If your looking to purchase an infrared sauna, the most important thing to consider is the type of infrared heating technology that is being utilized.There are many infrared saunas on the market, but if it does not have good heating technology, why own one. The reason for using an infrared sauna is for the health benefits. This is why you want to find a company that offers an infrared sauna that has superior heating technology, and understands the importance of the positioning of the infrared heaters as well.
Below is a quick checklist of questions to ask before considering to purchase an infrared sauna. If they do not fit between these guidelines, then I would think twice about buying one.
What is the surface temperature of the infrared heaters?
Finding out the surface temperature of the infrared heater is one of the most important questions to ask before buying an infrared sauna. This is important because the size of the infrared wavelength is determined by the surface temperature of the infrared heater. It is scientifically proven that the lower the surface temperature of the infrared heater, the longer the infrared wavelength will be, and the higher the surface temperature the shorter the wavelength.
What kind of heating element is used to heat the sauna? Is it carbon or ceramic?
The two main types of heating elements that are used in infrared saunas today are carbon and ceramic. To get the most out of your sauna, it is very important that the infrared heat is directed where it is needed most, the core of the body. Many of the traditional carbon heaters produce high quality infrared heat, however they do not produce a lot of it. It is also not directed on the body, but rather the sauna cabin itself.
These heaters do work well in lay down units or where the infrared heat is a few inches from the body, but not in a large sauna cabin. It is very important that the heaters are made and positioned properly to heat the core of the body and not just the air around you as infrared energy heats the body directly…not through the air.
On the other hand, ceramic infrared heaters produce quality infrared heat and a lot of it. However, since the surface temperature is higher, the length of the infrared wave is shorter and not as therapeutic. The best thing would be to find a infrared heater that offers both carbon and ceramic heating elements.
Does the infrared sauna offer infrared heaters that are positioned in the front and back of the body?
It is very important to find an infrared sauna that offers both back and front heaters. The main key to effective detoxification is heating your body and most importantly raising your core body temperature. Your bodies core houses your cardiovascular, immune, and lymphatic systems, all playing an important role in infrared therapy. Many of the infrared saunas on the market today only offer only back heaters. While this does heat the bodies core, it is not as beneficial as having heaters positioned properly in the front core and the back of the body. Having infrared sauna heaters in the front and back will help you get the most out of your infrared sauna.
Does the infrared sauna use reflected heat?
There are many sauna heaters on the market that are thin and made with a single rod with a reflector behind it. When compared to a large panel far infrared heater, the single rod often produces lower quality far infrared heat for a couple reasons.
1. The single rod must run at a higher surface temperature just to produce sufficient heat to warm the sauna cabin. Now remember, the higher the surface temperature the less effective the infrared heat will be.
2. Since these infrared heaters have a small surface area, they usually have a metal reflector behind them. It is scientifically known that if a wave passes from one medium to another, the wave changes. This means that the infrared heat that is reflected will be diluted.
So when your looking for an infrared sauna, make sure that it does not use a reflector.
Does the manufacturer offer a lifetime warranty?
Make sure that you ask about the warranty and how long the infrared heaters will be covered under warranty. You may come across manufacturers that say their sauna has a lifetime warranty, but later find out that the infrared heaters are not included in the lifetime warranty. There are companies that offer a complete lifetime warranty, meaning that they cover all parts of the sauna: wood, heaters, electrical, controls, etc…this is a good way to determine the quality of the sauna, as the company will only want to warranty a good product.
Experts review – My Understanding Of, and Experience With, Far Infrared Saunas
When I began reading my way through the thousands of pages available on the research and results attributed to Far Infrared Technology I realized that this was something I wanted to have a direct experience of myself. And by the way, this is the method I apply to any form of Self-Maintenance Tools I attempt to share and make available to other conscious Health Seekers.
So I made a fairly expensive purchase and bought a Far Infrared Sauna, assembled it in my master bedroom, and began using it on a daily basis.
I’ve had loads of personal experience with regular saunas, in health clubs and in homes of wealthy friends, over the years. And though I loved them, the obvious downside to them was that as my body heated up and began the sweating detoxification process, the air inside them became so hard to breathe because it had become super-heated, and therefore almost impossible to inhale. If you’ve had any experience with regular saunas, which rely solely on convection (air currents), and conduction (direct contact of hot air on the skin), then you’ll understand what I’m talking about. If you’ve not had any experience with saunas then you can get the idea by turning your oven up to high, opening the door to it, sitting in front of it, and trying to breathe. This is the kind of heat utilized by a “regular” sauna.
What is this Far Infrared Heat?
The heat produced by a Far Infrared Sauna is a completely different kind of heat: Radiant Heat. Radiant Heat is a form of energy that heats objects directly through a process called conversion, which heats an object without having to heat the air in between it and the heat source. Radiant Heat is also called Infrared Energy. The sun is the principal source of Radiant Energy that we experience daily.
Infrared saunas use infrared radiant energy to directly penetrate the body’s tissues to a depth of over one and a half inches. Its energy output is tuned to correspond so closely to the body’s own radiant energy that our bodies absorb more than 90% of the infrared waves that reach our skin.
The benefit of this technology is that the air you get to breathe in the sauna is 50 to 100 degrees cooler than in a conventional sauna that relies on indirect means of heat. In other words, instead of having to endure heat in the 180+degree range, in the infrared sauna your body will heat up and begin to profusely sweat between 95 degrees and 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
*Here is a partial list of the dis-ease conditions of the physical body positively affected by Far Infrared Heat Therapy; the healing qualities of Far Infrared Heat are numerous and far-reaching: detoxification cellulite removal sunburn antidote improved skin removal of clogged pores and blackheads acne eczema and psoriases dandruff muscle spasms arthritis joint stiffness low back pain muscle tension cold hands and feet high blood pressure cancer asthma weight loss lowered cholesterol fibromyalgia reduced stress and fatigue chronic fatigue syndrome multiple chemical sensitivity
My specific interest in Far Infrared Heat
As you’ll note, there are an amazing number of “disease ailments” which have been documented to be positively affected by Far Infrared Sauna use. Although I believe all of this research and documentation to be true, I’ve discovered something very interesting about Far Infrared Heat that interests me more than all the others, because it specifically applies to my chosen field of expertise, the Myofascial Web.
Since 1984 I have, as my job of choice, practiced a form of hands-on bodywork exclusively dedicated to the reorganization and rejuvenation of the Myofascial Web. The Myofascial Web consists of the physiological structure of “Fascia” throughout the body. In my extensive experience, this Fascia is essentially responsible for all pain in the soft tissue, and the Structural Misalignment of the body, meaning altered and diminished Posture, Flexibility, and Functional Movement.
Sauna blanket review
A classic far infrared sauna is one side of infrared sauna industry. It imitates a traditional steam sauna by its design (made of wood, often has bench, is a separate cabin). On the other end there are completely different infrared devices, called infrared sauna bags or infrared sauna blankets.
It is evident from their names that these devices come in a form of a bag, or a blanket, in which you can lie on the bed or on the floor and don’t resemble a sauna visually in any way. However they are claimed to give you the same experience as with a conventional sauna. Infrared blankets have a power cord that should be attached to a power outlet and a control panel to regulate heat intensity and set a timer. Some models have separate control over the several parts of the body (i.e. legs, waist area and shoulders area). The head is usually outside in most models available on the market.
Infrared blankets have two apparent advantages over classic infrared saunas – they are a lot cheaper, and take almost no space when folded. However I think that the effect of an infrared sauna blanket is not the same as from classic infrared sauna. It is a big question that heaters in blankets produce enough infrared rays, more probably the heating occurs mostly because of direct heat transfer from a blanket to a human body.
Therapeutic properties of infrared sauna blankets come mostly not from infrared but from direct heating, as blanket has direct contact with your body. They heat you, and make you sweat. It’s like taking a dry hot bath. Many people enjoy a 20-30 minute session under infrared blanket, and report that they feel better after that. So the end decision is best to come from your own first-hand experience. Try using one of these sauna bags and listen to your body – if it feels better, brings enjoyment and relaxation, then consider buying one.
Why would anybody ever endeavor to invest in a far infrared (fir) blanket?
Who would like to get the benefits of sunlight without the side effects of UV rays, and not get sun burn? The question is, are people still seeking alternative health therapies, or have they given up? Hard times cause people to try harder to discover solutions. However, most of us never get off the couch and give it a try. Sometimes not having enough current information prevents them. Sometimes it’s unwillingness to do something that may be different. Many, not being aware of where do you start, never begin. In other cases, they do not try because they don’t recognize that it is possible. They don’t understand the benefits that those who succeed will often gain.
When it becomes clear how this can be done and the advantages of doing it, the doubts and misgivings fade and tend to go away. Practical knowledge is power. By means of looking at the pros and cons of investing in a far infrared (fir) home healthcare system, which can either be in the form of a blanket, or a collapsible dome., let us have a look at three argument points in favor:
First, Passive Aerobic Exercise.
I accept that your objection of passive aerobic may be valid. Still, we ought to take into consideration your current level of physical fitness. If you’re a couch potato, then intense or vigorous physical exercise might not be a viable option. Also, if you suffer from fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you might want to gently ease your body into intense aerobic exercise, by starting with passive exercise..
Second, Detoxification. Are you aware that a common underlying factor in most major illnesses is toxicity, especially heavy metal toxicity?
Far Infrared Treatment helps with the process of non-intrusive detoxification by saturating the internal organs with healing far-infrared rays, stimulating the elimination of waste and the breaking down of toxins via the liver and the kidneys. Moreover, with the Far Infrared personal health care system, whether it’s the blanket or the dome, you get the benefits of a proper detox program without travelling to a detox clinic. You get to detox in the comfort of your own home.. And in addition Increased Blood Circulation. Far Infrared treatment is so effective because the far infrared rays are able to penetrate deeply into the organs as compared to the heat generated by traditional saunas. This results in the significant increase in the blood supply to these organs, thus improving their functions, and delivering to them the much needed oxygen and nutrition.
And finally, an important but understated fact is that the body produces nearly 50% of its energy in the form of Far Infrared Energy to heal and vitalize the body.
One of the secrets of daily use of the far infrared health-care system is that it charges your body with the type of energy that your body naturally produces. Sort of like recharging your ‘batteries’ so to speak. If you are constantly under stress, your body’s batteries will be discharged.. This will most likely result in poor health, illness and susceptibility to disease.. One more time you receive the benefit that once expensive Far Infrared Treatment is now easily available, and affordable!
Just think about those 3 good reasons. Those advantages may very well be yours should you invest in a far infrared (fir) health blanket or dome. Simply take the time to let all that soak in. I’m talking literally and figuratively, because that’s what you’ll be doing. Relaxing and soaking up all that beneficial energy, while gently detoxing and increasing your blood circulation. Is it possible to ignore all those reasons?
They have certainly applied to a number of other people. How could you resist what others found to be impossible to resist? Perhaps, just perhaps, you as well, really should invest in a far infrared (fir) blanket.