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5 Common Misconceptions About Infrared Sauna Therapy

By HighKey Balance

November 17, 2022

Are you interested in infrared sauna therapy but have heard some conflicting statements about the practice?

There are many misconceptions going around about infrared sauna therapy and the benefits it has for your health. It’s time to debunk the myths so you can discover the truth behind this form of natural healing. Read on to learn about infrared sauna therapy and how it benefits you.

What is Infrared Sauna Therapy?

Infrared sauna therapy is a type of healing therapy a user experiences when they sit in infrared saunas. These saunas emit light, not heat, absorbed by your skin and penetrate deep into the body's tissues.

Individuals undergoing infrared sauna therapy will sit in a room similar to a traditional sauna. They will find, however, that the infrared sauna is less hot and more comfortable to sit in.

Common Misconceptions About Infrared Sauna Therapy

1. Infrared Saunas are Bad for the Skin

Infrared saunas are one of the best things for your skin. Infrared saunas induce sweating, encouraging your body to eliminate harmful toxins from the bloodstream. This process also purges excess dirt and grime from your pores, creating a clearer complexion.

2. Infrared Saunas Emit UV Rays

IInfrared saunas emit an invisible and safe type of radiation that does not damage your cells. As a result, you cannot get skin cancer or other cell mutations from infrared saunas. In fact, infrared saunas have been shown to help cancer patients as they undergo treatment.

3. Infrared Saunas Don’t Help Your Body

Numerous studies have shown that infrared saunas help reduce muscle and joint pain, which can speed up the recovery rate after a workout or performance. They also help burn weight faster as they increase your metabolic rate!

Infrared saunas also help your body purge toxins like cadmium, lead, and aluminum that your tissues accumulate as you go about your life.

4. Infrared Saunas Cause Dehydration

Infrared saunas are not meant to be used for an extended period of time. When using an infrared sauna only for 15-30 minutes as directed, you should not experience any form of exhaustion or dehydration.

If you use an infrared sauna for longer than advised, however, they cause you to sweat, so you will want to drink extra fluids during and after use.

5. Infrared Saunas are Uncomfortably Hot

While regular saunas are hot, between 150°F-180°F, infrared saunas are meant to warm your body without warming the air around your body. Therefore, the heat in an infrared sauna will only feel as if it is about 120°F. This is much more comfortable for the user, and many sauna users have switched to using the infrared sauna because of its lower temperature.

Ready to Start Infrared Sauna Therapy?

Whether you are an athlete or are simply looking to improve your overall health, using an infrared sauna can help you meet your health and wellness goals. Not sure if it’s right for you? Book a 15-minute consultation with one of our therapists to learn more.

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