What is an Infrared Sauna?
Unlike traditional saunas which use steam to heat the room, infrared saunas use infrared panels which heat the body from within rather than the air.
This direct infrared heat penetrates tissue more deeply than warmed air and provides a more intense sweat at a lower temperature.
An infrared sauna is usually set between 50-60˚C, whereas a traditional sauna, which typically run between 65-80˚C. This lower temperature makes the environment much more tolerable, while still providing an intense sweat.
Benefits of Saunas
Sweating inside a heated space can be traced back thousands of years, and through many cultures.
Saunas are believed to originate from Finland where they started as pits dug into the ground, with hot rocks placed in a fireplace and water poured on them to create steam.
In the 15th century Buddhist monks had a variation of a sauna called a hanjeungmak and Native Americans had sweat lodges.
Saunas would not span cultures and time unless there was proven benefits, some of which include:
- Improved sleep
- Improved circulation
- Stress and fatigue
- Muscle aches, arthritis, and joint relief
- Weight loss and calorie burning
- Increased metabolism
- Immune system support
- Skin conditions
- Heart health
There has been no reports of negative side effects from using infrared saunas, however there are a few things that you should consider before a session:
- Avoid using an infrared sauna if you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking drugs
- Avoid using a sauna if you feel ill or have a fever
- Sweating can dehyrdate you, which can make you light-headed. If this happens, move slowly then sit down outside the sauna. Drink water immediately and wait for your body to cool down
- While a sauna can help improve circulation and heart health, it is recommended that anyone who has cardiovascular disease, has had a heart attack or have low blood pressure should speak with their doctor before using one.
What to Expect
Our saunas can fit 2 people and are in their own private room with a shower and changing area. Our friendly staff will go over all the procedures with you on your arrival but below are a few things to know beforehand.
- Drink water. It is important to hydrate. Drink water before your session and you can bring water your water bottle into the sauna.
- Temperature. You can choose your preferred temperature. Saunas usually operate between 50-60˚C. You can always start out low and increase the temperature each session until you find your preferred setting.
- Clothing. Some people will wear bathing suits, while others prefer to go in naked.
- Things to do in the sauna. Relax, read, meditate or listen to music. Just don’t go to sleep.
- When you are finished. When your session is over, take a shower and allow your body time to cool. Be sure to continue to drink plenty of water.