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Complementary Therapies

Nov 25, 2014 01:28PM ● By MED Magazine

Business: SuiteSweat Sauna Studio, Sioux Falls

Owners: Penny Paclik and daughter Tiffany Hansen

Infrared saunas, which use infrared light to raise the body’s core temperature, have been used medicinally in Eastern medicine for centuries. Some of the benefits attributed to infrared therapy include detoxification, lower blood pressure, stress relief, reduced joint pain, skin improvements, better circulation, and even weight loss.

At the SuiteSweat Sauna Studio in Sioux Falls, medical grade heaters in private sauna “suites” emit a consistent dose of infrared light between 9 and 12 microns – believed to be the best wavelength for human absorption. Owners Penny Paclik and Tiffany Hansen are hoping that the local medical community will take a closer look at the potential health benefits of this ancient practice – for themselves and their patients.

Why did the two of you decide to open SuiteSweat?

We talked about working together in a meaningful business that we could grow with. We kept seeing common threads in people. Everyone was always wishing that they could feel better, look better, and live a healthier, longer life. We also saw how people just couldn’t relax or get enough rest. We saw the fear of cancer every time someone new was diagnosed.  We saw people hurting and just living with the pain, whether it was physical or mental. We wanted something that could help better people’s lives and this was exactly that.

Does an infrared sauna feel different from a traditional sauna?

Unlike the saunas of the past that would just heat your skin and make you uncomfortable, infrared saunas are dry heat.  One interesting thing about sweating out toxins is that our clients don’t experience a sweat smell.  At the same time, it is also possible to achieve that “runner’s high” that comes with intense physical activity, without actually doing the activity.

What kids of people use these saunas?

Initially, the members we received were the people who were into health and wellness. Then athletes came to enhance their work outs. We have cancer patients, people with aches and pains, people just trying to avoid illness. Some people use infrared saunas to distress and improve their mental health and we have people who are trying to lose weight.

What has been the response from the medical community?

Thankfully, the benefits of infrared therapy are becoming well known. There is a Health Insurance Billing Code for Infrared Therapy (97026) and over the years we have seen more and more physicians "prescribing" infrared therapy to their patients to complement their treatments.   Depending on the patients’ health insurance, some are reimbursing our clients for their therapies when submitted by the patient (we don't bill directly). We have seen some dramatic improvements in our clients’ overall health and we invite any healthcare provider to come and experience a complimentary session and learn more about us.