A conventional sauna relies on indirect means of heat. The air is heated (convection) and then the hot air makes contact with the user’s skin (conduction). In an infrared sauna, the radiant infrared energy heats the air only slightly, heating the user’s body directly (conversion).

For those who get a little nervous when we start talking about invisible light waves like infrared, it is important to note that the sun produces most of its energy output in the infrared segment of the spectrum. Unlike Ultraviolet light waves (UVA and UVB), infrared sauna use will not cause your skin to burn.

Infrared heat technology can heat the body much more efficiently because of the conversion process – it doesn’t waste any energy heating the air. This is an enormous difference between the two types of saunas and can explain why clinical studies have shown tremendous health benefits through infrared sauna use.