Difference between an infrared cabin and a sauna

Cosy relaxation or uncomfortable waiting for salvation - the climate in the sauna cabin brings the difference to light. The temperature and humidity are decisive. Not every sauna-goer feels comfortable in a sultry sauna, but perhaps prefers a dry atmosphere in more pleasant temperatures. No wonder, then, that there are so many different types of sauna in the world. Sauna lovers will probably find the most serious differences when comparing the various types of sauna such as Finnish sauna, bio sa una or steam bath with the modern infrared cabins.

Different techniques have different effects

While the air in the sauna has to be heated up to the desired temperature by a sauna stove and therefore needs a longer lead time, an infrared cabin is ready for use after a very short time. Unlike in the sauna, the ambient air is not heated here, but the infrared rays heat the body directly. The infrared rays hit the skin of the sauna user directly. The body absorbs the rays and the molecules are set into vibration. Deep heat is thus generated directly in the subcutaneous tissue, which is responsible for healthy sweating. While in the sauna the heat in the cabin is responsible for sweating, the effect of the infrared rays achieves sweating from within, which is very similar to sweating during sports.

Influence on health and well-being

Regular sauna sessions in the Finnish sauna have a strengthening effect on the immune system due to the alternation of hot and cold and train the circulation. The metabolism is boosted and blood circulation stimulated. The intense sweating cleanses the skin and flushes harmful substances out of the body. The heat also loosens the muscles and stretches the tendons.

However, athletes in particular prefer a visit to the infrared cabin to get rid of sore muscles or to loosen up the muscles. The depth effect of the infrared rays, which penetrate 80 % of the body, ensures healthy sweating as occurs naturally during heavy physical activity or sport. This stimulates the blood circulation and accelerates the purification of the body. The optimal supply of oxygen during the sweating process increases the energy balance, joint irritations are relieved and muscle tensions are eased.

Different climates

The first thing you notice is that the temperature and humidity in a traditional Finnish sauna are very different from those in an infrared cabin. While the Finnish sauna has a room climate of 80 to 100 degrees Celsius and a certain humidity, the infrared cabin is much cooler with a pleasant 45 to 60 degrees and low humidity. In addition, the climatic conditions in the infrared cabin remain constant, whereas in the Finnish sauna, especially due to the sauna infusion, strong fluctuations are caused, which are not to everyone's liking.

Preparations for use

The big difference in the preparations is actually only in the heating up of the cabin. The Finnish sauna needs a lot longer to reach the right temperature, because the sauna heater has to preheat first. You switch on the infrared cabin and after about 15 minutes you are ready to go. Otherwise, before each sauna session, no matter whether it is a classic sauna or an infrared cabin, you should take an extensive shower and dry off thoroughly, not only for hygienic reasons. This removes the greasy film from the skin and prepares it for healthy sweating.

The rituals of the cabin visit

In the sauna, find your place either on the top bench, where it is hottest, or one floor below. The sauna session should last between 8 and 15 minutes and is often accompanied by an infusion that briefly increases the humidity. Afterwards, the cooling phase begins with a walk in the fresh air, the following cold shower and a jump into the ice-cold plunge pool. This is followed by a resting phase in which the sauna lover should completely relax until the next sauna session begins. As a rule, three sauna sessions are completed per sauna visit.

The infrared cabin is a little simpler. Since the infrared rays hit the body evenly throughout the cabin, it is relatively unimportant where you take your seat. The motto is "lie down and feel good". The length of the sauna sessions also varies enormously. A session in the infrared cabin can last up to 30 minutes without causing any health problems. Afterwards, of course, you should cool down, as you would after any classic sauna session, and a relaxing rest period has certainly never done anyone any harm. However, you can really relax and unwind in both cabins, regardless of whether it is a classic sauna or an infrared cabin.

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