Saunas have long been hailed for their fantastic health benefits. There are stories of people who don’t have access to regular water and who choose to have a monthly sauna session instead of a daily shower, and they still come out clean and healthy. Whether you choose a traditional sauna or an infrared sauna, the health benefits are very similar. The difference between the two is more in how strong those benefits are. This is because the two types deliver heat to the body in a different way. It is for this reason that traditional saunas may not be suitable for someone who suffers from high blood pressure.
The Benefits Explained
In a traditional type of sauna, heat is circulated through the air into the body. Using infrared, the heat is sent to the body, rather than the air. This means that I a traditional model, the room temperature is much higher overall, which can get quite uncomfortable. Infrared saunas, by contrast remain very cool. This means you can stay in for longer, enhancing the overall benefits.
In a sense, therefore, an infrared sauna is actually better, because you will be able to absorb more heat into your body. Traditional steam saunas can only be enjoyed for a limited period of time, or they really start to get uncomfortable. There is more to it as well. Infrared saunas deliver a heat that is actually able to penetrate deeper into the body, thereby providing even more effects. By contrast, a traditional sauna offers quite shallow heat. At the same time, however, many people continue to prefer traditional saunas because they give people a more authentic experience. Additionally, they have been used for hundreds of years, so they have really proven their purpose and benefits, even if their heat is different than that in an infrared sauna.
While the debate about which one of the two offers the most benefits is hotly debated, one thing that is not up for discussion is that people who have hot blood pressure should never use a traditional model. Both a traditional and infrared sauna will get to work on lowering blood pressure. However, someone with high blood pressure would find themselves quite aggravated by the heat that literally hits them as soon as they set foot in the sauna itself. This has the potential to be very dangers and should be avoided at all times. It is not a case of bracing and preparing yourself either. Unfortunately, even if you know what is coming in terms of heat, the body will still have a huge shock. People with high blood pressure really must use an infrared model.
If you do want to install a sauna in your property, you may want to check with your health professional whether there are any reasons why you should not use a sauna. You never know, after all. However, overall, saunas do amazing things with our body in terms of getting clean, happy and healthy.