Infrared saunas are a great way to de-stress, detox, boost the immune system and even encourage weight loss. They are becoming incredibly popular thanks to the range of health benefits that they offer as well as the enjoyable experience. However, compared to traditional models infrared saunas are still relatively new and not that many people know how to use them. These are our top tips for infrared sauna use.
Heating up an infrared sauna
Most infrared saunas will heat up much more quickly than a traditional sauna, which makes them ideal for anyone with a busy life. You’ll usually need to allow around 15 minutes for an infrared sauna to reach optimum temperature. After that you can simply step in and enjoy.
Setting the right temperature
One of the big differences between a traditional sauna and an infrared sauna is that an infrared sauna doesn’t have to be heated to such a high temperature. The way an infrared sauna works is to penetrate the body with infrared rays. This means that you’ll start sweating much more quickly and don’t need such high temperatures to enjoy the sauna. As a result, an infrared sauna can usually be set between 40 to 65 C to achieve the same impact that a traditional sauna would need to get to 85 to 100 C to reach. The best approach with temperature is to start low and then increase this to what feels comfortable.
What should you wear?
The short answer is: nothing. Although the heat in an infrared sauna will still affect you even if you’re clothed, the best way to enjoy optimum benefits in the sauna is to be naked. This will depend, of course, on who else is in the sauna with you. If you prefer to wear a bathing suit, make sure that it’s one made from natural materials so that your skin can breathe. It’s also a good idea to remove any jewellery when you get into the sauna to avoid burns.
The importance of staying hydrated
Saunas encourage sweating, which is an important part of the process of detoxifying. However, you need to make sure that you replace the liquid that is being lost. That could be by having water or a sports drink – alcohol is not a good idea. Drink plenty before you get into the sauna and you may also want to consider taking a drink in with you.
How much time should you spend in an infrared sauna?
This will largely depend on how accustomed you are to the heat. It’s often a good idea to start out with short periods of time so that you can get used to the sauna feeling. Those who are more experienced can spend from 25 to 45 minutes in the sauna before taking a break. What’s important is that if you feel dizzy or lightheaded you should get out straight away.
An infrared sauna is a great way to improve health and wellbeing at home. Get in touch if you’d like to find out more about the benefits.