If you are considering installing a sauna in your home (as many people are these days), you might want to consider a carbon fiber infrared sauna over the traditional variety. While the experience of an infrared sauna is slightly different than that of a traditional sauna, the potential health benefits are magnified when you use infrared technology.


The ultimate goal with any sauna is effectively the same: to raise body temperature and induce perspiration. The difference between traditional and infrared saunas is essentially how this is accomplished. In the conventional saunas most people are accustomed to using, the idea is to heat the air in the room, usually through a central source. In earlier days, this was primarily done with a wood burning stove; nowadays, many home units use an electrical heater. Saunas can be “dry” or “wet”, with humidity increased by pouring water over the heated rocks in the sauna. With a carbon fiber infrared sauna, the heating is accomplished through infrared light rays generated by carbon fibers that line the walls of the sauna. Infrared rays, however, do not simply the air; they directly warm your skin, not unlike the sun’s rays, but without the damaging UV rays. Thus, the air inside an infrared sauna does not get as warm as that of a traditional sauna, but the perspiration effect is about the same or greater. Many people find this to be a much more relaxing experience. Another notable difference between infrared and traditional saunas is that the health benefits associated with sauna use are even greater with infrared rays. The skin cells are warmed at a deeper level, allowing for increased blood flow, beneficial increased heart rate, overall lower blood pressure, and the release of more toxins from the body than simply perspiring in heated air. The calorie burning benefits assisting in weight loss regimens is also enhanced; a session inside an infrared sauna can help your body burn as many as 600 calories.


In researching infrared saunas, you will generally find two different kinds of heating elements: carbon fiber panels and ceramic panels. These two varieties essentially accomplish the same thing; the primary difference is in durability and efficiency. While the carbon fibers can be more expensive, they are able to regulate heat throughout the unit more efficiently than older ceramic panels. Additionally, ceramic elements are more fragile and can be more easily broken during transport, while carbon fiber elements are more durable. Thus, both for the long term health benefits as well as reliability, more and more people are choosing to go with a carbon fiber infrared sauna.