Finnish-style sauna is an ancient practice used for centuries to both cleanse and provide health benefits. Today however, many people are now turning towards infratherapy or infrared heat therapy. It’s the modern cousin of the Finnish sauna.
Infrared sauna is increasingly popular in these health conscious times due to its ability to alleviate a plethora of modern ailments and conditions.
Traditional Finnish Sauna
The traditional style of a sauna includes a variety of heating options, from gas-fueled, electric powered to old school Finnish, wood burning saunas.
Traditional sauna heats up the air around 65-85 degrees celsius (150 -185°F)
You can expect clothes to be ruined from soaking or smelling really bad after being so close to everyone else who was sweating too!
The air temperature is cooler in the infrared than in a traditional sauna. It warms your body with safe radiation. The lower ambient temp makes it easier to thoroughly sweat out toxins.
It offers most people everything they could want from a therapeutic experience: a low-temperature environment, more even heat distribution throughout space, deeper penetration, and effective detoxification.
Lower ambient temperature. It reduces the risk of heat exhaustion and thermal burns.
Traditional Finish Sauna VS Infrared Sauna: Advantages & Disadvantages
Traditional Finnish Sauna
Modern design options
Wood-heated, electric-free models
Dry and wet options
Quick to assemble
Heats up faster
All round heat penetration (Tecoloy)
Consumes less electricity
Dry, comfortable heat
Music on board (bluetooth for smartphones)
Traditional Finnish Sauna
Takes time to heat
Needs higher energy
Needs to be professionally built
Potential pollutants (wood burning)
A limited number of outdoor models
Traditional Finish Sauna VS Infrared Sauna: Health Benefits
Not all saunas are made equal.
Traditional steam rooms create a hot and humid atmosphere, which can cause respiratory problems for those with COPD or other lung conditions.
Infrared - aka far-infrared heaters emit infrared waves increasing blood circulation in tight muscles & tense sinews while bringing down fatigue and tension levels.
Traditional Finish Sauna VS Infrared Sauna: Heaters
Infrared 'Tecoloy®' heaters give "direct heat" to your body, while the traditional ones only make the air in the room hotter.
So, how does this matter when it comes to health benefits? Because of their quick heating time (it takes about 10 minutes for them!). IR saunas are excellent at detoxification by helping sweat escape toxins more rapidly.
Traditional sauna heaters use a lot of time to reach the desired temperature and take up more energy from running continuously.
Traditional Finish Sauna VS Infrared Sauna: General comparison
Traditional Finnish sauna has a humidity level hovering around 20-40%. This is nowhere near the 100% levels of steam rooms.
Many people say that this type of moderate moisture, or “löyly” in Finnish.
'Tecoloy®' infraheat is used to create heat in the room and elevate your core temperature depending on the setting, which varies from 125-155°F.
infrared can get up there over 150 degrees Fahrenheit and stay warm for hours.
Traditional Finish Sauna VS Infrared Sauna: Risks and Precautions
Dehydration - It is a result of fluid loss while sweating. People with certain conditions may need to take precautionary measures just in case they are at risk for dehydration.
Increased temperatures may lead an individual to dizziness and nausea, depending on what their threshold levels are set too!
Increases blood pressure level
Switching between the heat of a sauna and cold water in a pool can be dangerous.
People with low blood pressure and who have recently had a heart attack should consult their doctor before using just in case it's not safe for them.
Drinking alcohol is strongly not recommended - It dehydrates you and increases your risk of heart problems, low blood pressure, arrhythmia.
Limit time of usage - Do not spend more than 20 minutes at a time in the heat of the sauna as first-timers, your skin will need some time to adapt.
As users become accustomed to being hot, they can gradually increase their allotted amount of time spent inside by 10 or 15-minute increments until they reach about 20 minutes total.
Avoid using a sauna if you're feeling ill - Wait until you recover to get the most out of it! In which case, ask your doctor before going in.
Children's Supervision: Children aged 6 and above are safe to use a sauna, but should be supervised when doing so.
They, can spend no longer than 15 minutes in there at one time as they may become dizzy or lightheaded.
Conclusion: The best sauna type
HealthMate®'s industry leading range of patented far-infrared therapy cabins come complete with chromotherapy lights and bluetooth speakers, you can fully immerse yourself and - let yourself go - whilst enjoying your favourite relaxing music!
HealthMate® Infrared Saunas combine the longevity (Lifetime Guarantee) and sturdiness of Canadian western red cedar wood with the latest heating technology, Tecoloy® - to offer the best infrared sauna experience.
What’s more, Health Mate® infrared saunas are healthy and safe because they have the Lowest EMF ratings and are made with 100% toxic-free materials.
Their Canadian Western Cedar (CWC) wood comes from (PEFC) sustainable sources.
At-home Infrared Saunas are becoming increasingly popular due to their health benefits and added convenience.