Health Benefits

Health benefitsNot all saunas are the same.  SunlightenTM infrared saunas offer 7 times the detoxification benefits of any other sauna.

Experience a greater sense of calm and wellbeing in your life with many exceptional health benefits.  Relaxation, detoxification, skin rejuvenation, pain relief, lower blood pressure, improved circulation, better sleep, a stronger immune system, cell health, and muscle & injury recovery are just some of the health benefits you will receive from the regular use of an infrared sauna.

The body has an amazing ability to heal itself of most injuries and illnesses.  However, when it becomes unbalanced or the healing pathways blocked by environmental toxins, it becomes increasingly hard to obtain and maintain good health.

SunlightenTM saunas assist the body’s natural healing abilities.  Heat therapy has been around for hundreds of years, and SunlightenTM provide the safest and most effective way to help you achieve your wellness goals with infrared therapy.

Sunlighten is the only sauna company to have a scientifically proven technology – Solocarbon® Infrared Technology – which has also been clinically studied and shown to raise core temperature.


Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal & stay healthy… and SunlightenTM saunas are designed for the deepest, most detoxifying sweat.  The leading detoxification principle is that illnesses can be caused by the build-up of toxic substances.  Ridding the body of these toxins can help relieve symptoms, prevent illness, and increase overall health & vitality.  Sauna usage is one of the most effective methods of inducing a detoxifying sweat.  But not all saunas are the same.  The infrared heat generated by a SunlightenTM sauna produces sweat consisting of nearly 20% toxins versus only 3% in a traditional sauna.  Thus, detoxification from a SunlightenTM sauna is up to 7 times more effective than a traditional one.  This is accomplished via Sunlighten’s proprietary & highly efficient Solocarbon® technology – the only infrared heaters clinically shown to raise core body temperature by 2-3 degrees.


Sunlighten saunas have been designed to encourage a lifetime of use through the utmost in comfort for the purest form of relaxation and stress-reduction.  Long-term stress is the cause of physiological effects on the body, including increased blood pressure, weight gain, and weakening of the immune system.  Cortisol – a “fight or flight” hormone produced by the body – increases with stress, raising the heart rate & blood pressure, and leads to the deposit of excess calories in the midsection.  Scientific evidence shows that infrared therapy helps the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol.  In fact, SunlightenTM saunas have been clinically shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with regular use.  Through the use of cutting-edge, soothing Solocarbon® heating technology, SunlightenTM saunas deliver the most therapeutic infrared heat per ssquare inch (up to 99% efficient) to help you relieve stress, ease muscles, and fully relax.  And with the inclusion of our exclusive SO Sound acoustic vibrational therapy, you will enjoy the most effective combination of infrared heat + musical massage to induce the deepest form of relaxation and tension relief.  Sunlighten saunas are guaranteed to help you relax in natural comfort with an invigorating deep tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed with every session.

Weight Loss

If you’re looking to lose weight, SunlightenTM can help.  Our saunas were shown in a recent study to help reduce the waistline by burning calories while you relax in comfort.  If you can maintain a healthy weight, you increase your likelihood of a longer, healthier life.  When it comes to infrared heat’s ability to help burn calories, only SunlightenTM saunas have been clinically shown to aid in weight loss.  Results from a 2009 study indicated that SunlightenTM saunas are beneficial for lowering weight and waist circumference in just a 3-month period1.  Another study showed that 30-minute infrared sauna sessions can burn upwards of 600 calories.  As the body works to cool itself in our infrared saunas, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories2.
(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.

Pain Relief

One of the most compelling reasons to purchase a SunlightenTM sauna is the natural pain relief associated with its use.  In fact, this is our #1 piece of positive customer feedback.  SunlightenTM infrared heat works by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding oxygen flow.  For years, doctors have recommended SunlightenTM saunas because of proven relief from sports injury, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis and other chronic pain conditions.  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 treatment1.  In a NASA study with near-infrared heat, it was determined that LED technology allows for deep penetration of tissue and increased cell growth from the inside2.  Sunlighten’s mPulse series is the only sauna on the market that offers LED-based near-infrared (NIR) heat.  A 2003 study 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 pain3.  Only mPulse’s heating technology is scientifically based on delivering these types & levels of 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.

Blood Pressure Reduction

Only SunlightenTM saunas have clinical research showing a reduction in both systolic & diastolic blood pressure from regular use, key factors in maintaining a healthy heart.  Only SunlightenTM saunas have been clinically determined to provide one of the best, natural ways to lower blood pressure.  Sunlighten’s Solocarbon® heaters were shown in a research study to lower systolic & diastolic blood pressure through 30-minute infrared sauna sessions three times per week.  SunlightenTM infrared sauna therapy reduces blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and decreasing the volume of their inner lining, thus increasing circulation to promote healthy blood pressure.  Heating your muscles with SunlightenTM infrared rays produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise.  In fact, blood flow with infrared sauna use has been reported to rise from a normal rate of 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute.1
(1) Journal of the American Medical Association, August 1981

Improved Circulation

Owning and using a SunlightenTM sauna for infrared therapy is like giving yourself a passive cardio workout – whenever you need it! As a health sauna, SunlightenTM heats your muscles with infrared rays and produces an increase in blood flow similar to regular exercise.  In fact, blood flow during infrared sauna use has been reported to rise from a normal rate of 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute.1

The elevation in body temperature from SunlightenTM sauna use also produces an increase in blood flow that mirrors the benefits of a passive cardiovascular workout.  Regular infrared sauna use especially in the mid-infrared range – has been shown to significantly stimulate blood flow, even after your health sauna session is completed.  A cardio workout has never been so relaxing!  Another benefit of improved circulation from SunlightenTM sauna use is quick muscle recovery – after your regular workouts. The increased peripheral circulation from our infrared heat reduces inflammation, decreases pain and speeds healing, all important steps in helping the body recover from strenuous activity.

More health experts recommend SunlightenTM saunas than any other because of proven effectiveness.  According to Dr. Rachel West, “the cardiovascular cleansing properties of Sunlighten saunas allow the circulatory system to have increased circulation and oxygenation while lowering blood pressure.”  Dr. Mark Hyman, New York Times bestselling author and editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed medical journal Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, owns a SunlightenTM sauna and says, “Sunlighten saunas improve circulation, help with weight loss, balance blood sugar, and improve detoxification.”

SunlightenTM health sauna therapy supports a healthy, active lifestyle. For more information on the health benefits of the SunlightenTM sauna line, or to purchase one of our far-infrared health sauna kits, please contact Santé today!
(1) 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.


Skin Rejuvenation

As has been seen with Sunlight Day Spa clients over the years at Sunlighten’s corporate headquarters, regular use of SunlightenTM infrared saunas helps restore skin to its youthful appearance.  Forego expensive cosmetic treatments; instead, rejuvenate your skin while also receiving all of the other health benefits associated with Sunlighten’s leading infrared sauna therapy.  A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance in just 12 weeks of using near infrared (NIR) LED technology. Participants experienced a reduction in wrinkles & crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness1.  Sunlighten’s Solocarbon® Custom Spectrum is the only infrared sauna heater on the market with the ability to produce this NIR technology!
(1) B.A. Russell, N. Kellett and L.R. Reilly. Study to Determine the Efficacy of Combination LED Light Therapy (633nm and 830nm) in Facial Skin Rejuvenation. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 2005; 7: pp 196-200.

Wound Healing

Our advanced Solocarbon® Custom Spectrum® heating technology has the unique ability to heal wounds faster and minimize scarring through the use of near infrared LEDs.  No other sauna can do this.  Skin plays a vital role in the protection of our bodies from the external environment.  When broken, it is important repair it quickly to prevent infection or further problems.  Saunas have not been able to provide the benefit of wound healing…until now.  Sunlighten’s Solocarbon® Custom Spectrum is the only heater on the market capable of producing near infrared (NIR) light using LED technology.  This is the same technology used in scientific research that concluded NIR therapy greatly enhances the wound healing process.  Studies conducted by NASA concluded that NIR LED light significantly promotes faster cell regeneration, wound healing, and human tissue growth.  Human cell growth increased by 155%-171% in some cases and wound size decreased by 36%.1
(1) Whelan et al; Effect of NASA Light Emitting Diode Irradiation and Wound Healing. Journal of Clinical Laser Medicine and Surgery, Volume 19, Number 6, 2001, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc, pp. 305-314.

Cell Health

Stay healthy with the natural preventive properties of Sunlighten’s exclusive heating technology, which aids in cell health, muscle recovery and overall immunity defense.  SunlightenTM infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system, causing the heart to beat more vigorously and blood vessels to dilate, which help cleanse the circulatory system and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells.  Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery, and strengthen the immune system.  Sunlighten’s research-backed near-infrared heating technology can strengthen the immune system.  In fact, a NASA study showed this same near infrared therapy, delivered by LEDs deep into body tissue, can quadruple cell health and tissue growth1.  Several studies have shown that LEDs (like those found in our mPulse saunas) stimulate white blood cell production and collagen growth by increasing energy at the cellular level.  A study done at the Medical College of Wisconsin demonstrated that LED-produced near infrared (NIR) helps promote cell health and regeneration2.  The LEDs in our Solocarbon® Custom Spectrum® heaters produce infrared in this same range.  A study from The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology concluded that LED NIR restores enzyme activity and reduces cell death by half2.  According to The Doctor’s Prescription for Health Living, Sunlighten’s infrared heat is one of the best treatments for sprains, strains, muscle spasms, and other injuries associated with sports, because it works by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, speeding oxygen flow and increasing circulation.  “Regardless of the extent of the injury, someone who regularly uses this type of sauna will recover faster,” explains Dr. Jeffrey Spencer, a sports medicine expert.  “It doesn’t add additional stress to the body or the injury.  It actually works with the body to heal.”
(1) Harry T. Whelan, Ellen V. Buchmann, Noel T. Whelan, Scott G. Turner, Vita Cevenini, Helen Stinson, Ron Ignatius, Todd Martin, Joan Cwiklinski, Glenn A. Meyer, Brian Hodgson Lisa Gould, Mary Kane, Gina Chen , James Caviness. NASA Light Emitting Diode Medical.
(2) Margaret T.T.Wong-Riley, Huan Ling Liang, Janis T. Eells, Britton Chance, Michele M. Henry, Ellen Buchmann, Mary Kane, and Harry T. Whelan. Photobiomodulation Directly Benefits Primary Neurons Functionally Inactivated by Toxins: Role of Cytochrome C Oxidase. JBC Papers in Press. Published on November 22, 2004 as Manuscript M409650200. Copyright 2004 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.