An Introduction to Far Infrared Saunas

Infrared Saunas heat the surface of your body in the same manner as the sun does - with far infrared radiation. Unlike traditional saunas, far infrared heaters can be used in any room - an enclosed space is not required because the infrared sauna does not heat the air, just the person. Typical installations use a wooden room like a traditional sauna just to create the atmosphere.

There are several advantages to using infrared saunas over more traditional heaters. They are generally considered safer as there are no hot surfaces. Additional benefits are:
  • Traditional saunas usually take 30 or more minutes to warm up. Infrared takes 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Because the air is not heated it is easier to breath for those with difficulties.
  • Requires less energy to heat up and use then a traditional electric heater.
  • Operates a lower temperature making it more safe for those with health issues such as cardiovascular problems.
There is no denying however, that experience of an infrared sauna is different from a traditional steam sauna. Because there is no heater there is no steam and many people prefer the "dry" saunas.

Many proponents of infrared saunas claim that there are additional health benefits. One of the leading benefits is that the infrared radiation triggers the body to release heavy metals and other toxins that are suspended in fat deposits. Some examples are:
  • mercury
  • lead
  • arsenic
  • street drugs
  • cholesterol
Although there is no proof that infrared saunas offer more or less health benefit the traditional saunas there is no denying that they are moreconvenient for in home use. They heat up quicker, require less space, less maintenance and are general less expensive to operate.