Infrared Saunas vs. Traditional Saunas

Infrared Saunas vs. Traditional Saunas

You're probably familiar with the traditional steam sauna- the kind where you sit in a hot, stuffy room and sweat it out. But have you heard of infrared saunas? Infrared saunas use infrared light to heat your body rather than the surrounding air.

Infrared Saunas

An Infrared sauna is a type of sauna that uses light to create heat. These saunas are also sometimes called far-infrared saunas — "far" describes where on the infrared spectrum the light falls. Infrared light is a type of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. But while you can see visible light, you can't see infrared light. Infrared saunas work by directly heating your body instead of the surrounding air.

The most common type of infrared sauna uses carbon fiber infrared emitters. These Infrared emit heat when electricity passes through them, giving off infrared light. When this infrared light hits your body, it turns into heat.

Infrared saunas have been around for decades, but they've become increasingly popular. Some people believe infrared saunas offer more health benefits than traditional steam saunas.

Steam Saunas

A steam sauna, also called a Finnish sauna, is the traditional type of sauna. It uses heat to steam up the air, raising your body temperature.

Steam saunas have been used for centuries and originated in Finland. In a steam sauna, the air temperature is between 40 and 60 degrees Celsius (104 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit). The room is typically made of wood, and there are rocks on a heater filled with water. When you pour water over the hot stones, it turns into steam, which raises the air temperature.

You sit or lie on a towel on a wooden bench in the steam sauna. You can stay in for as long as you can tolerate the heat, but most people stay for 10 to 20 minutes.

Differences Between the Steam and Infrared Sauna

There are a few key differences between infrared saunas and traditional steam saunas:

  • Infrared saunas heat your body directly, while steam saunas heat the surrounding air.
  • Infrared saunas are less hot than steam saunas- the temperature in an infrared sauna is usually between 120 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit, while the temperature in a steam sauna is between 104 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Because infrared saunas heat your body directly, you may sweat more in an infrared sauna than in a steam sauna.
  • Infrared saunas typically use lower levels of electromagnetic radiation than X-rays, while steam saunas do not use electromagnetic radiation.

Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas

You may wonder what the benefits of an infrared sauna are. Some people believe infrared saunas offer more health benefits than traditional steam saunas, although more research is necessary to confirm these claims.

Some potential benefits of infrared saunas include:

Weight loss: You may burn more calories in an infrared sauna than in a traditional sauna.

  • Detoxification: Infrared saunas may help your body sweat out toxins.
  • Relaxation: Infrared saunas may help you relax and ease tension.
  • Pain relief: Infrared saunas may help relieve muscle pain and stiffness.
  • Improved circulation: Infrared saunas may improve circulation by dilating blood vessels.
  • Cardiovascular health: Infrared saunas may lower blood pressure and improve heart health.

So, what's the verdict? Infrared saunas or steam saunas? Both types of saunas have potential health benefits. Contact us today at info@thegreatsauna.com or at thegreatsauna.com to shop securely online.  We are here to help you choose the best option for your home and lifestyle.

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