Your Complete Guide to Saunas
The many health benefits, and a complete guide to what to look for when buying a sauna.
Other things to remember when buying a far infrared sauna
The Micron Range
Your body absorbs infrared optimally at about 9.4 microns. This stimulates your lymphatic, immune and cardiovascular systems. 9.4 is also the frequency at which a water molecule resonates or vibrates. This vibration of the water in our cells causes a release of cellular toxins such as mercury, aluminum, cholesterol and other toxic gases such as sulfur and formaldehyde. This optimal micron output also allows for deeper penetration of far infrared heat, which improves pain relief, detoxification, circulation, and increased peripheral blood flow.
Is it plug-and-play?
If you’re in the USA, look for saunas that are 110 or 120 volts / 15 amps or less (they’ll plug into any outlet, just like any appliance would) to avoid a potentially costly wall-socket upgrade to 220V / 20 amps. (Some saunas are 220V which means they’ll only plug into the 220V socket you have in your kitchen, otherwise you’ll need an electrician to specially wire an outlet for it.)
Is glue or chemicals used?
There is no safe/non-toxic glue. Look for a sauna that has untreated wood on the inside, and does not use any glue.
This is an alternative healing method using colored LED lights which impact specific organs, body systems & Chi energy centers. Chromotherapy, benefits are well documented and include enhanced relaxation, energy balance, improved healing and emotional well being. It is a centuries-old concept used successfully over the years to cure various diseases. Read more about Chromotherapy here.
AVOID: Oxygen Ionizers
These come with some saunas, but should be avoided, as all ionizers can create ozone (some emit more than others). Some people mistake ozone’s sweet smell for a sign of cleaner air, but it is actually super toxic and kills your cells and lung tissue. More about this technology.
AVOID: Magnetic Therapy
Magnetic field therapy research is a controversial arena of study because many experts are at odds over what is considered to be safe. Studies on how well magnetic therapy works have been mixed, and the safety of this therapy has not been proven.
Low quality far infrared saunas will have:
- High EMF ratings with unsafe limits (anything over 5mg)
- Micron ratings that span above 11 or 12
- 80-90% emissivity rating
- Ceramic heaters, weak or mixed-material carbon heaters, fiberglass panels with carbon fiber sprayed on, or ‘carbon panel heaters’ that are made of a plastic sheet with a paint-thin coating of carbon
- Wood treated with chemicals, or glued together (which creates toxic VOC’s in the air when heated using infrared)
The cheapest saunas are often made with inferior wood which may warp over time, may contain glue (which is toxic and, for obvious reasons, is not the best thing to inhale if you’re aiming to detox), may not have a safe electrical system, etc.
High quality far infrared saunas will have:
- Zero/very low EMF ratings
- A high percentage of microns at 9.4
- 97-99% emissivity rating
- Front carbon heaters as well as, back, sides, feet and calves (front of the bench)
- 100% organic nano-carbon heaters (that are 0% plastic or metal)
- Thick wood that has not been treated, and is not glued together
Bottom line: Make sure the company stands by their product, preferably with a lifetime warranty and nationally recognized safety certification.