4 WAYS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR HOME INFRARED SAUNA
Home infrared saunas have become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks to their numerous health benefits. From improving cardiovascular health to relieving pain and stress, infrared saunas offer a wide range of benefits that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Hence, it’s not surprising if you want to learn how to maximize its benefits.
To get the most out of your infrared sauna and ensure that your sauna sessions are safe, enjoyable, and effective, it's important to understand how to use it properly. In this article, we’ll go over some tips and tricks on how you can get the most out of your home infrared sauna.
1. Choose the Right Place for Your Home Infrared Sauna
Finding a good position for your home infrared sauna depends on a lot of factors, such as size, ventilation, access to an electrical outlet, and privacy. Let’s go over them one by one:
Consider the Size of Your Sauna
The first thing to consider when choosing a location for your home infrared sauna is the size of the sauna itself. You'll need to make sure that you have enough space to accommodate your sauna and that it will fit in the location you have in mind. If it’s for one to two persons, like the Dynamic Sauna Barcelona Edition 2-Person Far Infrared Sauna by Golden Designs, you can fit it almost anywhere inside your house. Be sure to measure the space and check the dimensions of your sauna to ensure that it will fit comfortably.
The awesome thing about infrared saunas is that you can place them on any leveled surface. So you will have no problems putting them inside your bathroom, garage, attic, second floor, or basement, as long as your floors have the strength to support the weight of the sauna. For example, a big sauna like the Maxxus "Chaumont Edition" 4 Person Near Zero EMF FAR Infrared Sauna would be suitable for your garage or basement given its bigger space requirements and weight.
Proper ventilation is crucial for the safe and effective use of a home infrared sauna. You'll need to make sure that your sauna has proper ventilation to allow fresh air in and to keep the air inside the sauna fresh. This can be achieved by installing an exhaust fan or by opening a window near the sauna.
Access to an Electrical Outlet
Infrared saunas require electrical power to operate, so you'll need to make sure that the location you choose has easy access to an electrical outlet. If you're installing your sauna in a location without an outlet nearby, you may need to hire an electrician to install one.
Finally, you'll want to choose a location for your home infrared sauna that provides you with a sense of privacy. This can be an area of your home that is not visible from the street or a room that can be closed off for privacy. This will allow you to relax and unwind in your sauna without feeling self-conscious.
2. Use Your Home Infrared Sauna the Right Way
Your infrared sauna is supposed to help you relax and provide you with other potential health benefits, so it’s important to follow a few dos and don’ts to ensure you maximize its benefits.
Dos and Don’ts When Having an Infrared Sauna Session
There are several best practices you want to apply during your infrared sauna session. Here’s a list of the things that you should and shouldn’t do when using your infrared sauna:
Always hydrate before your session. You will be sweating profusely inside, so you want to ensure that you won’t lose too much water from your body. Consume at least 16 ounces of water before entering the sauna.
Dress appropriately. Wear loose, comfortable clothing to help trap heat and make you sweat more.
Exercise and stretch your muscles first. Infrared saunas do a good job of relieving tense muscles, especially when your blood flow is amped. A brisk walk, simple exercises, or a quick gym visit before your session are all great ways to get your blood moving to optimize the benefits of using your home infrared sauna.
Start slow. If you're new to using a sauna, it's best to start with shorter sessions and gradually work your way up.
Sit with good posture. While you want to relax your body inside your infrared sauna, keeping a good sitting posture will help you reap the benefits more thoroughly. This way, the infrared heat can cover your body more effectively.
Avoid alcoholic drinks before entering your sauna. They can affect your blood pressure, which can be dangerous when met with your heat session. In addition, you may suffer from a headache, lightheadedness, and even heat stroke if you do so.
Don’t bring your phone inside. Aside from the risks of getting the hardware of your phone damaged, leaving your phone outside the sauna lets you have a more peaceful atmosphere without distractions and to-dos.
How Long Should You Sit in an Infrared Sauna?
The recommended time for each session is 10 to 15 minutes, especially when you are just beginning to build your tolerance to heat. Then, slowly increase to more minutes as you develop more tolerance for your sauna sessions. Meanwhile, the Finnish people recommend you get out of the sauna once you feel hot enough.
After your sauna session, cooling down under a five-minute shower at room temperature is a good practice. This lets you get rid of your sweat and helps regulate your body’s temperature more quickly.
3. Do Yoga Inside Your Infrared Sauna
You can also do yoga once you’re inside your sauna, which is more commonly known as hot yoga. Of course, this would mean you would need sufficient space, so you might want to opt for a bigger sauna model like the Golden Designs 4 Person Full Spectrum with Himalayan Salt infrared sauna.
Benefits of Hot Yoga
Hot yoga with your infrared sauna offers many benefits, like improving your flexibility and helping you burn more calories. Below is a more detailed explanation of its advantages.
Soothes your mind. Yoga has long been practiced to reduce both physical and mental stress. The effects are enhanced when coupled with the relaxing benefits of infrared heat. Some studies showcase the efficacy of hot yoga in this aspect.
Helps burn calories. Did you know that a normal 1-hour yoga session lets you burn up to 183 calories? This is true for a person who weighs 160 pounds. The higher temperature in the infrared sauna increases the rate at which you burn your calories.
More sweating. Your blood circulation improves when you sweat in hot surroundings. This lets your body transport oxygen and nutrients better inside your body. Aside from improved circulation, this also enhances your skin health.
Tips to Remember When Doing Hot Yoga
While hot yoga is beneficial, you want to ensure that you are doing it safely. So here are some tips to remember before having your yoga session inside your infrared sauna.
Set your sauna’s temperature at approximately 105° F.
Before performing yoga, wait 5 minutes to let your body become accustomed to the heat first.
Bring a water bottle inside and hydrate yourself regularly.
Prepare more towels to wipe your sweat — expect to sweat more when doing hot yoga.
Pace your breathing to avoid feeling dizzy.
Stop when you feel like your body can’t push through anymore.
Step into the shower after to cool down your body.
4. Keep Your Home Infrared Sauna Well-Maintained
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Keeping a clean and hygienic sauna space is also essential to getting the most out of your infrared sauna. A few basic things that you will need to clean your sauna include a piece of cloth, a scrub brush or sponge, warm water or a mixture of baking soda and warm water, or possibly just a vacuum. If you want to do deep cleaning, you may want to get a mop, sandpaper, and other cleaning products.
To clean your benches and walls, simply wipe them using your damp piece of cloth after every sauna session. Alternatively, you can use a scrub or sandpaper to get rid of stains that may appear.
For infrared sauna floors, vacuum regularly at weekly or monthly intervals. You can also do it as often as necessary to clean up dirt and debris. If preferred, mop your floors with water and baking soda solution monthly.
To maintain your infrared heaters, simply wipe them using your damp cloth. Ensure that they dry first before starting your sauna session.
Get the Most Out of Your Home Infrared Sauna
In order to maximize the use of your home infrared sauna remember these tips: find the best (and most convenient) place for it in your home, apply the best practices in your sauna sessions and keep it well-maintained so that you can enjoy it for years to come.
By following these tips and tricks, you can surely get the most out of your home infrared sauna! Or, if you haven’t got one yet, check out our collection with a range of styles and sizes today.