Hyperthermia or heat therapy was explored by the ancient physician Parmenides
“Give me a chance to create a fever and I will cure any disease”. Whether this is true or not is not clear, but there are well known benefits to infrared saunas.
It seems infrared saunas come in all different shapes and sizes these days. The most important thing about having an infrared sauna is that you use it as the health benefits are numerous, so browse the comparison of infrared saunas and see which one might suite your needs the best.
What will be covered in this post:
- Chart To Compare Infrared Sauna Types
- Quiz to determine if a therapy mat (including infrared & other therapies) would serve you
- A Quick Overview Of the Health Benefits of a Far Infrared Sauna
- Portable Far Infrared Saunas
- Far Infrared Sauna Blankets
- Far Infrared Sauna Domes and Tunnels
- Traditional Large Far Infrared Saunas
Chart To Compare Infrared Sauna Types
Try Our Quiz To Find Your Ideal Therapy Mat (Options Include Far Infrared, Photon Therapy, PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy))
For More information on PEMF, Photon Therapy (also known as low level laser) and negative ions see 5 Therapy PEMF Far Infrared Mats
What Is Far Infrared Heat? According to the pamphlet sent out by my local health and wellness center, far infrared energy is light which is invisible to the human eye. We experience it as deep penetrating heat that warms you up from the inside out. It is the most natural heat on the planet.
A Quick Overview Of the Health Benefits of a Far Infrared Sauna
- the far infrared heat deeply penetrates skin and tissue to deeply warm you
- increases oxygen flow and circulation
- help the body release toxins
- relaxation and better sleep
- sitting in the heat is like exercise and burns calories and increases metabolism, so it may help with weight loss
- better looking skin
- relief for conditions such as muscle soreness and arthritis
Portable Far Infrared Saunas
The nice thing about the portable type of infrared sauna is that it folds up for easy storage or transport and doesn’t take too much effort to set up again. Some models have water-resistant fabric so it can be used outside on a deck or a campsite. It claims it provides a spa quality sauna experience- which may be true but remember this type of infrared sauna is available at a very low price. One reviewer of this type of sauna commented that the chair was not super comfortable. I think it might be worth trying for the price though. These can be purchased with low-EMF heating panels to avoid EMF radiation from the sauna, which this model provides.
Far Infrared Sauna Blankets
The far infrared sauna blankets are interesting in that you lay in them like a sleeping bag. The price is very low for an infrared sauna. How comfortable it is to be wrapped up in a plastic material I can’t say but it’s one option to look at. It does not come with the table so you may want to use a massage table, the same goes with the dome sauna as it’s not the most comfortable to use it on the floor all the time.
Far Infrared Sauna Domes and Tunnels
This is my personal favorite type of infrared sauna. The one I own is an Abaton which doesn’t seem to be available anymore unfortunately as I’ve had mine for over 10 years and it still works great. The dome is comfortable and provides a consistent heat throughout. The nice thing about it is that you’re head stays cool and you are able to lay down while soaking in the sauna. For proper setup with this type of infrared sauna I would recommend getting an extra wide massage table so the sauna sits solidly on it without the dome going out over the edges.
Traditional Large Far Infrared Saunas
Finally there’s the large Hemlock far infrared saunas. I’ve used both the 1-person and 2-person and like the space the 2-person gives you even for one person. The 1 person is a bit tight. Note: the JNH model has a higher EMF output than some other saunas however lower EMF output Saunas are available.