Infrared Sauna

What is an Infrared Sauna?



November 1, 2021

Traditionally, a sauna is a small room used as a hot air or steam bath for cleaning and refreshing the body. Steam and heat are produced by pouring water on heated stones. But, this is not the only type of sauna available.

What is an Infrared Sauna?

An infrared sauna uses light to generate heat and warms your body without heating the air around you. The enclosed structure is filled with light waves vibrating at the frequency of the near, mid and far-infrared light from the electromagnetic spectrum. Human skin is highly receptive to the frequency of the infrared waves and allows deep penetration, igniting the engine of every cell in the body. This creates a deep sweat at a low ambient air temperature. These saunas operate between 46°- 57°C (115° – 135°F) while traditional saunas can get up to 90°C (195°F). If the temperature of a traditional sauna is too much for you, an infrared sauna offers the same benefits (vigorous sweating and increased heart rate) without the extreme heat. Infrared saunas are also dry saunas and many users find this makes for a more comfortable experience. An infrared sauna is more efficient, heats up more quickly, requires less electricity and is less expensive to operate than a traditional sauna. 

What Does Infrared Mean?

Infrared refers to the far end of the spectrum that exists within the sun’s light. It is an invisible light that is composed of electromagnetic radiation wavelengths and is experienced by the tactile senses as heat. There are three primary infrared wavelengths; near, mid and far-infrared light, each vibrating at different frequencies with unique qualities. Scientists have established that infrared waves are beneficial for the human body as they increase the body’s thermal energy without any of the harmful rays of sunlight. 

What Wood is Used in an Infrared Sauna? 

  • Hemlock is one of the most popular types of wood used in the production of infrared saunas as it’s non-allergenic, non-toxic, and has little to no wood aroma, making it beneficial to your body and creating an enjoyable atmosphere for users.
  • Cedar is a good choice because of its natural resistance to temperature changes. It doesn’t expand or contract as much as other woods when the temperature fluctuates, meaning that it’s less likely to bend and warp with regular use. 
  • Basswood is also a preferred sauna wood for those who have sensitivities to fragrances and other irritants. It’s hypoallergenic, doesn’t emit fragrances or toxins and is completely safe for those with allergies. It’s a durable hardwood that is unlikely to warp or bend with temperature changes.

An infrared sauna is a light bath, designed to optimize heat therapy using light waves to warm the body from the inside out. This style of sauna is an innovative structure working in harmony with the light spectrum of infrared radiant heat to produce transformative effects on the body and mind. Plunge into the deep pool of warm, nurturing, and healing emanations of the unseen light spectrum of infrared. Watch as beads of sweat pool on the surface of your skin, relieving stress and renewing your health and vitality. Try an infrared sauna today! 

Thinking of purchasing an infrared sauna? Try an infrared sauna from RnR Hot Tubs and Spas. Let our sauna transport you. Enjoy the dry heat, promote detoxification of your body and nurture wellness. Immerse yourself in a private oasis of infrared heat, LED light and pure Canadian Hemlock. We’ll help make your sauna purchase exceptional. Please call 403-203-0860 to set up an appointment.

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