Tried & Tested: Infrared Sauna

This was originally posted as a Guest Blog on

You know those things that have been on your to-do list for ages; years even, but you just never getting around to doing them? For me, that was trying an Infrared Sauna.

Infrared Sauna

While they have been around for years, Infrared Saunas have gained increased popularity since the marketing mega-word ‘detox’ found its way into popular lexicon.

The promoted benefits are amazing and plentiful, with reduced cellulite, detoxification, improved skin, renewed energy, reduced bloating, stress relief, calorie burning (up to 500 in one session!) and a boost to the immune system listed among them.

You’re sold right? After just one session, so was I. After half an hour in the small (room enough for two people) wooden chamber, I left with glowing skin and felt light, a little tired but also refreshed. Kind of like after a Bikram Yoga session, only without the physical exertion and possible embarrassment after a series of unflattering poses.

When you think of saunas, heavy, claustrophobic steam and hairy old men usually come to mind, but the infrared sauna is completely different (BYO hairy old man; optional) in lots of ways.

One of the unique things about the infrared sauna is that unlike a traditional sauna, which uses the environmental surroundings to heat the body (in the form of steam), infrared saunas use infrared waves to directly penetrate up to 5 centimetres into the body, essentially heating it from the inside out. In the place of wet ‘steam heat’ is a drier, 40-degree beach day kind of heat. You can even take a book or magazine in with you; no steam means that the ink isn’t going to run off the wilting page.

Sounds great, right?

If you’re keen to try one, here are a few tips to remember:

-You’re going to be sweating buckets, so prepare your body in advance by drinking plenty of water in the days leading up to your sauna. Try adding lemon juice to your water for an alkalising effect and more effective hydration. It will also help with the detoxification benefits of the sauna.

– Bring a couple of extra towels. As mentioned before, you’re going to sweat – a lot.

– Don’t load up on the lotions, tanners and the myriad of other beauty products we ladies like to ply on daily; clean skin before your sauna will leave your pores unblocked and ready to sweat!

-To increase the benefits of the sauna, use a dry body brush to remove dead skin cells and increase circulation – remember to always brush towards your heart. Have a quick rinse to wash away any exfoliated cells before you begin.

One of the unexpected benefits of my time in the infrared sauna was the forced downtime away from the demands of technology. Without calls, texts and emails, it was just a book and my thoughts; something I hadn’t experienced in a quite a while.  So refreshing, and just what I needed.

This is what health and wellbeing is all about; doing things to better your well being, both mentally and physically, and Infrared saunas tick both boxes for me.

Note: I tried the Infrared Sauna at a local Naturopath clinic in Mornington, VIC – Holly Hill Health and Body Clinic. A few readers of the original post on Primped asked about where they can find an infrared sauna, which is a great question! I have generally always seen them at naturopathy and health clinics, so a good place to look might be the Natural Therapy Pages directory. If I think of any other search tools I will update the post!


1 Response to “Tried & Tested: Infrared Sauna”

  1. 1 Annette @ Wellnesss WA February 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    So proud of you for PRIMPED goodness dah-ling! xo

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