What is an Infrared Sauna?

by Mark Orwell

Saunas have been around for a long time and have always offered a pleasurable escape in the form of intense heat. Today, infrared saunas are becoming more and more popular because of the benefits they offer over traditional saunas.

Identification

Infrared saunas are small rooms that contain multiple infrared heaters and benches for occupants to relax on.

Function

Infrared saunas are designed to offer an intense heat experience that can result in a temporary, relaxing high and that can also help soothe muscles after a workout.

Infrared

Infrared technology works by emitting infrared radiation that heats a person directly rather than heating the air around him or her.

Health Benefits

Infrared saunas are being held in high regard for their health benefits. They help to increase circulation and also to help lessen the pain from arthritis.

Misconceptions

Some people are saying that infrared saunas detoxify the body and help expend calories. These may not be true, especially in the sense of energy expenditure, which has created a controversy in the alternative therapy community.

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