make appointment

Infrared Sauna

Isthmus Acupuncture offers therapeutic full-spectrum far infrared sauna sessions from Sunlighten sauna.
Sauna Guidelines
Sauna Health Benefits

Infrared Sauna Detoxification

Infrared sauna detox is a widely used treatment in alternative medicine. Recently, it has received significant mainstream attention as a result of a movement toward natural and self-directed treatments. The leading sauna detoxification principle suggests that common illnesses are caused by the build-up of toxic substances in the body. Ridding the body of these toxins through a natural sauna detox may help relieve symptoms, prevent future illness and increase overall health and vitality.

Sauna at Isthmus Acupuncture

Sauna at Isthmus

Reports from the United States Center for Disease Control estimate that over 80% of all illnesses have causes rooted in personal environments or lifestyles. In an industrialized society, we can do little to reduce exposure to toxins in the air we breathe and the food we eat. As a result, sauna detox has become a leading treatment to achieve greater health and wellness.

Researchers have long known that toxic substances, including heavy metals, are secreted from the body through sweat. Therefore, the more one can safely sweat (while maintaining proper hydration), the greater quantity of toxins will be released from the body. Infrared sauna usage is one of the most effective methods of inducing a detoxifying sweat. In a sauna detox, sweat carries toxins out of the body through the pores. But not all saunas are the same.

The far-infrared heat generated by a Sunlighten sauna produces sweat that carries nearly 20% toxins. In a traditional sauna, you can only expect up to 3% toxins. As such, a sauna detox in a Sunlighten sauna is up to 7 times more effective than in a traditional sauna. This incredible detoxification is accomplished through Sunlighten’s proprietary and highly efficient infrared heating technology. Sunlighten’s heating technology is the only sauna heater clinically shown to actually raise core body temperature by 2 to 3 degrees (vs. simply heating the air around the body). As a result, regular usage of a Sunlighten sauna provides a truly deep, productive and detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.

Infrared Sauna for Pain Management

Runner with foot pain

Runner with foot pain

For years, doctors have recommended Sunlighten saunas because of proven relief from sports injury, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis and other chronic pain conditions.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Spencer, a sports medicine expert from the University of Southern California, “infrared wavelengths penetrate the body to create heat, which creates profound therapeutic benefits. They increase blood flow to the muscles, delivering more concentrated oxygen, which creates more energy to heal.”

A recent Japanese study published in the journal, Internal Medicine, showed that chronic pain patients experienced a significant reduction in pain levels (nearly 70%) after the first session of infrared sauna therapy. Pain scores also decreased significantly and remained low throughout the observation period. Researchers concluded that infrared heat therapy is effective for chronic pain treatment.(1)

Additionally, in a NASA study done by Dr. Whelan with near-infrared heat, determined that LED technology allows for deep penetration of tissue and increased cell growth from the inside.(2) Sunlighten’s mPulse series–with its proprietary Solocarbon® Custom Spectrum™ heating technology–is the only sauna on the market that offers LED-based near infrared heat at this proven level.

Finally, a 2003 study conducted by the Department of Dermatology and Institute of Medical Research showed that use of near-infrared heat therapy helped the production of white blood cells to alleviate inflammation and reduce swelling, two key factors in easing bodily pain.(3) Again, only mPulse’s heating technology is scientifically proven to deliver these types and levels of therapeutic near-infrared wavelengths.

(1) Internal Medicine (Tokyo) Aug 15, 2008 by Matsushita K, Masuda A, Tei C. The First Department of Internal Medicine, Kagoshima University Hospital, Kagoshima, Japan.

(2) Whelan et al; The NASA Light-Emitting Diode Medical Program- Progress in Space Flight and Terrestrial Applications. CP504, Space Technology and Applications International Forum-2000, edited by M. S. El-Genk. Copyright 2000 American Institute of Physics l-56396-9 19-X/00.

(3) Lidija Kandolf-Sekulovic, Milena Kataranovski, Milos D. Pavlovic. Immunomodulatory Effects of Low-Intensity Near-Infrared Laser Irradiation on Contact Hypersensitivity Reaction. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2003; 19: pp 203–212, Blackwell Munksgaard.

Infrared Sauna for Weight Loss

If you’re looking to lose weight, Sunlighten can help. In a recent study, our saunas were shown to promote weight loss by burning calories while you relax in total comfort.

It is no secret that maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall quality of life. In fact, a 10-year study published by The New England Journal of Medicine found that waist circumference by itself is a critical factor in assessing the risk of premature death. In other words, if you can maintain a healthy weight, you may increase your likelihood of a longer, healthier life.

When it comes to burning calories with infrared sauna heat, only Sunlighten saunas have been clinically shown to dramatically aid in weight loss. Results from a 2009 study indicated that Sunlighten saunas are beneficial for lowering weight and waist circumference in just a 3-month period. And for those who are sedentary due to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems, results were even more profound.(1)

Another study showed that 30-minute infrared sauna weight loss sessions can burn upwards of 600 calories. During a sauna weight loss session, your core temperature increases and the body works hard to cool itself. While using an infrared sauna, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories. Blood flow is reported to rise from a normal 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute.(2)


(1) Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Measurable Health Benefits? A Sequential Longitudinal Interrupted Time Series Design Study. 2009. Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Cardiovascular Benefits in People with Type 2 Diabetes? Canadian Journal of Diabetes 2010; 34 (2) :113 – 118.

(2) Dr. Masakazu Imamura, MD, et al. Repeated Thermal Therapy Improves Impaired Vascular Endothelial Function in Patients With Coronary Risk Factors. Vol. 38, No. 4, 2001. Journal of American College of Cardiology: pp 1083-1088.

Raindrop Technique

with Young Living® Therapeutic Essential Oils

Raindrop Technique Therapy® combines the power of therapeutic-grade essential oils with massage techniques to promote self-healing beginning with the central nervous system. By applying essential oils using the Raindrop Technique, your central nervous system will channel the healing properties of the essential oils to every area of your body. The oils penetrate the cerebral spinal fluid and cross the blood brain barrier to help restore health in your brain. Enhancing the health of the spinal column and nerves that branch from it is highly beneficial for maintaining health as you age.

Young Living’s Raindrop Technique Brochure

Essential Oils used in Raindrop Technique Therapy®

Raindrop Oils


The therapeutic-grade essential oils used in Raindrop Technique Therapy® are carefully chosen to balance the immune system, reduce pain and inflammation while strengthening your constitution. At Isthmus, we use Body-Feedback testing techniques to customize the oils used during Raindrop Technique Therapy® based on your body’s response. We will also use body-feedback testing to determine emotionally balancing essential oils and create an emotional balancing customized Raindrop for you.

The massage begins with the application of Valor® essential oil to your feet for grounding and balancing the chakra system.  Then using foot reflexology to affect the central nervous system, the following oils are applied to the feet and back:

  • Valor®
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Cypress
  • Wintergreen
  • Basil
  • Peppermint
  • Marjoram
  • Aroma Siez™
  • Ortho Ease™
Then the above oils are applied to the spine using special Raindrop Techniques developed by D. Gary Young after working with the Lakota Indians. The Raindrop Technique uses both long strokes that feather in the oils and VitaFlex that positively charges the oils to help them penetrate deep in your body. This application process takes between twenty and thirty minutes itself.

Raindrop with Angie Roherty

Raindrop Technique® Massage

At Isthmus Acupuncture we expand the therapeutic benefits of the Raindrop Technique® application with a lymphatic massage to circulate the healing properties of the oils throughout your body. The lymphatic massage also assists the body to remove toxins released from application of the oils. We recommend a 90-minute massage session to experience the full benefits of this type of therapeutic massage.

Raindrop Technique® with Far Infrared Sauna

At Isthmus Acupuncture we found combining the Raindrop essential oils with a twenty-minute Far Infrared Sauna session mutually benefits each therapy providing superior results. The Far Infrared Sauna helps the therapeutic essential oils to penetrate deeper in the body on a cellular level. The sauna assists with removing toxins, reducing inflammation and strengthening the immune system which are also benefits of the Raindrop Technique Therapy®.

Schedule your Raindrop Technique® with a Massage or Infrared Sauna online today!