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The Differences Between Infrared Saunas and Traditional Saunas

Infrared Saunas vs. Regular Saunas

infrared saunasIf I had to choose, I'd pick a nice moist steam room over a sauna any day. But last month, I purchased a massage deal that came with an infrared sauna session. Anything that is said to "eliminate toxins" piques my interest, so I was excited about what my first infrared sauna experience was going to be all about.

An infrared sauna looks similar to a traditional sauna except there aren't any hot coals since the heat is emitted from the built-in infrared heaters, which are located in the sides and the top of the sauna (don't worry, they aren't even hot to touch). Unlike a normal sauna that heats up quite quickly, relaxes the body and opens up the pores for a serious sweat session, an infrared sauna safely penetrates deep into joints and muscles with the same rays that come from the sun — minus the UV radiation.

Keep reading to learn more about my first infrared session.

After about thirty-five minutes in the infrared sauna, I did feel quite warm, but I wasn't over hot like I would normally be from a traditional sauna. And I was sweating a little bit, but again, not drench in sweat if I would have spent the same time in a sauna. To be completely honest, I felt pretty amazing.

Here's the thing. Infrared saunas help you excrete toxins, and they also said to boost your immune system, aid in weight control, and improve cardiovascular health. They provide all the benefits of sitting in the natural sunlight while protecting you from the dangerous effects of solar radiation. I was also told by the lady at the spa that an infrared session will help speed up the healing process when you have a cold, and your immune system is compromised.

I'm sold. What about you? Have you experienced the benefits of an infrared sauna?

Sources: Mainelytubs and Flickr User MiikaS

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