Infrared heat is very safe, unlike the heat produced by microwaves. In an infrared sauna, only 20% of the energy is used to heat the air, and the rest is used to heat the body. Radiant heat can penetrate deep into the skin, causing the body temperature to slowly rise. The temperature in the infrared sauna is adjustable, with an average temperature ranging from 100°Fahrenheit to 130°Fahrenheit.
These lower temperatures allow you to sweat faster and tolerate a longer sauna session for better healing. A typical sauna session lasts 20 to 45 minutes and can be repeated once or twice during the day to maximize benefits. Infrared saunas make you feel energized and not exhausted like a traditional sauna.
Infrared heaters heat the body in the same way that natural light heats the body. Infrared thermolight therapy uses spectral wavelengths of visible and invisible light in sunlight to properly heat the body. Traditional saunas heat the body by raising the air to very high temperatures that are difficult to reach indoors.
Some people have difficulty breathing in this extremely hot air. Infrared saunas are completely different. Infrared saunas heat the body directly instead of heating the air in the sauna. The result is a deeper penetration of the tissue. In an infrared sauna, the body sweats and gets all the health benefits while avoiding the harmful gases and extremely hot air of a traditional steam sauna.