The sauna has been used for thousands of years to improve physical health as well as mental well being. The infrared sauna differs from a traditional sauna in that it uses a type of energy that is naturally occurring and is produced by a process called “direct light conversion”. It penetrates the skin on a deeper level and is believed to have improved detoxification properties.
Besides detoxification and deep tissue repair, infrared saunas are also used to treat injuries that require heat therapy. Many have used the sauna for relief of anxiety/depressive disorders, hypertension, drug addiction, circulation and breathing problems.
For therapeutic purposes, it is recommended that the infrared sauna be used twice a week.
The infrared sauna is generally tolerated well. Much more than a traditional sauna due to the lower temperatures and elimination of steam that can exacerbate respiratory conditions.