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Infrared Saunas: 15 Infrared Sauna Health Benefits

Ah, there’s nothing quite like a good sweat session in a sauna. Tension fades. Muscles melt. Nerves unwind. Mentally and physically, you finish a sauna session feeling relaxed, revived and ready for whatever the day may bring.

But have you ever done an infrared sauna session? Infrared saunas are a whole other level beyond a traditional sauna. Infrared saunas are proven to help relieve sore muscles, clear up acne-clogged skin, aid in weight loss, reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, and so much more. More and more doctors are recommending infrared saunas due to its countless purifying benefits. 

Keep reading to find out the 15 health benefits of infrared saunas.

If the high temperatures of a traditional sauna have historically always been too much for you to handle, then an infrared sauna may offer the benefits of a sauna without the discomfort.

How do infrared saunas work?

Unlike a traditional sauna, infrared saunas don’t heat up the air around you. Instead, infrared saunas use infrared lamps (that use electromagnetic radiation) to warm your body directly. Infrared saunas use infrared panels instead of conventional heat to easily penetrate human tissue, heating up your body before heating up the air.

Sweating in the infrared sauna carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean.

An infrared sauna is often more comfortable and bearable for a more extended time since it operates at a lower temperature. Typically sessions run between 120˚F and 140˚F, whereas a traditional sauna is between 150˚F and 180˚F. In infrared saunas, heat penetrates more deeply than traditionally warmed air. This allows you to experience a more intense sweat at a lower and more comfortable temperature.

Did you know?

In an infrared sauna, 80% of the heat goes directly to your body, and 20% of the heat releases into the air.

An infrared sauna environment is more tolerable that a traditional sauna, which allows you to stay in the sauna longer and reap more of the health benefits.

What are the health benefits of using an infrared sauna?

  • Relief for people with chronic fatigue syndrome (12)
  • Improved immune system function
  • Increased blood circulation and lower blood pressure (3)
  • A better night’s sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Cleared up acne, a brighter overall complexion, and tighter skin
  • Detoxification
  • Weight loss
  • Increased metabolism
  • A reduced appearance of cellulite
  • Relief and faster recovery from sore muscles (4)
  • Stress reduction
  • Quicker wound healing and reduced scarring
  • Relief from joint pain and stiffness such as arthritis
  • Improved circulation

People have been using saunas for centuries for all sorts of health benefits – including anti-aging. Relax in the infrared sauna for a brighter, clearer complexion. 

Everything you need to know about Using Infrared Saunas

Looking to start doing regular infrared sauna sessions so you can reap the many health benefits of high heat but have questions? We’ve put together answers to some common questions about infrared saunas below.

How long is an infrared sauna session?

For first-time users, we suggest starting with 45 minutes. You can add time to each session until you reach a maximum recommended time of 60 minutes. Be sure to check the time when you enter the sauna on the touch screen. You don’t want to stay in there too long and risk becoming dehydrated.

What do you wear in the sauna? 

How you dress is your choice. Some people prefer to go in naked while others wrap a towel around their waist. We also have other clients who wear bathing suits. We provide all clients with a wrap-around towel, a small hand towel, and another full-sized towel for each session.

Each standard sauna session is 25-40 minutes within your own private cabin suite. Have a friend you want to sweat it out with? You may share the sauna with up to 2 friends for a discounted rate: 2 people per session is 20% off while a 3 person session is 30% off.

What temperature do I choose?

At Cold Play, we preset the temperature for you at The average temperature for an infrared sauna ranges from 120˚F to 158˚F, with beginners starting at the lower end and more experienced users at the higher end. If this is your first time, we like to say start on the lower side and see how you do. You may want to stay at this temperature for a few sessions. You can always increase the temperature in each session until you reach 158˚F.

What can I do while Im in the sauna? 

Besides relaxing, listening to music, reading, meditating, or chatting with friends on the phone, the SunLighten infrared sauna we have features a touch screen. You can log in to Hulu or Netflix and catch up on a show during your next sweat session.

Should I drink water in the sauna?

YES! Make sure you’re hydrated before going in for a session, and during your session, if you can, try and drink a glass of water before coming to your sessions. You can also bring the water bottle we provide you into the sauna, especially if you’re sensitive to higher heats.

Should I bring water to my session?

We provide you with a water bottle for your session, but it never hurts to bring more! Especially if you drink a lot of water daily. 

What happens when the session is over? 

When your sessions over, we suggest that you take a sip of your water, and then take a moment to sit outside the sauna for several minutes and let your body cool down. Once cooled down, feel free to clean off with a fresh towel and get changed. After this, we recommend jumping in the massage chair for a ten-minute complimentary session.

How frequently should I be going in for sessions?

We recommend using the sauna for 3-4x per week. If you come in for 4 sessions a week and find you are feeling good and want more, you can then move on to doing 5-6x a week.

Are there any concerns I should have about Infrared Saunas?

Not really. To date, there have been no reports or studies on the harmful effects of regular sessions beyond the cautions given to anyone doing a sauna session. Anyone who does a session should be aware of and take measures to avoid overheating or getting dehydrated. Clients should also be mindful of how their medications and other factors are affected by high temperatures.

Is there anything else I should know before jumping in the infrared sauna?

Tips to keep in mind before your next infrared sweat session:

  • If you’ve been drinking alcohol, you should avoid using the sauna. (Though it makes an excellent handover cure the next day!)
  • If you are running a fever and feeling under the weather, it’s better to wait until your feeling healthy to resume sessions.
  • When you are in an infrared sauna, you sweat a lot. Make sure you have water with you and be cautious of standing up and feeling light-headed.

The Bottom Line

At Cold Play’s Greenwich location, you’ll experience smart infrared sauna treatments precisely tailored to you!

Unlike traditional super-heated saunas, our Sunlighten saunas warm the body directly. Plus, because it’s full-spectrum infrared, it offers near, mid, and far wavelengths. Each type of wavelength offers unique health benefits.

Come to Cold Play for a truly relaxing, revitalizing, and individualized infrared sauna experience.


Book a session today by calling 203-349-3400 or email us at [email protected]