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Infrared Vs Traditional Sauna

Hippocrates, the father of the medicine, said ”Give me fever and I can cure every disease”. Although this statement is a hyperbole, it still explains the healing power of increased body temperature. But of course, none of us are fans of fever. Muscle aches, headaches, shivering and sweating do not sound appealing. But sauna does, doesn’t it? If you want to enjoy the health benefits of a self-induced fever, sauna is the perfect option. Sweating will clear pores, rejuvenate skin, soothe sore muscles, relieve stress, and help you lose weight.


Whether an infrared or a traditional sauna, the purpose of both is the same – to improve overall health. However, if you prefer higher temperatures and a social environment, traditional sauna is a better choice. Nothing better than relaxing (and releasing toxins out of your body) and spending time with friends at the same time. Traditional saunas create a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, plus they can fit up to 6 people. And unlike infrared saunas, traditional ones have a lower and an upper bench. If it’s too hot to sit on the upper bench all the time, simply move to the lower one where the temperature is not as high and is more pleasant.

Infrared saunas have the same benefit as traditional ones which is to relieve aches and pains, reduce stress, detoxify body and improve immune system. However, unlike traditional saunas, infrared ones are designed for people who cannot tolerate high temperatures and humidity. The temperature can reach up to 65°C, while in traditional saunas, temperatures can be as high as 90°C. Although the temperature in infrared saunas is not as high, the heat from the built-in infrared heaters penetrates deep into the body, just as sun rays.

Humidity is another key feature. The reason why people choose traditional saunas over infrared ones is the fact that both temperature and humidity can be controlled by pouring water over the rocks. This creates steam and increases the humidity level in the sauna. Infrared saunas do not work on the same principle. Actually, there is no steam in infrared saunas.

So, if you want to soothe that muscle pain, relieve stress and cleanse your skin, but don’t want to hit the spa every second day, you don’t have to anymore. Install a traditional sauna in your home. It is an expensive investment, but it does pay off in the long run. And remember, if you want to enjoy all the benefits of heath bathing, opt for a traditional sauna.