Saunas have been used all over the world because of their many benefits, however, not all people are able to tolerate the traditional sauna and not all people have easy access to one. If you love saunas and their benefits, you might just want to try an infrared sauna.
It sounds scary, but infrared saunas are pretty safe to use. This device heats your body using infrared light. These saunas are also referred to as far-infrared saunas or Far. The far indicates where the infrared waves are on the light spectrum.
A traditional sauna heats the air and this warmed air is used to heat your body. An infrared sauna, on the other hand, bypasses that method by heating your body directly. However, it is still able to produce the same results as a traditional sauna session including sweating and increasing heart rate.
Infrared saunas are generally well-tolerated compared to traditional saunas because infrared heat is able to penetrate deeper than warm air. This results in a more vigorous sweat even at a lower temperature compared to traditional saunas.
There are two types of light-emitting saunas: The far infrared and the near infrared. The former emit far light waves and commonly use ceramic, black carbon, or metallic elements for heating. The latter type uses incandescent reddish heat lamps to achieve heating. This is relatively less inexpensive and readily available at most hardware stores.
Infrared saunas, as well as traditional saunas, are said to be able to give you several health benefits. Although there is little scientific research to back these claims, many people still use it today for its contributions to overall health. Here are some of the benefits of the infrared sauna you might want to know about.
Infrared sauna sessions will usually work effectively after just 15 or 20 minutes. You can get infrared sauna treatments in clinics or spas, or you can have this done in your own home when you order a light-emitting sauna device.
Generally, infrared saunas are safe to use. However, care is required when using it. Here are some safety tips to make sure your sauna use is safe and you can reap many of its benefits.
There are also some physical conditions or illnesses that will not allow sauna use, such as in the case of stroke, severe aortic stenosis, a recent myocardial infarction and certain other conditions. If you have a physical condition, you may want to clear sauna use with your attending physician first if before you use an infrared sauna.