The supposed benefits of using an infrared sauna are similar to those experienced with a traditional sauna. These include:
- better sleep
- weight loss
- relief from sore muscles
- relief from joint pain such as arthritis
- clear and tighter skin
- improved circulation
- help for people with chronic fatigue syndrome
People have been using saunas for centuries for all sorts of health conditions. While there are several studies and research on traditional saunas, there aren’t as many studies that look specifically at infrared saunas found that people with chronic fatigue syndrome
benefited from using an infrared sauna as part of an overall treatment.
- Another 10-person study found that infrared saunas helped decrease muscle soreness and increase
recovery from strength-training sessions.
- According to one review, several studies have found that infrared light therapy saunas may
help reduce blood pressure.
The lack of solid evidence and wide-spread studies about the possible benefits of infrared saunas leaves the consumer (you) to sort through the claims made by the companies who provide this service.
Similarly, there are no reports of negative effects so far, beyond the cautions about any sauna experience. These include the possibilities of overheating, dehydrating, and interference with medication, as well as the potential dangers for those who are pregnant, have heart disease, or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, among others.
The good news: Even if your sweat session doesn’t do all of the things it claims to do, at least it still feels good. Plus, it contributes to your overall health and well-being by helping you relax, loosening up stiff or tight muscles, reducing joint pain, and giving you some much needed time to yourself.