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What Are Infrared Saunas?

Apr 20, 2021
What Are Infrared Saunas?

Considering getting a sauna and want to know what are infrared saunas and how they differ from traditional saunas? Read on! Below is information on how infrared saunas work and what infrared saunas are good for. 

FoundSpace are Australia’s longest-running infrared sauna company so we know a thing or two about infrared saunas and their many benefits! We have been supplying top quality saunas and customer service to Australians since 2008. We are passionate about helping our customers achieve better health & wellness through incorporating saunas into their everyday lives. Here is information on how do infrared saunas work and what infrared saunas are good for:

What are Infrared Saunas and How Do Infrared Saunas Work?

What infrared saunas are, are saunas that use infrared light (safe wavelength of light or energy) to generate heat as opposed to using steam or hot rocks like traditional saunas. How infrared saunas work is that they heat the body directly which creates a cardiovascular workout on the body whilst removing heavy metals and toxins. 

Indoor infrared sauna

What Are Infrared Saunas Good For?

There are many fantastic health & wellness benefits of using infrared saunas. Some of the benefits that infrared saunas are good for include:

  • Infrared saunas can help reduce pain and inflammation 
  • They can improve cardiovascular health by boosting circulation 
  • They can help improve sleep by activating the parasympathetic nervous system which is known to help calm and relax
  • Infrared saunas can aid weight loss
  • They can help with muscle recovery 

Infrared saunas also heat the body at a lower, much more comfortable temperature than traditional saunas which is just one of the reasons why they are so popular. 

Sound good?! Our infrared saunas are also conveniently sized so can fit in most homes. Take the first step to improving your health & wellbeing and view our infrared sauna range.


Traditional Saunas

To begin with, a brief explanation on traditional saunas: they've been around for about 2000 years and the basic principle of providing a heat source within an enclosed area which heats up rocks, then water is normally applied to create steam and hot air. This hot air comes in contact with your skin, penetration 5-10mm, heating your body up and creating sweat, an increase in heart rate and circulation. Typically a session would last for 5-10 minutes followed by a cold shower or even a roll in the snow! This is repeated 2 - 3 times. The operating temperatures are very high (85 degrees Celsius Plus) and about 20% of the energy created goes towards heating you up.

Infrared Heat

Infrared saunas use a heat source to selectively emit the most healthy wavelengths from the sun’s energy spectrum, normally referred to as “far infrared”(FIR). The body absorbs FIR or healthy light (energy) to a depth of 45mm creating a deep, penetrating heat. Up to 80% of the energy created goes towards heating you up. Operating temperatures are typically 45-55 degrees Celsius allowing for extended more comfortable sessions.


What about sweating? In a traditional sauna most of your sweat is a surface sweat bought on by the intense temperature, just like you would sweat on a hot day. Although you will remove some toxins from your system, most of the sweat is water and sodium. A far infrared sauna will help remove harmful toxins safely, from deep within the body. Approximately 20% of the sweat induced by the far infrared sauna will be toxins. You may sweat 2-3 times more.


Infrared saunas are also more accessible. They can usually be used by people that have conditions such as high blood pressure that may prevent them from using traditional saunas. They normally run off a household power point, can be placed anywhere in the house (think of it like a piece of furniture that plugs in), they require little or no maintenance and often come with extras to enhance your experience, such as a music player, light therapy, oxygen ioniser or aromatherapy system.

Health Benefits

There have been many studies on FIR saunas that have shown improvements with some of the following conditions; back, neck and muscle pain, Rheumatism, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Diabetes, inflammation... the list goes on. For more information of the benefits click here.

A FIR is the sauna of the 21st century, some may say it has revolutionised the health benefits like modern aircraft has for the way we travel great distances!

Enquire About Infrared Saunas Today

Call 1800 045 268 to speak to the Infrared Sauna experts about how do infrared saunas work and what infrared saunas are good for. Alternatively, fill out our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


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