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Infrared Sauna Benefits

When you’re first learning about infrared saunas, the science behind the therapy can be confusing. But understanding the different technologies used to produce near, mid and far infrared wavelengths is the key to getting the therapy you desire and deserve. In this post we’ll explore how mid infrared light (MIR) wavelengths are produced and the specific therapeutic benefits they offer.

For details about far infrared (FIR) or near infrared (NIR) read our other posts in the wavelength series.

What is Mid Infrared Energy?

Infrared energy is a specific band of energy within the electromagnetic spectrum. Its energy may or may not produce heat, but it does permeate the body, providing a safe means for natural healing. Of course, today we’ve harnessed this healthy energy from the sun for use in infrared saunas.

Most infrared saunas only deliver far infrared wavelengths because it takes multiple heating elements to emit multiple peak wavelengths. After years of research and development, manufacturers have created saunas with all three infrared wavelengths. Our saunas (by Sunlighten) were developed with a unique technology that combines three heating elements in a patented 3-in-1 heater system.

How is Mid Infrared Used in Saunas?

Sauna heaters must be able to maintain a surface temperature of 250 C in order to produce MIR. Unfortunately, most heaters are made of materials that melt below this temperature. Our saunas were specially developed using a high-tech material made to tolerate the high heat required to produce MIR. And because our full-spectrum infrared heaters include three distinct heating elements, the MIR layer can be heated independently to a higher temperature than the FIR layer.

What are the Health Benefits of Mid Infrared Exposure?

Compared to near infrared wavelengths (which effectively penetrate and heal the skin) and far infrared wavelengths (which reach deep into the body, where toxins are stored), mid infrared wavelengths penetrate the body’s soft tissue where inflammation occurs. MIR helps expand blood vessels and increases circulation so more oxygen can reach injured areas of the body. This reduces pain and speeds the healing process.

Plus, when used in combination with far infrared waves, MIR effectively stimulates the cardiovascular system and raises body temperature. As the body works to cool itself, heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase as they do during exercise. This in turn supports weight loss.

For more information about infrared sauna, visit us online at Or give us a call at 704-313-8678. We are happy to discuss the many benefits of infrared sauna and book a session for you!

Disclaimer: Respira Vita is proud to feature Sunlighten Full-Spectrum Infrared Saunas. The information provided in this blog are excerpts taken from the Sunlighten blog and/or website.

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