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 Rebecca Brinkmann,  PhD, CHC

Rebecca Brinkmann, PhD, CHC

Dr. Rebecca Brinkmann became interested in nutrition, fitness & health after battling Lyme disease for several years.  During her treatment, she went on a quest to repair her own immune system. As a researcher, she became increasingly aware that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, one must take charge of their own health.  She believes this is accomplished by working with one's physician rather than being a passive consumer of health care. Rebecca earned her doctorate in communication studies and has taught in higher education for over 12 years. She earned her health consulting certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. Her interest in health includes the mind, body and spirit connection.  She became deeply interested in the spiritual aspect of one's life while she obtained her ministry certification from Catch the Fire School of Ministry in 1996.

Portable versus Traditional FIR Sauna

Indecision:  Portable or Wood?  Which one do I choose?

Detoxing is a vital component to Lyme Disease treatment.  One way to detox is through the use of a FIR Sauna.  If you don't know, FIR stands for Far Infrared.  The infrared rays can penetrate deep into the tissues. Other than the obvious benefit of sweating toxins, FIR saunas have many therapeutic benefits as well.  FIR Sauna's are excellent for circulation, immune system health, pain relief, inflammation, releasing tension and stress, and promotes rebuilding of injured tissue.  There is also evidence to suggest FIR technology can aide in the killing of pathogens. For a more in-depth look at the benefits of a FIR sauna, check out Sauna Therapy for Detoxification & Healing by Lawrence Wilson (He promotes Near Infrared technology, which I will discuss in another post). Or read Suzanne Somers book, TOX-SICK, From Toxic to Not Sick.

Should I buy a traditional FIR Sauna or a Portable FIR Sauna?

After much research, I have found that there really is not a difference in benefits of a traditional wood sauna over a portable sauna. People who have used a portable sauna say that they sweat just as much, even reporting that they are sweating through the head, which is often the criticism of not having your head inside of the sauna.  So, I have found that there are benefits and drawbacks to both types and I will list them below.

Benefits of a portable sauna

Cost:  Portable Sauna's are a 1/10th or less of the cost of a traditional sauna
Ease of set up:  You just unfold the unit and plug it in
Portable:  They can be set up and taken down easily.  They can be moved from room to room or you can travel with a portable sauna

Downside of a portable sauna

 Portable Sauna's kind of look like a toaster!

Portable Sauna's kind of look like a toaster!

The "LOOK":  Portable sauna's look like a toaster.  Let's be honest, they are not the most attractive option. 
Size: The biggest complaint is that the space is cramped inside and you can only fit one person at a time.
Benefits:  Some have suggested that you do not get the full body benefit because your head is outside of the unit.
Durability: A portable sauna will not last as long as a wood sauna and should be seen as what it is - a portable sauna for short-term health benefits. 

Benefits of a Traditional Wood FIR Sauna

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Attractiveness:  The wood sauna's are attractive and can add value to your home
Size:  The wood sauna's provide room for you to sit and relax
Durability:  Wood is build to last and will most likely not wear out unless they are mistreated. If you plan to add a sauna treatment to your long-term health regimen, the wood sauna is a more economical option.
Whole Body Heat: A traditional sauna is one where your whole body will benefit.  You are in an enclosed space where the heat will be more intense and may provide added health benefits
 

The downside of a traditional FIR Sauna

Price: Although the price is not astronomical, with the cost of other medical treatments, many people cannot afford to invest in a wood sauna. 
Space:  You may not have the room for a permanent sauna in your home
Portability:  The sauna is not portable and cannot be easily moved

Ok, I have made my decision, "Now, Which Sauna Should I Buy?"

I have done my research and if you are buying a portable or a wood sauna, you should choose one with a low or zero EMF.  The zero EMF units cost more.  Here are some options through Amazon, which also offer FREE SHIPPING!

Portable:  Heat Wave Sauna Rejuvenator - $210

Wood:  Dynamic Sauna's Barcelona low EMF FIR Sauna - $999

Do you have suggestions on a Sauna that you currently own or use?  I would love to hear about it below! 

Lyme Seizures: Will they go away?

My Lyme Story Part IV:  The downward slope

My Lyme Story Part IV: The downward slope