During Your Session
1.START LOW AND GO SLOW
It is best to begin using the Ereada® Mat slowly and increase your sessions' intensity over time. This will give your body a bit of time to adjust to the mat’s effects. Start with a lower temperature at first and use a small amount of time to see how your body likes and responds to the mat.
Use low settings to begin and gradually increase the intensity, duration, and frequency of sessions over time. It is easy to overdo if you move ahead too quickly, and the cumulative effects are much more desirable without the lightheadedness or side effects.
If you are just starting out, 20 minutes on the low or medium levels 1-4 may be enough.
Start gradually, in small increments. Once or twice a week sessions will be a reasonable way to begin. Everyone is different; some people do great with low to mid-range temperatures, and others prefer higher temperatures for the best experience. Use this personal experimentation process, and you should be able to discover the optimal settings your body prefers most over time. Try to get the cumulative effect. Ereada® Mat provides cumulative benefits to body, mind, and spirit in every setting. No need to hurry.
You can gradually go up to use more powerful sessions as soon as your adaptation to the lower temperature settings is built up. Good results are reported from two or three 30-minute higher intensity sessions per week. As soon as you are sure that your body reacts fine, you can use your mat as long as you like. Unless you have special needs, you can use it a few times a week for 30 minutes to 12 hours daily, and it should be an enjoyable process.
If you accelerate this way, the first aim may be to create a restful and relaxing environment. The standard procedure is to have a short session before bed of about half an hour, starting at 40-50°C, and then decreasing to the lowest levels of 30-40°C. If these levels cause any feeling of overstimulation, the temperature should be set even lower, or even the mat should be used unpowered for the first time.
The second target usually is to cause sweating. All intensive high heat procedures should be done with proper rehydration and electrolyte replenishment and within the first half of the day. It may take up to an hour to preheat the mat under a thick blanket to a high heat level. Then you can lay on your back on a bare mat, or a mat with a thin protector or a towel on it, and cover yourself with a blanket.
Aﬅer the procedure, just leave the bare mat for a half-hour more while still heating to dry it out. Of course, if your body does not sweat much, you may not start to sweat from the first session – but aﬅer several sessions, it should come. Drink many hot herbal teas (not cold drinks) before and during the procedure to accelerate sweating.
You can increase both the temperature of the mat and add PEMF magnetism and / or red light function and the amount of time you spend on the mat as soon as you become more used to how it functions and how your body responds to it.
If you choose the mat with a pulsed magnetism function, the standard PEMF frequency of Ereada® mats is 60 Hz. Your mat may be equipped with a variable frequency controller with nine levels of frequency and intensity of magnetic waves with pulsation from 8 to 60 times per second. Usually, higher frequencies have a more energizing effect, while lower ones may be better to create a relaxing environment. It is essential to self-educate and listen to your body’s response to find what works for you the best.
If your mat has Red Light LEDs, for the first time, you can try the PEMF and red light functions, on the lowest heating levels, for 20-30 minutes to check how your body reacts.
The standard PEMF session is a simple half-hour procedure (it will auto OFF after 30 minutes). Later you may choose to cycle it for several hours. If you have an adjustable frequency controller, you may try different ways to use it to find what works for you the best.
When you get more experience, if necessary, you will be able to use all the functions or any of their combinations together. However, it is better for some folks not to use PEMF on high heat to avoid overstimulating.
The main rule is to use the lowest temperature 86°-104°F (30°-40°C) settings for any time recharging relaxing for sleeping or longer time periods. Medium temperature settings 104°-131°F (40°- 55°C) are the best for recovery and physical therapy. The highest temperature 131°-158°F (55°- 70°C) is for a short time and should not be used for a prolonged time and without proper rehydration.
If you are falling asleep while on the mat, turn OFF PEMF and Photon functions if they are ON (so that they do not wake you up when the red light resumes in 4 hours or if PEMF is programmed for auto cycling). But most importantly, choose 30°C to 45°C or 86°-110°F low levels of FIR heat before going to bed.
If you have a good experience and sweat more, you may choose to cover yourself with several natural fabric towels or blankets or use the Ereada® Mat Mini as a cover (to be “sandwiched" between two mats). This may increase benefits by retaining your body’s heat.
The maximum time for each level is not specified. It depends on the mat’s size, temperature level, and one’s age, body size and composition, and many other factors. Of course, if you are an experienced FIR sauna user, you can go with the maximum temperature level. Still, we always recommend checking with your doctor first and using common sense to avoid overuse.
2. COVERING THE MAT
NEVER cover the mat with anything but the covers provided with it or towels, sheets, and blankets made from natural materials (like cotton, bamboo). The material has to be permeable to FIR rays. If the material is not permeable (rubber), the FIR heat will be trapped, the mat could overheat and even burn.
Some examples of objects that are not allowed on top of the mat can be - controllers, thick pillows, books, yoga, and camping mats.
So, for your own safety, please, never keep or put anything on the mat besides permeable covers. Only your body can be on the mat.
It is also very important that you cover the mat completely while preheating it.If you cover the mat partially, the temperature sensors positioned in the different layers of the mat around all the surfaces will report different and controversial measurements to the main controller.
Finally, the controller may lose calibration and start to work incorrectly or malfunction.
So, please, always cover the mat completely while it is preheating to set level.
3. GENERAL TEMPERATURE SETTINGS GUIDANCE
If you’re working with a professional, follow their suggested instructions. Consider the below suggestions as general guidelines that make sense for the majority of the people who will use the mats. For minorities, the settings outside the suggested ranges will work better. If so, you may just have to carefully experiment to find out what will work best for your body and mind.
If you use the mat with the Ereada® Mat Protector Pad, another thick protection case, a towel, or a blanket ( remember to use only natural materials ), it may block some of the mat’s conductive heat energy. You may try to choose a little higher temperature setting than without a protector pad or towels on the mat.
- Use Low Temperatures: for relaxing, rejuvenating, when sleeping, or for longer periods of time.
- Use Medium Temperatures: for recovery and physicality.
- Use High Temperatures: for deeper sessions and shorter amounts of time.
Be aware of thermotolerance if you plan to use your Ereada® Mat frequently at the highest heat levels for longer periods of time. Some scientists believe extreme use of high heat could reduce the effects because human cells develop resistance to heat, which persists for about three days and may reduce the effects of repeated heat sessions in this period.
Some scientists suggest a maximum session schedule of twice a week. Russian and Japanese researchers suggest «cycles» up to four times a week apart. Consider educating yourself on the topic if you are going to start intensive usage.
5. KEEP YOUR HEAD AND SENSITIVE AREAS COOL
The best choice for head protection from heat is to use the non-powered Ereada® Amethyst Pillow. It provides good head and neck support during the sessions. The pillow recaptures Far InfraRed heat from the Ereada® Mat and radiates it at a lower intensity, safe for sensitive areas. It is particularly beneficial when using the mat for shorter periods at a high heat level but can also be used for sleeping. The pillow naturally releases Far InfraRed rays and Negative Ions in a safe and delicate way. It is comfortable and usually does not demand a long adaptation for sleeping and relaxation. Do not forget about other heat-sensitive areas. Consider using some cooling pads or protection wear for genitals if sitting on the mat or putting it on the lower abdominal area or nearby.
Remember not to put solid items, synthetic, not permeable materials, or pillows blocking the heat dissipation directly on the mat heating surface, especially on the clear windows with Amethyst crystals while the mat is on high heating mode.
Ereada® mats are great for general wellness. They awaken the restfulness, comfort and invigoration, powers and energies and can become an important part of your healthy lifestyle. Ereada® mats may help supplement your lifestyle, but they are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, mitigate, or prevent any disease, illness, or medical condition or to substitute medical treatment of any kind or to affect the structure or any function of the body. Please, see the Legal Disclaimer section for more information.
6. “FEELING HEALING"
Consider wearing an eye pillow and noise-canceling headphones so that nothing distracts you from the session. Try to exercise positive thinking, visualization, and meditation techniques. It works fine to concentrate your mind on feeling the rays from the mat enveloping your body, revitalizing you.
If you're new to using the Ereada® Mat, be aware that you probably won't start sweating until about 15-20 minutes into the session. You might not sweat so much during your first sessions. This is quite normal for most people since they aren't used to sweating. It usually takes about 2 to 3 sessions to train your body and start healthy sweating. It is not recommended to stay on the mat longer to try to get sweat as the body can overheat when it is not sweating. As soon as the body gets used to sweating, it will be able to regulate its temperature better. Over time, most people sweat more quickly and also at a lower temperature than when first starting the Ereada® Mat sessions. Most people notice they sweat quicker and more profusely with each new session. Also, during the session, drinking cold drinks or water can keep your body from heating up faster, and drinking hot herbal tea can induce sweating quicker.
8. HEART RATE AND OVERHEAT CONTROL
Consider using your heart rate monitor (if it is heatproof) while on the mat. Once you start itching or feeling like your heart rate is going up noticeably faster, this may be a good time to stop the session. Over time, most people will be able to tolerate longer session times. But it is not recommended to stay on the mat when the pulse is more than 30% above the normal resting pulse. Unless you get to know your body better during the session, you can also choose to measure your body temperature so that it does not go over a few degrees above your normal temperature. 1-2 degrees to start may be quite enough.
9. HEAT CRISIS
If you overdo it, you may find yourself experiencing some negative effects. Be sure to hydrate and support your body accordingly.
It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to decrease the intensity, duration, and frequency of heating sessions and contact your health professional because symptoms may be the sign of severe disease. If symptoms occur or persist, stop all use of the mat until you get the doctor’s approval. Remember that it is your responsibility to seek the attention of a health care professional before and during the use of this device.
10. NEVER USE THIS DEVICE WHILE UNDER INFLUENCE OF MEDICINES, SLEEP AIDS, DRUGS, OR ALCOHOL
Some medicines can make you sensitive to heat or unable to make reasonable decisions. It is extremely dangerous to use the mat on high heat sessions during sleeping. If you take sleeping pills, do not rely solely on timer auto shut-oﬀ function. Do not use the mat on high heat settings before sleeping.