Fir Saunas

Written by Michael Federico
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Fir saunas have come to represent two very different things. The first, and more traditional, is simply a sauna that is built from the wood of a fir tree. Douglas firs are often used in the construction of some of the finest sauna doors, and fir inlays are a popular trait of private saunas, as well.

Technology has found its way into the ancient art of sauna design. Even a practice that has taken place for thousands of years could not avoid the recent advances made in science. New techniques and heating systems have led to far infrared, or fir saunas. Many new saunas on the market feature far infrared technology, and even some purists have come to acknowledge the benefits of this unique system.

Features of Fir Saunas

Most fir saunas come with ceramic heaters. Ceramic is the strongest conductor of infrared. It raises micron levels far above those produced by traditional wood burning or metal heaters. This heightened level produces an intense penetrative heat, which is more therapeutic and a stronger detoxifying agent.

Infrared heaters have the ability to disperse heat evenly throughout the room. One does not have to sit right in front of the heater to benefit from it. Also, the heat in fir saunas operates on the same wavelength as body heat. This helps to ensure a safe, healthy sauna experience. Many have likened using fir saunas to being exposed to the healing power of the sun's rays without experiencing any of the harmful side effects.


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Saunas ARE good for you. They increase cilatrcuion which not only helps ease aching joints and muscles, but can also improve the appearance of your hair and skin, and the relaxation they provide is another great perk! Saunas will not, however, help you lose weight. The only weight you'll lose in a sauna is water weight and this will come right back after you rehydrate yourself. Failure to rehydrate can result in dangerous dehydration. Also, the amount of detoxification in a sauna is limited at best.

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Hi there. A near infrared sauna is alwyas preferable to a far infrared one. Far infrared has strong EMF's. Near infrared, from what I understand, are more healing and you do not have exposure to high EMF's. I used a near infrared sauna in the first few months then needed to stop as sitting in the sauna after about the 6 month mark would bring on symptoms .. botox can affect temperature regulation in different parts of the body at times so you have to be cautious and listen to your body. I'm now almost totally recovered and can again used the sauna without any difficulty and have been since just after one year.

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Hey Alfonso: I don't tend to do saunas, but what I do enjoy after wornikg out is a steam shower. From the research I've found, unless there are medical complications, those are good. And the research does indicate that a pre-workout sauna or steambath will actually help warm up the muscles, etc.