Infrared saunas are the latest trend in the United States. Infrared saunas cause reactions, such as vigorous sweating and increased heart rate, similar to those elicited by moderate exercise but they produce these results at lower temperatures than does a regular sauna. Infrared saunas also make it accessible to people who can't tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna.
Brent A. Bauer, director of the Department of Internal Medicine's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. , said some studies found out that infrared saunas are used in the treatment of chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and rheumatoid arthritis. However Bauer added larger and more-rigorous studies are needed to confirm these results. He also noted that no adverse effects have been reported with infrared saunas.
Additionally a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology found that participants who spent fifteen minutes a day for two weeks in an infrared sauna saw an impressive drop in their blood pressure.
If you don’t have enough time to drive to a spa or center for an infrared sauna, you may even have your own at home. There are several alternatives for your home. Depending on your budget and space you may buy something like JNH Lifestyles 2 Person Far Infrared Sauna for little above $1000 or a portable sauna from Radiant for just under $200.
If you prefer to give it a try first, here are some locations that you may visit.
Chicago: Allyu Spa,
Dallas: Skin Body Soul,
Los Angeles: Shape House, Skintuition, Alchemie
NYC: DTX Cellular Evolution, HigherDOSE, Gravity East Village
Seattle: City Sweats
Washington DC: TIMM Spa