Let's be clear about one thing: Infrared saunas are unquestionably "cooler" than more conventional saunas that have been around for centuries.
Through infrared lamps and electromagnetic magic that create warmth, you feel more at ease and rested as the heat relieves painful muscles and enhances your general health and wellbeing without steam or flame-stoked heat.
Let’s take a look at how far Infrared saunas can function at a lower temperature and yet offer therapeutic advantages and what options you have in case you want to have one in your own place.
What is an infrared Sauna?
Infrared saunas don't heat the air around you like a regular sauna does. Instead, they directly warm your body using infrared bulbs, which emit electromagnetic radiation.
According to research, infrared saunas use infrared panels instead of conventional heat to easily enter human tissue, heating up your body before heating up the air.
Compared to a traditional sauna, which normally has a temperature range of 150–180°F, an infrared sauna can run at a lower temperature (often between 120 and 140°F).
According to the manufacturers, in an infrared sauna, only around 20% of the heat is used to heat the air and the remaining 80% is used to directly heat your body. Infrared sauna proponents assert that the heat has a deeper penetration.
What are the supposed benefits of using an infrared sauna?
- Better sleep
- Weight Loss
- Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
- Enhances skin tones
- Removes cellulite
- Muscle relaxation and reducing muscle spasms
- Increased blood circulations
- Enhances the immune system
- Promotes healing
How do you use an infrared sauna?
A lot of people use infrared sauna treatments at a health club, spa, or doctor’s office, while others purchase and build one in their home. If you decide to give a chance to an infrared sauna, it’s important to know how to use them properly.
Here we suggest tips and guidelines you can follow, but ultimately, you'll be able to choose and adjust your own way that can work for your body condition.
- Drink enough water. Drink a glass of water before your sauna session and make sure to hydrate especially if you’re sensitive to higher heats.
- Pick the right temperature. The average temperature for an infrared sauna ranges from 100˚F to 150˚F, with beginners starting out at the lower end and more experienced users at the higher end. If this is your first time, start with 100˚F. You may want to stay at this temperature for a few sessions. You can always increase the temperature each session until you reach 150˚F.
- Length of time. For first-time users, start with 10 to 15 minutes. You can add time each session until you reach the suggested time of 20 to 30 minutes. Saunas come with a timer, so make sure to set it. You don’t want to stay in there too long and risk becoming dehydrated.
- Clothing. How you dress is your choice. Some people will wear bathing suits, while others prefer to go in naked.
- What you can do while in the sauna. Relax, read, meditate, listen to music, or visit with friends. Just don’t go to sleep.
- Let your body cool down after the session is over. Once you take time to cool down, feel free to take a shower or bath but just make sure that you drink a lot of water again.
- Use the sauna three to four times a week. These numbers of sessions are recommended by most facilities that offer infrared sauna treatments. You can even use the sauna daily if you are healthy and tolerate the four days.
What should you be aware of before using an infrared sauna?
Before enjoying your first session, there are a few things you should be aware of.
- If you've had alcohol, stay away from infrared saunas.
- It's recommended to postpone using the sauna if you're sick or have a fever until you feel better.
- You'll sweat a lot when using an infrared sauna, so you might feel dizzy when you stand up. If this occurs, be sure to stand up gradually and sit down as soon as you exit the sauna.
- After your workout, sip on some water as you wait for your body to cool down before doing anything else.
- Dehydration or overheating (including heat exhaustion and heat stroke) may occur in rare circumstances for some persons.
Before your first session, consult your doctor if you have any health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart issues, or are receiving medical treatment. You don't want to take any chances when it comes to your health and safety, even though infrared saunas have been found to be fairly safe.
What are the best saunas you can use at home?
By having a home sauna, you can experience the benefits of heat therapy in the convenience of your own home. Here are the best home saunas on the market that are easy to use and assemble with reasonable prices.
The first one is the Maxxus Saunas Far Infrared Sauna, which is constructed of hemlock and uses double-panel construction to improve heat retention and energy efficiency. Six individual carbon heating elements are distributed around the interior of the sauna to heat the space up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In total, the heating elements have 1750 watts of power. However, this sauna plugs into a standard 110V outlet, so you won't need any special electrical wiring.
This infrared home sauna is comfortably sized for one user, but two people can use the sauna while seated on the bench. For convenience and comfort while using the sauna, you’ll enjoy the reading light, built-in speakers and auxiliary connection, and internal control panel to monitor the temperature and control the timer.
If space isn’t an issue in your home, this two-person sauna gives you a lot of room to relax by yourself or with a friend or two. The sauna has seven energy-efficient FAR infrared heating panels that evenly distribute the heat. It’s also pretty to look at, as it’s made from reforested Canadian Hemlock wood. There’s a built-in FM radio, CD and MP3 auxiliary connection with speakers, and the door has tempered glass to give you privacy.
*DYN-5860-01 Dynamic La Sagrada 6 Person Ultra Low EMF FAR Infrared Sauna by Golden Designs
Dynamic Saunas are constructed of environmentally-friendly Canadian Hemlock wood planks. Our saunas feature energy efficient FAR infrared heating panels that help relax and rejuvenate the body. Dynamic Saunas can be installed on carpet or any indoor location including basements, master bath, walk in closet or can also be added to a fitness room.