What is Infrared Sauna?
What Is Infrared Sauna?
Indeed, what is Infrared Sauna? As it happens its a question more and more people in the U.S are asking…a question they are getting some pretty interesting answers to as well! Infrared saunas have been around a while, but it is only recently that people (and the medical profession) have started to realise the health benefits that you can gain from regular infrared sessions.
All Saunas Are NOT Equal
You see, up until recently it was thought that all saunas were the same, but that is now known to be untrue. This begs a further question. How is a steam sauna different from an infrared sauna?
Before we look at the differences let me say here and now that steam saunas are good for you and offer health benefits and a pleasant experience. Traditional saunas are good for sure. However the drawback with a steam sauna is that the temperature has to get extremely hot to make you sweat. And, because the temperatue is so hot, most people can only endure a maximum of about 20 minutes in a steam sauna. Anything much over that time and it does start to get damgerous for you by stressing your heart.
Infrared Saunas – Deeper Heat
The difference with an infrared sauna is that the heat penetrates far deeper into your body. Something like 3 inches as opposed to just a fraction of an inch. This has a dual effect.
Firstly you sweat at about 120 degrees as opposed to 180 (for the average person, I sweat much more easily). And secondly the heat gets directly “into” your soft tissue and muscles, which is where the added health benefit comes from.
Health Benefits of Infrared
So, what are those health benefits?
Well they are many and varied. Indeed doctors are now actively suggesting that regular infrared sauna sessions may help a number of ailments. These include blood pressure, high cholesterol and weight loss. It is also thought that the use of infrared saunas can help detoxify your body.
There is no doubt modern living throws all sorts of nasty pollutants at us and they need to be removed from your body. Things such as auto emissions, chemicals in things like hair-dye and many household products, lead, mercury and tobacco are all toxic to your body. These in turn can lead to a whole host of pretty bad diseases and ailments. So, it’s vitally important to remove as much of this poison from your body as possible.
Because the infrared heat penetrates more deeply into your body the sweat realized brings out more of these toxins than a normal heat sauna. This is clearly good for your body and can help reduce premature ageing, making you look and feel better as well as helping to boost your imune system. It is also now thought by doctors that these saunas can help with general muscle fatigue and pain, joint pain and more specifically rheumatoid arthritis.
So, as you can see there are many benefits that regular infrared sauna sessions can bring to you. Indeed this appears to be why more and more Americans are investing in a home infrared sauna.
Whilst I accept it can be a big investment to get the best infrared sauna for your home, particularly if you need a two or three person unit…I think it does need to be weighed up against the cost of attending a health farm or spa on a regular basis. I know joint memberships can be getting on for $100 per month nowadays.
Is Your Wellbeing Worth The Investment?
Clearly the more often you go the more quickly you reap the savings, but a personal infrared sauna is an invtestment many people are now taking into serious consideration. What I would say is do make sure you are committed to using a home infrared sauna before you buy. They are costly and turn out to be an expensive drying room!
Having said that, I genuinely believe they provide an excellent invtestment when you look at the long-term savings and the benefits to your health that you gain. There are many sauna reviews (and other informational articles) on the site, so please feel free to have a browse. I just hope I have answered the question “what is an infrared sauna” for you and that this article has helped your decision making process.