So, you're looking for a sauna. But which one? One guy tells you one thing, then you hear something completely different. Who do you listen to? Well after reading this, you should have a pretty good idea of the facts about infrared saunas.
Is there any difference between saunas?
Let's get started by talking about the those that are just looking for a traditional sauna. So what's wrong with getting one of them? Absolutely nothing. They're fine, and for short sessions they feel great. Unfortunately, the traditional sauna does come up short in many of the benefits you could be experiencing from using an infrared sauna.
First, the temperature that the traditional sauna needs to reach for your body to sweat is way too high to safely handle for any extended period of time. Doctors typically say that anything longer than 20 minutes at those high temperatures is not good for your body. In fact, it could actually be putting a strain on your heart.
This is the exact opposite of what you could expect from using an infrared sauna. Because the infrared saunas heat penetrates the body much deeper (up to 1 3/4 inches compared to the traditional sauna which only penetrates approximately 1/8 of an inch), your body can get a good detoxifying sweat going at about 120 degrees as compared to 180 degrees required from a traditional sauna.
Many doctors are starting to recommend infrared saunas to their patients for many ailments, some of which are inflammation, weight loss, lowering cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure! Another amazing advantage of this deep penetrating heat is its ability to detoxify the body. The heat pulls out toxins deep under the skin and exfoliates them through the skin. Toxins like mercury, lead, car emissions, tobacco, mold and hundreds of other pollutants our bodies are bombarded with on a daily basis.
By detoxifying the body of these pollutants we are able to stop them from accumulating in our system and in doing so prevent possible disease and premature aging of our skin, body and mind. At the same time we are strengthening our immune system which keeps us running at our peak.
Ceramic vs. Carbon Based
Ok, so now we know IR saunas are much better than regular saunas. So what type of infrared sauna do I want to buy? There are two types being sold in market place today, ceramic and carbon based. So which one should you get? Carbon based, hands down.
My family has been involved in infrared technology for the past several years, and yes we did start out using ceramic heaters. They worked fine, but times change and technology changes. Comparing a ceramic sauna to carbon based is like taking a horse on a across country ride when someone is offering to take you there by car. Let me show you what I mean.
Ceramic rods produce infrared through small glass tubes placed strategically throughout the sauna. Unfortunately they can only produce so much heat and they do so by running at very high temperatures. This causes two problems. First, the sauna will get what we refer to as "hot spots". Certain areas in your sauna will have sufficient infrared heat, while others have none. In order to fully obtain the benefits of your infrared sauna, you want your entire body to be surrounded by the infrared heat so as to absorb as many rays as possible.
Second, because the heat is coming from such a small area to heat up the entire sauna, those rods get hot. Really hot. People who use the ceramic saunas have reported getting red marks on their back from leaning against the rods. Despite burning at these high temperatures the ceramic sauna is unable to fully surround the person with infrared heat.
Here's an example so you can see what I mean: If we were looking at a 2 person sauna a standard size panel using ceramic rods produces approximately 56 square inches of infrared heat. The same size panel using carbon based technology will produce approximately 572 square inches of infrared heat. This makes the carbon based sauna approximately 10 times more effective. Not only that, but the heat coming from the carbon based panels is evenly dispersed so you can lay right up against any panel within the sauna with no chance of getting burned whatsoever.
So why are they still selling this inferior technology? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they're dirt cheap to buy, and the general public has no idea what the difference is. Carbon based technology has been around for several years now and most of the studies you'll come across today on infrared saunas are being based on this cutting edge technology.
Are these saunas safe?
Quick answer: yes, absolutely.
Now for the longer answer. This is not new technology, and has been used for thousands of years. The only difference is that now we are able to bring this technlolgy into your home at a fraction of what it would have cost you ten years ago.
The sun has many amazing health benefits for your body. Unfortunately because of the depleted ozone layer, many of the sun's rays can be very harmful to the human body. This unfortunately makes the sun something for us to avoid, instead of something for us to submerge ourselves in for all of its healing properties. Imagine if you could have access to all the sun's healing rays on a daily basis without any of the dangers. Well that's exactly what the infrared sauna does.
Many doctors all over the world are starting to recognize the many benefits infrared saunas can offer their patients, from detoxifying the body to increased energy, burning calories, lowering blood pressure, pain relief, decreasing inflammation, alleviating fibromyalgia symptoms and just overall good health. With the way the world is today and all that we are exposed to, having your own infrared sauna will make a world of difference in the quality of life you can experience.
Beside all the health benefits, it's also important to make sure your sauna was constructed safely. One of the most important seals you'll need to see on your sauna is called ETL. ETL stands for Electrical Testing Laboratories. It is one of the hardest seals to get approval for. Basically it assures you that your sauna is 100% electrically sound from control panels to wiring. Without this seal, it is very possible your sauna did not comply with certain electrical codes and could be an electrical hazard. If your sauna has been awarded this seal, you can rest easy at night knowing you and your family are safe.
Where should I get my sauna?
If you've been doing your research, you already know there are a lot of choices when picking an infrared sauna company. My family and I have been working with infrared technology for quite some time and hope that you will consider us as one of your choices.
We are fully ETL Certified, and the only company that offers Carbon Wave 360 Technology. If you would like learn more you can visit us by clicking here www.eastcoastsaunas.com or give us a call at 1-800-376-1799 We'd love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. Thanks for reading, and be well.
Ed Brown - CEO
East Coast Saunas