Choosing the right system
Choosing the right heating element can be somewhat confusing. Much is made of the materials used and the range of infrared of each company's offering. So why not just make it simple and consult the experts - experts who have already gathered the clinical and scientific research on infrared saunas?
The first, and most often quoted, is Dr. Aaron M. Flickstein who gathered dozens of studies together back in the 1990's and reported on them in his famous article entitled, "Infrared Radiant Energy". An actual reading of the entire article will show that those studies were based on the crystal and zirconium ceramic heaters used by SOLARUS Sauna.: "Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa, a member of the Research and Development Department of Fuji Medical, received a patent in 1965 for a zirconia ceramic infrared heater used in the first healing infrared thermal systems." [section 3, part B of article]
More recently, in case you think this is old data, a second often quoted source is a book by Dr. Sherry Rogers. Written in 2002 she also cites scores of scientific studies and clinical research world wide. And what heaters are used in those studies? Why, the heaters used in the SOLARUS Sauna, of course. Doubt that? See for yourself: "The Far Infrared sauna uses a patented zirconium with a proprietary blend of crystal and minerals, emitting between 2 and 25 microns making it my preferred tool for purifying and detoxifying the body." [top of page 209 in the book, Detoxify or Die, by Dr. Sherry Rogers, M.D.] These authors don't even entertain thoughts of another heating element. . And what about doctors who have their patients using far infrared saunas? By far they are using the same elements that SOLARUS does.
A few things should be noted about these PATENTED zirconium and crystal heating elements that were developed by Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa in the years prior to 1965 at Fuji Medical in Japan:
It's a Natural Heating System
The zirconium ceramic emitters are hollow and filled with crystalline silica quartz and a proprietary blend of crystals, a superconductor. When this combination of natural-and naturally derived-substances is heated by a resistance wire running through the embedded quartz crystals, the energy output of the combined heated materials corresponds in FAR-infrared wavelength to our body's own. THESE are the heating elements used in the research! Our bodies absorb up to 93% of the energy output created by these emitters. The energy penetrates our tissues gently and effectively to a depth of about 1 1/2 inches, pulling toxins and heavy metals out through the sweat induced by a typical 30-minute sauna session.
It's a Safe Heating System
Dr. Ishikawa and the researchers at Fuji Medical spent 14 years after the invention ensuring the treatments to people were effective and that there were NO SIDE EFFECTS to humans. Contrast this to some of the new heaters on the market with virtually NO time testing as to either their efficacy or the possibility of side effects. Some are made from materials whose base is a crude oil derivative such as fiberglass or plastic. All you have to do is read Dr. Rogers' book to see how the out-gassing from plastics can affect the human body in very damaging ways, interrupting natural metabolic processes at the cellular level. Think of all the volatized plastic molecules becoming airborne inside one of those unproven devices. We at SOLARUS would rather not experiment with new untested materials on human beings. Still others use nothing much more than a hot-water heating element made of metal, very old "technology". If these metal heaters were effective, there would have been no need for the Japanese researchers to have developed the tried and proven crystal and zirconium ceramic heaters used by SOLARUS.
We believe a FAR-infrared sauna is for detoxifying the body, not playing with the possibility of introducing new and dangerous airborne toxins to the immediate atmosphere of an enclosed area. Still other competitors use a common ceramic not containing the 11 balanced crystals and minerals in the hollow zirconium tube necessary in achieving the proper wavelengths of warm healing light.
It's a Comfortable Heating System
Our heaters allow the user to enjoy maximum sweat and detoxifying at the lowest of temperatures - from about 100 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Competitors recommend temperatures above 140 and all the way to 170 and beyond. These extreme temperatures can be dangerous. They are essentially hot air boxes, no different from a traditional convection-heat sauna. They rely on super heated air to force out sweat instead of the proper wavelengths of FAR-infrared light to gently and naturally pull out toxins in the sweat. SOLARUS' time-tested heaters coax the sweat out gently by superior penetration of the comfortable light waves, so that even health-challenged people can use them safely.
And don't be fooled by a sauna whose elements are called "ceramic", but are not the proven crystal and zirconium ceramic elements with the crystalline silica quartz fill. These impersonations fall way short of providing a comfortable sauna experience and the superior detoxification actualized with the SOLARUS SAUNA. Once again, these poor imitations, by missing the correct wavelength of infrared for the human body, yield little more than a box of hot air. Usually every shortcut possible is taken with these knock-offs, and you end up on the short end of the transaction. Most of these even use framing lumber, such as fir, hemlock, spruce, pine, or poplar, for the cabin, and provide a very short warranty. These woods are well-known by woodworkers to be unstable in extremes of heating and cooling.
Quality of Life
Our authentic FAR-infrared sauna can give you many wonderful experiences and enhance your health in many ways. You will get relaxation when you're stressed; and you'll be energized when you're run down. The toxic content of the sweat is 15 - 20%. Compare that to a traditional steam or high heat "dry sauna", where toxins comprise a mere 3% of the sweat, the same as running or strenuous exercise.
The list of possible benefits to you is extensive in using a SOLARUS SAUNA and it includes:
- Relief of aching joints and muscles
- Promotes soft and healthy skin, and results in a radiant glow
- Aids in elimination of toxins via the sweat mechanism
- Promotes soft tissue healing and rejuvenation
- Provides passive cardiovascular conditioning effect
- Increases blood flow and oxygenation to the body
- Aids in cellulite reduction and weight loss
- Burns more calories that jogging
- Relieves stress and fatigue of modern day living
- Strengthens the immune system
- 2 -3 times the volume of sweat at half the temperature of other saunas
Keep in mind that these benefits were determined by doctors, researchers, and clinicians over a period of over 40 years using the exact heating elements found in the SOLARUS SAUNA. Why would you want to take a chance on anything unproven? After all, your health greatly determines your quality of life. Most of us don't really realize this until our health fails us. SOLARUS would count it a privilege to help you prevent that loss.