SaunaSpace Luminati Sauna Review - Best Portable NIR Sauna for Healing (2023)

This detailed SaunaSpace Luminati Sauna Review (formerly called Pocket Sauna) comes from years of personal experience.

Near infrared (NIR) is a powerful therapy for detoxification, immune boosting, rejuvenating and relaxing as well as just feeling great. On a cold winters day it is like basking in the hot sunshine. As well as being very relaxing, it really elevates your mood.

I have had a SaunaSpace Luminati Sauna for 6 years now (about 18 months when I first wrote this review) and I absolutely love it! Of all the healing technology that I’ve owned and tried, this is right up there with my top favourites.

Actually, the Luminati Sauna was formerly known as the Pocket Sauna when I bought it. Since then it has undergone many improvements in design and aesthetics as well as a couple of name changes.

However, the sauna is essentially unchanged in its primary function, although the new artisan ThermaLight bulbs are designed to output a light spectrum most similar to the infrared light from the sun and therefore completely tailored for health.

The Luminati Sauna only takes 10–20 minutes to assemble and less time to take down. It packs down small and easily fits into my car with all my other stuff for my constant travels around the country. I use the sauna several times a week, or daily when I have time.

Continue reading to find out why the Luminati Sauna is the Best Portable Infrared Sauna on the market at an affordable price (the SaunaSpace Faraday is over 60% higher in price).

Also learn how Near Infrared (NIR) Sauna Therapy has many added benefits compared with Far Infrared (FIR). It is also generally safer and more mood-elevating.

If you have already decided that you want your SaunaSpace Luminati, you can get a 5% discount by using this link, or you can simply enter the coupon code HEALWELL5 on the shopping cart page before proceeding to checkout.

Know that I will get a commission if you buy using any of my links or my coupon code, but you will benefit from the 5% discount on all SaunaSpace products. This is an unbiased review from someone who still uses my own SaunaSpace Luminati almost daily, or at least several times a week.

Near Infrared vs Far Infrared Sauna

Far Infrared (FIR) saunas are all the rage these days, but few people have heard of near infrared (NIR) saunas. It is time they did, because when comparing near infrared vs far infrared sauna NIR saunas have many advantages and added benefits.

NIR lamp sauna therapy is more effective, less risky and without the potential side effects of conventional medical treatments (consult with your doctor before replacing these with sauna therapy).

Only red light and near infrared light stimulates the mitochondria, the energy powerhouses of the all the body’s cells.

NIR sauna provides both the regenerative and anti-aging benefits of mitochondrial stimulation, and traditional sauna heat therapy benefits together, as a whole-body solution.

Far Infrared Saunas Have Several Disadvantages compared to Near Infrared :

  • Far-infrared wavelengths do not provide any light therapy at all
  • FIR wavelengths do not activate mitochondrial functioning
  • Most FIR saunas utilize high-EMF ceramic and carbon-based heat emitters, which can be harmful with prolonged exposure
  • Most are not beautifully hand-made of hypoallergenic materials
  • Cheap models have toxic material issues
  • They are heavy, not portable, require two people to set up and take much longer to set up
  • They have digital electronic components like touch screen control panels and LEDs that decay and fail over time, with high replacement costs.
  • Many so-called “full-spectrum” FIR saunas include a small bank of LEDs in the ceiling that provide a miniscule dose of red or other coloured light to the head, not the whole body. This is not sufficient to achieve the full benefits of light therapy.

SaunaSpace Premium Quality and Design.

SaunaSpace design and manufacture products to last forever. Their engineered versatility, safe-design and accessibility by almost all body types and needs are unmatched. Every aspect of the design and material has been developed for the ultimate NIR lamp sauna experience, handmade at a level of craftsmanship that guarantees peace of mind throughout a lifetime of use.

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SaunaSpace General Sauna Features

  • Uniquely designed and tailored to offer the optimal NIR lamp sauna therapy experience
  • Beautiful, minimalist aesthetic product
  • Hypoallergenic, natural material construction with zero exposure to off-gassing of toxic, synthetic materials while detoxing
  • Easy, quick setup and convenient portability when needed
  • Zero EMF stress
  • No UV or blue light, no flicker stress
  • Safe, user-friendly design
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • !00% GOTS certified, hypoallergenic double-layered cotton canvas fabric, machine washable
  • Sustainably harvested, untreated, zero VOC, Hypoallergenic North American Basswood
  • Untreated, natural bamboo floor mat
  • All hardware is double-chrome plated steel, manufactured in USA

SaunaSpace Guarantees

  • Ethical company with a strong focus on customer-satisfaction
  • Carefully handmade in limited quantity by craftsmen/women in the USA
  • 9+ years of product development driven by constant customer feedback
  • Free Ground Shipping in USA, Canada and Mexico
  • Phone support from people who have experience with the product and NIR sauna therapy
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • 100 Day Product Trial With Free Return Shipping in USA, Canada and Mexico
    Expect to see benefits and improvements during the 100 Day Trial, if the recommended protocol is followed. If you don’t see or feel any benefit, you can return the product for a 100% refund, no questions asked.

The SaunaSpace Product Range

There are five options to suit a wide range of budgets and requirements:

Luminati Sauna (formerly known as the Pocket Sauna)

This Luminati is a premium portable near infrared sauna. Beautifully handcrafted from hypoallergenic materials.

Ultra-low EMF incandescent (tungsten) heat lamps, each emitting red and near infrared wavelengths for natural, effective mitochondrial stimulation. Longer wavelength thermal infrared gives the most gentle, therapeutic sauna sweat therapy. The Luminati Sauna includes:

  • Tungsten Light Panel with 4 ThermaLight 250W NIR bulbs
  • Double-layered Organic Canvas Sauna Enclosure with Wooden Structural Supports
  • Basswood Stool, which is easily assembled and disassembled into three pieces
  • Travel Bags for Canvas Enclosure, Support Polls and Stool
  • Bamboo slat floor

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Note: Remember to select the correct plug type/voltage for your country.

Faraday Sauna

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The Faraday Sauna is essentially the same as the Luminati Sauna in all respects except for the addition of a special stainless-steel-cotton matrix shielding and grounding fabric.

SaunaSpace’s shielding design ensures that there is no magnetic field and no EMF stress on your body.

So while you are inside the Faraday, you are completely protected from all outside radiation sources including WiFi, smartmeters, radiowaves, electric and magnetic fields.

I think this is a great idea if you live in a high EMF environment like in a city appartment. However, considering the small amount of time you spend inside the sauna relative to your life outside the sauna, it hardly seems worth it for the cost.

By all means, if you want the very best and you can afford it, then buy the Faraday Sauna, which is almost double the price of the Luminati Sauna!

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Tungsten (formerly called the 4 Light Panel)

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The beautifully handcrafted, hypoallergenic Tungsten Near Infrared 4 Light Panel with four, each ultra-low-EMF incandescent (tungsten) ThermaLight lamp emits red and near infrared light for effective, natural mitochondrial stimulation plus plenty of longer wavelength thermal infrared for powerful sweat therapy.

This is the best option to save money if you want to make your own DIY enclosure or if you already have a traditional cabinet sauna or Far Infrared Sauna that you want to convert to Near Infrared.

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Sauna Shower Converter

Convert your standard shower stall into a SaunaSpace sauna. This is a great solution if you don’t have room for the Luminati Sauna or Faraday Sauna, or if you want to save money.

It’s less convenient than the Luminati or Faraday as it requires some minimal setup before and after each use. It also takes longer to pre-heat than the Luminati Sauna and it can’t be used in all showers.

The Sauna Shower Converter includes:

  • Tungsten (NIR 4 Light Panel)
  • Basewood Stool
  • Light Panel Support Pedestal
  • Hypoallergenic, machine-washable organic cotton canvas curtain
  • Two Stainless Steel Curtain Rods

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Photon (formerly called Single Light Panel)

Ultra-portable single lamp to take anywhere to use in a targeted fashion for localized issues:

  • at the office desk to reverse the damaging effects of the blue-only light from the LEDs of computer monitors.
  • headaches
  • sinus infections
  • belly aches
  • wound healing
  • sore joints/muscles

DESIGN FEATURES: Stands up on it’s own, tilts at a 45°, can be mounted to a VESA monitor arm, comes with a solid basswood base for use on synthetic surfaces, fits in a standard carry-on luggage.

One nice, excellent use for the Photon is to put it on the floor inside your Luminati Sauna or Faraday, so you can get heat and healing light for your legs at the same time as for your upper body.

Check the latest price for the Photon at SaunaSpace.

The Science behind NIR Sauna Therapy — Links to Research Articles and Book

If you would like to read more about the science behind near infrared sauna therapy and its benefits, SaunaSpace have an excellent online resource describing the science and giving links to many research articles. There are also answers to commonly-asked questions there. Go to the SaunaSpace Near Infrared Light Therapy Science references page and read to your heart’s content.

Also, Dr Lawrence Wilson has a very informative page on the benefits of NIR sauna therapy and complete protocols for how to do it properly. He recommends avoiding Far Infrared Saunas altogether. Note that Dr Wilson does have strong views on some things and I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says.

Dr Wilson has also written a comprehensive book called “Sauna Therapy.”

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Finally, for a more technical scientific summary of IR therapy in general, you can read the review paper entitled “Biological effects and medical applications of infrared radiation” published in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology in 2017.

Some Tips For Using the Luminati Sauna

Hydration and Minerals

Make sure that you drink plenty of water before and after the sauna and have a good intake of minerals in your diet.

A carefully-selected high quality kelp supplement is one option and eating lots of vegetables also helps.

I don’t recommend putting Himalayan salt in your water. There may be 84 trace minerals in it, but they are only trace amounts, whereas it is predominately sodium. Our diets already tend to be much too high in sodium with not enough potassium.

One option is to use something like CMD (concentrated mineral drops) solution in your water, which is high in magnesium (nearly everyone is deficient in this very important mineral) and sulphate but low in sodium. Magnesium chloride is a good, relatively well-absorbed form of magnesium.

However, I recommend taking a mineral supplement — I recommend Healthy Origins Chelated Multi Mineral (Iron Free) along with Healthy Origins Fully Reacted Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelate for extra magnesium. As most people are iodine deficient (and I don’t recommend highly-processed iodized salt), I also recommend taking Lugols iodine drops in water.

How to Have a Luminati Sauna Therapy Session

It helps to turn the lights on and let the sauna enclosure heat up for 5–10 minutes (depending on how cold the room is) before you get in, especially if you are only having a short sauna, though in summer this isn’t necessary. Often though I just get straight in as my saunas are usually 30 minutes or more.

Start with 20 minute saunas and gradually work up to 45 minutes; but you must be well hydrated and have a good intake of minerals to stay in this long.

I use an App called “Seconds” to set a timer. It makes a Thai Gong or Tibetan bell sound every three minutes so I know it is time to rotate 90 degrees, and when time is up the gong or bell sounds twice.

Some people stay longer, like 5 minutes in each position, but I prefer to rotate more often as the skin starts to get pretty hot on the side facing the lamps. I find two or three minutes about right, depending also on how close you sit to the lamps.

You will probably sweat bucket loads too if you are well hydrated and stay in for more than 20 minutes. I use a folded towel on the stool, one on the floor underneath, and if I’m in for a long sauna I have another small towel to wipe the running sweat off my face and body. I normally sweat very little, even in hot weather, but the sweat is usually pouring off me in the sauna, even after 15 minutes.


Stay at least 18 inches away from the lamps as the heat is very intense on the skin if you get too close. The safety grill protects you from actually touching the lamps, and although the grill gets quite hot you won’t burn yourself on it if you accidentally touch it.

It is important that your skin doesn’t get burning hot as that could be damaging for the skin. The new ThermaLight bulbs produce 2-4 times more NIR than standard infrared heat lamps, so this means you should either sit slightly further away or rotate more frequently, like every two minutes. The new ThermaLight lamps also mean, that you’ll probably need to spend less time in the sauna.

There is one precaution you should take when using the sauna, which is common sense, but I just want to emphasize it. DO NOT stare at the lamps. I tilt my head up slightly when facing the lamps and usually I close my eyes, because I like to meditate during my saunas. With eyes closed you automatically relax more.

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In any case, don’t situate the Tungsten panel any higher than shoulder level – if you keep a cooler head you will be able to safely stay in the sauna for longer too. If you start feeling dizzy or light-headed get out straight away.

You could also wear infra-red blocking glasses (normal sunglasses don’t block infrared light) if you are concerned about damaging your eyes, but it is fine if you don’t look into the lamps. Some people say the infrared is fine for the eyes, but there are other wavelengths also and it is better to take no risk of harming your eyes.


I have had my SaunaSpace Near Infrared Luminati Sauna for six years and I use it several times per week. It feels incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time.

I consider Near Infrared Sauna Therapy as one of the main pillars of my healing lifestyle regime.

The great thing is that the Luminati Sauna (or the Faraday) is so quick to put together and to pack up, especially since I am constantly on the move around the country.

And, after all the assembling, disassembling, transporting around in my car and reassembling, it still shows no signs of wear and tear. Even the original lamps are still working.

These Saunaspace Luminati Saunas are a premium quality, beautifully hand-crafted product and you pay for that quality, but if you can afford it I think it is totally worth it.

Sure, you could make your own DIY sauna at home on a relatively low budget, especially if you have some woodwork skills, but the cost for hypoallergenic materials, organic cotton and labour add up. You could get a company with an industrial sewing machine to sew up the covers for you, if you come up with a design. Just make sure you get the right near infrared lamps, use hypoallergenic, non-toxic materials and take all safety precautions.

If you already have a normal Far Infrared Sauna cabinet, you could purchase the Tungsten near infrared four light panel from SaunaSpace or make your own near infrared light panel to install inside.

Personally, I love the aesthetic design, simplicity, beauty, portability and functionality of my SaunaSpace Luminati Sauna. There is no other sauna that I have found out there that compares in all these respects.

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Thank you for reading my review of the SaunaSpace Luminati Sauna, in my opinion the best portable infrared sauna on the market.

I hope that you get to enjoy the bliss of soaking in the healing rays of a SaunaSpace Luminati or Faraday Near Infrared Sauna. Feel free to write any comments or questions into the box below.


Are portable infrared saunas worth it? ›

Get the benefits of Infrared without the bulk. Portable saunas can provide all the health benefits of their larger counterparts. Those benefits include stress relief, muscle recovery, improved circulation, and detoxification.

Is 20 minutes in an infrared sauna enough? ›

Rimba Sweat recommends that first-time users should spend roughly 15 minutes in the sauna. As your body becomes more used to the process, you'll experience maximum results anywhere from 25-40 minutes in the sauna. The optimum temperature for infrared sauna usage sits at around 40 to 55 degrees Celsius.

What is the healthiest type of sauna? ›


An infrared sauna provides a much milder temperature environment – between 120 to 150 degrees F. Additionally, the light of infrared saunas travels much deeper into the body, meaning they are to cause a more vigorous sweat, despite the lower (and more comfortable) temperature.

Are there any dangers to infrared saunas? ›

On the other hand, no harmful effects have been reported with infrared saunas. So if you're thinking of trying a sauna to relax, an infrared sauna might be an option.

Should you wear a towel in infrared sauna? ›

We suggest wearing clean, loose clothing (cotton or any breathable material preferably) or your bathers but you may choose to wear a towel or no clothes at all if that's your thing! The benefit of having your very own sauna in your home means you have the privacy to enjoy your sauna exactly the way you want to.

Who should avoid infrared saunas? ›

If you have an insensitivity to heat, have a fever, have a condition that inhibits your ability to sweat or have a pacemaker or defibrillator - we don't recommend using an infrared sauna.

What infrared sauna is best for inflammation? ›

Far infrared sauna penetrates the body at a deeper level than near or mid-infrared and is the best type of sauna for eliminating toxins and reducing inflammation.

Should you shower after infrared sauna? ›

However, we do recommend that you should shower after an infrared sauna too. Because you sweat during your session and toxins are released, having a shower after your sauna will help to cleanse the skin and close pores.

Should you drink water in a sauna? ›

We can't stress this enough! When you sweat in the sauna, your body can lose up to a pint of fluid, so it's important to make sure you're making up for lost water and electrolytes.

Should you shower after sauna? ›

Relax, recover, refresh

Cooling off after the sauna is important because you can catch a cold if you sweat too much. Sauna-goers should leave enough time to cool down before warming up again. If you can, don't have a shower straight after the sauna. It's better for the body if you cool off in the fresh air first.

Do saunas have a lot of bacteria? ›

Most bacteria thrive at 40°F to 140 degrees°F, and dry saunas range from 176°F to 212°F with less than 20% humidity. This dry, oppressive environment is inhospitable for nearly all bacteria and viruses which thrive under cooler, more moist ecosystems.

Is sauna good for arthritis? ›

Studies have shown the effects of infrared saunas in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, resulting in short-term improvement of pain and stiffness, and a trend towards long-term beneficial effects.

Which is healthier steam or infrared sauna? ›

Health Benefits

The infrared rays penetrate deep down into skin tissue and promote more sweating than traditional steam saunas. This deep penetration increases blood flow and in return promotes detoxification, releasing harmful toxins for healthier skin.

Do you need eye protection in infrared sauna? ›

Eye Damage from Light: YES

Like looking at the sun, staring down a bulb in your infrared sauna can damage your vision. To keep your eyes safe, don't look directly at the bulbs or heaters, keep your eyes closed, or consider wearing sunglasses.

Can infrared sauna damage hair? ›

Infrared Saunas and Hair

Because infrared saunas use infrared light to heat your body instead of dry heat this is less damaging for your hair. In fact, the benefits of using an infrared sauna may actually help to promote healthier hair.

Why do I feel dizzy after infrared sauna? ›

You Dehydrate Quickly.

Because you are sweating so much during an infrared sauna session, it's important to make sure that you drink plenty of water both before and after your sauna time. If you don't replenish the fluids lost through sweating, you might end up feeling lightheaded or dizzy, which can lead to fatigue.

What should a woman wear in a sauna? ›

Wearing something comfortable made of cotton is the best thing you can wear in a sauna. A classic oversized t-shirt, a loose-fitting cotton towel, and shorts are always good for the sauna. They allow your skin to breathe freely; this helps you enjoy a sauna session to its full potential.

Can I take my phone in infrared sauna? ›

The longer the room temperature stays above 35 degrees Celsius, the more (permanent) damage will be done. Also, remember that infrared saunas achieve heat intensities of 45-60 degrees Celsius (113 - 140 F). With those temperatures, you'll be killing your phone over time.

What should you not wear in a sauna? ›

Do not wear workout clothing – PVC or spandex clothing will prevent airflow and could release chemicals into the air at high temperatures. Remove all jewelry before entering the sauna – metal can get quite hot in the sauna and could burn your skin.

What are the dangers of infrared heaters? ›

The IRR mostly passes through air, not heating the air but will heat other materials such as furniture or your body. This heating, if extreme, can cause fires or dangerous skin burns. Furthermore, since the eye blocks the IRR, the eye begins to overheat leading to eye damage and possible blindness.

Does infrared sauna cause wrinkles? ›

Infrared saunas can help to clear your skin through increased circulation and detoxification. Research studies have shown promotive effects of far-infrared rays on full-thickness skin wound healing and a reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, skin roughness, and intradermal collagen density increase.

Can infrared saunas damage eyes? ›

Studies have shown that infrared light may cause damage to the eyes, however, it is highly unlikely in everyday situations. The light would need to be extremely intense and your eyes would need high levels of exposure for damage to occur.

What type of sauna is best for arthritis? ›

Infrared sauna use has been shown to reduce arthritis discomfort.

Is buying a sauna worth it? ›

Installing a sauna in your home is a great investment. An in-home sauna can add value to your property and, if it's portable, you can take it with you when you move. In general, an infrared sauna can be installed almost anywhere inside your home or outside under shelter.

Does Joe Rogan use steam or infrared sauna? ›

As of 2023, Joe Rogan has a sauna at his home and at his podcast studio. He uses both traditional saunas and infrared saunas depending on the benefits that he's look for that day.

Do you get vitamin D from infrared sauna? ›

In addition, many people are vitamin D deficient and don't even know it! Vitamin D is not only a building block in your immune system, but it is essential for bone, teeth, and skin health as well as reducing your risk of cancer! The infrared sauna boosts your Vitamin D levels naturally!

Is it better to do infrared sauna in morning or night? ›

Best Times for infrared sauna sessions are early in the morning or before bedtime in the evening, although anytime is good. When you first begin to use your infrared sauna, Start Slowly. After you begin to break a sweat, a 20 -30 minute session is recommended.

Is it OK to sit in an infrared sauna every day? ›

There is no one answer for the amount of sessions per week, but infrared saunas are safe to use every day. In fact, you will see wellness improvements sooner if you use it daily. On average, most people partake in 30-45 minute sessions, 3-4 times a week.

What not to do after infrared sauna? ›

DON'T – SIT TOO LONG IF YOU PLAN TO EXERCISE AFTER YOUR INFRARED SAUNA SESSION. Far infrared saunas are designed to relax your body and muscles, which is the opposite thing your body needs before a workout.

Can I bring my phone in a sauna? ›

Depending on the type of sauna you are using, you may be able to take your phone into a sauna, however, bear in mind that high temperatures and humidity/moisture can cause damage.

What should I do straight after sauna? ›

After using the sauna, experienced users recommend taking a cold shower or a dip in any icy body of water before visiting for another session. Take it easy and stay hydrated. If you're not ready or comfortable with a second round, take a final shower and make sure to drink plenty of water.

Does sauna help burn fat? ›

Simply sitting in a sauna can enable you to decrease excess fat is not a reality. A sauna does not allow you to lose weight; it temporarily eliminates quickly replaceable water from the body. In addition, excessive heat makes your body sweat and sweating can make you lose fluid in the form of water.

Is sauna good for heart? ›

Frequent sauna bathing improves cardiovascular function, reduces inflammation, and may improve lipid profile. For optimal results, choose a temperature between 175-195F (80-90C) with 10-20% humidity for 30-minutes at least three times a week.

Can you sauna on an empty stomach? ›

What to eat: in the sauna you should not have a full stomach or empty stomach. The ideal is to eat a light snack before, like a yogurt or fruit. A warm tea of or chamomile drink before the sauna will help you to sweat.

Is a sauna good for high blood pressure? ›

Several studies link frequent sauna use (four to seven times a week) to lower blood pressure and a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, including sudden cardiac death and stroke.

Should you lotion after sauna? ›

It is a good idea to reapply the moisturizer after the sauna, when you have showered and your skin is still damp. Don't forget the hair.

What happens if you go in a sauna everyday? ›

In fact, people can see improved cardiovascular health from sauna use. Research shows that people who regularly use a sauna (at least four times a week for 20 minutes) have a significantly lower risk of heart attack, stroke, and dementia, notes Dr. Parikh.

Do saunas clean your lungs? ›

Recap. There is limited evidence that saunas are therapeutic for lung conditions. However, several smaller-scale studies have suggested that saunas may benefit people with COPD, asthma, pneumonia, allergies, and even COVID-19.

Do saunas cause mold? ›

The problem with building a sauna for your home is that it can cause mould and other moisture issues if the proper precautions and building methods aren't followed. It must be properly sealed, waterproofed and ventilated.

Is a sauna good for back pain? ›

These results indicate that dry sauna therapy has beneficial effects (safety and improvement of symptoms) for patients with low back pain. Thermal therapy, including dry sauna therapy has long been utilized traditionally in many countries.

Does sauna help with lung inflammation? ›

It is concluded that patients with an obstructive pulmonary disease can take part in sauna programs without eliciting bronchoconstriction; sauna even causes transient improvement of the lung function.

What should you not do before an infrared sauna? ›

What you should know before your first Infrared Sauna
  • It's ok not to sweat too much in your first session. ...
  • Stay hydrated. ...
  • Don't use the sauna if you have been drinking alcohol heavily prior to your session. ...
  • Wear or bring loose clothing to put on after your session. ...
  • Schedule your sauna on your needs.
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What type of sauna is healthiest? ›


Additionally, the light of infrared saunas travels much deeper into the body, meaning they are to cause a more vigorous sweat, despite the lower (and more comfortable) temperature.

Are infrared saunas good for your lungs? ›

There have been several studies conducted that have found sauna use improves cardiovascular function, which can also improve symptoms related to lung conditions. Because infrared heat penetrates deep into the body this can also be more effective in achieving results than traditional saunas.

Which portable sauna is better infrared or steam? ›

Infrared saunas offer great skin benefits. The infrared rays penetrate deep down into skin tissue and promote more sweating than traditional steam saunas. This deep penetration increases blood flow and in return promotes detoxification, releasing harmful toxins for healthier skin.

How often can you use a portable infrared sauna? ›

There is no one answer for the amount of sessions per week, but infrared saunas are safe to use every day. In fact, you will see wellness improvements sooner if you use it daily. On average, most people partake in 30-45 minute sessions, 3-4 times a week.

Do portable saunas use a lot of electricity? ›

As you can see, the cost of running your infrared sauna is relatively miniscule – most people, using their sauna for an hour a day, use less than $5 worth of electricity each week.

Which is better far infrared or near infrared sauna? ›

far infrared heat, which sauna type do you feel will serve you best? Near infrared units tend to promote topical healing and mild pain relief quite effectively, but far infrared heating units are incredibly effective at removing toxins, improving circulation, and relaxing the muscles.

What should I look for when buying an infrared sauna? ›

Look for infrared saunas with undetectable or extremely low Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and low Electric Fields (ELF). Check your sauna has third-party tested results on its EMF levels. Learn more in this article on infrared saunas.

Should I wear anything in a sauna? ›

Wearing something comfortable made of cotton is the best thing you can wear in a sauna. A classic oversized t-shirt, a loose-fitting cotton towel, and shorts are always good for the sauna. They allow your skin to breathe freely; this helps you enjoy a sauna session to its full potential.

How many minutes should you stay in a portable sauna? ›

Use at least twice a week starting with 10-15 minutes at a time and work up to 30-40 minutes at a time slowly. Best practices say not to use the infrared sauna more than twice a day. It's not recommended to stay in longer than about 20-45 minutes at a time even when you're used to it, but we will get into that shortly.

Do portable saunas help you lose weight? ›

A sauna does not allow you to lose weight; it temporarily eliminates quickly replaceable water from the body. In addition, excessive heat makes your body sweat and sweating can make you lose fluid in the form of water. In other words, you are dehydrating your body by sitting in a sauna or steam room.

Where do you put a portable sauna? ›

You can place your infrared sauna on any type of flooring, as long as it's dry and level. If you decide to place it on carpet, you have no need to worry about equipment overheating or carpet being damaged. We've considered all manners of flooring, allowing our saunas to be adaptable within any home setting.

How much weight can you lose in a portable sauna? ›

The most immediate benefit of a sauna is water weight loss. Because the intense heat makes you sweat, you'll lose excess water stored in your body. You can lose up to five pounds in a single session but, as you rehydrate, most of the weight will come back.


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