Comparing Traditional and Infrared Saunas
Saunas – whether traditional or infrared – are very good for your health. Both styles’ units heat up to help you shed toxins and impurities via perspiration. Additionally, both types of saunas cost about the same to run. But, what about the differences between traditional saunas and infrared saunas?
Traditional saunas (as pictured left) go back possibly as far as 5 C.E. Rocks are heated over an electric heater (originally a wood fire) in a wood-walled unit until the temperature reaches 180-200 degrees F, that is if you’re a serious sauna goer. It takes anywhere from 10-30 minutes, depending on the size of sauna and power of your heating element, to heat up the entire sauna.
Besides the sense of nostalgia, a traditional sauna allows you to pour ladles of water over the hot stones to create steam. This can be especially enjoyable when the water is infused with essential oils such as eucalyptus.
Infrared saunas use infrared light/heat to warm just you up. Infrared light molecules vibrate at the same frequency as your skin, thus more effectively warming you up to your core. This is why infrared saunas need only be heated to 140 degrees F. This also means the actual unit is not very hot, but the people inside are! While you’ll miss the hot rocks with this style of sauna, you’ll still enjoy some aromatherapy if you choose to hang an aroma holder on one of the interior walls.
For more information on saunas, feel free to look at our Finnleo Saunas page!