What to Expect During a HOCATT ™ (Ozone Sauna) Session
- You will be given a towel and will remove all articles of clothing prior to entering the HOCATT ™ .
- You can choose a frequency specific microcurrent (FSM) to run throughout the session.
- The HOCATT ™ will be pre-heated, so when you enter the chamber, it will feel warm from the heat and steam.
- The PEMF device will be turned on, and you may feel a slight pulsing through your body.
- You will put your feet on foot plates where the FSM will be delivered. You will feel a slight buzz on your feet which can be adjusted.
- You will be given supplemental oxygen through a plastic device that will sit by your nose.
- During the first 3-8 minutes, carbon dioxide will be infused into the chamber to make carbonic acid. This dilates your pores and vessels to increase the absorption of ozone through your skin.
- Ozone will be infused for the remaining time of the 30-minute HOCATT ™ session. You may slightly smell ozone while this is happening.
- At the end of the session, the ozone destructor will come on and will pull out the ozone prior to opening the doors.
Start of Session:
In the privacy of a changing room, you will remove all articles of clothing and wrap yourself in a towel. A staff member will assist you into the HOCATT ™ chamber where you will sit back comfortably in the seat. The sauna will be preheated with heat and steam, so it will be warm when you get inside. Your head will stick out of the top of the sauna and you will be given supplemental oxygen to breathe. Once you are inside and the doors are closed, you may open your towel. A neck blanket or towel will be placed around your neck so ozone does not escape from the sauna. You may be given a heart rate monitor for use during the session.
During the Session:
During the session, steam and far infrared (FIR) rays heat up the body with the intention of raising the core body temperature to rapidly induce an artificial fever. Bodily processes are enhanced at higher temperatures, including the production of hormones and some enzymes. In the first three minutes, carbonic acid is pumped into the chamber. This, along with the heat, dilated pores and enhances circulation. The FIR rays penetrate deeply into the skin and subcutaneous tissue, which may aid in relieving joint and muscle aches/pain and promote detoxification of heavy metals from the body.
PEMF (pulsed electro-magnetic fields) can be used for a portion of the treatment. You may or may not feel a small pulse in your body as these are turned on and amplified to a comfortable level. You will have the option of choosing over 120 different Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) programs. These are designed to stimulate the muscles, nervous system and cells through foot electrode pads and/or hand held electrodes. FSMs focus on specific health goals and can be chosen to improve organs (kidney, adrenal, liver, thyroid, lymph) to improve overall health (inflammation, energy, insomnia, mental clarity), to fight infections (lyme and coinfection, mold/candida, viruses, parasites) or to detoxify (heavy metals). Once you are inside the sauna, you will put your feet on two metal plates where the FSM will be delivered. You may feel a small buzzing as the FSM is turned on. The strength of this will be adjusted based on your preference.
Full spectrum colored photon light rays also fill the chamber and are absorbed by the skin as they reflect from the steam and ultra-reflective chamber walls. HOCATT uses all colors of the spectrum, from soothing and relaxing to balancing and energizing. You can add essential oils or aromatic leaves to the stream jet in the chamber.
A HOCATT ™ session can burn up to 600 calories. If you are physically able, you may opt to do some seated exercise to increase calorie burning during your session.
For the first 3-8 minutes of the session, CO2 enters the chamber and is converted to Carbonic Acid (CA) as it reacts with the stream. The CA and stream irrigate the skin, then enter through the pores into the blood circulation throughout the entire body by up to 25 percent. This also draws more blood to the surface of the skin, which enhances the effects of the transdermal ozone. CA sedates the central nervous system and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, relieving tension and stress in the spine and muscles. CA is one of the very few compounds that naturally increases the uptake and delivery of oxygen at the cellular level.
After the CA cycle is finished, the ozone cycle starts and continues for the remainder of the session. Ozone enters the chamber ad reacts immediately with the steam and polyunsaturates fatty acids of the skin generating Reactive Oxygen Species, such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and an array of lipid oxidation products. These “ozone messengers” can be partially absorbed through the dilated pores and enter the blood stream and lymph system. One of the many benefits of Ozone is that it stimulates the body’s natural anti-oxidant systems and boosts energy at the cellular level. It also inactivates viruses and eliminates bacterial and fungal/yeast infections. Due to the CA pre-cycle, the absorption of ozone messengers in the HOCATT ™ is enhanced up to 2 times as much compared to normal ozone saunas. During this stage, you may also elect to use a catheter for vaginal ozone insufflation or funnels for cupping areas of your body, like the breasts.
End of the Session:
At the end of the session, the ozone-oxygen steam mixture is extracted by the external ozone destructor, preventing the release of ozone into the room when opening the doors. You will hear a loud noise when the destructor starts, and the chamber will cool off slightly. When you are ready to get up, cover yourself with your towel, and you will be assisted out of the chamber. It is recommended that you do not shower for 4-6 hours after to allow the ozone messengers time to be fully absorbed.
It is not uncommon to feel relaxed and/or energized after a session. Many people report less pain in their joints, improved skin quality and excellent sleep.
Be sure to read my other blogs on what the Ozone Sauna is and how to prepare for it.