What can a far infrared sauna do? Saunas are extremely popular tools for any routine, from fitness and weight loss to detoxing and relaxing. They are also extremely versatile and range in size from small portable units to wooden sauna rooms. There's a far infrared sauna for just about everybody.
How does far infrared work with the body?
Far infrared is naturally absorbed and emitted by the human body. It's completely natural, a part of the light spectrum that causes impressive things to happen. It causes the water in your body to vibrate, which is important considering we are about 70% water. The vibration allows for deeper penetration, heating the atoms and breaking molecules into smaller clusters. This stimulates the body to release toxins that escape us through sweat and elimination. The heat expands capillaries to improve circulation and improve metabolism, which helps activate necessary enzyme production.
Because toxins surround us and cause a host of health problems, it is vitally important to try and lessen the load. This is one of the reasons far infrared is so popular. It doesn't just heat the skin - it absorbs into the body to provide deeper potential benefits.
Far infrared and the blood stream
NASA uses far infrared to assist in cardiac conditioning because a 30 minute far infrared sauna session can be as good to the cardiovascular system as a six mile run. Because infrared penetrates deeper than traditional heat sources and dilates blood vessels, it can help lower blood pressure, improve circulation, boost cell metabolism, smooth the walls of the blood system and increase production of endorphins and white blood cells. The blood gains vigor which helps create a stronger immune system, normalized cholesterol, better energy, faster healing from injuries and improved oxygen levels.
Far infrared, stress and weight loss
Far infrared can help liquefy fat and speeds up its elimination. For many, a 30 minute session can burn 300 calories. FIR stimulates our hypothalamus, the part of our body that controls neurochemicals. This can mean better sleep, pain relief, lower body acidity and improved moods with less stress. The heat can also prevent growth of molds and bacteria.
Far infrared can produce two to three times the amount of sweat that you'd get in a conventional sauna because they operate at lower temperatures but heat penetrates deeper. If you can't stand high heat saunas, far infrared is what you need. It's also better for people with fragile health or cardiovascular risk factors since the lower temperatures don't dramatically elevate pressure and heart rates.
Doctors have known for centuries that sweating can provide better health and relief from illness and disease. Parmenides, a famous Greek physician, said over 2,000 years ago, "give me a chance to create fever, and I will cure any disease."
Which sauna do I want?
That depends on your preferences and budget. If you want something you can slide under the bed when you're not using it, check out portable far infrared saunas. If you would rather lie down to enjoy a session, look at our dome saunas. We also have sauna belts and heating pads for those that just want some targeted far infrared.
If you're looking for a wooden FIR sauna, we carry several great brands. See below for a comparison table. If you want to build your own, check out our Sauna Kits.
2275 - 4395
Cedar or Nordic Spruce
Nordic spruce models are 99% hypoallergenic. Low EMF.
3495 - 4495
Medical grade, no glues or plastics. Great for the chemically sensitive.
Note: Check with your doctor if you have lupus, multiple sclerosis, hemophilia, have a joint injury less than 48 hours old, if you're pregnant or if you have an artificial joint, metal pin or other kind of implant.