If you have decided to put in a sauna, congratulations. Your decision could boost your overall wellness in so many ways. Many sauna users experience improved sleep, boosted metabolism, rejuvenated skin, recovery from sports injuries, improved cardiovascular function, and even a stronger immune system.
So, you know that a sauna is in your future, but there remains one big question. How to choose between an infrared sauna and a steam sauna? The sauna experts at Juniper get asked this question often and we’d like to share some information that could help you make the decision that will help you decide between an infrared sauna and a steam sauna.
The Primary Difference Between an Infrared Sauna and a Steam Sauna
The main difference between an infrared sauna and a steam sauna (also known as a “traditional sauna”) is in their temperature and the method of producing heat.
How a Steam Sauna Works
A steam sauna is heated by a small stove. There are rocks on top of the stove over which one can pour water, producing steam. By this means, the humidity in the sauna can be controlled. The heat in a steam sauna is from 150-180°. The air itself is heated first, then your external body, then you experience an increase in your core temperature.
The purpose of this heat is to produce sweating which then, in turn, leads to the benefits mentioned above. Your heart rate and blood circulation will increase, your muscles will loosen up and you will feel a sense of relaxation.
Juniper carries Almost Heaven traditional barrel-shaped saunas that provide that authentic Finnish experience that many sauna aficionados say is a must. Keep in mind, however, that the temperature in a steam sauna is significantly higher than in an infrared sauna, which can be uncomfortable for some people.
How an Infrared Sauna Works
An infrared sauna emits infrared radiation, similar to what we experience from the sun. We don’t see these light waves but experience them as heat. Infrared light actually penetrates our bodies, heating us up without heating the air. Infrared energy is extremely safe and not at all like that produced by microwaves. There are no negative effects documented by the use of infrared saunas.
The heating is extremely gentle and the outside air temperature is typically around 120-140°, which is considerably lower than a steam sauna. Many people find this lower temperature much more comfortable and tolerable for a longer period of time.
Juniper carries Pro 6® Saunas, which are heated by innovative Carbon Heat Panels, which produce a softer heat that is evenly distributed throughout the sauna.
Are the Resulting Benefits Different Between an Infrared and a Steam Sauna?
The benefits between an infrared sauna and a steam sauna are equally amazing. Better sleep, relaxation, pain relief from sore muscles, clearer skin, improved circulation, and even a better mood are some reasons why people swear by regular sauna use.
Supporters of infrared saunas say that the main benefit they provide is that they heat the body from the inside out at a lower temperature than a steam sauna and are, therefore, better tolerated. In addition, there have been claims that the benefits of using infrared saunas are intensified over those from steam saunas.
However, some users prefer the classic feel of a steam sauna. Plus, the moisture from the steam is helpful for relieving cold symptoms like congestion. So if you don’t prefer dry heat, a steam sauna may be a better fit for you.
How to choose between an infrared sauna and a steam sauna? Do you want to experience the heat and steam of a traditional Scandanavian-style sauna? Or is the lower temperature and possibly intensified benefits of the infrared sauna something you are interested in? Let us know and we can help you decide.
Are you ready to add the sauna experience to your home and wellness routine? The professional staff at Juniper is on call to help you discover your ultimate sauna experience. Contact us today or visit us in Appleton.