Traditional saunas are definitely known for their detoxing benefits. They help you to feel more relaxed and can also relieve sore muscles. However for some, the extreme heat of a traditional sauna can be a bit overwhelming.
An infrared sauna can offer those same self-healing benefits without the harsh high temperatures.
What Is An Infrared Sauna?
Infrared saunas are unique as they don’t actually heat the air around you. Instead they use electromagnetic radiation in the form of infrared lamps in order to warm your body.
Infrared saunas also operate at a far lower temperature than traditional saunas.
Infrared sauna temperatures range from 120 degrees (F) – 140 degrees (F) while traditional saunas usually operate from 150 degrees (F) – 180 degrees (F).
Many infrared sauna fans claim that an infrared sauna is far more beneficial for the body as the heat directly penetrates human tissue rather than simply heating up the air around you.
Also because the temperature is more bearable, users are able to stay in the sauna longer and therefore reap more health benefits long term.
10 Infrared Sauna Benefits You Don’t Want To Pass Up
Using saunas as a form of self care may seem like a bit of an archaic way to detox, however it’s a practice that’s been used for hundreds of years for a reason!
Here are just a few of the many benefits you’ll find simply by using an infrared sauna 2-4X per week:
- It can promote healthier sleep cycles
- It can ramp up weight loss results
- It allows the body some serious detox time
- It allows relief and self healing time for sore muscles
- It can improve circulation
- It can lead to clearer and tighter skin
- It allows the body to truly relax and de-stress
- It can boost your metabolism
- It can strengthen your immune system
- It can improve chronic skin conditions such as acne.
When I started researching the many benefits of these glowing saunas I was blown away.
And I also could NOT wait to jump inside of one for some real relaxation time.
What To Expect The First Time You Use An Infrared Sauna
Depending on where you go to use an infrared sauna for the first time (whether it’s at a health club, spa, or even a doctors office) you will receive a set of instructions.
However these are some basic guidelines you can expect:
DRINK LOTS OF WATER: This might seem like a rather obvious tip but it’s definitely the most important. The last thing you want to do is bank some serious sauna time while being dehydrated. Make sure that you’re extremely hydrated before entering the sauna. I usually drink at least a gallon of water a day so this usually isn’t an issue on my end however I always make sure to drink a glass of water right before the session and I also bring a water bottle with me inside the sauna itself.
Choose Your Preferred Temperature and Length of Time: For beginners it is highly recommended to start off at a base temperature of only about 100 degrees F and only for a session that last between 10 to 15 minutes max.
Clothing Optional: It’s completely up to you what you choose to wear during your sauna session. Some people prefer to wear bathing suits while others feel more comfortable completely nude.
When The Session Is Over: Be sure to be very mindful of your body when your session is over. It’s not uncommon to jump up and feel a bit dizzy after all that healthy sweating. Be gentle with your self and slowly leave the sauna. Allow your body time to naturally reset to it’s normal temperature before leaving and going about your day.
What To Keep In Mind Before Booking An Infrared Sauna Session
Don’t Book A Session If You’ve Been Drinking: If you are suffering from a painful hangover, the last thing you’re body needs is a grisly soak session. Being that dehydrated just doesn’t mix with sauna self care.
Don’t Book A Session If You’re Under The Weather: If you are feeling ill, it’s safest to reschedule for when your immune system is back at 100%.
If You Start Feeling Dizzy Or Super Overheated During Your Session: End it as soon as possible. You know you’re body best and it’s simply not a good idea to push it if it becomes too intense. This is supposed to be a relaxing and rejuvenating time, it should never feel overwhelming.
My Takeaways From using An Infrared Sauna Regularly
I often look forward to a relaxing sauna session!
All of the deep sweating definitely helps to rid the body of impurities and flushes out dead skin cells. The increases circulation is an amazing way to promote healthier skin.
I’ve definitely noticed my skin has a fresh and healthy glow post each sauna session. I’m also happy to admit that my acne breakouts are also far less common if I’m using an infrared sauna regularly.
It often feels like an intense and rejuvenating facial for my entire body!