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The Actual Benefits of Infrared Saunas

From stress management to weight loss, the benefits of infrared saunas are never ending. Infrared saunas offer a variety of benefits to any individual no matter their goals or health concerns. Our detailed guide highlights the benefits and why you should use an infrared sauna. 

At Sun Stream Saunas UK, we are committed to providing you with the most effective, powerful and safest infrared sauna experience possible.

Unlike a traditional sauna, an infrared sauna produces invisible light that penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the body’s tissues. The radiant heat emitted by the sauna’s infrared heaters directly warms the body, making infrared saunas perfect for those who cannot handle the extreme heat and humidity of a traditional sauna but still desire the benefits.  

There is a varying time frame for how long it takes to see the benefits of infrared saunas and, of course, it depends on the benefit.

What are the main benefits of an infrared sauna?

While infrared saunas offer a wide array of benefits, they all work together to improve overall health. The main benefits include:

  • Stress Management
  • Immune System Support
  • Weight Loss
  • Pain Management  
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Detoxification 
  • Convenience and Accessibility
A person enjoying the benefits of our 3 person infrared sauna.

Let’s break down each infrared sauna benefit in more detail:

Stress Management

The heat produced by infrared saunas naturally soothes tired muscles and joints, helping the body achieve a deeper state of relaxation. The infrared heat triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins relieve stress, increase happiness, and reduce anxiety. Some evidence suggests that infrared saunas reduce cortisol levels, further lowering stress and anxiety levels. This improved well-being also contributes to a better night’s sleep. 

Immune System Support

The stress reduction and endorphin release encouraged by infrared saunas also promote positive immune function. Evidence suggests that infrared saunas stimulate white blood cell production which enhances the immune system and helps the body fight against illnesses. Saunas also have the potential to help you fight off the common cold. As your body temperature increases, your body activates your immune system naturally as a defence mechanism. Infrared saunas reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can break down cell tissue and damage DNA, leading to diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and dementia.

Weight Loss

The heat of the infrared sauna causes your internal body temperature and heart rate to rise, similar to light exercise. As your body works to cool itself, this increase in energy expenditure causes you to burn calories. The increase in heart rate and blood circulation has the potential to increase your metabolism which can increase your body’s overall energy expenditure and aid with weight loss. While weight loss is a possible benefit of infrared saunas, it should serve as a supplement to a diet and exercise routine recommended by your doctor. 

Pain Management 

The heat produced by infrared saunas more deeply penetrates sore or tired muscle muscles and joints. The increase in blood circulation caused by the infrared sauna also helps accelerate muscle recovery times after a workout. Not only is the infrared sauna beneficial after physical activity but also for those who suffer from chronic pain conditions such as arthritis.

Cardiovascular Health

As your body temperature rises, your body naturally responds by widening your blood vessels. This stimulates blood flow, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, and increases the oxygenation of body tissues, therefore increasing overall cardiovascular health. 


Naturally, the body sweats to eliminate toxins. Infrared saunas encourage sweating production, therefore helping eliminate waste and toxins from the body. The improved circulation, reduced stress, and release of toxins can also lead to a clearer skin complexion.  

Convenience and Accessibility 

On top of the wide variety of health benefits infrared saunas offer, they are also more convenient than traditional steam saunas. Since infrared saunas do not require water, they do not require any plumbing. This means you can easily install an infrared sauna in any room. Additionally, infrared saunas are much more comfortable for individuals if they cannot tolerate the high temperatures of steam saunas. 

Final Thoughts 

While every individual may have different goals when it comes to using an infrared sauna, there’s no doubt that they can greatly improve any individual’s overall well-being.

Whether you’re looking to decrease your stress levels, promote blood circulation, recover from workouts, or treat yourself to a spa experience, our range of infrared saunas can help improve your quality of life. 

If you live in the UK, why don’t you try one of our infrared saunas? We have multiple locations in the UK where you can test before you buy.

However, if you are ready to buy an infrared sauna for your home, get in touch with us today!