Infrared sauna also called infrared therapy or Waon therapy uses infrared heaters to emit infrared light experienced as radiant heat which is absorbed by the surface of the skin. Saunas heat the body primarily by conduction and convection from the heated air and by radiation of the heated surfaces in the sauna room. Because of this, infrared therapy is not considered a sauna by Finnish sauna societies. Nevertheless, "Infrared Sauna" and "Infrared Therapy" are respectively a methodology and a terminology in the application of the infrared electromagnetic field spectrum to the human body.
Infrared Sauna Benefits
The supposed benefits of using an infrared sauna are similar to those experienced with a traditional sauna. These include:
Relief from sore muscles
Relief from joint pain such as arthritis
What are the dangers of an infrared sauna?
Overheating and Dehydration if you overdo it
Contraindicated for people with heart disease
There is a potential for it to worsen Eczema due to increased sweating during a session
Special consideration is required is you have silicone implants
How often can you use an infrared sauna?
Infrared saunas heat to their maximum over a 20-30 minute session. A sauna can be used more than once a week. Home saunas are safe to use four to five times per week in shorter sessions of no more than 20 minutes.