If you've wanted to experience the benefits of taking a sauna, but you can't tolerate excessive dry or steam heat, you should look into infrared saunas. You get warm in an infrared sauna too, but the temperature is lower, so the sauna is easier to tolerate without losing any of the benefits you get from warming your body and sweating. Here's how an infrared sauna works and how you take a sauna session.
Infrared Lamps Heat Your Body On The Inside
Infrared lamps are a form of radiant heat, just like the sun. When you feel the sun heat you from the inside rather than just your surface skin, that's due to radiant heating. A typical sauna uses dry heat or steam heat that heats the air inside the sauna until you get hot, too.
An infrared sauna uses infrared lamps that heat your body without heating the air to the degree other saunas do. This means your session can last much longer, and you can tolerate the heat without it making you dizzy or making you feel like you can't breathe.
Sweating And Heat Have Health Effects
Sweating can make you feel energetic and euphoric. Sweating can even help your complexion and make your skin glow. Warming your body causes you to sweat, but it also causes increased circulation. When blood flow to an area of your body increases, more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the area.
Increased circulation might help you heal faster from an injury or help your muscles relax. You may even find you sleep better after having an infrared sauna treatment. Heat might also help with pain, such as chronic pain from joint arthritis, much in the same way as soaking in a tub of hot water helps relieve pain.
You Can Take Sauna Sessions At An Infrared Spa
You can buy an infrared sauna and use it at home, but you'll need to spend a lot of money. If you enjoy the benefits of sweating with infrared light, the cost may be worth it. If you can't afford a home sauna, you can find infrared saunas offered at various spas.
Unlike saunas you find at a health club, an infrared sauna is usually private. You can stretch out on the bench and relax completely while listening to music during your session. You can book long or short sessions depending on how much you want to spend and how well you can tolerate being in the sauna without getting bored.
Some spas even have chromotherapy lights in their sauna booths so you can bathe your body in blue, green, or red light while you sweat. If you're unsure about how to use an infrared sauna or what color lights are best for you, talk to spa personnel and get advice so you feel completely relaxed and comfortable.
When your session is over, you can take a shower to clear off the sweat. You may notice a glow to your skin and a happier mood as you go about the rest of your day.