Types of Saunas

Wet Traditional Sauna VS Dry Traditional Sauna

Wet and dry saunas are basically the same thing. A Sauna can be used wet or dry. “Wet” sauna refers to the practice of adding water over the hot stones of your sauna heater. If water cannot be poured over hot stones it is not a true Sauna. The Sauna bather controls the humidity in the room by the amount of water used. Water can create a more relaxing atmosphere and it aids in perspiration and deep cleansing of the pores. Although use of water is the most popular, some like to use the Sauna without any water at all for a very dry climate (humidity level 10-15%). Sauna heat and humidity are flexible so it is up to the bather as to how they want to use the Sauna to suit their needs.

While many people consider wet saunas and infrared saunas to be similar products, they are actually quite different. The dictionary defines a sauna as, “a bath that uses dry heat to induce perspiration, and in which steam is produced by pouring water on heated stones.” By definition, an infrared “sauna” is not a sauna at all, but a therapy room. It does not use water, does not get exceptionally hot, and does not generate steam.

A wet sauna is a room constructed of softwood with a single heater – typically electric – that is capable of reaching temperatures of about 190 degrees Fahrenheit. The high temperature produces a very dry environment with extremely low humidity. You can tolerate the heat because the soft wood does not get hot and the dry air is void of moisture. When you sprinkle water over the rocks located in the heating unit, it creates a burst of steam, which creates moisture, therefore the name, “wet” sauna. The burst of steam also causes a rush of super-hot air, momentarily creating an exceptionally hot environment.

Traditional Sauna VS Infrared

An infrared sauna is also a room constructed of softwood but has 4-7 electric heating panels surrounding the user(s). The temperature will generally not exceed 135 degrees Fahrenheit and no water is used. Instead, the user positions in front of one or more of the heating panels so that the heat is focused on a specific area(s) of the body. The infrared heat penetrates the body at the point of contact.

What are the health benefits of Traditional Sauna?
  • Elevated heart rate due to increased body temperature
  • Weight loss and caloric burn due to increased metabolism
  • Release of fat-soluble toxins and toxic chemicals
  • Respiratory relief due to hot, moist air generated by steam
  • Enhanced blood flow leading to improved circulation
  • Endorphin release due to increased heart rate
  • Enhanced skin tone due to the opening of pores
  • Cellulite reduction through weight loss
  • Cardiovascular conditioning due to increased heart rate
  • Enhanced immune system due to increased body temperature
What are the health benefits of Infrared?
  • Relief for specific sore muscles and joints
  • Targeted relief for the effects of arthritis
  • Heat therapy without high temperatures
  • Tension relief by heating stiff muscles
  • Assist in healing of sports and other injuries

The type you choose is a matter of personal preference and what you want your sauna to do for you. Operational costs on either type of sauna are very low. Since sauna heaters draw very little power, and since they are not running all the time the overall cost is negligible. Most users report little or no noticeable effect on their electric bills when using the sauna 3 or 4 times per week for 30-45 minutes per session.

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