Are Infrared Saunas Safe? Dispelling the Misconceptions

Am I about to get into a giant microwave? For heaven’s sake, are infrared saunas safe? - Let's dispel some of the misconceptions and paranoid thoughts regarding infrared saunas!

New things, treatments, and experiences can always be a bit scary; for many who’ve not experienced one, an infrared sauna can be somewhat frightening. Certain paranoid thoughts may race through the mind, “infrared, isn’t that for weapons? Am I about to get into a giant microwave? For heaven’s sake, are infrared saunas safe? What am I about to do!?”


Don’t worry; we’re here to help clear the air and put the mind at ease. Let’s discuss some of the biggest misconceptions regarding infrared saunas and dispel any nasty rumors. At Elevation Massage & Spa, we’re not in the business of harming our clients or putting them in microwaves; it is simply not good for business!

Are Infrared Saunas Safe? How Do They Operate?

Infrared saunas are like warm, comforting blankets for your whole being; they work wonders by using infrared light to produce heat, just like the sun warms the Earth. But unlike the sun's full spectrum of light, which includes ultraviolet rays (the ones you need sunscreen for), infrared saunas emit only infrared waves. These wavelengths are gentle and penetrate your skin, gently heating your body from the inside out without heating the surrounding air. 


The heat generated by the infrared waves warms your body, promoting a deep, relaxing sweat session. Unlike traditional saunas, which warm the air first, infrared saunas offer a more pleasant experience by heating your body directly. It's like being enveloped in a cozy pillow of warmth, helping you relax, unwind, and release tension without feeling like a roasted piece of holiday poultry. Infrared heat can help improve circulation, release toxins, and, overall, promote healthy bodily rejuvenation. 


You can learn more about how infrared saunas work by reading our accompanying blog: 

Infrared Sauna vs. Dry Sauna – What Sets Them Apart?

Are Infrared Saunas Safe? The Biggest Misconceptions

Some of the most common misconceptions regarding infrared saunas include, but are not limited to, the following!:

Misconception #1: "Infrared radiation is harmful." Nope. Unlike the sun's ultraviolet rays, which can be a bit aggressive, infrared rays in saunas are gentle. They work their magic by gently penetrating the skin, inducing that relaxing warmth without the harmful effects associated with UV rays.

Misconception #2: "Infrared saunas can fry you like a crispy potato;" this is also untrue. The heat from infrared saunas is well-controlled and emits only the gentle, therapeutic warmth your body craves. It’s like a warm hug without the risk of turning into a toasted marshmallow. For most, it doesn’t even come close to that hot, baking feeling of spending a day at the beach.

Misconception #3: "Infrared saunas damage your insides." Let's put this notion to rest; the heat gently penetrates your skin, inducing a lovely sweat session that helps detoxify and rejuvenate your body. So, no, you won’t cook from the inside out.

Misconception #4: "Using infrared saunas is risky." Relax! When used sensibly, these saunas are a safe and helpful solution. Remember to stay hydrated, don't overdo it, and listen to your body’s cues. It's all about moderation and embracing the warmth responsibly. Professionals at the spa will guide you through the infrared experience. 

If you’re still unsure about our Sunlighten Infrared Sauna sessions, please reach out with any questions you may have!

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