Who doesn’t love a good sweat sesh? After a long week of stressful meetings and juggling a never-ending to-do list, it’s safe to say a 20-minute sauna session is just what the doctor ordered. But do you really know the benefits of infrared heat? We’re here to break it down for you.
What exactly is an infrared sauna?
Whereas a traditional sauna uses heat to warm the air, which in turn heats your body, an infrared sauna uses an infrared lamp to heat your body directly.
Why are infrared saunas better?
According to manufacturers, about 80 percent of the heat in an infrared sauna goes directly into your body, giving you a maximum benefit, and a more intense sweat, at a much lower temperature. This means that you can enjoy the benefits of a sauna for longer since it feels substantially less intense.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of a good infrared sweat sesh have been vast and varied from better sleep to weight loss to a glowing complexion and more. Many proponents of saunas also claim that heat helps with chronic health problems such as high blood pressure and arthritis.
Where can I find one?
One of the many benefits of living in the wellness-loving world that we live in now is that there are a plethora of options if you’re looking to book an infrared session. Some of the best and buzziest fitness franchises have begun to build infrared saunas in their studios, or you can also find them at many gyms across the country. Infrared saunas are becoming so popular that cities like NYC and LA have premier spas (like HigherDOSE) that will give you the luxe treatment. Or, once you’ve tried it and you’re completely obsessed, you can always build one in your home. Hey, it’s been done before.