Learn more about Infrared Saunas

Learn more about Infrared Saunas
January 12, 2023 Johnsons

Is an Infrared Sauna right for you?

Infrared Saunas are riding a wave of popularity at the moment, with many people catching onto the benefits offered by the technology.

Certainly social media is full of health & fitness influencers as well as alternative therapists espousing the advantages of regular IR sauna use. Whilst some claims made by certain individuals don’t appear to have much in the way of scientific backing, we are going to focus on the more widely-accepted benefits that may be of interest.

But first, what exactly is an infrared sauna?

An infrared sauna is a type of sauna that uses light to create heat. This type of sauna is sometimes called a far-infrared sauna — “far” describes where the infrared waves fall on the light spectrum. A traditional sauna uses heat to warm the air, which in turn warms your body. An infrared sauna heats your body directly without warming the air around you.

What are the advantages of an infrared sauna over a traditional sauna?

As an infrared sauna doesn’t need to heat the air before the effects are felt by the user, it can be run at a lower temperature allowing for longer, more comfortable stays in the sauna. Infrared light also penetrates the body deeply, resulting in a fast and vigorous sweat being produced. The average ambient temperature in an infrared sauna is usually 40-60°C compared to 70-90°C in traditional saunas.

What are the health benefits of using an IR sauna?

Various scientific studies have shown that infrared sauna use contributes to lower blood pressure, improved heart health and circulation, pain relief, improvement in cold / flu symptoms, better sleep and increased recovery post-workout.

One of the more surprising effects is that sitting in a sauna actually burns calories as your body works to maintain your core temperature. Some studies have shown a significant reduction in body fat with regular infrared sauna use (approximately 4% reduction over an 8 week period), meaning you can in theory lose weight while sitting still!

There are also mental health benefits to consider, with sauna use releasing endorphins – reducing stress and boosting your mood. In 2019 a scientific survey found that people who used a sauna between 5-15 times a month had higher mental wellbeing.

Another benefit is that the deeply penetrating heat from IR draws toxins out from within the body, which are then passed through the skin in sweat. It is claimed that infrared is more effective than a traditional sauna and even exercise for detoxing the body, though this is disputed by some.

ScandiLife Home Saunas

Our Infrared Saunas are the perfect addition to any home. As the benefits of sauna use seem to be compounded with regular use, having one accessible whenever the mood takes you will ensure you are getting the most from the activity.

Our saunas are made from the finest Canadian hemlock and feature a built-in air purifier and LED mood lighting, along with a bluetooth sound system for even greater relaxation with the right music.