At home I've a infrared cabin and I could tell you some instructions that I have learned on how to safely use an Infrared Sauna:
1. before doing an infrared sauna is a good idea take a hot shower to open pores of the skin. A hot shower also reduces muscle tension and keeps the body relaxed and comfortable..
2. you have to get into the infrared sauna with the body completely dry!!
3. after the infrared sauna session is advisable to do a warm shower to bring the body to a normal temperature and also to remove dead skin debris ejected during the sauna ;)
I hope these three rules can be useful to solve your doubts! :)
HI U LISA, You are right on the money about the Infra Red Sauna. We converted our heat Sauna into a custom designed FIR sauna about 4 years ago. Even our sweat is different. It is slick and has a smell. This is coming from your fat giving up it's toxins. All our ceramic emitters are exposed so we get the stright stuff. Store bought sausas have the emitters behind a safety guard. With a custom built sauna you don't have that problem. You get the stright skinney.
If anyone is serious about FIR Saunas, then I recommend that you design and build you own as I did. The commerical folks have to consider liability, and you get an inferior product.
I currently use an infrared sauna to detoxify my body from heavy metals... Excess estrogen... Years of medication... And other toxins that have built up in my body causing illness. I must tell you that it has helped tremendously with chronic fatigue and brain fog that I have!
I don't know whether this information might be of interest but just in case here it goes. We used to go to the spa in the hotels we stayed in during our trips. Last July when we moved to a house with a garden we immediately started thinking about having our own sauna. We knew that we preferred infrared as it is less hot so I did a lot of research on the Internet as where we live (North East of France) you only find the types you set up inside the house. I have to confess that we were a bit afraid to order one on the Internet as they are not that cheap so if something went wrong it would be quite a disaster but..... we decided that we had to give it a try also because we wanted to give ourselves a wedding present (we got married last September). And guess what... we couldn't be happier. We use the sauna surely once a week in the winter, sometimes twice if we have the time and more in the summer as we are outside anyway. We set it up under a covered terrace but as it has a roof you can put it anywhere just be aware that if there is a storm it might fall over, which happened to ours, so if it is in the middle of your garden think about a way to attach it (we were quite horrified, this isn't even a windy area but there you go). They had said that it would maybe not work under 15 °C which worried us as the winters are quite cold here but it has worked perfectly although this winter has been exceptionally cold. It just takes longer to heat up but as it doesn't use much electricity that is not really a problem. In the beginning we thought that we had a problem with one of the tubes which didn't heat up, phoned them and they immediately sent a new one just ours started working so now we have a spare one. Everybody here is health conscious so I thought that maybe this would encourage people to try. When there is snow it is great because we rub ourselves all over with it. By the way, we are 52 and 56 years old.