Preparing for Ozone Sauna Therapy

It is important to prepare the body before ozone therapy, in order to achieve optimal results from the Ozone Therapy session. These rules and tips to consider before the therapy session can ensure pleasant, rejuvenating and successful session. Once therapy has begun, we will make sure everything is perfect, but clients need to play a role in making the body ready before the session begins.

Before Ozone Therapy

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Rules for Consuming Foods

Do not eat a large meal for at least one to two hours before ozone therapy. But make sure that there is some food in your stomach. When heat is applied directly to the abdomen, and even generally to the rest of the body as well, much-needed blood is diverted away from the digestive organs to the capillaries at the surface of the skin. Once this occurs, your food will tend to simply lie in the stomach and ferment. The conflicting agendas of digesting and perspiring help explain why many people do not feel hungry on very hot days. They also help explain why people who eat large meals before entering the sauna don’t sweat as easily as those with emptier bellies. The body prioritizes its needs; so when food must be digested, it doesn’t easily give up its blood supply to the surface of the skin.

On the other hand, it is common for one to feel faint (and even nauseated) if one uses the sauna without having any food at all in the stomach, because blood sugar levels can dip too low. If you feel hungry just before entering the sauna, eat a small amount of something that is easily digestible (generally a carbohydrate, such as fruit, raw vegetables, sprouts, nuts, or sprouted bread). Some health care professionals believe that faintness in a sauna can be caused by electrolyte imbalance; so make sure your mineral intake is sufficient.


Rules for Drugs and Alcohol

Just as it is unwise to drive a car or operate heavy machinery when under the influence of alcohol, you should not drink before ozone therapy. Alcohol increases the concentration of stress hormones in the blood and urine. Since sauna use by itself causes the body to increase its production of certain hormones, the higher hormone levels from the two sources combined can produce undesirable and unknown effects. The changes induced by alcohol in the balance of hormones, neurotransmitters, and other bodily substances alters the function of the entire cardiovascular system. This can cause elevated or low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and/ or irregular heartbeat. Whereas sauna bathing is therapeutic partly because of its intensified effect on the cardiovascular system, when combined with alcohol consumption, the work load on the heart is so dramatically increased that rapid heart rate or even heart failure may occur. Finally, alcohol is a diuretic. The last thing you want to do before entering a sauna is deplete your body’s water stores. If you have been drinking, wait at least 24 hours, until the effects of the alcohol have worn off-and then use the sauna to detoxify.

Do not take “recreational” drugs. Tranquilizers, stimulants, and hallucinogens alter the body’s metabolism and may not interact well with the heat of the sauna. Also, your responses to both your inner and outer environments can be dangerously altered so that you are unable to respond appropriately. If you are taking prescription medications, consult your pharmacist and your doctor to make sure you can use the sauna.


Get the Right Types of Fluids

Do drink plenty of water beforehand. Don’t wait until you’re dehydrated before replenishing your bodily fluids. Begin before entering the sauna. Studies have shown fluid loss of only 2 percent of body weight caused reductions in arithmetic ability, short-term memory, and the ability to visually track an object by 20 percent compared to their well-hydrated state. It is recommended to drink two cups of fluid two hours before exercise, four to six ounces every 15 to 20 minutes during exercise, and 16 to 20 ounces (2 to 2’h cups) of fluid, for every pound of body weight lost during exercise, when you have completed your exercise program.

Alcoholic, caffeinated, and carbonated beverages don’t count as part of your fluid intake since they can act as diuretics and actually cause water loss. Naturally or synthetically sweetened juice doesn’t count either, since it too is a diuretic. In addition, a high chemical or sugar content directs the blood flow to the stomach at the expense of lessening the blood volume to the muscles elsewhere, which can result in cramping. Note that under normal circumstances, the body handles a fluid intake at the rate of four ounces every half hour, since more than that floods the kidneys too much. So you might want to ration your water intake accordingly, increasing the amount as you begin to sweat.


Preparing Your Body

If you are extremely overheated from prior exercise, heavy physical labor, being in the sun, or for any other reason, rest for about 15 minutes and allow your body to cool to an appropriate level before entering the sauna. Heatstroke is the absolute extreme of body heating and should be avoided.  Too much heat from any source will give you heatstroke.

Remove all jewelry: watches, necklaces, rings, earrings, body piercing metal. If metal gets hot enough, it can burn your skin. Also, tissues swell when the body is heated, so you may find that your rings will hurt or even become stuck on your finger.

Shower or bathe before ozone therapy. Your sweating experience will not be optimal if your skin is already covered with a film of toxins. Showering also helps keep the sauna clean.

During Ozone Therapy

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During ozone therapy sessions, clients are closely monitored to maintain a safe and healthy environment. While the administrator is ultimately responsible for ensuring a safe and successful session, the client also has a role to play. Only the client, fully understands and is in touch with the internal sensations and other feelings they are experiencing. By understanding these during therapy guidelines, clients can play an active role in their own health and the success of their therapy session.


Guidelines

Follow these guidelines for proper treatment during ozone therapy:

1. Leave the sauna if you feel uncomfortable. This is subjective, based on your tolerance and wellness quotient. A little discomfort in the sauna is to be expected, especially if you are very toxic. However, be aware of signals of needing to leave. You might be suffering from either dehydration or moderately severe heat exhaustion if you have the following symptoms: breathing problems, dizziness or light-headedness, energy loss or weakness, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, nausea, nosebleeds, or thirst.

2. If possible, wear minimum lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Covering the body can prevent sweat from either evaporating or evaporating quickly. Also, if you sweat profusely, clothing can become clammy and uncomfortable, and detract from what would otherwise be a pleasurable experience.

3. Wiping off your sweat with a towel, you need to eliminate the toxins that have been secreted through your skin. You don’t want your pores to become blocked, and you don’t want the waste material to be reabsorbed into the skin.

4.  Exit the sauna slowly. Systemic heating has brought much more blood than usual to the body’s surface. This, with the slower-than-usual return of the blood to the heart, means less blood supply to the head.


 Additional Considerations

During ozone therapy, toxic waste is being released from the cells, it enters the bloodstream in the form of excess mucous and proteins. This is normal and necessary, but can cause a temporary thickening of both the lymph and blood. This condition can influence circulation to such an extent that standing up too fast might cause a delay in oxygen reaching the brain. If you are experiencing dizziness, stand up very slowly, keeping your head down as you rise. These symptoms should subsides after frequent cleansing.

Many people, though not all, feel markedly better after their sauna sessions. You might feel worse from the re-circulating toxins and need to remain in the sauna to pass this discomfort point. With high levels of toxicity, clients will probably need more than one session to feel relief.

After Ozone Therapy

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Sauna and Ozone Therapy can provide you with much-needed relaxation. It is a vital part of any detoxification program. And it can be an enjoyable experience, helping to restore and rejuvenate you at a less tangible but equally important spiritual level. Follow these after therapy guidelines to help ensure the benefits pleasures and cleansing properties after ozone therapy.

During ozone therapy, the body endures many chemical reactions and changes that need to be addressed post therapy. While these adaptations are healthy, clients should be aware of the changes that have occurred. Rest, either lying down or sitting, for five to 15 minutes. Sweating has put your system through a rigorous workout, so you need time to normalize. If you are ill, do not cool off too quickly. For most people, this is not a problem, but some people with coronary conditions such as acute myocardial infarction may need to be more careful. If you have a heart condition, seek medical supervision before undergoing sauna therapy.


 Rehydrate the Body

Some people sweat two quarts or more in the sauna during ozone therapy. Have water handy at all times and replenish the water lost through perspiration. The water should be properly filtered so that it is free of contaminants including microbes, detergents, chlorine, fluoride, and insoluble minerals. It’s recommended to drink 16 ounces of water for every pound lost during exercise; so this would translate to one ounce of fluid for every ounce of body weight you lose during a sauna. If you do not weigh yourself, estimate how much water you lost-or simply drink until you are no longer thirsty.


Replenish Vitamins, Minerals 

and Nutrients

Minerals are vital nutrients because they convey electrical charge in the body and are the constituents of thousands of enzymes. Without minerals, the body cannot function properly. There is some debate as to whether or not people undergo extensive mineral loss after they have been sweating on a regular basis. There is a view that after the first few times of perspiring, the mineral loss is kept to a minimum and one loses mostly water. Other sources and some companies that manufacture electrolyte formulas, disagree. Everyone is unique, so monitor the way your body responses after ozone therapy carefully.

After ozone therapy, replenish the minerals and vitamins lost through perspiration. Many minerals are indeed lost through sweating and this loss continues even with continued prolonged sweats. People lose more minerals than just sodium. The body can compensate for sodium loss after a while and retain it in the tissues, but potassium will still need to be replaced. According to some sources, three times as much potassium is needed as sodium. Most people need replacements not only of potassium, but also calcium, chloride, and magnesium. Those with environmental illness, and related conditions like fibromyalgia, may excrete more magnesium than normal.

Although it is commonly acknowledged that people lose minerals through perspiration, not enough attention is given to the loss of both fat- and water-soluble vitamins. Dr. David Root  observes that copious amounts of all nutrients are excreted, along with the toxins, when one is on an intensive detoxification program. Make sure you supplement your diet regularly with mineral and vitamin supplements. It is strongly recommended that you consult a qualified health care practitioner to help you determine your nutritional needs.

Eat some nourishing, easily assimilated food. Many people find that they are very hungry on leaving the sauna, since an effective body heating session can speed the metabolism. Wait 15 or 20 minutes for the blood to return to your stomach so you can digest your food, and then eat. Rapidly absorbed food such as fruit will provide the system with immediate energy by raising the blood sugar level. But not everyone can handle even more carbohydrates after a sauna. Pay attention to what you need; it might be some concentrated animal protein.


Remove Toxins From Skin & Replace Lost Oils

After ozone therapy, take a bath or shower with warm or cool water, and brush your skin. You have just put your system through a rigorous workout to get rid of toxins. You don’t want to l eave these wastes on your skin to get reabsorbed. Use warm water but not hot-hot water will open the pores too much and cause the toxins and dirt to seep right back into the skin. A layer of grime sticking to your skin will also keep the heat inside your body and make you tired. There is some controversy about whether or not soap should be used. Conventional commercial soaps leave a film on the skin and dog the pores. However, there are a few cleaners on the market made from natural ingredients that do not leave a film.

Make sure the soap label does not say “anti-bacterial,” because by law any soap with that designation must contain a registered pesticide–which, by definition, is poisonous. After rinsing, brush your skin and scalp with a loofah or natural bristle skin brush. This will help maintain the health of your skin by improving the circulation.

Replenish the oils that were eliminated through the skin. Some people like to receive massage right after their sauna. It’s relaxing, helps move the lymph and flush out even more toxins, and helps replace the beneficial oils in the skin that were lost through sweating. Three popular skin oils are coconut, lanolin, and jojoba. Coconut is well absorbed into the skin. It has strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, and even affords protection against the sun. Lanolin, which is secreted by the oil glands of sheep (and gathered without causing any pain or harm to the animal), very closely resembles human sebum (the secretion produced by the skin to protect itself). Some people are allergic to lanolin, so test one small patch of skin to make sure you can tolerate it before covering your entire body. Jojoba is not really an oil, but is pressed from the seed of the Jojoba shrub found in the desert. It, too, closely resembles human sebum, has a nice texture, and is well liked by those who do not want to use animal products. Other beneficial oils are apricot kernel, almond, and sesame. It’s worth buying organic oils, because after all, whatever is absorbed through the skin goes right into the bloodstream as though you had eaten it. Some health practitioners suggest that eating oil is a better way of replenishing the body’s stores. A balance of cold-pressed flax, olive and coconut oils, and mercury-free fish oils, is a good choice.