05 January 2009
In the modern world sauna is surrounded with an aura of health, beauty and relaxation. Many articles and books agree that sauna was used by Finnish people from ancient time to modern days and was a proven way to become more healthy and good-looking. A sauna today is associated with a healthy lifestyle and traditional medicine.The most obvious effect that an infrared sauna causes is an excess sweating while taking it. Sweating is one of the ways our body uses to detoxify itself. When we sweat, our pores open and clean themselves, resulting in more soft and healthy skin. A healthy person should regularly experience intensive sweating. Sweating in a sauna at home is just simpler - you don’t have to go out, you can multitask while taking a sauna (reading, watching TV of listening to music) and you can do it any time you want.
When infrared sauna emerged, in late sixties, it began to compete with traditional saunas on the same market. Apparently, manufacturers and sellers of infrared saunas began to look for ways to differentiate from the traditional saunas. Some of the advantages of infrared saunas were clear – lower electricity cost, lower air temperature, no humidity – but there was a need for proof that infrared saunas are as beneficial as traditional ones. Even better would be the proof that they are even more beneficial.
Classic far infrared sauna
The most common type of infrared sauna is a room which resembles a traditional steam sauna. It is made from wood and you can place it as an additional piece of furniture in your house. It’s interior usually consists of a wooden bench across the full width of a room. Infrared heaters are built in the walls in front of and behind the bench, on a different height, so that infrared radiation will reach every part of the person’s body sitting in the sauna. One can enter the sauna by the front door. There are usually one or two glass windows and the door can be made of glass too. An infrared sauna typically ships in a self-assembly kit with heaters already built in the panels, and is relatively easy to assemble.
When searching for an infrared sauna, look for comfort in the first place. There is no reason to buy a room to sit in if you don’t enjoy sitting in it, regardless of any health benefits in could provide. After that think about how it will fit your house interior, and don’t forget to determine what power outlets you will use to power your sauna.