Infrared saunas warm the body instead of heating the surrounding air. Traditional steam saunas heat the air and require temperatures ranging from 150-200 degrees Fahrenheit to promote perspiration, whereas a heat range of 110-140 degrees in an infrared sauna produces the same results.
The softer heat of an infrared sauna also penetrates deeper into the skin – as much as 1 ½ inches – and draws out more toxins than a steam sauna. Sweat from a traditional sauna is up to 97% water, while the sweat released in an infrared sauna was only 80-85% water. The remaining 15-20% was comprised of heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia, uric acid and fat-soluble toxins.
The deep penetration of infrared heat activates and releases debris from the subcutaneous fat just beneath the skin. It also allows the body to gradually free stored toxins from organs and tissues, which eventually make their way to the fat tissue under the skin, finally to be purged through perspiration. Some additional benefits of infrared heat include pain relief, increased mental clarity, weight loss, better skin tone and increased energy.
At Massage Bliss we use the LuxSuana line of Infrared Saunas.