Infrared Sauna for Mental Health

Experience the transformative power of infrared sauna therapy for your mental health and unlock a state of profound relaxation, stress relief, mood enhancement, and improved sleep patterns.

Infrared Light and Mental Health

Infrared Light and Mental Health

Mental health disorders can significantly affect a person's daily life. The constant battle with symptoms from disorders such as depression, anxiety, and mood swings can make it challenging to maintain a sense of balance and well-being. However, there is hope. Emerging research suggests that infrared sauna therapy may offer a complementary approach to alleviate the burden of mental health disorders.

Infrared saunas have gained attention for their ability to promote relaxation, detoxification, and healing. But beyond the physical benefits lies a potential solution for mental well-being. By engaging in regular sessions, individuals living with mental health issues can experience a range of positive effects. These effects include improved mood, reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression, and enhanced sleep patterns.

At Shakthi Health and Wellness, we understand that every individual's mental health is unique. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive approach to wellness that addresses the mind, body, and spirit, and incorporating infrared saunas into your treatment plan can serve as a valuable tool to support your mental well-being. Discover more about infrared sauna therapy or any of our other treatment methods at Shakthi Health and Wellness by calling our office at (301) 703-5067 or completing our convenient online form

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Meet Our Doctors 

Our team is composed of board certified medical doctors who are highly knowledgeable in the practice of Infrared Sauna for Mental HealthOur integrative specialty care model provides patients with in depth consults with each appointment without the restrictions of time limits and jumping through insurance hoops. 

Jyothi Rao


Dr. Jyothi Rao has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. She received her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed her internship and residency at the prestigious New England Medical Center (Tufts) in Boston. Before opening Shakthi Health & Wellness Center, Dr. Rao practiced medicine in New York and Maryland.

Sudhir Rao


Dr. Sudhir Rao obtained his Medical Doctorate from St. George's University School of Medicine, and is the founder of Pain and Spine Specialists. Despite Dr. Rao's years of training focusing on traditional medicine, he developed a strong interest in Functional and Integrative Medicine to treat chronic illness with alternative methods after a personal experience with limitations in traditional medicine.

Infrared Sauna: An Overview 

Infrared Sauna: An Overview 

Infrared sauna therapy, offered at Shakthi Health & Wellness, is a holistic approach to promoting overall well-being and addressing common challenges such as stress and anxiety. Unlike traditional saunas that use steam or hot air to warm the body indirectly, infrared saunas utilize advanced technology to heat the body directly using infrared rays.

The targeted approach of infrared sauna therapy ensures deeper heat penetration into the body, providing numerous therapeutic benefits. These saunas operate at lower temperatures than traditional saunas, making the experience more comfortable and tolerable for individuals.

Step into our serene sauna chamber, where gentle warmth envelops your body, creating an atmosphere of relaxation and tranquility. As you settle into the soothing heat, the infrared rays penetrate deep into your muscles and tissues, promoting a sense of calm and well-being. Unlike traditional saunas, our infrared saunas operate at lower temperatures, ensuring a more comfortable and enjoyable session.

Feel free to unwind, close your eyes, and let the healing properties of the infrared rays work their magic. The sauna session becomes a moment of self-care and renewal, allowing you to escape the stresses of daily life and embark on a journey of holistic wellness.

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The infrared sauna at Shakthi Health and Wellness Center

Therapeutic Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

At Shakthi Health and Wellness, we believe in the power of infrared sauna therapy to promote relaxation, detoxification, and overall healing.

Through the use of infrared rays, these saunas create a gentle heat that penetrates deep into the body, triggering a range of positive effects, including:


Infrared sauna therapy induces a deep state of relaxation by promoting the release of endorphins, which are natural feel-good hormones. This can help alleviate stress, improve mood, and enhance mental well-being.


Sweating is the body's natural way of eliminating toxins, and infrared saunas facilitate this process. The deep heat generated by infrared rays helps increase blood circulation, promoting the removal of toxins and heavy metals from the body.

Overall Healing

Infrared sauna therapy can support the body's natural healing processes. Increasing blood flow and oxygenation may help reduce muscle tension, relieve joint pain, and accelerate tissue repair.

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Enhancing Mental Well-Being with Infrared Sauna Therapy

Beyond the physical benefits, infrared sauna therapy also offers potential advantages for mental health.

Some of the remarkable benefits of infrared sauna therapy for your mind include:

  • Stress Relief: Step into our serene sauna chamber and let the gentle warmth melt away your stress. The deep heat generated by infrared rays helps relax both the body and mind, providing a much-needed respite from the pressures of daily life.
  • Anxiety Reduction: Experience a sense of calm and tranquility as the infrared sauna's soothing heat envelops you. This therapeutic environment assists in alleviating anxiety symptoms, promoting a state of relaxation and inner peace.
  • Mood Enhancement: Infrared sauna therapy stimulates the release of endorphins, those natural feel-good hormones that can uplift your mood and improve overall emotional well-being. Let the warmth embrace you as it enhances your mood and brings positivity to your day.
  • Improved Sleep Patterns: Many individuals dealing with mental health challenges also face disruptions in their sleep patterns. Infrared sauna therapy helps promote relaxation and can support better sleep quality, allowing you to wake up refreshed and rejuvenated.
  • Mind-Body Connection: Infrared sauna therapy offers a space for introspection and self-care. As you immerse yourself in the tranquil heat, you can reconnect with your body and mind, fostering a stronger mind-body connection and promoting overall psychological well-being. 

Additional Mental Health Treatments 

One of the many reasons that Shakthi Health and Wellness is a leading holistic wellness provider is our commitment to comprehensive treatments. In addition to infrared sauna therapy, we offer a range of other services that can support your mental health, including:

  • Counseling and Therapy: Our partners at gemini health include licensed therapists who specialize in addressing mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and more through various therapeutic approaches.
  • Nutrition Counseling: Proper nutrition plays a significant role in our mental and emotional well-being. Our certified nutritionists can help you create a balanced diet that supports your overall health and addresses any nutritional deficiencies.
  • Mindfulness Practices: Incorporating mindfulness practices into daily routines can be beneficial for managing anxiety, stress, and other mental health concerns. At Shakthi Health and Wellness, we offer classes and workshops on mindfulness and meditation to help you cultivate a more mindful and peaceful way of living.

Complementary Treatment Options at Shakthi Health & Wellness

At Shakthi Health and Wellness, your path towards holistic health is our utmost priority. You are the center of our integrative approach, where we combine traditional treatments with alternative therapies to provide a comprehensive wellness plan tailored to your needs.

To maximize the benefits of infrared sauna therapy, we complement it with other treatment options such as:

  • Photobiomodulation: Photobiomodulation (PBM therapy), or low-level Laser Therapy (LLLT), is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes a focused light to trigger photochemical reactions to promote tissue repair and reduce inflammation.
  • Amethyst Biomat: Amethyst biomats utilize their mineral component and heat to enhance the body’s vitality through far infrared rays and negative ions. Amethyst bio mats can be used as treatments for chronic pain, injury, and overall wellness.
  • Diet Adjustments: Nutrition is a critical aspect of your overall well-being. We provide personalized dietary advice to complement your infrared sauna sessions, ensuring your body receives the right nutrients it needs to thrive.
  • Exercise Advice: Regular physical activity is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. We offer tailored exercise recommendations that support your infrared sauna therapy and contribute to maintaining your overall health.
  • Conventional Medicine Treatments: When necessary, we incorporate traditional medical treatments alongside your infrared sauna therapy. This ensures a comprehensive approach to your health, treating not just the symptoms but the root cause of your condition.

Embrace the Transformative Power of Infrared Sauna Therapy at Shakthi Health and Wellness

With years of experience helping patients achieve their wellness goals, Shakthi Health and Wellness knows how to create a safe and welcoming space for healing. Our dedication to promoting holistic well-being sets us apart, and we are committed to providing the best infrared sauna experiences that can transform your mental health for the better.

Take the next step towards a healthier mind and body by exploring our offerings and services at Shakthi Health and Wellness. Our team is here to support you on your way to a happier, healthier life. Reach out to us at (301) 703-5067 or through our online form to learn more about how we can help you achieve optimal wellness with infrared sauna therapy or any of our other treatment options. 

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We believe in practicing medicine that focuses on whole body health. As integrative medicine doctors we focus our on root cause of your condition with comprehensive treatments that actually heal the body rather than just masking the symptoms of your illness. 

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Susan Doyle

I started by seeing Dr. Sudhir Rao for my Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome. I had an accident in July 2010 that caused nerve damage in my ankle. After treatments and surgery, it spread up the entire left side of my body. The only way to describe how you feel is by saying you’re a human pinball machine ? you just never know where the pain is going to be that minute. I had asked about acupuncture because someone had told me that it worked for them. I was at the point of trying anything to lessen the pain because it was getting worse every day.

Anonymous Patient

I am actually a relatively healthy 50-year-old woman. I try to eat well and exercise, but I (like many) felt the creep of age in the form a subtle pounds and decreasing energy. Dr. Rao helped point me in the direction of the correct detox program for me (Core Restore!) as well as the supplements I needed to boost my metabolism and increase my energy! I still need to eat what works for me and avoid the things that don't, and I still have to exercise every day, but my clothes fit better and I have more energy!!

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Anna Smoot

I came to see Dr. Rao with symptoms of chronic fatigue, abdominal pains, depression, and weight gain. I had seen a couple other doctors and they had found that I had very high inflammation levels and over 15 food allergies/sensitivities. They wanted me to just take prescription drugs, but I wanted more than a quick fix. I wanted my health and my life back! When I scheduled the appointment, I was surprised how by helpful Kelly was on the phone. I didn’t know the details of my insurance coverage and Kelly offered to call my insurance for me. I’ve never had anyone at a doctor’s office do that before.

Debbie Helman

After visiting the Shakthi website and reading other patient testimonials, I was curious about the wide variety of treatments that were available. I have a very slow metabolism, was fatigued, had insomnia, back pain, and just didn’t feel as well as I wanted to in general. I had more allergic reactions and respiratory issues in the preceding months before coming to see Dr. Jyothi Rao. I had completed three courses of prednisone while under the treatment of my traditional doctor and was fed up with that cycle and was looking for another path.

- Debbie Helman

Linda J.

I was given the gift of Dr. Rao's integrative specialty care for Christmas in 2016. I didn?t take advantage of it until March of 2017. My mindset at the time was negative. I had heard about changing eating habits and I felt that I liked the foods I was eating and I was nearly 70, so why change now? After meeting with Dr. Rao and hearing her suggestions, I said I would take it one small step at a time and see what happens.

I was in the worst shape of my life

I was in the worst shape of my life with depression and anxiety. I had given up. Shakthi provided me with a manageable plan that included supplements, diet, and an exercise program that has transformed my body and given me a new outlook on life. Perhaps the most surprising outcome was learning how to be healthy and have a good relationship with my body. I am now more productive, energetic, and focused. The fog that had been clouding my thoughts has lifted.

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Conditions We Treat

• Chronic Fatigue

Our doctors may recommend various approaches to manage and mitigate your symptoms. Sometimes a combination of approaches will allow the individual to regain their functionality. Some of these approaches include: 

  • Nutritional Diet 
  • Supplements/Vitamins 
  • Meditation 
  • Massage 
  • Yoga
  • Counseling 
  • Light exercise 
  • Medications

• Chronic Pain

Getting to the root cause of your pain is what we do best. We evaluate, address and treat the physical causes, not just the symptoms of chronic pain and inflammation. Putting a focus on food sensitivities, diet and other potential triggers for pain, we are able to help patients get well and get to the next level in their wellness journey.

• Diabetes

Depending on the type of diabetes you may be suffering from will dictate the best course of treatment for you. Some may require medication, while others may be treated with lifestyle changes. There is no cure for diabetes, but different treatment methods can allow individuals to live healthy, and functioning lives.

• Hair Loss

Individuals suffering from hair loss may choose to be treated in a variety of ways. When hair loss is diagnosed early, in many cases you will be able to prevent further damage and encourage regrowth.  

With a diagnosis from a medical professional, individuals suffering from hair loss can incorporate the following treatments: 

  • Vitamins
  • Acupuncture
  • Medical Treatment 
  • Steroid Injections

• Hormone Imbalance

Depending on the specific imbalance you are suffering from, treatment may vary.

The most common medical approaches for treating hormonal imbalances are: 

  • Weight loss 
  • Thyroid medication 
  • Hormonal birth control (women) 
  • Hormone replacement therapy

• Inflammation

There are several approaches one can take to treat inflammation:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet
  • Medications
  • Home remedies

• Leaky Gut

There are several ways to begin treating your Leaky Gut. Some of these treatment approaches are: 

  • Diet Change
  • Medication Usage
  • Removing all the components that damage your intestinal wall 

• Arthritis

Common treatments include combinations of pharmacological approaches and home remedies. These include: 

  • Medications (NSAIDs, steroids, DMARDs) 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Surgery 
  • Healthy weight management 
  • Light exercise 
  • Acupuncture 
  • Massage therapy 
  • Cognitive therapy (to help you emotionally cope with your symptoms) 

• Yeast Overgrowth

Typically, some type of anti fungal medication will be incorporated when treating Yeast Overgrowth. WE may prescribe a cream, capsule, powder, or even injection depending on the location of infection. Some home remedies you can incorporate to support treating Yeast Overgrowth are: 

  • Garlic: the use/consumption of garlic is helpful because it has anti fungal properties 
  • Coconut Oil: high in lauric acid which can fight candida 
  • Aloe vera: Can inhibit the growth of candida 
  • Probiotics: reduce yeast growth and protect against infections 

• Headaches / Migraines

Acupuncture, Biomat, Infrared Sauna, and IV Therapies are great ways to reduce symptoms of headaches and migraines.

• Acid Reflux

Often times acid reflux is caused by your diet. At Shakthi, we work closely with you to help restore good nutrition and diet in your life. We won't just give you a list of things to do and send you on your way. Through careful testing and study, we'll identify the best nutrition plan for your individualized needs and desired outcome.

• Hypertension

If you are experiencing stress, fatigue, weight gain, loss of sleep, lack of energy and focus, you may being putting unnecessary stress on your heart.

We offer personalized, comprehensive consultations focusing on preventative cardiology care and nutrient deficiencies to develop a plan to correct a body out of balance.

Treatments We Offer

• IV Therapy

IV Therapy allows patients an alternative way to treat symptoms of various health conditions like chronic pain, adrenal fatigue, asthma, immune disorders, and fibromyalgia. The IV Therapy treatment can also be used as an alternative approach to boosting your immunity and your cellular health.

• Diagnostic Testing

We offer patients scientifically backed health assessments to better understand the root causes of their health conditions. We evaluate any disruptions to your health and body to develop effective wellness plans to optimize your vitality. The diagnostic testing we offer fosters improved wellness and vitality for our patients. 

• Vitamin B12 Injections

These injections can be used as a supplemental way to encourage total body wellness. Vitamin B12 can be used as an integrative therapeutic tool to help a wide variety of conditions.

The injection encourages the body to make red blood cells, improving oxygen circulation throughout the body. Vitamin B12 encourages your body to use carbohydrates and fat for the creation of energy and additional protein the body needs.

• Acupuncture

The treatment consists of fine needles being inserted into the skin, at varying depths. The placement of the needles, or acupoints, stimulate specific regions to produce specific physical responses. The thought is that physical stimulation will promote self-healing and bodily wellness.  

Once placed into the skin, the patient may feel a dull ache at the base of the needle. But acupuncture should never be painful. The dull ache will gently subside, leaving the individual in a relaxed state. In some practices, the steel needle may even be heated or stimulated as part of the treatment approach. 

• Infrared Sauna

An infrared sauna uses far-infrared light to create heat. Far-infrared light is the wavelength that most closely resembles the infrared heat given off by the human body. Because of the similarity, far-infrared light can enhance and strengthen our energy.

• Biomat

Amethyst biomats utilize their mineral component and heat to enhance the body’s vitality through far infrared rays and negative ions. Amethyst biomats can be used as treatments for chronic pain, injury, and overall wellness.

• Lymphatic Therapies

Lymphatic enhancement therapy (LET) utilizes electronic instruments to improve circulation and restore lymphatic flow and function. The therapeutic tools use the vibration of light and sound to promote healthy lymphatic tissue and immunity.

• Elimination Diets

Some foods can negatively affect the body. The elimination diet helps to identify these foods on an individual basis.

• Detox Programs

We teach our patients what good nutrition is and how it can affect their lives for the better. We have a nutritionist on staff to help teach our patients how to prepare food with maximum health benefits. We offer a variety of health, wellness and nutrition classes on-site

• Fast Mimicking Diets

We teach our patients what good nutrition is and how it can affect their lives for the better. A Fast Mimicking Diet helps to achieve weight and nutrition goals.

Body On Fire

Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook

New Book Dr. Jyothi Rao and Dr. Monica Aggarwal! Your guide to eating plant foods that fight disease. This companion volume to Body on Fire reiterates essential concepts about the nature of inflammation and its relationship to chronic illness.

Our Podcast

At Shakthi Health our integrative medicine approach focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all forms of therapies to help you reach optimal health and healing. In this podcast, we will be covering topics in health, wellness, and fitness. Our goal is to help you feel good and live a healthier lifestyle.

Upcoming Events

Get information on upcoming events and see our past events!  Dr. Jyothi Rao is a regular guest on podcasts, meet-ups, Facebook lives, and webinars with other healthcare professionals. These discussions cover a variety of interesting topics like diet, disease prevention, mental health, integrative medicine, and more!

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Our Locations

Our patient care coordinators are available to answer questions Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00pm.

Mt Airy

2702 Back Acre Circle

Mt. Airy, MD 21771


6816 Deerpath Rd Elkridge, MD 21075

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