So you’ve heard the hype around infrared saunas, and how celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford and Kim Kardashian rave about the positive effects, but what exactly are they and what benefits do they have on your body? Well don’t worry, we’ve got all your questions, concerns and queries covered!
How infrared sauna works?
In an infrared sauna, the user sits on a massage table in a small heated room, similar to a traditional sauna. But what’s the difference between a classic sauna and an infrared one? Ok, so let’s talk technical for a minute. Through an invisible band of light, objects in the room are warmed without actually warming the surrounding air. Infrared rays warm up in the air until they hit an object. When these rays meet an object (you!), they penetrate and heat the object without heating the air on their path.
The best way to describe this occurrence is by imagining this scenario. Imagine you are wrapped up in a fluffy jacket on a brisk winter day. The outside air is cool, but when you stand directly beneath the light of the sun, you feel the warmth. This is how an infrared sauna works, by warming your body without warming the surrounding air.
What is an infrared sauna session?
An infrared sauna session refers to spending time in an infrared sauna room. During this time, your body will work up a sweat, leaving you feeling refreshed, revitalized and renewed.
How hot should your infrared sauna be?
A traditional sauna heats up to approximately 160 – 190 degrees and sometimes even higher. In the United States, traditional saunas cannot be increased to any higher than 195 degrees. This type of sauna needs to get to this high temperature for users to experience their desired sweaty result. An infrared sauna, however, only needs to heat to between 100 – 140 degrees, providing a much more enjoyable and comfortable sauna experience. And, you will probably sweat more in an infrared sauna session than you would in a traditional sauna.
Is infrared sauna bad for you?
No, infrared saunas are not bad for you. In fact, they are quite the opposite. Infrared saunas have many health-boosting and body-boosting effects. They are not dangerous, harmful or painful in any way. This good news will allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the sweat!
Are infrared saunas safe?
Totally safe, but please remember to re-hydrate your body with water before and after a sauna session, as you will lose a lot of liquid through the excess sweat.
What does an infrared sauna look like?
A far infrared sauna, sometimes called ‘infrared dome sauna’, looks like two half-domes that cover the entire body except for your head. Our sauna looks very similar to the image below:
What is infrared heat good for?
Infrared heat can provide your body with a whole list of health-related benefits. The heat is soothing and therapeutic and omits infrared light waves that enable your body to warm up. This type of heat causes you to sweat and release toxins, promote relaxation and also helps to reduce muscle pain. The heat also provides anti-aging effect and cardiovascular healing and can even assist with weight loss. Infrared heat also helps to boost your immune system. How? Nasty viruses and bacteria cannot survive at these higher temperatures, so the heat helps to fight these off. Last but not least, infrared heat gives you the chance to de-stress. Not only does it give you a time to just sit and think without any distractions, the heat also reduces the amount of cortisol (the body’s main stress hormone) the body can produce.
How long can you stay in an infrared sauna?
Some users can stay in an infrared sauna for up to an hour, but a typical session lasts between 20 and 50 minutes. In this time you will sweat A LOT! The best way train your body to use an infrared sauna is to gradually work your way up. Start with 10-15 minute sessions, and increase this by a few minutes with every visit. This way you will allow your body to get used to the process.
Do you sweat in an infrared sauna?
Yes – in an infrared sauna, heat penetrates your tissue and heats your skin causing you to produce a large amount of sweat, probably more than you have experienced before! This type of sweating is good for your body and will make you feel super refreshed and relaxed after a sauna session.
Do you burn calories in an infrared sauna?
Yes – whilst spending a session in an infrared sauna, your body will be forced to work hard to cool down. This extra work generates a substantial increase in your heart rate as well as raise your metabolism’s speed and cardiac output – all of which makes your body burn a large number of calories.
What is infrared sauna detox?
Because infrared saunas make you sweat, you are naturally ridding your body of nasty toxins and chemicals. By heating your body directly and from the core, your core temperature rises. This results in a deep and detoxifying sweat from your body’s cellular level where toxins live. That is why infrared sauna users tend to become continuous users, as they reap the detoxifying benefits.
How many calories do you burn in 30 minutes in an infrared sauna?
Extensive studies have revealed that during a 30-minute infrared sauna session, your body can burn 600+ calories, all whilst you reeeeelax!
Some benefits may include temporary relief of:
- Minor muscle pain
- Minor joint pain and stiffness
- Joint pain associated with arthritis
- Muscle spasms
- Minor sprains
- Minor strains
- Minor muscular back pain
Other features and benefits include:
- Negative Ion function (same as produced after thunderstorm to clean the air and energize the body)