 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Finally found a spa in my small town that has an Infared Sauna.
It's expensive to use, $1 a minute.
 
The lady at the spa told me she used the sauna everyday for 30 to an hour
for a month straight.  This lady does not have lyme like I do and I was just
wondering how often these saunas should/could be used??
 
I have an appt today to use it for 30 min.
Is it a good idea to start with 30 min??
 
Has anyone on the forum used there saunas everyday for a month?? What were your results??
 
Thank you for any input
Stacy
 


GWB
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   Posted 3/4/2010 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Stacy,

The first time I did infrared sauna was at the Hansa Clinic in KS. I did it three or four days (can't remember exactly), but spread out over two week period of time. I did 30 minutes each time and I think for a beginner that should be the limit. I did fine with that, but the first day I felt pretty worn out for the rest of the day, the next two or three times I did it I felt fine. In fact, it made me feel good and relaxed after doing it the next few times.

You need to drink plenty of water before, during and after the sauna. The Hansa Center had me take a couple ounces of a high mineral drink (wolfberry juice) before I went in the sauna. Just make sure you drink plenty of water with electrolytes in it too. I don't know if doing it 30 days straight is a good idea or bad idea. Hopefully others here who have the knowledge and experience will chime in on the subject. In the mean time, might be a good idea to do a google search and see what the recommendations are for how often you should do it, etc.

I do remember feeling much better after using it the next two or three times. I wish we had a place here in OKC that had it as I would love to use it more often. Eventually we will buy one when our budget permits it as I believe it's very helpful to those of us with lyme. Those lyme buggers hate heat and the infrared sauna is ideal for killing those buggers.

Good luck and let us know how it works out for you.

Gary

Post Edited (GWB) : 3/4/2010 12:08:58 PM (GMT-7)


Harleyrider
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   Posted 3/4/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Gary for your opinion on the sauna. It sure felt good to finally feel warm again without having to use
an electric blanket. My appt was this morning a 9:00 and used it for 30min. Wow! Was I amazed at how relaxed
I felt with the intense heat. It wasnt like being in a regular sauna, I could actually breath. I felt like I was sitting
in the heat of the sun on a hot summer day. Have been feeling pretty good lately and thought I would do more
natural detoxing to help me build my immune system. You really do get a good sweat on, and plan on maybe
twice a week should be sufficient considering the cost. I would love to buy one but not in my budget either right
now. But my big hope is to continue climbing to wellness.

Have a great day

Stacy
 


KO-LD
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   Posted 3/4/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Stacey, Check on ebay for a portable unit, if you're spending $30 a session it would be well worth it for you to buy your own.  I love mine!  KO
01 Tingling in fingers/toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
07 Summer pos. WB, diag with LD, neg for co-infections thru Igenex
Abx - Doxy 100mg 2x/day for 3 weeks (before diagnosis)
Amoxicillin 1gm 2x/day for 1 month
Amoxicillin 1gm 3x/day with Probenecid 500mg 2x/day  5 months 
Dr. Zhang's protocol stopped after 6 months symptoms returned.  Started Buhner's protocol May 2009


Harleyrider
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   Posted 3/4/2010 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have checked those portable ones out and they look confining, slostrafobic (sp)

Can you really relax in yours or do you have to sit there. I tend to move around alot, cant sit
still very long. Is it sturdy enough if the chair inside was to fall over then do you and the whole
thing topple over? The people in the pic when I looked on the website didnt look to happy in the
small space. Idk kinda like riding in a small car, just nervous that if someone runs into us there
is know place for you to go but the dashboard.
Guess I could always get one and if I didnt like it could sell it as used on Ebay.

Good Idea thanks
 


KO-LD
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   Posted 3/4/2010 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Harleyrider,
I like it for just that reason, I can't be multi-tasking while I'm in there. I find it's the perfect time for me to read, something I really like to do, but never have the time.
KO
01 Tingling in fingers/toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
07 Summer pos. WB, diag with LD, neg for co-infections thru Igenex
Abx - Doxy 100mg 2x/day for 3 weeks (before diagnosis)
Amoxicillin 1gm 2x/day for 1 month
Amoxicillin 1gm 3x/day with Probenecid 500mg 2x/day  5 months 
Dr. Zhang's protocol stopped after 6 months symptoms returned.  Started Buhner's protocol May 2009


CajunGrl
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   Posted 3/5/2010 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Harley,

I am clostrophobic and I have one of those portable saunas. I thought at first that it would bother me, but it doesn't because my head is out and as long as I know I can get out, I'm okay. It's really not bad at all.

about the 30 minutes you've been staying in the sauna.....be very careful staying in there for so long. You may start to herx and that will make you feel horrible. Usually, for people with Lyme, the starting off time should be about 10 minutes and then work your way up. I pushed myself one night and stayed in for 20 minutes and when I got out, I felt awful. This was the third time I had been in it and I felt really good the first two. I thought I'd have to go to the hospital. It was that bad. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water....before, during and after and it wouldn't hurt to pick up either some trace minerals from the health food store of some pedialyte to drink after you get out to restore your electrolytes.
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Harleyrider
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   Posted 3/5/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for opinions on the sauna. I drank plenty of water before, during and after.
Later that day after use of the sauna around 2ish I had to take a nap, which I normally
have not had to lately. To exhausted to cook dinner that night too.
 


Harleyrider
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   Posted 3/5/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
OOPS! Pushed the wrong button on computer before finished with entry.

Anyone try Smart Water. Love it! Has all the stuff in it to replenish body.
It really works. Last year we went on a site seeing trip on the motorcycle
and the sun was beating on us all day and we could feel our bodies exhaustion.
We stopped at a convenient store and bought a smar***er and half way thru
the bottle we both could feel ourselves getting better within 20min of drinking it.

Thats my drink of choice when I sweat, or feel I am missing something.

TGIF!!
 


GWB
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   Posted 3/5/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Harley, I know what you mean about being too exhausted to cook dinner after you did the sauna. First time I did the sauna it exhausted me too. But the next two or three times I didn't feel exhausted, just felt very relaxed and felt lik my body was "cleaner and lighter".

Yes, I drink Smart Water on occasion. It's perfect because it's like Gatorade except it's pure and not filled with sugar and other junk. Good stuff!

Gary

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   Posted 3/5/2010 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Harley,
Smart water is sold in a lot of Bikram yoga studios. that is the hot yoga where you are in about 105 degree heat for 90
minute class.

I forget what was in it that made it so good but also for SOME people to have a drop of the pink sea salt in there too.
for me it was because of low adrenals. just a drop. For me drinking water goes right through me instantly. I drink a glass and the whole glass comes out 15 minutes later. so little hymallian sea salt helps.
hep c , lyme
Dad has lyme

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