Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas: All Marketing Hype, Or Legit Improvements Over NIR & FIR Only Units?
So what does the intro paragraph have to do with full spectrum saunas? Well, as you can tell already, I’ve been through the ringer with buying in to fake sauna claims more than once. Even the “zero emf” JNH Lifestyles saunas didn’t turn out to be no emf, even though that’s what they claim.
After buying more than one sauna, that ended up being good for nothing more than a good bonfire, it was clear that companies will say anything to make you think they’re saunas are good. When in reality, some of the most popular models on Amazon and Costco, aren’t good for detoxing anything more than tap water. (and even that, might be stretch for the one’s built out of cardboard like plywood scraps like the JNH Lifestyles Ensi.)
So where do we start going wrong with the near infrared component really? Well, if you look at the most popular red light therapy devices like the Joove, you’ll see that the LED’s emit near infrared wavelengths in the xxx nano-meter ranges, whereas a far infrared sauna is in the xxxx range. So how then, can a few simple near infrared emitters, produce near and mid infrared wavelengths, that will actually be absorbed by the body during a far infrared sauna session?
Well, in short, a lot of times you can’t. But the sauna companies aren’t going to tell you that… they’re too busy trying to one up each other, so they can sell more units by the end of the year, by having a bigger, badder, “better” more sophisticated sauna for you to buy.
The reality is, that the primary benefits of today’s saunas, haven’t changed much compared to the benefits we were getting hundreds of years ago. Why do you think ancient cultures implemented saunas into their way of life, when they were nothing more than steaming hot rocks in a tent???
The only thing that’s changed really, is the delivery method. Nowadays, we don’t have to start a fire, heat our stones, smoke out the hut, and carry water from the stream to create a steamy sanctuary anymore. We simply plug our infrared sauna into a wall, wait 20 minutes, and hop in.
Far Infrared VS Near Infrared: The Great Debate (and the false marketing after commandeering infrared research with faulty interpretation)
There are so many opinions out there on which type of sauna is better, it’s like whose asshole are you willing to sniff next? We’ve got the near infrared crowd that follows the Dr. Wilson approach of heat lamp therapy, and then we’ve got the far infrared crowd that follows suit with the Finnish/Scientology detox/etc… approach.
Then in the middle, we’ve got the big sauna companies, that hop on the bandwagon and say… “we’re gonna give these customers both, so then they’ll buy our sauna, since that’s a unique marketing proposition, and people can get it all in one.”
But can you though?
In most cases, not really. Low absorption rates, ultra low emissivity per cubic foot (a calculation no one talks about in these ultra large sauna cabinets you find these days), and the wrong wavelength for the distance you sti from the emitter, really just allows you to spend money on marketing gimmicks. Where has anyone actually shown that you…