There is no argument about the health benefits saunas provide.
They are good for circulation, healthy skin, and promote relaxation.
Are there any possible drawbacks? Yes, they are not accessible
To use a sauna bathers have to go to a health club or have one
installed in their home. There is an alternative however. Portable
saunas allow bathers to take their sauna nearly anywhere - in the
home, on business trips, on vacations and even at the office.
Portable saunas come in two common styles. The first is a folding
box like structure for one person. This sauna can be used nearly
anywhere and is truly portable. The second is much like a
traditional sauna it is wood lined and has doors and benches. This
type can be moved if you are relocating but it isn't for use on
The folding sauna is both practical and economical. It folds up into
a package that can be taken anywhere. It is easy to set up and
doesn't require special plumbing or electrical connections. It can
be plugged into any wall outlet.
Bathers sit in the sauna with their heads and hands protruding from
the unit. It fits snugly around the neck and has small slits for the
hands. This allows bathers to read, watch T. V. or talk on the phone
while using the sauna. All of these things would not be possible
with a traditional sauna.
Far Infrared (FIR) is the heat source for this type of sauna. FIR
heats only people and objects and not the air that surrounds them.
Infrared is a natural light spectrum and is the type of heat that
provides most of the warmth from the sun.
FIR heat travels deep into body tissues where it promotes increased
blood circulation and metabolism. Many proponents of FIR say that it
allows the body to break down toxins and promote healing. Whether or
not this is true, FIR offers an adequate heat source that is ideal
for portable saunas.
There is no doubt about the convenience of portable saunas but there
will be times when a bather wants a 'real' sauna experience. Luckily
it isn't necessary to go through the hassle of having a sauna
permanently installed to experience a 'real' sauna.
Pre-built saunas are two to three piece units that can be put
together in less than half an hour and can be placed nearly
anywhere. They offer much of the same things a traditional sauna
does right down to the wood benches. They plug into a regular outlet
to supply electricity for the heaters and lights.
Pre-built saunas generally use Far Infrared heaters to provide heat.
Pre-built saunas are available in many sizes and generally
accommodate one to five people. Some manufactures include optional
components such as CD players.
The advantages of portable units are obvious - they can be used
anywhere. When used in the home they save a large amount of space
because they can be folded and stored under a bed.
Pre-built saunas also have advantages. Even though they are less
portable than a portable unit they still offer the possibility of
taking the sauna when relocating.
Disadvantages? The heat build-up of this type of sauna is less than
what is found with a traditional sauna because the walls are much
thinner. Pre-built saunas are insulated to allow for similar heat
build up, but the small structure leaves some bathers feeling
Those that don't want the expense and hassle of installing a
permanents sauna find portables and pre-built allow them to get all
the benefits of a sauna with limited drawbacks.
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