More and more Australians are stripping off and sweating it out in the sauna. It is widely recognized that the sweat bath promotes healthy living and a modern lifestyle. Experts say that sauna bathing helps cleanse toxins from our systems, ease muscular aches and pains, promote skin health and a host of other perks. That is why many enthusiasts are installing saunas at home.
Whether it is a Finnish, a steam, an infrared or outdoor model, all home saunas can offer relaxation and improve well-being. However, there is a sauna for the home that many agree to be better than the others – the infrared sauna.
The modern infrared saunas available on the market today are reliable and easy to assemble. But what makes them better than the other models is that they use an infrared light or radiation, which causes the air to stay dry – as opposed to humid like a traditional steam sauna. The infrared light, which you experience as heat, is the invisible part of the sun's spectrum. Its far wavelength is highly beneficial because it penetrates deeply into the tissues, inducing a detoxifying sweat.
Moreover, the infrared lights heat only the skin, leaving the air in between cool. Traditional dry and wet saunas use heated air to warm the body. This means they typically need to be uncomfortably hot to reach therapeutic levels. Because infrared saunas penetrate into tissues directly, they cause the body to sweat at a more comfortable ambient temperature.
Finding the Right Fit for Your Home
Infrared sauna for the home come in a variety of sizes, generally large enough to fit between 1 and 5 individuals simultaneously. The smallest option 1 person saunas, typically measure around 1 meter wide by 1 meter deep and are designed for personal use in great comfort. If you have more space and would like to enjoy the sauna with your close ones, higher capacity 2 or 3 person saunas are also available.
Cedar Vs. Hemlock
Most models of infrared sauna for the home are made of either cedar or hemlock. While either woods work great, there are some differences between the two. Hemlock is generally harder than cedar and produces little off-gassing. It is considered one of the most cost-effective hypoallergenic wood option. Cedar, on the other hand, is softer than hemlock but is naturally durable. Because it is an aromatic wood, it may not be ideal for those with allergies.
One important thing to keep in mind when choosing an infrared sauna is its heating panels' EMF output. For your health and safety, an ideal infrared sauna should have a very low EMF reading. Most manufacturers have their saunas tested by third parties and will use their low EMF reading as a selling point.