Friday, May 4, 2007

Comparing Infrared to Traditional Sauna as exact as Hamburger to Lobster grills!

Some days ago I visited a great sauna cabin mfrs. get-together. It’s not a problem that a lot of sauna cabin are made in China. They are all built of Siberian wood. The Chinese can make a chip and good saunas for the whole world. Where are exactly Russians and Finns in that market? But it’s a problem that a lot of these specialists seriously talked about the replacement of traditional Finnish sauna with Infrared. It is a trouble for me as I am a hard style bath procedure (sauna or Russian banya) admirer. And what is more, it’s a trouble for credulous people who can gaily use Infrared cabin more and more.
And what do Infrared sauna addicts think about? Far-infrared radiant (FIR) heat is a completely safe form of naturally occurring energy that heats objects by a process called direct light conversion. Radiant heat is also called infrared heat or infrared energy. Direct light conversion warms only the object and does not raise the temperature of the surrounding free air.
This type of energy travels 2-3" deep into the body and is thought by some to increase circulation and nourish damaged tissue. The sun is the primary source of radiant energy, but not all of this energy is beneficial.
Although life needs energy from the sun, too much sunlight damages the skin. FIR heat provides many of the health benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation. Holy shit! Everything is always great for these guys. You can ask what wrong? It’s a great PR for good money. Yes, great PR but at the expense of our health and our money!
I wrote about the long millennial history of bath procedures as Finn sauna, Turkish Hamam and Russian Banya. Their healing power was examined by generations of million bath fans. Everything was OK except excessive drinking ‘vodka’ during bath procedures in some North places!
By the way infrared ‘sauna’ health power does not have a long history. Except microwave heater, but I don’t want to be a broiled chicken!
There was not any science research about the lasting effect of FIR heat. There are only advertisements such as: It's a partly cloudy day and you are outside and it feels cool. All of a sudden the clouds move out of the way of the sun and a rush of warmth comes over you. This warm feeling is the far infrared band of sunlight warming your body. What a Paradise place is this Infrared cabin!
New Far Infrared saunas are gaining popularity. It will probably cost a little more to run a Far Infrared sauna versus a rock sauna. In terms of which does a better job of getting those nasty toxins out of your body through sweat, it's a toss up. Any Infrared sauna will reach temps around 110-130 degrees F while a rock sauna can get up to 140-190 degrees F. The heater in a rock sauna will take about 1/2 hour to heat up while the heaters in a Far Infrared warm-up in 20-30 minutes time. Research both types online and sees which features or benefits most interest you.
And it’s a trouble as bath procedure with Infrared sauna becomes easy. It’s more accessible to have sauna after only 20 minutes of heating. It’s more comfortable to have easy breath and to change a strong procedure with easy pleasure. Traditional steam saunas raise the temperature of the air to a very high level within the chamber to warm the body. Some people have difficulties with breathing in this extremely warm air. FIR saunas work differently. Instead of heating the air within the enclosure, FIR saunas heat the body directly. The result is a lower power bill and deeper tissue penetration. In the FIR sauna, the body perspires and receives all of the healthy benefits but avoids the harmful and extremely hot air of a traditional steam sauna. But has anybody heard about somebody who takes Finn sauna every day? It’s good to visit sauna one or two times a week.
What about Russian banya, it’s so hard to have it more even for Valuev. But infrared simplicity can provoke to take it frequently. Yet it’s a trouble!
I’m not furiously against the Infrared ‘sauna’. I don’t like the idea of replacing traditional bath procedures by the ‘bubble gum’ sauna. There is Finnish Sauna, there is Russian banya, and there is Turkish Hamam. Tastes differ! Let them all exist freely and equally. And now we have this infrared device.
Infrared ‘sauna’ has some abilities to penetrate, refract, radiate and reflect. The thermal effect within the deep layers of the tissues causes blood vessels and capillaries to dilate, promoting a better blood circulation, and the heat produced in this way helps get rid of body toxins and metabolic wastes through sweating. It’s not bad. It’s not good. It’s different from the traditional ways. The number of Infrared lovers increases, however bath lover are royal.
Here is my remark concerning the advertisements and infrared sauna addicts. Let them go to Istanbul and try to convince the Turkish to change their Hamam into Infrared!


Rafał Gadomski said...

Very interesting article. I haven't tried ever yet the infrared Chinese sauna, but I'm not sure if I would like to change my traditional winter sauna pleasures into being a bowl of a cool Wan-ton soup...

fototramp said...

I agree, this is a little dangerous... such as a chicken in the Microwave

Violet said...

What is the reason of going in Finnish Sauna after you work out? It seems like you are just losing water weight and dehydrating yourself.

fototramp said...

To Violet
People have two types of fluid inside the body. The good one is the one you need to live, the water you drink everyday. The bad one is the sweat that you get when you exercise. Sweat is supposedly heat. Therefore, sweating a lot will never dehydrate someone as long as he/she drinks water to get rid of thirst. As for sauna, not only does it let the bad fluid out of the body, it also increases metabolism and pulse rates, your blood vessels become much more flexible, and your extremities benefit from increased circulation. Sauna is good, unless you cannot handle the heat.

Anonymous said...

I think that sauna’s health benefits are minimal, sometimes it can help weight reduction as it helps you loose sweat, and this cleanse the skins pores.

Simply Steamy said...

It's a relief to see someone else concerned with the safety of infrared saunas.

I simply can't believe some of the claims the infrared sauna manufacturer's are making, like losing 600-900 calories from a 30 minute session. Weight loss claims for any type of sauna are just hype. Your body just loses water, and it’s dangerous to lose weight through dehydration. See what a real doctor says about it.

I've also seen some bloggers stating that infrared saunas are smaller and therefore easier to use and install than a traditional sauna. This is simply not true.

You can buy a traditional Prebuilt Sauna that requires no special tools or skills to install. These saunas are completely freestanding, and since they are as easy to disassemble as they are to assemble you can even take it with you when you move. These traditional saunas require no more space than the infrared saunas, and give the sauna bather all the health benefits associated with traditional saunas.

Again, thank you for your blog, it's nice to see someone who feels the same way I do.

Aji said...

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fototramp said...

To Aji
Thanks for your comment, however, in my opinion it's better to visit a sauna after reading my blog.

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