Infrared versus traditional saunas. What are the 5 most important differences?

Posted on February 9, 2016

We all know saunas from our local gym or spa where different types can be found. Dry heat saunas, with or without hot coals, log fire saunas, steam saunas, etc. In this article we will compare the dry heat Finnish style sauna with the Heath Mate far infrared saunas.

One of the main purposes of any sauna is to warm up the body, preferably up to a point where we start sweating and get rid of toxins and impurities. As the sauna warms us up, our immune system gets triggered and receives a boost. At the same time circulation will improve as our heart is working harder to pump blood around our body in an attempt to cool down. Pores will open and we start to sweat.

Warming you up

In a traditional sauna, all this is achieved by warming up the air which in return will warm up our bodies. For this to happen the air has to be very hot. Typically 80-90 degrees Celsius.

This is the first major difference with an infrared sauna. In an infrared sauna, it is not the air that warms you up. Instead, the invisible infrared light gets absorbed by our bodies and warms us up. A typical session in an infrared sauna cabin will be at 45-65 degrees. With 55 degrees being warm enough to make anyone sweat.

infrared sauna cabin concept

More of a good thing

The second major difference is the length of the sauna session. An infrared sauna session tends to be longer. 30 – 60 minutes. This of course has a lot to do with the fact that at 55 degrees it is possible and even pleasant to stay in the cabin a lot longer. Longer sessions mean more of all the benefits that sauna use has to offer.

Easy to use

An other important difference has to with ease of use. It is very easy to have and use an infrared sauna. They come flat packed and are put together in 30 minutes. No plumbing or wiring is required as they only require a regular 13 amp socket. But more importantly, an infrared sauna takes only 15 minutes to warm up. This means that whenever you feel like or have time for a sauna, you can go ahead and have one.

Additional health benefits

An infrared sauna offers all the health benefits of a traditional sauna but there is more. Because infrared heat penetrates the human body it is a unique kind of deep heat which is very beneficial for muscle and joint related conditions. Anything that benefits from heat, benefits that much more from far infrared heat. The body absorbs the heat, soft tissue relaxes and blood circulation in the skin and underlying tissue increases. Skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema can benefit from this as well as increase collagen production and give your skin that special glow.

Detox, detox, detox

Because far infrared light is a much more efficient way to warm up the human infrared sauna compared to traditional sauna body, you will sweat more in an infrared sauna. And because you do so at much lower temperatures, you will stay in longer and sweat even more. This make our far infrared saunas the perfect tool for detoxing.

Enjoy your infrared sauna session and remember: ‘drink water before, during and after’.

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