This is my blog. These are my opinions. I am not some yahoo. I lived in Scandinavia. I have been taking saunas for over 25 years. I know saunas. I am not Finnish, I am half Italian and a 1/4 German, so I talk half the time and analyze 1/4 of the time.
If you own an infrared, perhaps you could recycle the cedar for a real sauna. If you are thinking of buying an infrared, don’t. Do your research. You are smarter than that.
- You avoid tanning salons, they give you cancer and turn your skin a weird color.
- You don’t smoke tobacco cigarettes, same thing.
- You don’t sweat by stuffing yourself in a microwave oven.
Imagine for a moment you are a sauna enthusiast from Finland, a country with more saunas than cars. You have grown up with sauna, a centuries old cultural tradition. Now, you read and hear about $499 microwave boxes you can assemble in your living room called “infrared saunas.” Imagine how pissed you would be. I am waving this flag for all the polite Scandinavians who may only speak up on this topic after 3 sauna rounds and a few beers. Infrared is not a sauna.
Wood sauna is preferred. Electric sauna is ok, but Infrared is NOT a sauna. Infrared is a marketing scam. Infrared makes unrealistic claims to lure consumers. Infrared is fueled by light bulbs and sold by guys that used to sell mops and knives at state fairs. Infrared hucksters hitch their wagons to weight loss, pain relief, homeo whatever therapy, detoxify, and it’s all horse shit. They have taken real benefits of a Finnish sauna and packaged them up to try to sell their high margin light bulb closets. But you know this already, you are smarter than this.
Infrared is not a sauna.