A different type of sauna has become known in recent years. This
unit uses an infrared heater unlike traditional saunas that use wood
or electric stoves. While traditional saunas heat the air of the
sauna an infrared saunas heat only the people and objects in the
Since this type of heater does not heat the air it can be used
anywhere and still have a heating effect on the human body. This
type of heater is used in a sauna enclosure simply for the
atmosphere - people are accustomed to going into a sauna to steam
bath and it may be more comfortable for them in an enclosure rather
than an open space.
Infrared is a frequency band of light invisible to the human eye.
The heat from this light is sometimes called Infrared Radiation (IR)
which does not cause any type of harm with human use. Much of the
heat that warms the earth is IR from the sun, and the earth and
humans also give off IR.
Fans of infrared saunas say that this type of sauna has even more
therapeutic properties than a traditional sauna.
Traditional saunas are known to alleviate pain, stiffness, cleanse
the skin and relieve respiratory problems. Infrared saunas are a bit
different. This type of sauna generates no steam so it is not
effective in relieving respiratory ailments. It has about the same
affect as a traditional sauna on stiffness, pain relief, and
cleansing the skin. In addition, IR is said to have unique healing
properties not found in the heat of traditional saunas. Proponents
of IR say that it penetrates into the body's internal organs and
muscle tissues to release toxins and strengthen the immune system.
While these claims may be exaggerated and there is relatively little
research to back them, there is little doubt that saunas of any type
are beneficial for some medical conditions. Infrared saunas may have
unique benefits that traditional saunas do not offer.
There is no danger associated with infrared saunas. The same
precautions should be taken with this type of sauna as would be
taken with a traditional sauna.
Infrared saunas do have advantages over steam saunas. Many bathers
find infrared saunas to be more comfortable because of the lower
temperature. The lower temperature also uses less electricity so
this type of sauna will be less expensive to operate. They also heat
up faster than a traditional sauna which also reduces energy uses
While traditional saunas create hot dry air, IR saunas do not heat
the air meaning the air quality will be similar both inside and
outside the sauna. Those that do not like the hot dry air of a
traditional sauna will prefer an IR sauna.
Infrared Saunas also do not require any water. This makes them more
portable, easier to install, less costly and also eliminates
bacterial infestations that can occur in traditional saunas when not
cared for properly.
Some bathers feel that IR saunas do not provide the feelings of
relaxation and refreshment of a conventional sauna. Depending on
preference the lack of steam may be an advantage of disadvantage.
Traditional saunas are useful in relieving reparatory problems, but
the normally dry air of the sauna is uncomfortable for some users.
A sauna purist would state that IR saunas are not 'real' saunas. For
those who enjoy the ritual and preparation of conventional saunas,
an IR sauna just doesn't 'feel' right.
Infrared or Conventional
All saunas have beneficial effects. They are relaxing and make the
skin feel clean and smooth. Whether or not they are useful in
treatment of disease is unknown, but many users swear by their
therapeutic qualities. Some medical claims made for infrared saunas
border on quackery, but there may indeed be some added benefits in
All saunas are enjoyable and provide a sufficient way to relax.
Infrared saunas are generally cheaper to use and also easier. They
may have additional health benefits over traditional saunas. These
are all very good reasons to try out an IR sauna.
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