Traditional vs. Infrared Sauna – What’s the difference?

We get asked this question quite frequently so we wanted to bring you the most comprehensive explanation we could find…straight from the experts at Finnleo. Excerpted below is part of a detailed article on the differences written by Keith Raisanen, President & Founder of Finnleo Saunas and Craig Lahti, Director of Digital Media for Finnleo Saunas.

If you are interested in heat bathing, you have probably read many articles regarding the health benefits of traditional sauna, far infrared sauna, and steam baths. Today, we are going to look at the biggest debate, which is between traditional sauna and far-infrared sauna.To begin: “The sauna you will use the most is the best sauna.” Thus, this article is not to address the question of “What’s better—traditional sauna or far-infrared sauna?” Rather, we’ll explore the differences between the sauna types and why you might prefer one over the other.

If you enjoy steam in the sauna, higher temperatures and a more social environment, then traditional sauna may be the best sauna for you.

If you prefer lower temperatures but with body-penetrating heat, far-infrared sauna may be your best sauna choice.  

First, let us look at the similarities of the rooms and the shared benefits. The goal of sauna bathing varies by person, but let’s assume your general goal is to enjoy the benefits of heat bathing: relaxation and stress reduction, sweating (with the associated detoxification) and relieving aches and pains. Both sauna types provide these benefits, although the conditions under which the benefits are achieved are quite different.