Infrared Sauna Before/After Colonic? (+ Preparing for Colon Detox)

Colonic treatment improves health by removing toxins, boosting your energy, and enhancing your immune system.

You can use the infrared sauna before as well as after your colonic treatment. Both are equally beneficial. The sauna will help you relax and boost your immune system. Just make sure you are hydrated, keeping the temperature relatively low and spending only 10-15 mins inside the infrared sauna.

Read on to learn about the benefits of using the infrared sauna and the steps you need to take before or after colon cleansing.

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What is An Infrared Sauna? How is it Different From Traditional Saunas?

Before we get into exactly when you might want to try out an infrared sauna in conjunction with a colonic, we should first talk about what one is, how they are different from regular saunas, and the benefits that they can provide.

While traditional steam or dry saunas heat the air in the room to between 150°F and 195°F (65°C to 90°C) to warm up your body and induce sweating, infrared saunas actually use the infrared wavelength of light (or energy) to directly penetrate the skin and raise your core temperature, causing you to sweat without making the room itself hot.

This method means that an infrared sauna is much more efficient and immediate with how it delivers the heat, and it can induce sweat at lower temperatures too. They heat up in about half the time of a traditional sauna, and most people find the lower overall room temperature to provide a more relaxing heat that you can enjoy for a lot longer.

Benefits of Using the Infrared Sauna

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Regular infrared sauna usage helps improve your overall well-being (Image source)

Just like traditional saunas, there are many proven benefits to using an infrared sauna. Infrared sauna bathing does many things for the body, including:

  • Improves sleep and reduces stress: Infrared energy helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and improves relaxation. Some studies have even shown that it can help with chronic fatigue.
  • Aids in muscle recovery: The use of an infrared sauna doesn’t just reduce muscle soreness but also improves recovery from strength-training sessions.
  • Relieves pain and reduces inflammation: Infrared saunas actually penetrate the body better than regular saunas.
  • Assists with weight loss. Raising your heart rate helps to simulate the bodily response to exercise, and you can usually enjoy this for longer in an infrared sauna.
  • Promotes healthier skin
  • Lowers blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health: Researchers say that sauna bathing can have a direct and noticeable positive impact on your blood pressure.

Alongside the additional benefits that infrared spectrum energy can provide, you also enjoy the benefits of traditional saunas as well – but it is usually easier to experience them for longer in an infrared sauna. The lower room temperature and gentler heat mean that most people can spend more time in the sauna comfortably.

Should You Combine Colon Hydrotherapy With Infrared Sauna Sessions?

So, what is the link between using an infrared sauna and having a colonic, and what is the best way to benefit from both treatments?

They are often suggested to be used in conjunction with one another because they are both therapies that are meant to detoxify the body. Toxins build up in our bodies over time, with the CDC finding high levels of many toxic chemicals in the population every year, and they can cause many health issues.

Detoxifying therapies are designed to clear out as many of these toxins as possible. Colonics (also known as colonic irrigation or colon cleansing), flush the toxins out through the colon, while infrared therapy induces excessive sweating to release toxins and chemicals through the skin.

It is important to note that both colonic irrigation therapy and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) have been shown to have a relatively minor impact on the actual levels of toxins in your body, as the majority of detoxification actually happens in the kidneys and the liver.

With that being said, there are many proponents for both therapies, and you are likely to feel significantly better after experiencing a cleanse and a session in the sauna, particularly when they are combined.

Should You Use Infrared Sauna Before or After Colonic?

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You can combine colon cleansing with an infrared sauna to detox your body (Image source)

As for when you should sit down for your session in the infrared sauna, it actually doesn’t make much of a difference.

In terms of the results that you will get, infrared sauna bathing before or after your colonic will be equally beneficial, and there are no medical reasons to do one before the other.

Most people tend to feel more relaxed and comfortable after a sauna session though, so you might want that to be the last thing you do before you go home.

Some people do find that an infrared sauna can make them feel worse rather than better the first few times they give it a try. If you are not very experienced, make sure that you are well hydrated, you keep the temperature relatively low, and you don’t spend too much time in there.

Things to Do Before & After Colonic (A Guide)

It can be a little daunting having a colonic for the first time, and you definitely want to be well prepared so that you are as comfortable as possible during the experience. You can start getting your body ready quite a while before you actually head in for the therapy itself.

In order to prepare for a colonic, you should:

  • Drink lots of water. Around 2 liters would be best, and you can try non-caffeine teas or cordial as well.
  • Eat your vegetables. Fibre is really helpful for getting the bowel moving during your cleanse, and vegetables contain a lot of it.
  • Don’t drink alcohol, caffeine, or fizzy drinks. These actually dehydrate you, so try to avoid them if you can.
  • Don’t take laxatives. You might think that a laxative would work well with a colonic, but they are unnecessary and can make the experience uncomfortable.

After your colonic is over, it can take a little while for the colon to fill back up again and for normal bowel movement activity to return. During that time, there are a few things to try and do, including:

  • Eat healthily
  • Avoid strenuous activity for 12-24 hours
  • Take a warm bath or drink peppermint tea if you are feeling bloated
  • Eat probiotics, like natural yogurt


So, should you use the infrared sauna before or after a colonic? Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. Most people choose to have their colonic first and then finish up with a nice relaxing session in the sauna, but there are no medical or health reasons why they should be done one way round or another.

As is true with many other treatments, sauna bathing can be a very helpful way to support your cleanse and make you feel better.

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