Infrared saunas are increasingly popular in the health and wellness community for a number of reasons, including the numerous health benefits, and they just make you feel good! What exactly is an infrared sauna? Before we dive into what infrared saunas are, we should first understand infrared wavelengths.
The sun produces a combination of visible and non-visible light, and one of those on the non-visible spectrum is infrared rays. Invisible infrared wavelengths are what makes the sun feel warm (and ultraviolet wavelengths are what make the sun bright). Scientists have established that infrared waves are beneficial to the human body because they are easily absorbed--stimulating the lymphatic, immune and cardiovascular systems--and help remove toxins. Infrared does all of this without any of the harmful rays of sunlight.
There are three main categories of the infrared spectrum: near infrared, mid infrared, and far infrared.
Near Infrared – Near infrared has the shortest wavelength and is absorbed just below the surface of the skin. This spectrum will help raise your core body temperature and assist with skin purification and rejuvenation, providing anti-aging benefits.
Mid Infrared – This is a longer infrared wavelength that penetrates deeper into the body’s soft tissue. Mid infrared waves help increase circulation and release oxygen to injured areas.
Far Infrared – Far infrared is the longest infrared wavelength and penetrates deep into your body. Far infrared wavelengths result in the greatest levels of detoxification. They also increase your metabolism aiding in cardiovascular health, improve circulation through vasodilation, relax muscles, reduce joint pain and much more.
While we call our Clearlight Infrared models “Saunas,” they are really infrared therapy cabins. It just so happens that the sauna environment is a great environment to deliver infrared as you are not wearing any clothing and you are surrounded by the infrared heat. The black panels you see inside the sauna are our True Wave® far infrared heaters. In our Sanctuary sauna models, the silver front heaters are our True Wave full spectrum heaters offering near, mid and far infrared.
Rather than use steam or the traditional “box of hot rocks” heating elements, the infrared sauna heaters use the infrared spectrums listed above to promote relaxation amidst various other health benefits. In an infrared sauna, the air temperature is less important than the quality of the infrared heat. Just warm up your Jacuzzi® infrared sauna for about 15 minutes and get in. You will warm up with the sauna. As your body absorbs the infrared heat, this will increase your core body temperature inducing a deep and relaxing sweat. Using your infrared sauna at lower temperatures means you can stay in longer and reap more benefits.
The main difference between infrared saunas and traditional saunas is how they use heat. Traditional saunas use a single heater which heats the air and in turn, this hot air heats the user. In contrast, infrared saunas use advanced therapy to heat the user directly with only a small percentage of the heat heating the air. This results in a deeper sweat at a lower ambient air temperature. In fact, infrared saunas usually operate between 115° – 135°F, while traditional saunas can get up to 195°F.
You will get all of the relaxation benefits of a traditional sauna along with the increased health benefits that infrared offers, all at a much more comfortable temperature. Infrared saunas are also dry saunas and many users find this makes for a more comfortable sauna session.
Not only are infrared saunas extremely beneficial, but they are also more efficient and require less electricity (according to Livestrong.com, a traditional sauna is almost three times as expensive to run as an infrared sauna). This also means that the warm-up time of an infrared sauna is much quicker than a traditional sauna.
Our Sanctuary Full Spectrum Saunas offer near, mid, and far infrared technologies. Our Premier Far Infrared Saunas offer all of the benefits of far infrared heat. Surround Yourself In Wellness in a Jacuzzi® infrared sauna. Click here to see our full line of indoor and outdoor infrared saunas.