Infrared Sauna Vs. Infrared Body Wrap; What’s the Difference?

May 9, 2017

 Many clients who visit iSWEAT LODGE in La Jolla have experienced or are familiar with infrared saunas.  They want to know the difference between infrared heat saunas and infrared heat body wraps at iSWEAT LODGE.


The simple answer is: the heat source.  The heating elements of infrared saunas come from near infrared heat, while the heat source from a body wrap comes from far infrared heat.


According to Wikipedia Infrared radiation is popularly known as “heat radiation”, but light and electromagnetic waves of any frequency will heat surfaces and absorb them.  Infrared light from the Sun accounts for 49% of the heating of Earth, with the rest being caused by visible light that is absorbed then re-radiated at longer wavelengths.


Infrared rays produce energy, also known as radiant heat, the natural light spectrum of sunlight, minus the harmful and skin damaging ultraviolet rays.  These infrared waves of energy penetrate the surface of the skin and gently elevate the body’s temperature to a minimum of 107.6 Fahrenheit.


Why Infrared Heat Therapy?

The naturally occurring infrared “warm energy”, produced by the human body constantly fluctuates.  When the level is high, we feel healthier and better equipped to deal with physical challenges.  When the infrared level begins to decline, we can age quicker and become more prone to illness.


Infrared heat is completely healthy and safe for all living things. Being exposed to higher levels of infrared heat can increase metabolism and blood circulation.  It raises core body temperature, which causes similar reactions to moderate exercise, such as sweating and increased heart rate.



Read: The history of infrared




Sauna = Near Infrared Heat


Near infrared light sits on the spectrum of natural sunlight, which represents half of the suns total energy.  This is also referred to as the near infrared (NIR) spectrum.  Humans are biologically wired to use near infrared energy from the sun, much like sunlight is needed to produce vitamin D.


Typically, near infrared saunas use heat lamps to generate near infrared light. The combination of NIR light waves with the heated lamps will induce sweat and eliminate toxins.




iSWEAT LODGE Body Wraps  = Far Infrared Heat


Far infrared heat therapy is similar to near infrared but differs

in terms of wavelength. Far infrared rays (FIR) are the invisible

rays of natural sunlight with the longest wavelength.  FIR is an

energy that heats the body, raising core body temperature

producing sweating normally only seen with tradition dry saunas.

The heat emitted from far infrared rays does not contain vitamin D,

but they also do not contain harmful ultra violet rays.




Benefits of iSWEAT LODGE Far Infrared Body Wraps vs. Near Infrared Saunas:


  • Eliminates Toxins: Far infrared therapy can detoxify the body as much as seven times more effectively than near infrared saunas because they produce heavy natural sweating that moves harmful elements out of the body quickly and mobilizes toxins by inducing a fat-based sweat.


  • Stress Relief: Both saunas and infrared wraps promote relaxation by balancing the body’s level of cortisol. The far infrared heat help muscles to relax and loosen, since the far infrared wavelengths mimic the body’s own emissions and impart a sense of rejuvenation.


  • Weight Loss: Sweating burns calories. Both near infrared saunas and infrared heat body wraps raise core body temperature to help burn calories.  However, far infrared heat body wraps stimulate metabolism, lower cortisol levels and slightly raise HGH to help with overall weight loss.


  • Skin Rejuvenation: Infrared heat therapy rejuvenates skin by improving the body’s circulation and eliminates toxins from the pores of the skin. When you sweat from the infrared heat body wrap, you’re allowing your body to flush out all the impurities that are embedded in the dermal layer – from pollutants and dirt to makeup and chemical residue. Your pores must open fully to allow the sweating to take place, which carries impurities and dead skin cells away and leaves your skin renewed.


Read: The Benefits of Infrared Heat Body Wraps


Do you want to experience the difference of near infrared heat saunas vs infrared heat body wraps?

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