Spotlight on Near, Mid and Far Infrared Sauna

At Sunlighten Saunas, we get a number of great questions from our customers about infrared heat. Today, we would like to share some of our extensive research about infrared heat, and the differences between Near, Mid and Far Infrared.


What Is Infrared?

To begin with, infrared heat is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum, which has the ability to gently and comfortably penetrate human tissue to produce a host of health benefits. Naturally occurring from the sun, it is the basis for all Sunlighten™ saunas.

Unlike traditional saunas, infrared heat is effective at a more comfortable operating temperature than traditional saunas (100°-150°F for infrared vs. 200°F for a traditional sauna). By penetrating human tissue, infrared heat has been found seven times more effective than traditional saunas at detoxifying the body.

Because of the proven benefits of the full infrared spectrum of heat, Sunlighten has done extensive research to ultimately develop what became our Solocarbon® Full Spectrum saunas. This unique patented technology provides near, mid and far infrared at optimal wavelengths based on 56 clinical studies.

What Is the Difference between Near, Mid and Far Infrared?

In a nutshell, the various infrared wavelengths precisely target health goals by offering a wide range of benefits. As you can see in the chart (below), Near, Mid and Far Infrared each provides its own special benefits:

Near Infrared Benefits Mid Infrared Benefits Far Infrared Benefits

Near Infrared

Near-infrared waves have a shorter frequency range and penetrate the epidermis layer of the skin. This effect makes it a safe and optimal choice for skin rejuvenation, wound healing and skin health.

Near infrared technology used in Sunlighten Infrared Saunas is similar to the infrared used in cosmetic and healing devices. The LED technology we use allows our heaters to produce consistent near infrared without extreme heat or light, making it a safe option for near infrared use.

Mid Infrared

Because mid-infrared wavelengths penetrate deeper into the body, they are beneficial for increasing circulation. So much so that mid infrared therapy mirrors the benefits of a passive cardiovascular workout! Regular mid infrared sauna therapy has been shown to significantly stimulate blood flow – its effects continuing on even after the sauna session is completed.

Far Infrared

Because far infrared sauna therapy heats the body directly rather than simply warming the air, it raises the core body temperature and produces a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where most toxins reside. Far infrared also aids in blood pressure reduction & weight loss, burning up to 600 calories in one 40-minute session!
We are so proud of our clinically-backed saunas, which offer the full healing powers of Near, Mid and Far Infrared heat. If you would like to learn more about the health benefits of infrared heat, connect with us directly at 877-292-0020. Our knowledgeable Customer Service team looks forward to sharing what we know!

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