How to Use Infrared Saunas: What Every Beginner Should Know

The 101 on near infrared saunas

Here we cover the basics on how to use an infrared sauna

If NIR Infrared is new to you we recommend starting out with just a light array, use in an open area. Enjoy the benefits of infrared, an enclosure can be added at anytime.

Infrared saunas are an affordable and accessible way to reap the benefits of saunas at home. Red light therapy can also help promote general wellness and may help aide the treatment of chronic health conditions. If you’re new to infrared saunas, we’ve compiled a list of the basics every beginner should know on how to use an infrared sauna.

Be mindful of your distance from the bulbs

For best results and comfort, we recommend sitting 18 to 20 inches away from the bulbs.

Keep track of your time

Time spent in front of near infrared lights will vary by person. For beginners, we recommend slowly introducing your body to the lights. Try starting with three to five minutes and increasing gradually per session. And we recommend avoiding too much time on your face and head area. Keep track of your time with each of our four red light arrays – there is a built in timer with the Sauna Comfy Classic.

Build up your frequency overtime

Again, the frequency will vary by person based on needs, health status, and different health conditions. It’s always best to be in tune with your body and consult your healthcare practitioner in developing a custom plan for your needs.

Have a good seat plan

It’s important to be comfortable during your sauna session. Beyond comfort, you also need to consider a seat that offers functional benefits. For a full body session, we recommend rotating every four to six minutes. It’s critical to have a good stool or seat that allows for you to turn with ease (and comfort).

Be careful with sweat around heated bulbs

A hot glass surface is likely to crack or shatter when splashed with water. Near infrared bulbs are no different. With sweat being mostly water, there is a chance the bulbs could shatter if splashed. Each of the Sauna Comfort light arrays come equipped with a stainless steel guard to protect you from accidentally rubbing or touching them. However, sweat could get through if you get too close and drip sweat (or water for that matter) onto the bulbs. We encourage you to be cautious.

Use eye protection

The intensity of the red lights is strong and with the chance of a bulb shattering (see note above), sunglasses are recommended while using. There has been evidence that near infrared light could be a safe and effective method for treatment within the ophthalmologic and neurological fields in the near future. But we recommend you consult your doctor.

To learn more about using a near infrared sauna, check out these 4 tips on using an infrared sauna. To get set up with a near infrared light array and enclosure, shop Sauna Comfort.