Portable infrared saunas are tent-like structures fitted with infrared heaters of one type or another.
They are lightweight items that are around thirty inches wide, thirty inches deep, and forty inches high, although some models come in an average and a large size. They are portable being designed to fold flat for storage, and may have a carrying bag for ease of transportation. Usually these types of infrared saunas take less than two minutes to set up. The benefits of infrared saunas is dry heat, so there is no need to mess with boiling water for steam or risk of electrocution because of water near the wiring.
Although most of these are made with a silver quilted material, some models come in a deep brown colored covering. The sitting models with chairs have heater panels on three sides and a zipper for access in the front. They may come with a neck cover to help seal in the heat while the unit is in use. You can find them with and without a foot heater; if you have poor circulation in your feet a foot heater may be very beneficial to you. Many portable saunas have zippered openings for putting your hands outside the sauna. This allows you to read, hold a television remote, knit, or whatever else you desire to do while you enjoy your infrared sauna. It is actually recommended you look for this feature for your comfort. Some units also will come with pockets for the sauna remote control device and the power supply cables. This helps keep the items nearby but out of the way.
One feature to consider looking for is a cover that can be removed for washing. Not every model of portable infrared sauna will have this but it can be handy and make the unit healthier if more than one person uses it.
Portable infrared saunas can be a wonderful way to experience the benefits of far infrared heat for yourself. They are usually a fraction of the cost of a wooden infrared therapy room. They take up almost no space (making them ideal for apartment dwellers and others with limited room), and are very quick to put up and take down. Of course, the infrared sauna cabins are better at providing an overall experience if one can afford the expense and has the space for it.
But what are the benefits of gentle far infrared heat? You will be amazed at the broad range of reasons to get into the habit of using a portable infrared sauna. It is not just a soothing heat, after all. The process will improve the condition of the skin. Because a good sweat is the body's natural way to open up and unclog pores, this is an excellent way to help treat acne, eczema, and psoriasis. The increased blood flow to the skin and muscles promotes repair of damages, easing aches and pains caused by hard work, tension, and stress.
Promoted by NASA for their space program, far infrared portable saunas can help your body burn off calories and assist you in controlling your weight. This is the proven "passive exercise" used in space. It can provide this benefit while improving circulation, strengthening your cardiovascular system in a low impact way that actually promotes healing through the release of toxins stored in the body.
You can have all of these benefits in a device that uses the same amount of power as your hair dryer.
Personally I believe in the effectiveness of a full-fledged wooden infrared sauna, fitted with a nice sound system and soft lights on the inside, so that your sauna experience is a really relaxing one, but for anyone with limited space or budget, portable infrared saunas can be a great compromise.
If you’ve ever experienced a session with your favorite relaxing music in the soothing warmth of a wooden sauna cabin, you’ll understand what I mean by making it a full body and mental relaxing experience. Still, infrared energy from a portable infrared sauna is better than no infrared at all.
While use of a portable infrared sauna is considered safe and effective, there are a few things to keep in mind when using one. First of all, stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your sauna session. If you suspect you have a heart condition, consult with your doctor before beginning any type of sauna therapy. Limit your sessions to twenty minutes and stop if you feel lightheaded for any reason. When getting a new portable sauna it is best to let it run without using it two to four times to release any chemical fumes that might cause you to experience allergic reactions.
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