Saunas are a pretty common part of any gym in any metropolitan area in the world. Heat helps muscles repair and relax—which is nice after a gruesomely brutal workout. There are also a lot of numerous psychological benefits to, as they say it, letting off some steam…
However, there are different kinds of saunas – particularly, the traditional steam ones and the more modern infrared ones. And you might be wondering… which of them is better than the other? Surely, there has to be a superior way to have a sauna experience!
Well, in this article, you’re going to decide for yourself. This article is just going to point out the facts of both kinds and you can see which would suite your needs the best!
#1 Is It Getting Hot in Here?
The primary defining factor of any sauna is its ability to generate and maintain heat. A more traditional steam sauna that involves the typical rocks and water that can really make anyone sweat as, inside, the temperature can get up to 85C (185F).
An infrared sauna, however, usually reaches only 65.5C (150F). Now, even though it might not get as hot at a steam sauna, because of the technology involved, it has been proven that infrared saunas can make you sweat more since they are able to penetrate deeper into the body.
#2 Oh, The Humidity!
Humidity is when there is a lot of water in the air present. Therefore, naturally, steam saunas have 100% more humidity than infrared saunas. Each sauna has its own sets of pros and cons, of course.
Steam does a lot of good for the body. You know that old natural remedy that steam can help clear sinuses whenever you have a cold? It can also open up your pores and let in moisture from the steam, which would be good for your skin.
The downside to humidity comes in the form of bacteria. The temperature and abundance of moisture makes steam saunas great breeding grounds for bacteria, which means it’s a little bit more difficult to clean, out of necessity. Also, some people may find the air too thick in steam saunas and therefore have a preference for drier saunas.
#3 And Then There’s Sustainability
It is, of course, only right to speak on things like ecological footprints, regarding any product or service. It is important to be a mindful and intelligent consumer, given the current state of the ever-changing world.
Traditional saunas that use steam are often larger in size, compared to infrared ones. This means that it requires quite a lot more energy to keep the room at a manageable temperature. Because of this, it is often noted that steam saunas can be nearly up to three times as expensive as infrared saunas.
Did you know that we have a new, top-of-the-line infrared sauna in our clinic? It’s all part of our dedication to health and wellness. Call us at 702-445-787 and ask about our sauna treatments!