Monday, February 2, 2009

Sauna, So Healthy!

I recently went to a gym with a friend using a guest pass and after the work out we got in the infrared saunas. I couldn't believe how good I felt afterwards I don't remember how long I was in there but its so relaxing. I started talking to my friend about getting one for my house. First thing I did was to see what kind of saunas this was because i had no clue about them. I found out it was a Far Infrared Sauna. It penetrates the body and deep heating really helps the muscles and doesn't effect the heart. I found out that perspiration remove toxins from the body. I guess that's why I felt so good afterwards.

Anyway, back to getting one for my house when I got home I looked online and came across westcoastsaunas. The prices vary, I went ahead and got the Newport. It was a little higher end one, it was around $2,500. You can get one for under $2000 and it's worth every penny. I have a very busy lifestyle and having infrared sauna at home is such a luxury. I use it 3 to 4 times a week. Its one of my favorite purchases that I got for my self and my hubby. It's nice to have some quiet time to ourselves and listen to some good music with the DVD player. We really love our new sauna, everyone should get one.

5 comments:

Simply Steamy said...

Readers planning to buy a sauna should beware of the so-called infrared saunas, most of which are made in the PRC (China) from inferior materials. These are not genuine saunas in the Scandinavian style.

In the traditional heater, the heating elements heat the air and a mass of stones. This allows for a consistent heat and the custom of sprinkling water on the stones, which changes the environment in the sauna dramatically from a dry sauna bath, to a wet bath, or "steam sauna". This is an option afforded to the sauna bather that chooses a traditional Scandinavian style sauna. It is not necessary to sprinkle water on the stones, and without that custom the humidity in the sauna is very, very low (around 2 or 3 percent).

The infrared heaters have exposed heating elements, so that the heat radiates directly onto the bather in sort of a one sided fashion. These infrared heaters have a much lower capacity, so the most common complaint is that they fail to attain the heat typical for a genuine sauna, especially on the part of the body turned away from the heater.

You also sacrifice the ability to sprinkle water on the heater, and one must question whether it’s actually healthy to expose one’s self to such direct radiation, or how enjoyable such an experience is, compared to the traditional sauna.

In contrast, the traditional Scandinavian style saunas are centuries old (they were heated with wood before electricity), and their safety and therapeutic efficacy is well established.

As with tainted toothpaste, poisonous pet food and lead painted children’s toys, some of these infrared saunas are downright hazardous at least according to the Electrical Safety Authority in Ontario, Canada. See…

http://www.ofm.gov.on.ca/english/Fire%20Safety%20&%20Public%20Education/Recalls/2006/Saunas.asp

Sauna by Airwall, Inc. even recalled their saunas due to a fire hazard caused by faulty heating units and fuses. See...

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08584.html

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It can also be sacrificing the ability to spray hot water, and one is whether it is really healthy for themselves to reveal that this type of direct radiation, or how such an experience is fun, compared to a traditional sauna.

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