If you’re a wellness lover like us, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about infrared sauna treatments. Or, more realistically, you’ve probably seen images of them grace your Instagram feed. While models and everyday folks are getting in on the sweaty trend, you might be wondering whether or not these saunas are actually worth the hype. And hey, you’re not alone. As with any highly touted treatment, it’s sensible to consider whether or not the oft-posted-about benefits are actually real or just a figment of an influencer’s paid-for reality.

To help you sort through the infrared narrative, we chatted with two of the leading ladies behind a couple of the industry’s top infrared offerers: Katie Kaps, cofounder and co-CEO of HigherDOSE, and Chillhouse founder and CEO Cyndi Ramirez.

What Is an Infrared Sauna?

An infrared sauna is a wooden box equipped with infrared heaters that are designed to detoxify and heal the body, boost mood, and more. Unlike traditional saunas that feature steam or dry heat to warm a room, infrared saunas use infrared heat lamps in confined spaces to raise body temperature directly. . . .

Benefits of an Infrared Sauna

Benefits of Infrared Saunas

• Detoxifies

• Promotes circulation

• Relieves pain

• Boosts mood

Because infrared heat penetrates human tissue versus simply heating the surface of the skin, Kaps says infrared saunas are seven times more effective than traditional saunas at detoxifying the body. “By raising the body’s core temperature, infrared saunas can produce a sweat composed of 20 percent toxins versus only 3 percent toxins with a traditional sauna,” she says. . . . (Read More)

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