Infrared Sauna 101: Everything You Need to Know

Whether you prefer to use our infrared saunas before or after your practice, you’ll feel invigorated by the experience.

Here’s everything you need to know about our infrared saunas:

How Does It Work?

Infrared heat works by penetrating joints, muscles, and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding oxygen flow. It stimulates the circulatory system, causing the heart to beat more vigorously and blood vessels to dilate, which helps cleanse the circulatory system and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells.

What Are The Benefits

An infrared sauna raises your body’s core temperature by 2-3 degrees and produces sweat consisting of nearly 20% toxins. In comparison, a traditional sauna produces sweat consisting of only 3% toxins.

  • Better Circulation and Increased Energy—The infrared energy absorbed by human cells instantly invigorates cellular activities, resulting in better blood circulation and an overall improved metabolism.
  • Maintain Cardiovascular Health—The infrared sauna increases heart rate and blood circulation as blood flow is diverted from the inner organs towards the extremities of the skin, without heightening blood pressure.
  • Speed Recovery from Injuries—Infrared heat stimulates vasodilation of peripheral blood vessels bringing oxygen to joints and extremities, speeding the healing of sprains and strains, thus relieving pain and recovery time.
  • Detoxification—The quicker metabolic rate causes extra toxic waste products to be purged from the body through the skin during perspiration. The skin is often referred to as the 3rd kidney because it is believed to be responsible for eliminating 30% of the body’s waste.
  • Skin Health—For that sought-after healthy glow, infrared heat therapy allows increased blood circulation to carry great amounts of nutrients to the skin, promoting healthy tone and texture and mild skin cleansing.

Helpful Tips & Reminders

  • Disconnect to Reconnect: Please be mindful of others. Our saunas are cell-free, scent-free, and quiet zones. 
  • Stay Hydrated: While you may not be sweating as much as you would in a traditional sauna, the slow and steady heat of the infrared sauna still causes you to expend energy (especially if you’re using the infrared sauna after your practice). Make sure you stay hydrated, bring a water bottle in with you to stay cool. 
  • Bring a Towel: Though infrared heat only raises your body temperature a few degrees, you will sweat. More toxins = more sweat.
  • Limit Your Use: It’s recommended to limit your time in the sauna to 20 minutes.

If you’re looking for additional information, visit the sauna companies websites. For details on the saunas at Downtown Flow, Northshore Elements, and Richmond Olympic Ovals infrared saunas, visit Blackstone saunas. For the sauna at Kitsilano please visit Saunacore.