The concept may seem foreign to some, as most people are not even aware of the existence of a portable sauna. But not only do they exist, there are more than one type as well. This article will focus on the benefits of a standard portable sauna as well as discuss the portable infrared sauna and why you should consider owning one.
But let’s start with a regular portable unit. When you go to a gym or spa with a sauna bath, most likely you are used to seeing a very large room that looks like it took thousands of dollars and a ton of time, effort and space to build. And in the case of some of the mega-saunas that they have in such places, you may not be completely off track. However, that does not necessarily have to be the case. If you are thinking of purchasing a portable sauna for your own home use, you certainly don’t need one capable of sitting half of a spa’s daily client list.
This is why a portable one may be for you – it is a smaller version of a regular spa unit that requires nothing more than a space to put it in and a heater of some sort (usually an electric or gas rock heater) to steam it up. You can find a space inside your home, garage, shed or even your backyard – it does not matter, as long as you have the proper capacity and heating unit.
There are many health benefits of a portable sauna – the steam can be relaxing and stress relieving, even releasing toxins and free radicals that may allow for better overall health. But did you know that a portable infrared sauna has all of the benefits of a regular sauna, and more? An infrared sauna controls the amount of heat, therefore making it safer and easier to breathe in than in a regular unit.
The infrared heat of this type of portable sauna absorbs 1.5 inches into the skin, which can be therapeutic in many ways. It is thought that a portable infrared sauna can help in this way with pain, arthritis and even some sports injuries like strains and sprains that are slow to heal.
A portable sauna with infrared heat is also rumored to help with weight loss as well. According to some (non-medical) reports, a portable infrared sauna can make you sweat away pounds, and not just water either. When your body sweats out fat instead of just liquid, you are capable of losing more weight than just diet and/or exercise alone would usually allow.
Of course, the only way to find out for sure if a portable sauna or a portable infrared sauna can do these things is to try it for yourself. Most spa and sauna dealers will be happy to let you see their floor models and give you literature on costs. With just a little bit of space and a little saved money, you can make the dream of a sauna a reality- without having to pay for a gym membership.
David Bloom is a health enthusiast and contributor to many fitness sites. He is the author of Home Portable Saunas, a blog dedicated to residential saunas and sauna equipment and accessories.
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