In an infrared sauna, the bather is being heated directly by the infrared heat source and the air temperature in the room is only a default of the infrared emitters. An infrared sauna takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes for the emitters to come up to temperature. (Approximately 115 to 135 degrees F) When using the infrared, the bather waits until the infrared emitters in the room are running at full heating potential. The bather then sits next to the emitters in order to allow the body to be heated directly by the infrared radiant heat. The bather will use the room for 20 to 30 minutes in order to induce a deep sweat and once this is achieved the bather has completed the sauna practice. The bather can achieve a more direct effect of heat therapy to portions of the body based on how closely that portion of the body is exposed to the actual emitters.
The most important thing to look for when purchasing an infrared is the infrared emitters. You will want to get an infrared sauna that has the largest surface area of emitters. Carbon flex panels will provide the best wavelength for the body to absorb and will provide a softer heat, evenly dispersed. Finding an infrared sauna that has emitters in the leg area as well as the upper body will eliminate your legs from feeling cold. Added features that are nice to have are stereo’s and color light therapy. Most infrareds are 120 volt, which allows for a no hassle install and they usually don’t require additional electrical wiring. Always check what kind of warranty comes with the unit and how easy is it to install. As always, the reputation of the company you are buying from is essential.
Now that you know the difference between the traditional and infrared sauna, pick the one that best suits your needs. You are sure to reap the health benefits no matter which sauna you choose. The benefits awaiting you are, cleansing the body of toxins, restoring sore and tired muscles, relieving arthritic pain in joints, lowering blood pressure, increasing blood circulation to speed up the healing process, cleansing the body of dead skin cells and giving the skin a soft, beautiful appearance, increasing your resistance to illness, burning calories, getting a deeper and more restful sleep, and the added benefit of breathing in the steam in the traditional sauna helps relieve cold and sinus symptoms. Remember that the benefits of sauna therapy not only feel good but also are good for you, and are a great investment for your health.