What is an Infrared Sauna?
While we call our Clearlight Infrared models “Saunas,” they are really infrared therapy cabins. It just so happens that the sauna environment is great for delivering infrared because you are not wearing any clothing and are surrounded by infrared heat. The black panels inside the sauna are our True Wave® far infrared heaters. In our Sanctuary sauna models, the silver front heaters are our True Wave full spectrum heaters offering near, mid, and far infrared.
Rather than use steam or the traditional “box of hot rocks” heating elements, the infrared sauna heaters use infrared heat to promote relaxation and other wellness benefits. In an infrared sauna, the air temperature is less important than the quality of the infrared heat. As your body absorbs the infrared heat, this will increase thermal energy inducing a deep and relaxing sweat. Using an infrared sauna at lower temperatures means you can stay in longer and get more benefits.
The main difference between infrared and traditional saunas is how they use heat. Traditional saunas use a single heater that heats the air, and this hot air heats the user. In contrast, infrared saunas use advanced therapy to promote heat generation in the body, with only a small percentage of the heat heating the air. This results in a deeper sweat and a lower ambient air temperature. In fact, infrared saunas usually operate between 115° – 135°F, while traditional saunas can get up to 195°F.
You will get all of the relaxation benefits of a traditional infrared sauna along with the increased health benefits that infrared offers, all at a much more comfortable temperature. Infrared saunas are also dry saunas, and many users find this makes for a more comfortable sauna session.
Not only are infrared saunas extremely beneficial, but they are also more efficient and require less electricity. That also means that the warm-up time of an infrared sauna is much quicker than a traditional sauna.
Sunlight is a combination of visible and invisible light. All the colors of the rainbow are present in sunlight as well as both infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths, which are wavelengths not visible to the naked eye. Out of all the invisible rays that emanate from the sun, far infrared is well known to our bodies because we actually produce far infrared. As far-infrared comes from the sun, it penetrates deeply into the skin to help dissolve unwanted substances that have accumulated in the body. The infrared rays have the power to revitalize your cells and metabolism.
Full spectrum refers to the entire infrared spectrum: near infrared, mid-infrared, and far infrared. With the addition of near and mid-infrared, you will get the maximum benefit from a Clearlight® sauna.
Near Infrared is the shortest wavelength and will be absorbed just below the skin’s surface, creating a sweat that promotes healing and revitalization.
Mid infrared is a longer wavelength that can penetrate deeper into the body’s soft tissue increasing circulation and releasing oxygen to reach injured areas.
Far infrared is the longest wavelength that penetrates the fat cells causing vasodilation, where the fat cells vibrate to expel toxins, resulting in the greatest levels of detoxification and stimulating your metabolism to aid in weight loss.
The sun is the primary source of radiant energy, but not all of this energy is beneficial. Although life needs energy from the sun, too much sunlight damages the skin. Infrared heat provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any dangerous effects of solar radiation.
Far infrared waves penetrate our bodies and activate the sweat glands. The sweat glands are one of the tools that the body has at hand to eliminate toxins. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and has been called many times; “the third kidney” because of its ability to discharge large amounts of waste material through the sweat glands.