Is an infrared sauna suitable for anybody?

Due to the more controlled temperature and safe heating apparatus, far infrared saunas are beneficial to a wider variety of people. A healthcare professional should be consulted if you are at all concerned or have specific health conditions, including pregnancy. You may be surprised to hear that a SaunaMed sauna could actually benefit you or alleviate the symptoms of your condition.


The elderly and young should use an infrared sauna in moderation. The reason for this is that they are deemed to be more venerable to dehydration and may have medical conditions. If you experience and discomfort when using a SaunaMed sauna stop immediately and contact a healthcare professional before you continue your usage.

Do you use chemicals in your infrared saunas?

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing an infrared sauna, and one of those is the materials with which the infrared sauna is constructed. Many people are looking for an infrared sauna for the health benefits and to detoxify the body. Many of the toxins that enter our bodies are from the air we breathe. Both inside our homes and outside in the city, we are exposed to a multitude of chemicals used in manufacturing and construction, not to mention the exhaust fumes from our cars. It is important to understand what’s used inside of infrared saunas, because at high temperatures certain materials can release chemicals into the air, which is called “off gassing”.


You may be wondering whether we use chemicals in our saunas. Our answer; Absolutely not! Any glue used to bind elements together is non toxic and the cabin wood is free from pesticides. We manufacture all our sauna equipment to the ROHS directive and use no chemicals or toxins in our sauna cabins as this could result in toxic fumes being released during operation. These chemicals could easily be absorbed by your open pores and cause a reaction.

Do your infrared saunas operate silently?

The answer to this question is yes. Silence is an important part of stress busting. An excellent article on the importance of silence by author Dawn James can be found here


The SaunaMed manufacturing process uses components which are all solid state with no moving parts, making the SaunaMed system an extremely robust and reliable one. The added benefit of this is that all our saunas are silent in operation.

How will using an Infrared Sauna benefit my skin?

Infrared Heat penetrates deeply into the layers of skin. Perspiration removes the deep impurities, toxins and dead skin cells. Increased circulation draws your skin’s own natural nutrients to the surface. Together with Infrared heat’s cleansing effect, you will see a noticeable improvement in your skins texture, complexion, tone and elasticity.


Studies concluded that Infrared Heat has been beneficial in the healing of acne, eczema, rashes, psoriasis, burns, lesions and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.
The skin is often referred to as the third kidney because it is believed to be responsible for eliminating up to 30% of the body’s waste.

Is an infrared Sauna really effective for pain relief?

Relief from arthritic joints and lower back pain is a common benefit for many people. Research has also shown infrared therapy to effectively manage all manner of muscular and skeletal aches and pains, and even improve posture.


One of the main reasons for this is its ability to dilate the capillaries in areas associated with pains, allowing oxygen-rich blood to bathe the area and flush away metabolic waste that builds up and contributes to the pain, soreness and stiffness, this also brings relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles, so that they recover faster. Many people who have had trouble sleeping from pain and stress have found deep restful sleep through regular use.


Due to the deep penetrating heat from infrared, health professionals and Sports Medicine have used infrared lamps for many years to treat muscle and joint problems.


It is recommended not to use an infrared sauna for the first 48 hours of recuperation if your injury is a sprain type.

How does a sauna reduce stress and fatigue?

High levels of stress put continuous strain in the autonomic nervous system and are one of the elusive causes of many chronic diseases. Heat therapy relaxes the muscles and relieves muscular aches and pains. By facilitating the expansion of capillary vessels, thereby improving circulation, physical stress levels are reduced.


The infrared rays also clear away build up of lactic acid and carbon dioxide around the muscles, by removing the toxins muscle and joint stiffness disappears. Besides these physiological effects, a sauna session also contributes to stress reduction by stimulating the endorphins of the brain, and simply by providing a peaceful and relaxing environment away from it all.

How often should I use an infrared sauna?

This is entirely up to you. As with any form of exercise, it is important to build up a tolerance first. We recommend that you use a lower temperature (35℃) for about 15-20 minutes, initially 2-3 times in a week. Once conditioned, many people enjoy daily sessions of up to 35 to 40 minutes in a SaunaMed sauna. It is worth noting that you do not need to endure high temperatures to gain all the benefits from a SaunaMed sauna. Many of the positive effects are attained at the lower temperatures.


It is also important to maintain hydration. We would advise customers to drink water before, during and after sauna usage.

Is an infrared sauna safe for use by children?

A SaunaMed infrared sauna is safe for children to use but they should be under Adult supervision. The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating.


It is advisable for all users to have a glass of water before and after their sauna session to keep the body sufficiently hydrated.


If the sauna is used at all for children under ten, it should be used for a short duration at a low temperature (30-40°C) and ensure fluids are replaced through drinking plenty of water.


Recent research has suggested that the use of an infrared sauna can have a positive impact on autism and ADD/ADHD. However further research is needed in this area and we would not recommend purchasing a sauna for this reason alone.

How does regular use of the Infrared Sauna reduce cellulite?

Cellulite is the condition in which there are stored unwanted fats in some parts of the body. This usually happens after puberty in both men and women but more particularly in women. This prevents many from wearing sexy outfits or even wearing swimsuits.  Cellulite looks like dimples and occurs usually at the buttocks and thighs. This is due to lack of exercise and unhealthy diet and the presence of other bad habits like smoking. Wearing of fitted clothes and high heeled shoes can help increase cellulite in the body also.


European beauty specialists regularly incorporate sessions in programmes to reduce cellulite. Because the radiant infrared heat penetrates three times as deeply as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at breaking down hard to move cellulite and promoting a more youthful, beautiful complexion.

Is an infrared sauna safe for use by the elderly?

The older we get, the more toxic we become unfortunately. Many anti-aging practitioners are now incorporating far infrared sauna therapy into their programs.


It is important to note that most patients over sixty are dehydrated to some degree and this should be addressed along with mineral deficiencies. Low temperatures are mandatory, you should never exceed 55℃ to keep risks to a minimum. Research suggested it is perfectly safe to begin at 30℃ and gradually increase the temperature.


As with any regular change to your lifestyle you should consult your health practitioner.