Sauna Detoxification Protocol
(The principles outlined below were excerpted
from Dr. Larry Wilson’s “Sauna
One may use a sauna twice a week to twice a day. If one is very debilitated,
begin with once a week. Work up to daily use as one is able. When beginning,
many people do not easily sweat. Instead, their bodies overheat and tolerate
less time in the sauna. In a few weeks to a few months, as the body acclimates
and is more able to regulate its temperature, sweating becomes easier. Also,
the more one relaxes, the more one will sweat.
Before a Sauna Session:
Avoid heavy meals two hours before a sauna session. Avoid alcohol or other
intoxicating substances. Drink eight ounces of water before entering a sauna.
Add sea salt and two tablespoons daily of kelp to one’s diet, especially
if one’s water is mineral-free. Remove metal jewelry before entering
the sauna, as it may become very hot.
With a far infrared sauna, enter as soon as one turns it on or just preheat
to 100ƒ F. Warm up with the sauna. When it reaches 115-120 F., open the
door 1/2" so the elements or bulbs remain operational but the sauna stays
at this temperature. [or set the thermostat accordingly]
During a Sauna Session:
Use a small towel to wipe off the sweat. Sit on another towel. Have a third
towel on the floor to avoid slipping. Talking or working are not recommended
while in a sauna.
How long one remains inside a sauna depends on one’s condition. Body
temperature should not increase more than four degrees. The pulse should not
increase more than 50% of the resting pulse. Begin with 15 minutes if one is
ill. If the heart begins to race, sweating stops or one feels very faint, end
the session immediately. Sixty minutes is a maximum time.
After a Sauna:
When finished, take a shower, warm or cool but not hot. Avoid soap if possible
as one should be very clean. Soap leaves a film and clogs the pores. Wipe off
sweat with a skin brush or loofa. Brush all over, even face and hair. Painful
at first, it soon feels wonderful. Brushing enhances the cleansing effect.
Use shampoo and conditioner only if needed. Most contain chemicals toxic to
the body. Also skip most oils, lotions and creams. These also contain chemicals
that may clog the pores. Rinse off the towels used to wipe off sweat in the
sauna and hang them to dry.
After a sauna session drink eight ounces of water. Sit for at least 10 minutes.
These simple steps allow the body to reap the full benefit of the sauna experience.
Healing reactions are temporary symptoms that occur as toxic substances are
eliminated and chronic infections heal. Symptoms vary from mild odors, tastes
or rashes to periods of fatigue, bowel changes, aches, pains or headaches.
Many people have chronic infections, often treated with antibiotics that killed
most of the bacteria but did not eliminate bad tissue and all the organisms.
These may flare up as they are healed due to repeated sauna use. Most healing
symptoms are benign. Consult a knowledgeable practitioner if any cause concern.
Emotional healing also takes place. Memories may arise consciously or in dreams.
Temporary anxiety or other emotional states may occur and usually pass quickly.
Some are directly related to elimination of toxic substances. Others are associated
with emotional clearing.
Supervision and Safety:
Saunas are safe for most people providing one follows the rules here described.
Supervision is always best, especially if one has a health condition. If debilitated
or very heat-sensitive, begin with less time in a sauna. The presence of an
attendant or friend is also most helpful.
Consult a health professional if one has any serious health condition. Those
who have used LSD or other psychotropic drugs require an attendant close by,
as removal of drugs from tissue storage sites may cause flashbacks and even
full-blown LSD trips.
Pregnant women and children under five should avoid saunas. Young children
must be accompanied by an adult. Continue prescribed medication while taking
saunas unless directed otherwise by the prescribing physician.
For Acute Infections:
If one has an acute infection with fever or other acute symptoms, more frequent,
shorter sauna sessions are better until the infection subsides. Most people
can use the sauna 15 minutes about 5 times a day during infections. Always
check with someone knowledgeable if you are unsure about sauna use, although
in general, saunas are quite safe.