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  • What is a Infrared Sauna?
    Infrared saunas are increasingly popular in the wellness community for a number of reasons including the numerous health benefits and they just make you feel good! Ou sauna's provide a great environment to deliver infrared as you are not wearing any clothing and you are surrounded by the infrared heat. The black panels you see inside the sauna are our True Wave® far infrared heaters. In our Sanctuary sauna models, the silver front heaters are our True Wave full spectrum heaters offering near, mid and far infrared. Rather than use steam or the traditional “box of hot rocks” heating elements, the infrared sauna heaters use the infrared spectrum listed above to promote relaxation and other wellness benefits. In an infrared sauna, the air temperature is less important than the quality of the infrared heat. Just warm up your Clearlight® infrared sauna for about 15 minutes and get in. You will warm up with the sauna. As your body absorbs the infrared heat, this will increase thermal energy inducing a deep and relaxing sweat. Using your infrared sauna at lower temperatures means you can stay in longer and get more benefit. Infrared Saunas Versus Traditional and Steam Saunas The main difference between infrared saunas and traditional saunas is how they use heat. Traditional saunas use a single heater that is heating the air and this hot air heats the user. In contrast, infrared saunas use advanced therapy to promote heat generation in the body with only a small percentage of the heat heating the air. This results in a deeper sweat and at a lower ambient air temperature. In fact, infrared saunas usually operate between 115° – 135°F, while traditional saunas can get up to 195°F. You will get all of the relaxation benefits of a traditional infrared sauna along with the increased health benefits that infrared offers all at a much more comfortable temperature. Infrared saunas are also dry saunas and many users find this makes for a more comfortable sauna session. Not only are infrared saunas extremely beneficial, but they are also more efficient and require less electricity (according to, a traditional sauna is almost three times as expensive to run as an infrared sauna). That also means that the warm-up time of an infrared sauna is much quicker than a traditional sauna. What are the Benefits of Infrared Sauana's? Your Clearlight® infrared sauna produces the same infrared heat produced by the sun and Infrared heat is required for all living things for optimum health. This radiant heat increases the thermal energy in joints, muscles and tissues. When used as intended as part of a healthy lifestyle, Clearlight® infrared saunas may help living well with certain chronic diseases or conditions. Infrared heat is all around us and you have felt it from sources like fire, heated sand on the beach and the sun (without the harmful ultraviolet waves that the sun gives off). Just as visible light has a range of wavelengths (running from red to violet), so does infrared light: longer wavelength infrared waves are thermal, while short or near infrared waves are not hot at all, in fact, you cannot even feel them. Near and mid infrared enhance the benefits of far infrared. Relieve Muscle Tension Dialate Peripheral Blood Vessels Reduce Soreness Weightloss & Increased Metabolism Temporary Muscle Pain Relief Better Sleep Detoxification Improved Appearance of Cellulite Ease Joint Pain and Stiffness Stress & Fatigue Reduction Improves Skin
  • How does an Infrared Sauna Work?
    The idea behind infrared therapy is to heat your body directly with infrared heat. In a traditional sauna you are just sitting in a hot room, 180-220 degrees. In an infrared sauna, the infrared is heating your body directly and 20% of the heat is heating the air. The idea is to increase thermal energy in the body so you want the infrared on your front core and your back core. The infrared heat increases thermal energy and temporarily stimulates your lymphatic system, immune system and your cardiovascular system. Your bodies response to that is to sweat profusely. In addition to the infrared heat triggering a profuse sweat, the water in our body also resonate with far infrared heat and this also helps with the detoxification process. With this in mind, you now understand why we stress the importance of both front and back wall heaters in an infrared sauna. If you do not have front heaters in your sauna, you will not raise your core body temperature as well and you will not receive as much of the desired effect. All of our Clearlight Infrared Sauna™ models have heaters all around you… on your front, back, sides, legs and feet.
  • What is Acupuncture?
    Acupuncture Info Sheet Please read this information carefully, and ask your practitioner if there is anything that you do not understand. What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. Is acupuncture safe? Acupuncture is generally very safe. Serious side effects are very rare – less than one per 10,000 treatments. Does acupuncture have side effects? You need to be aware that: drowsiness occurs after treatment in a small number of patients, and, if affected, you are advised not to drive; minor bleeding or bruising occurs after acupuncture in about 3% of treatments; pain during treatment occurs in about 1% of treatments; existing symptoms can get worse after treatment (less than 3% of patients) -- You should tell your acupuncturist about this, but it is usually a good sign; fainting can occur in certain patients, particularly at the first treatment. In addition, if there are particular risks that apply in your case, your practitioner will discuss these with you. Is there anything your practitioner needs to know? Apart from the usual medical details, it is important that you let your practitioner know: if you have ever experienced a fit, faint or funny turn; if you have a pacemaker or any other electrical implants; if you have a bleeding disorder; if you are taking anti-coagulants or any other medication; if you have damaged heart valves or have any other particular risk of infection. Single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used in the clinic.
  • What is Microneedling?
    What is Microneedling? Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive aesthetic treatment that rejuvenates the skin by encouraging the production of new collagen. Collagen is an essential component of healthy, youthful-looking skin. It is a structural protein that works alongside elastin to enhance the texture and elasticity of the skin. Microneedling is primarily performed on the face but can be done on other parts of the body. It typically takes 3-6 microneedling treatments to achieve the best results. The sessions are spaced at least four weeks apart. How Does Microneedling Work? Microneedling is performed using a small handheld device with tiny needles that create micro-injuries in the skin. These micro-injuries initiate the skin’s wound healing response, which results in the release of growth factors and the production of new tissue rich in collagen and elastin. The needles penetrate the skin at a surface level, so while patients may feel some pressure during treatment, the procedure is not painful. The micro-injuries created during microneedling heal very quickly because it is a fractional treatment that only affects a fraction of the skin’s surface. Because of this, the healthy skin around each micro-injury helps to speed up healing and minimize downtime. Microneedling can be uncomfortable, so a topical numbing cream is applied 30 minutes before treatment to minimize any discomfort. What To Expect After Treatment There is typically some redness and mild inflammation for a few hours after microneedling. The redness may last up to 3 days, but patients can usually resume regular activities the day after treatment. As the skin renewal begins, the skin will be noticeably softer, smoother, and more radiant. What Skin Conditions Can Microneedling Treat? Microneedling is mainly used to treat wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars. It is also helpful for skin laxity, hyperpigmentation, and enlarged pores. Benefits Of Microneedling Anti-Aging Microneedling makes you look more youthful because it smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The increase in collagen that microneedling provides helps tone and tighten the skin and fill in fine lines and wrinkles, which makes the skin looks smoother and more youthful. Enhances The Penetration Of Products When skin serums are applied topically post microneedling, they penetrate deeper than usual because of the tiny channels created during treatment. Since the active ingredients can penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, they work more efficiently and provide better results. Safe For All Skin Types Microneedling is safe for all skin tones and skin types. There is no risk of hyperpigmentation when microneedling is used on darker skin tones, as there is minimal irritation and the procedure is not heat-based. For best results, microneedling should be performed by a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician. Are You A Good Candidate For Microneedling? If you would like to achieve smoother, brighter skin or correct skin issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, microneedling may be the ideal solution for you. Microneedling is an affordable option for individuals looking to regain youthful-looking skin without undergoing surgery. Patients should also be in good overall health. However, microneedling is not recommended for people with active acne and other skin infections. If you are ready to restore the youthful glow to your skin, microneedling can treat a range of skin concerns and make your dull, lackluster skin appear clear and glowing.
  • What is Chinese Medicine?
    What is Chinese herbal medicine? For more than 5,000 years, Chinese herbal medicines have helped people live longer, healthier lives. "Herbal medicine" refers to the use of a plant’s seed, berries, roots, leaves, bark or flowers for medicinal purposes. Chinese medicine treats the whole person and not the disease–each prescription will be matched exactly to your condition and needs. Is Chinese herbal medicine safe? Chinese herbal medicine is generally very safe. Does Chinese herbal medicine have side effects? If Chinese herbs are prescribed by a qualified practitioner and the formula matches the pattern, they are virtually without side effects. Most Chinese medicinal have very low toxicity. Toxic parts of plants are removed or processed to eliminate toxicity. Herbs with potential side effects are combined appropriately and given in small doses only. The most common side effect may be some bloating because of the cloying nature of tonic herbs. This can easily be corrected by adding digestive herbs into the prescription. In addition, if there are particular risks that apply in your case, your practitioner will discuss these with you. Is there anything your practitioner needs to know? Chinese medicine diagnosis is made based on "discrimination of patterns of disharmony". The practitioner will take a thorough health history, ask questions regarding all body functions, feel the wrist pulse, look at the tongue and palpate certain body areas. The various findings are combined into a composite diagnosis regarding which body systems are in disharmony, based on Chinese medical theory. All medicinal substances as well as foods are classified and described according to several categories, e.g. their flavor, their energetic temperature and their therapeutic properties.
  • What is Light Therapy?
    What is LED light therapy? LED (light-emitting diode) light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that enters the skin’s layers to improve the skin. In the 1990s, NASA began studying LED’s effects in promoting wound healing in astronauts by helping cells and tissues grow. Today, dermatologists and estheticians commonly use LED light therapy to treat a range of skin issues. Skin specialists often use LED light therapy together with other treatments, such as creams, ointments and facials, to give you the best results. You can also buy an array of at-home devices that use LED light therapy, including LED masks. What does LED light therapy do? LED light therapy helps treat a variety of skin concerns and conditions, including: Eczema. Hair loss. Mild to moderate acne. Psoriasis. Rough, scaly, precancerous spots on the skin (actinic keratosis). Rosacea. Sun damage. Wounds. Wrinkles. In some cases, LED light therapy may treat small and superficial basal cell carcinoma (BCC). BCC, a skin cancer, is the most common type of cancer, affecting about 3.6 million Americans each year. Are there different kinds of LED light therapy? LED light therapy uses various wavelengths that correspond to different visible colors. Each color penetrates the skin at different depths. Blue light affects the uppermost layer of your skin. Yellow light penetrates deeper. Red light travels further into your skin. Near-infrared light penetrates deepest. Different LED colors do different things. For example, experts believe: Red LED light therapy may reduce inflammation and stimulate the production of collagen, a protein responsible for younger-looking skin that diminishes with age. Blue LED light therapy may destroy acne-causing bacteria (P. acnes). During treatment, skin specialists may use a combination of lights to treat your specific issue. At-home devices may also combine colors. Does LED light therapy actually work? Research suggests that LED light therapy can help reduce and improve some skin conditions and issues. To see improvement in your skin, though, you need to have regular treatments. In-office LED light therapy uses more powerful strengths than at-home devices, which makes it more effective. With LED masks and other portable devices, you likely won’t see dramatic anti-aging or acne-reducing results. You might experience subtle improvements in your skin’s appearance, though. What doesn’t LED light therapy treat? Acne cysts. Blackheads. Whiteheads. Also, some research has found that blue light therapy may contribute to aging by causing free radical damage to the skin. How long does it take for LED light therapy to work? To see significant benefits, you typically need to have a series of in-office treatments. You may need a treatment each week for about a month. Then you might need maintenance treatments every month or every few months. Who should not have LED light therapy? LED light therapy isn’t appropriate for everyone, including people who: Take certain medications that increase their sensitivity to sunlight, such as isotretinoin and lithium. Have a history of certain conditions, including skin cancer and inherited eye diseases. PROCEDURE DETAILS What happens before LED light therapy? Before an in-office or at-home treatment, you need to have a clean, makeup-free face. At a spa or dermatologist’s office, you might receive additional treatments before LED light therapy, such as a facial. Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from the bright lights. What happens during in-office LED light therapy? After putting on your goggles, lie on your back as your healthcare provider places the LED light therapy device above your face. Lie still during the entire treatment as the device works. The treatment usually lasts about 20 minutes. LED light therapy is a non-invasive, painless treatment. During treatment, you might feel some warmth but no discomfort. What happens after LED light therapy? After in-office or at-home LED light therapy, you can return to your regular activities with one exception: Stay out of the sun for several days and apply extra sunscreen. RISKS / BENEFITS What are the benefits of LED light therapy? LED light therapy might: Treat acne. Reduce fine lines. Help with wound healing. People with any skin type and color can use LED light therapy. LED light therapy doesn’t use ultraviolet (UV) light, so it doesn’t cause damage or burns to your skin. What are the risks of LED light therapy? LED light therapy is a safe, relatively risk-free treatment. If you’re thinking about buying an at-home mask or device, be sure it’s marked “FDA cleared” or “FDA approved.” Also, wear eye protection, such as sunglasses or goggles, and carefully follow instructions to confirm you’re using the device correctly. It’s rare to experience side effects from LED light therapy. If side effects do occur, they may include: Increased inflammation. Rash. Redness. Pain. Experts do caution that while LED light therapy seems to be safe in the short term, there’s less information about its long-term safety. How can I make sure LED light therapy is right for me? Before going to a spa for LED light therapy or buying an at-home device, consider consulting a dermatologist. This way, you can receive the correct diagnosis and treatment for your skin issue. What looks like aging, blemished skin, for example, may really be skin cancer. Consulting a dermatologist can also confirm whether in-office or at-home LED light therapy is a good treatment option for your needs. RECOVERY AND OUTLOOK What is the recovery time after LED light therapy? There isn’t a recovery time for LED light therapy. Besides being careful about sun exposure in the 48 hours after treatment, you can return to your normal routine. Unlike other skin treatments, such as a chemical peel, there isn’t any damage to the skin. WHEN TO CALL THE DOCTOR When should I see my healthcare provider? If you notice these signs after LED light therapy, contact your healthcare provider: Hives. Inflammation. Pain. Rash or redness. LED light therapy is a non-invasive, pain-free treatment for multiple skin concerns and conditions. You can have this treatment at a spa, your dermatologist’s office or buy an at-home device. While LED light therapy is generally safe, consult your dermatologist before trying this treatment. LED light therapy isn’t appropriate for everyone, and experts don’t know much about its long-term effects. A healthcare provider can help determine if it’s the right treatment for you, though.
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