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Tips, tricks and general things to know before, during and after your infrared sauna session at Spa Manzanita
Booking a Sauna Session 📅
  • When you schedule your appointment, you will select which health benefit program you want for your session so that we can heat up the sauna for your arrival. Our Sunlighten Smart Sauna allows you to choose from six pre-set programs that each deliver specific blends of red light/near, mid, and far infrared for individual health benefits including: Cardio, Detox, Weight Loss, Relaxation, Pain Relief, or Anti-Aging.
  • NOTE: We do not have a shower facility, so please plan accordingly
  • Explore more and book directly on our website


Pre Session  📝
  • Wait at least 1-2 hours after eating before beginning an infrared sauna session
  • Hydrate with a minimum of 8 ounces of water to prepare for an increase in core body temperature
  • TIP: You might want to bring extra undergarments if you plan to wear them during the session. Attire tends to get a bit soggy in the sauna
  • Your sauna session will be pre-programmed based on the program you selected when you booked
  • Bring or wear loose-fitting clothing for after your session
  • Arrive to your session 10-15 minutes before your scheduled to get changed and prepared for your session


During Sauna 🔥
  • Dress: Spa robe and a wrap are provided for your sauna session. Wraps are worn above the chest or at the waist. Covering is required during your entire session. You may change in the sauna space or spa restroom. If you are receiving another spa treatment before your sauna session, you will be given the wrap and robe to change into before moving to the sauna
  • No: shoes, phones, jewelry, food, plastic water bottles, lotions or oils in the sauna
  • Sweat: Everyone sweats differently. You may not sweat during the first few sessions. Sweat will increase with regular use.
  • Towels are provided for seating and for use during and after your session
  • TIP: Sit up straight. While laying across the bench is totally fine (and relaxing!), Sitting up is recommended to really reap the benefits. This way the heaters will be directly aimed at the front and back of your body allowing your body to absorb as much of the infrared as possible.
  • TIP: We have spa music on for a relaxing spa sauna experience. However, if you want your own non-spa music, bring earbuds to listen to your own music or guided meditation, etc.
  • TIP: Feel the rainbow. Our sauna comes with a nifty little chromotherapy (or color therapy) remote with different color light options. For example, green is a relaxation booster, while yellow is a stress-buster. Try to resist the urge to flick through all 12 color options during your session. Instead, sit directly under the lights and allot 3-5 minutes for each color to get significant benefit.
  • TIP: Embrace the phone ban. Smartphones are not allowed in infrared saunas, since the light and heat can impact the hardware. Challenge yourself to forgo the distractions and embrace the digital detox. Again, it’s a great time to sit, relax, meditate, and breathe.
  • Listen to your body and adjust based on what it’s telling you. If you feel flu-like symptoms, discontinue and let our spa staff know


Post Session 💧
  • Remember to get up slowly after a session and to watch for any lightheadedness.
  • Make time for a 5-10 minute cool-down. We allow for this in our scheduling so that you are not rushed after your session. Easing back in will help prolong the relaxation.
  • Rehydrate with 8 to 24 oz of water or electrolyte drink to replenish fluids
  • Cool off with a chilled eucalyptus or essential oil towel
  • Reminder: We do not have shower facilities at the spa. Please plan accordingly
  • Change in the sauna space or spa restroom
  • Leave used towels and robe/wrap in the laundry basket
  • Reschedule and repeat!


Be Aware
  • The use of drugs, medication or alcohol prior to or during the infrared sauna session may lead to dizziness or unconsciousness. Clients using any medications must consult a physician or pharmacist prior to the use of the sauna
  • Please consult your physician if you are in doubt of your ability to use the infrared sauna for health reasons
  • No one under the age of 18 is permitted in the infrared sauna
  • Sauna sessions should be limited to no more than 45 minutes and temperatures must stay below 150 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Pregnant women should consult their physician prior to the use of the sauna. Excessive body temperatures have a potential for causing fetal damage during the early days of pregnancy