Frequently Asked Questions

How is an infrared sauna different than a “regular sauna?”

“Regular” saunas are the European kinds that get super hot, so it’s hard to breathe. SaunaRay infrared saunas use ceramic heated elements to gently warm your skin to encourage a sweat in a warm environment where it’s easy to breathe normally.

How are the two different?

The goal of any sauna is to make you sweat. Your high temp sauna does this by super-heating the air so that when you breathe, it triggers your body’s autonomic nerve, which controls body temperature. This makes your blood pressure and heart rate increase to pump blood to your extremities to cool off your organs. The sweat is triggered as a cooling mechanism.

SaunaRay’s infrared saunas cause you to sweat without raising your core temperature. The gentle but powerful infrared heat warms your skins and triggers the sweat glands before your core body temperature rises. You go inside at 27-28C (82-84F) instead of 60-80C, like in the wood-fired sauna. You can breathe normally in the warm air as the temperature slowly rises. By the time it gets to about 40C (105F), you are usually soaked with sweat and ready to come out.  This means your body temp remains normal, and there is no recovery period. You don’t feel tired or knocked out by the heat.

What makes SaunaRay special?

It’s the way it’s built. The heaters make you sweat without raising your core temp. The cabinet is built with solid wood and no toxic glues.

Why is low-heat better than high-heat to induce a sweat?

Sweating causes the excretion of toxic metals and complex chemicals like pesticides, plasticizers, and fire retardant chemicals that are ubiquitous in our environment but not easily excreted from the body. Their build-up can cause disease over time.

SaunaRay’s low-heat infrared systems allow you to sweat profusely without stressing your core body temp or triggering a reaction.

Can I put it on my carpet?

Most of our saunas can plug into any outlet in the house and can be placed in a closet if you like. They can sit on any floor surface, just like a cabinet or a clothing wardrobe, because there is no need for drains or vents. Our bigger units require a 220-volt outlet but can still sit on any floor surface – even your carpet!