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Expert Opinions On Portable Steam and IR Saunas

How Often Should You Use A Sauna And For How Long?

Lets first take a look at steam saunas.

Steam saunas are a wonderful thing and their health benefits are simply amazing. These saunas did not begin their life as you see them today.

Some of the first saunas were discovered dug into the hill sides or embankments. Then later log buildings were erected above ground as this provided better access.

electric-sauna-stoveThe stoves were wood burning and the rooms were coated in thick black soot. This was due to the fact there was no chimney just a hole in the roof to allow the smoke to escape.

This changed when the addition of a chimney became common. The rocks were heated on or near the stove and water was splashed or sprayed over them to create steam.

Ok, Can I Use My Portable Sauna Everyday?

The modern portable sauna like the ones here at Sauna Revolution is very similar but most have moved up to other heating methods. Due in part to wood being a bit of a fire hazard. Now we have natural gas or electric stoves. And generally only use wood in the outdoor saunas.

How often you use your sauna is a personal choice. There is nothing wrong in using your sauna several times a week. You may wish at first to take it slow using the sauna a few times a week then gradually build up to several times thus allowing your body to adjust. You can use a sauna everyday.

How long should you stay in the sauna? At first it would also be advisable to stay in the sauna about 10 minutes then take a cool shower and repeat. Increasing this procedure to 15 minutes per session up to a maximum of 30 to 45 minutes per sauna session.

When you have worked yourself up from 15 to say 30 to 45 minutes and feel comfortable with this. You can then safely do this routine up to 4 or 6 times a week, and even everyday.

Steam saunas offer some excellent health benefits. But it is always a good idea to check with a medical professional if you feel you may not be healthy enough to use one.

How Long And How Often For An Infrared Sauna?


Infrared saunas are basically new to the sauna market in comparison to steam saunas. They differ from their counterpart as they are referred to as a dry sauna because of their lack of humidity.

It is believed the far infrared technology was invented in Japan around 40 years ago. There it was used to treat patients suffering with the pain of arthritis.

Infrared therapy is also very helpful in bringing relief to people suffering muscle aches. And aids in digestive complaints and excessive body odor.

Although these saunas use a different method of heat they have seen a large surge in in popularity of late. The infrared sauna uses wavelengths of non visible and visible light spectrum to heat the body in the same way as natural sunlight.

While traditional saunas heat the air around you which then heats the surface of your skin. The infrared emits heat energy that warms your body. This can be done at a much lower temperature.

These saunas are far more comfortable to sit in and heat up at a faster rate. And offer some of most beneficial treatments for numerous health related illnesses.

How long you stay in the sauna is similar to a steam sauna but start with 15+ minutes as the infrared uses a lower temperature. Then gradually increase it to not more than 45 minutes.

After your sauna session it is always a good idea to take a cool (not cold) shower at least 10 minutes after you emerge. This gives the released toxins time to dissipate.

Infrared sauna are a great way to detoxify and are generally safe to use. But as always if you are unsure consult a medical professional.

When Is The Best Time To Use A Sauna?


The best time to use your sauna is whenever you choose. Some people prefer to use it the morning others prefer the late afternoon or evening.

It’s a personal choice but for a morning person there is nothing better than to rise early and enjoy their session before their day begins. In fact some people feel this is the best time as it leaves them feeling rejuvenated and energized ready for their day.

On the other hand late afternoon users feel after work is an excellent time as it relieves the stress of the day and they can feel the instant relief.

Late evening works really well for people with sleep related problems such as insomnia or disturbed sleep patterns due to pain.

The late evening session can help relax tight muscles, relieve pain and can help with relaxation. Thus aiding in a better more restful sleep.

Saunas can be useful for many different reasons it’s just a matter of what works for you. So any time you need a pick me up or just a relaxing quiet time then that would be the right time for a sauna.

You should definitely use your sauna at the first sign of a cold or flu. As it is believed the heat will kill certain cold and flu bacteria thus helping to shorten the length of your illness.

As well as killing bacteria the sauna will also help to clear nasal passages and help to drain clogged sinuses helping you to breath better.

As you know most of us do not sweat on a daily basis yet we know deep sweating has numerous health advantages. The use of a sauna can help your body eliminate toxins through deep sweating.

This elimination of toxins is extremely good for you as we continue to accumulate them on a daily basis.

Toxin are every where, in the air we breath, the food we eat, and the water we drink. A sauna is a great asset in aiding our bodies to rid it’s self of these toxins.

So using a sauna on a day to day basis is very good for you. Anytime you feel the need to detoxify or rejuvenate use your sauna and you will soon be on the road to good health.

2 Responses to “How Often Should You Use A Sauna And For How Long?”

  1. Byron Weiss says:

    What would be the recommended temperature for a 45 minute session with a infrared Sauna?
    Thanks Byron

    • Lester says:

      I have a Good Health sauna ( two person infrared sauna. I set it for 140, turn it on, wait 10-15 minutes (this usually heats up between 110 and 115), then I enter, with 32 ounces of ice water & sit for 40-45 minutes. I do this early in the morning. Soon after, I take cool to warm shower & start my workday. Hope that helps.

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