We often have customers wonder how infrared saunas – at lower temperatures than traditional saunas – can be so effective. The answer has everything to do with the fact that infrared light heats the body and NOT the ambient air.
Infrared light (experienced as heat) is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum with the ability to penetrate human tissue. Infrared sauna therapy uses this penetrating characteristic to heat the body directly at the core rather than simply warming the air or skin’s surface.
The Sunlighten infrared sauna experience is very similar to lying in the sun on a warm day (without the dangerous UV rays) and feeling the heat radiate to the core of your body. Infrared heat is effective at operating temps of 100°-150°F (ambient air temperature measurement). Contrast these temperatures to effective temps in a traditional (hot rock or steam) saunas which operate well in excess of 200°F.
Traditional saunas heat the air. Infrared waves heat the body directly without causing ambient air temperature to rise to stifling levels. Rather than inducing detoxification and relaxation, the high temps in a traditional sauna can make the experience unbearably hot and difficult to breathe.
Sunlighten infrared saunas have been clinically shown to increase the body’s core temperature, resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, which is where the majority of toxins reside. Because infrared heat penetrates human tissue rather than simply heating the surface of the skin, infrared saunas are seven times more effective than traditional saunas at creating a deep sweat that detoxifies the body. By raising the body’s core temperature, infrared saunas can produce a sweat composed of 20% toxins vs. only 3% toxins with a traditional sauna.