What Is Infrared Sauna Therapy And Does It Work?

After a two-year hiatus, I made my way back to the sauna, and boy, did it feel good. If you’ve ever considered using the sauna, starting slow is best. Beginners should begin with a sitting time of 10 to 15 minutes and gradually work their way up to 20 to 30 or perhaps 40 minutes.

There are several types of saunas: Near-infrared, Mid-infrared, and Far-infrared. Near is mostly for surface-level treatments. Mid addresses chronic pain, and Far goes deep into the tissues to release toxins and reduce inflammation.

Infrared saunas have been deemed safe for most. According to Comprehensive Chiropractor in Allentown, PA, where I get my treatments, “Infrared sauna therapy uses Far-infrared light to produce heat that gets absorbed through the skin. The heat penetrates deep into the body, raising the core body temperature causing blood vessels to dilate.

Heart rate and blood circulation increase, delivering higher oxygen levels throughout the body, promoting detoxification. As the heat penetrates tissue and joints, stress releases to provide needed pain relief.”

Unlike traditional saunas, which can heat up to a dangerous 220℉, Far-infrared saunas heat up to a tolerable 110℉ and 150℉, making it much more energy-efficient, safer, and effective for the human body.

Like many, you’re probably wondering what the benefits of this type of therapy are. Here are a few.

Benefits of infrared sauna therapy

  • Supports healthy sleep
  • Healthy, firm, glowing skin
  • Supports cardiovascular/heart health
  • Relieves muscle and joint pain (arthritis)
  • Relieves sore muscles
  • Supports brain health
  • Promotes detoxificatoin
  • Increase energy
  • Supports weight loss
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Reduces inflammation

The addition of color or chromotherapy is said to offer enhanced healing benefits. Each color has a specific advantage that supports the health of particular parts of the body.

Infrared – Chromotherapy Light – Benefits

Red: Activates the circulatory and nervous systems.

Strong Pink: Act as a cleanser, strengthening the veins and arteries.

Pink: Activates and eliminates impurities from the bloodstream

Orange: Energized and eliminates localized fat. Helps address asthma and bronchitis.

Strong Yellow: Strengthens the body and acts on internal tissue.

Yellow: Reactivates and purifies the skin. Helps with indigestion and bodily stress.

Green: Promotes relaxation.

Strong Green: Provides anti-infectious anti-septic and regenerative stimulation.

Strong Blue: Lubricates joints. Helps address infections, stress, nervous tension.

Blue: Stimulates muscle, skin cells, nerves, and the circulatory system.

Strong Indigo: Helps address eye inflammation, cataracts, glaucoma, and ocular fatigue.

Indigo: Activates and eliminates impurities from the bloodstream.

Violet: Relaxes the nerves and lymphatic system. Addresses inflammation and urinary illness.

Some Things To Consider When Using The Sauna

  • Avoid using the sauna if you feel ill
  • Drink lots of water after your session. Allow your body to cool down after your session and drink lots of water. Remember, while in the sauna you’ll sweat a lot, which means your body has lost a lot of water.
  • Do not use the sauna if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
  • If you feel too hot and feel light headed, get out.

The Skin Benefits During Perimanopause & Menopause

As hormone levels decrease, the skin begins to get dry, and lose firmness and luster. For some, anxiety, and depression can also set in. So it goes without saying that people who are experiencing perimenopause and menopause can benefit from the healing properties of Infared light therapy.

  • RED light stimulates collagen production, the protein responsible for healthy firm skin. It is also said to help reduce hot flashes, support sleep and promote hair growth.
  • BLUE light stimulates skin cells and can also get rid of acne causing bacteria. It helps reduce sun spots and acne scarring. Blue light is also used to treat depression and seasonal affective disorder.

Do talk to your healthcare partners about how this type of therapy can support your wellbeing. Currently, I’m doing one session per week, as consistently as I can. And I find the benefits to be very rewarding.


50+ teacher, beauty and wellness founder and Qigong Instructor. My passion and purpose is helping people (particularly perimenopausal and postmenopausal peeps) to optimize their health and wellbeing with simple lifestyle practices.

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