This is a great testimonial if I do say so myself. Why? Because I wrote it back when I first began taking Far Infrared saunas. It still rings true today so I thought I’d share it again. I have added a few updates but, generally, I still feel confident in opinion on Far Infrared sauna therapy!
“I grew up using traditional saunas in the classic setting of a sports club/gym with old guys coming in and out. I would say that it has been over ten years since I have used a traditional sauna. Once I found out about Far Infrared saunas there was no going back. However, being the owner of a Far Infrared sauna company, I wanted to do some reconnaissance for my customers. The more educated we all are the better. So I had some extra time at the gym yesterday and I decided to use their traditional steam sauna to see what all the fuss was about. The debate between traditional versus Far Infrared saunas continues.”
“When I entered the sauna I was immediately alarmed noticing the temperature gauge. It read 185°F! I almost couldn’t believe it. Add that to the fact that I wanted to stay in for thirty minutes (I use my Far Infrared sauna for thirty minutes, so I should be fair), I had my work cut out for me.”
“A little background: I have been using my Far Infrared sauna daily for the last four years. I am in love with my sauna and Far Infrared sauna therapy in general. So, as I am sitting in the traditional sauna I am trying to relax, but I’m also trying to be aware of the differences. The very first thing that I noticed was how hard it was to breathe! The air is so hot that it actually stings your nostrils with each inhalation (I did, however, find that my sinuses were pretty clear at the end of my session). As the minutes went by I noticed that my skin was getting pretty warm, but the sweat wasn’t coming as quickly as I thought it would. I did build up a layer of sweat on my skin, but I didn’t feel that internal warmth that comes from taking a Far Infrared sauna. I simply did not sweat as profusely. This left me feeling pretty empty and unsatisfied at the end of my session.”
“The method of heat that traditional saunas use is called convection. In a sauna setting this means heating the air, which then heats your body. Plain and simple it does not produce the same amount of sweat that thermal radiation does.Far Infrared saunas work by actually charging the electrons in your body, causing thermal motion, which causes heat. Simply, your body actually absorbs the infrared through your skin and your core temperature is raised as a result. This rise in core body temperature actually lasts a few hours after your sauna session. I felt no core body temperature rise from the traditional sauna. It was very weird because at the end of my thirty minute session I was really sweating, but once I got out of the steam sauna I got the chills and was extremely nauseous. It felt like my skin’s temperature was out of line with my internal body temperature.”
“All in all I would say that I did not enjoy the traditional sauna as much as my Far Infrared sauna. Something that gets overlooked in Far Infrared saunas is the fact that you get a very efficient, passive aerobic cardiovascular exercise. Your heart really pumps during a Far Infrared sauna session. I did not experience the same elevation in heart rate while in the traditional sauna. Instead, all I got was a headache, stomach pains and thirty minutes of hearing the annoying sound of the heater crinkling and crackling as it heated the air to ungodly levels. I’ll be back in my Far Infrared sauna today.”
Years and many hundreds of Far Infrared saunas later I would still choose Far Infrared over a traditional steam sauna!