Health Benefits Of Infrared Sauna Therapy

What is infrared sauna therapy?

Infrared sauna therapy involves infrared radiation where the skin receives heat directly in the same way that sun heats the skin. Infrared heat promotes health as it penetrates into the body as deep as 1.5 inches. And since the skin is the largest organ in the body, sweating in an infrared sauna on a regular basis can help decrease the toxic load and contribute to better health and vitality.

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There is growing evidence that fatigue, disease and weight gain may be attributed to the bioaccumulated toxins in the human body. Saunas have been found to be a successful way of detoxifying the body. But research evidence shows that saunas which use infrared light instead of the usual convection heat have the best prognosis.

Sauna-Induced Sweating

Infrared sauna emits infrared light which is absorbed by the skin’s surface by using infrared heaters while traditional saunas heat the body through conduction and convection from the heated surfaces in the sauna room. For profuse sweating, high temperatures are required in traditional saunas. On the other hand, air temperature in an infrared sauna can remain cooler but even at this lower and more comfortable air temperature, one can still sweat copiously.

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The heat lamp used in infrared saunas penetrates deepest and this is due to the fact that the heat source is concentrated in a small area and not because of the frequencies of the energy used. Some people prefer the intense heat of traditional sauna but many cannot tolerate the heat especially when feeling ill.

Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

With evidence both scientific and anecdotal in nature shows the effectiveness of sauna heat therapy to support health benefits which include:

  • Detoxification
  • Weight loss
  • Pain Relief
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Athletic Performance
  • Improved Immune Response
  • Relaxation and Stress Relief
  • Skin Health & Beauty
  • Removal of heavy metals like mercury and lead

Infrared saunas may be a way to achieve health and wellness goals. Some of the benefits derived from regular infrared sauna therapy include:

Relief from Arthritis Pain

Pain, stiffness and fatigue in patients with rheumatoid arthritis are reduced during infrared sauna therapy. Unfortunately, results from the study has not reached “statistical significance” there is no clear or certain relationship between reducing symptoms and using infrared sauna therapy.


Traditional saunas operate at extremely harsh temperature. On the contrary infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat which promotes relaxation and improves sleep. Infrared therapy leaves you fully recharged after each session.

Improved Circulation

Heating the muscles with infrared rays produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. Blood flow is stimulated with regular use of infrared sauna up to twice the normal rate.


Have you tried an infrared sauna?