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Using Infrared Saunas

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Infrared saunas use far infrared waves that don’t heat the air but do heat your body. They provide a unique method of heating the body, producing radiant energy, the same sort of energy we receive when the sunlight heats our skin. The heaters created with this technology are very safe to use and have the interesting ability to heat a particular spot rather than upping the ambient temperature.

What It Is

These saunas consist of a small room or tent-like apparatus that contains several infrared heaters. The heaters produce a lower ambient temperature, meaning the user can stay in longer and enjoy a longer sweat, the main benefit of a sauna, whether traditional or infrared.

You can get either portable or stationary saunas. While the stationary ones are very useful and give you plenty of space, they do take up more room. A portable one is usually made to fold up and you can assemble it quickly and easily anywhere, even in a hotel room. The heaters in these are smaller and they usually only fit the body, with the head outside the unit for maximum heating in a minimal space.

Health Benefits

Many people feel that there are great health benefits to infrared heat and sweating. The toxins that are built up in your tissues can be sweated out, as with a more traditional steam sauna. However, the added benefit of this technology is that the waves reach further into the skin, stimulating the body to release toxins that are more deeply embedded.

Another advantage of this type of therapy is that the deep reaching heat stimulates circulation and promotes overall health. Other health benefits that have been attributed to these saunas include:

- Helps control blood pressure
- Improves energy and vitality
- Helps with weight loss
- Improves the immune system
- Eases aches and pains, particularly those associated with arthritis
- Helps relieve bronchitis

There are a large number of reasons to use a sauna, apart from the main one of just being able to relax! However, many claims are over exaggerated, so look for real life case studies and the actual people who experienced benefits from the heat treatment.

How to Use Your Sauna

Using an infrared sauna is very simple. You need to read the instructions for your particular device before using it. Set the temperature to the desired heat and once it hits about 35 degrees, you can get in and relax. It literally takes minutes to heat up to the correct temperature.

You can stay in the room for up to an hour, depending on your tolerance. If you begin to feel dizzy or overheated, it’s best to just step out. Always make sure you have plenty of water to drink with you, since it is easy to get dehydrated while sweating to the extent that you do in a sauna.

Infrared saunas are a great way to enjoy all the benefits of a traditional sauna without the wood or electrical heaters and steam. A drier sauna has plenty of benefits, as more and more people are realizing.

 

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