Differences Between Infrared Saunas




When it comes to saunas there are a lot to choose from and there are a lot of things to consider.  In the past saunas were usually one of two types.  You could choose either from a dry or steam sauna and the only difference between the two was the level of humidity and the temperature to choose from.


Now saunas have experienced a kind of evolution so to speak.  Adding to the difference between humidity levels and temperatures today you need to also consider how the heat of the sauna is generated and its overall effect on your body.


Some of the newer types of saunas that we need to understand are the Near Infrared (NIR) and the Far Infrared (FIR) saunas.  Both provide exceptional benefits for your health in many ways but there are some differences that you need to consider with each of them.


Any sauna that is heated by electricity will give off a small percentage of electromagnetic radiation.  This is to be expected considering their specific kind of wiring however the Far Infrared types have been known to give off considerably more than the Near Infrared saunas.  This is mainly because of the frequencies that are used to produce the heat.  For most people this will not present a problem, as the amount emitted is still not very significant.  If you compare it to the amounts released from your personal cell phone you will find these rates to be considerably lower. 


Still, if you are feeling under the weather for some reason or another you might discover that even this small increase could affect you.  If you find this to be the case you might want to consider a wood-burning sauna until your health improves.


One of the major benefits of using an infrared sauna is that the level of heat does not need to be as high.  In this regard the heat from the Near Infrared Sauna will penetrate your body much deeper than the Far Infrared.  With the heat lamps of the NIR burning at 250 watts coupled with the concentration of having all of the lamps burning in one location the intensity of the heat will be much higher.  In the FIR the heat lamps are spread throughout the sauna reducing the intensity. 


Another advantage of the Near Infrared Sauna is that the energy can be channeled more easily helping to increase the body’s circulation.  If you are having trouble with a particular joint or muscle you can move that body part closer to the heat source to concentrate on that area.  In an FIR this is difficult since the heat lamps are not concentrated and are spread throughout the room.


Whether you are using an FIR or an NIR it is a good idea that you don’t stay in just one spot.  This is advisable because it will protect you from overexposure.  The tendency to drift off to sleep and stay too long is a real danger.  Moving around every few minutes can prevent you from getting too relaxed.  It also will help you to get more even heating throughout your body improving your circulation throughout.


It may seem that the NIR has more advantages but the FIR also has some benefits in their design.  First, the heat from the FIR will not be as strong.  There is no need to rotate and move around as much as in the NIR.  Also, consider the fact that the FIR saunas tend to be much smaller.  So, if you are considering purchasing or building a personal one and you have limited space available an FIR might be a good choice.


There are many reasons that a person may want to use a sauna.  People may use them to improve their health, relieve stress or for the purpose of detoxing.  Sauna bathing can do much to keep our bodies in balance both physically and mentally.  Learning about saunas and how they work can help us in so many ways.  Whether you choose a dry sauna, steam room or one of the infrared designs make sure that you are knowledgeable about how they work and the necessary precautions that you need to make.  This way you will insure that your sauna experience will be to your best advantage.  Then your visit will prove to be a wise decision.



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