The tradition of sauna is found around the world, and its use dates back thousands of years. The word ‘sauna’ is an ancient Finnish word referring to the traditional Finnish bath or bathhouse. But sweat baths are known by many names in different cultures. The Russian banya, the American Indian sweat lodge, the Islamic hammam, the Japanese Mushi-Buro, the Swedish bastu, and the Jewish shvits are all names for the same concept. The word ‘sauna’ is most commonly used today, and has become widely recognized as a place designed to experience a dry or wet heat session or sweat bath. Saunas are divided into two basic types — conventional and infrared.
Conventional vs. Infrared Sauna
Conventional saunas are designed with a heater that warms the surrounding air. Temperature in these saunas typically reach 200°F (93°C) or higher. The conventional sauna also frequently uses steam in addition to the high heat to make the bathers perspire. But the high heat and steam can make the sauna experience unbearably hot and difficult to breathe.
Infrared saunas use infrared light to heat the body directly without warming the surrounding air. Specially designed heaters emit the infrared light, which has the ability to penetrate human tissue. This means the infrared sauna can use much lower temperatures (usually around 130°F or 54°C) to achieve the same effect. In fact, the infrared sauna experience is similar to lying in the sun on a warm day and feeling the heat radiate to the core of your body. The lower temperature and the therapeutic nature of infrared light make the infrared sauna experience more comfortable and accessible.
What is infrared light?
Infrared light is an invisible part of the sun’s spectrum of light. Infrared light, unlike many other light wavelengths (e.g., Ultraviolet, x-rays, Gamma), is completely safe. And the absorption of infrared light by the body provides a host of health benefits.
Infrared light is divided into near, middle, and far wavelengths based on their size. The differing wavelengths are absorbed by the body at different levels. Near-infrared wavelengths are absorbed at the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin. This wavelength is best for wound healing and increased immune function. Mid-infrared wavelengths penetrate a little deeper, and are ideal for increasing circulation and promoting muscle relaxation. Far-infrared wavelengths penetrate the deepest, and are used primarily for detoxification purposes. Full-spectrum infrared saunas are capable of using all three wavelengths of infrared light to tailor a sauna session to your specific health needs.
Infrared saunas cause reactions similar to those elicited by mild or moderate exercise. Infrared saunas also can help your body release a number of toxins and environmental chemicals. With full-spectrum infrared sauna, you can relax, relieve unwanted pain, increase circulation, lose weight, and purify your skin, making it an effective tool for natural healing and prevention!
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