Infrared vs Traditional Sauna: Discover the Best for Your Wellness Journey


Are you curious about the differences between infrared saunas and traditional saunas? Understanding their unique benefits and disadvantages can help you make an informed decision about which type best suits your wellness needs. At Tree of Life Wellness Center, serving Albertville and St. Michael, MN, we offer Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas that provide a range of health benefits. Let’s dive into the details of each type to help you choose the best option for your wellness journey.

Understanding Infrared Saunas

Infrared saunas use advanced technology to emit light that is directly absorbed by your skin, providing a gentle yet deeply penetrating heat. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Deep Penetration: Infrared wavelengths penetrate deeply into the skin, muscles, and joints, promoting detoxification and pain relief.
  • Comfortable Heat: Operate at a lower temperature (120°F to 140°F), allowing for longer and more comfortable sessions.
  • Health Benefits: Detoxification, improved circulation, pain relief, enhanced skin health, and relaxation.


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Unique Benefits of Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas:

Our Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas at Tree of Life Wellness Center offer a comprehensive range of near, mid, and far-infrared wavelengths:

  • Near-Infrared: Boosts collagen production, improving skin health and reducing wrinkles.
  • Mid-Infrared: Enhances circulation and alleviates muscle and joint pain.
  • Far-Infrared: Promotes detoxification by stimulating sweating and removing toxins.

Exploring Traditional Saunas

Traditional saunas use electric or wood-burning stoves to heat the air, creating a high-heat environment. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Intense Heat: Operate at higher temperatures (150°F to 185°F), providing an intense heat experience.
  • Steam and Humidity: Often include steam, which offers additional respiratory benefits.
  • Health Benefits: Muscle relaxation, cardiovascular health, respiratory relief, and increased calorie burn.

Comparison: Infrared vs Traditional Saunas

Feature Infrared Sauna Traditional Sauna
Heating Mechanism Infrared heaters emitting light absorbed by skin Electric or wood-burning stoves heating the air
Temperature Range 120°F to 140°F 150°F to 185°F
Health Benefits Detoxification, improved circulation, pain relief, skin health Muscle relaxation, cardiovascular health, respiratory relief, calorie burn
Comfort and Experience Lower temperature for comfortable, longer sessions High heat and steam for intense experience

Scientific Insights and Benefits

Research supports the significant health benefits of both types of saunas. However, infrared saunas, especially Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas, provide deeper heat penetration, enhancing therapeutic effects like detoxification, pain relief, and skin health.


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Benefits of Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas:

  1. Comprehensive Wavelengths: Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas offer a combination of near, mid, and far-infrared wavelengths, each providing unique health benefits.
  2. Deeper Penetration: Infrared saunas penetrate deeper into the skin, muscles, and joints, enhancing detoxification, pain relief, and skin health.
  3. Lower Temperatures: Operate at lower temperatures (120°F to 140°F) compared to traditional saunas, making them more comfortable for longer sessions.
  4. Energy Efficiency: They heat up quickly and use less energy, which is cost-effective.
  5. Skin Health: Near-infrared wavelengths boost collagen production, improving skin tone and reducing wrinkles.
  6. Pain Relief and Circulation: Mid-infrared wavelengths improve circulation and alleviate muscle and joint pain.
  7. Detoxification: Far-infrared wavelengths aid in detoxifying the body by promoting sweating, which removes toxins.
  8. Mental Well-being: Promotes relaxation and reduces stress by balancing cortisol levels.

How Infrared Saunas Work

Infrared saunas use light to create heat, directly warming your body without heating the air around you. This mechanism makes infrared saunas more efficient and allows for a deeper, more intense sweat at lower temperatures. Infrared light penetrates your skin and heats your body from the inside out, stimulating your sweat glands and promoting detoxification.

How Traditional Saunas Work

Traditional saunas use either electric or wood-burning stoves to heat the air to high temperatures. The heated air, in turn, warms your body, causing you to sweat. Traditional saunas often include steam, which can help open up airways and provide respiratory benefits. The high heat can also help relax muscles and improve circulation.

Disadvantages of Infrared and Traditional Saunas

Infrared Saunas:

  • Limited Steam: Infrared saunas do not produce steam, which can be a disadvantage for those who enjoy the humid environment of traditional saunas.
  • Potential Overheating: While generally safer, improper use or faulty equipment can still lead to overheating.
  • Cost: Infrared saunas can be more expensive initially due to advanced technology.

Traditional Saunas:

  • High Heat: The intense heat can be uncomfortable for some users, making it difficult to stay in for long periods.
  • Energy Consumption: Traditional saunas take longer to heat up and consume more energy.
  • Space Requirement: They typically require more space and ventilation, which can be a limitation for home use.

Scientific Evidence Supporting Sauna Use


A woman relaxing in an infrared sauna at Tree of Life Wellness Center, enjoying the soothing warmth and health benefits in Albertville/St. Michael, MN.


Infrared Saunas:

  • -A study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology found that infrared sauna therapy significantly reduced pain and stiffness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
  • -Research from the Journal of Complementary Therapies in Medicine suggests that infrared saunas can improve cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure and increasing circulation.
  • -A study in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health found that infrared sauna use can enhance detoxification by promoting the excretion of heavy metals and other toxins.

Traditional Saunas:

  • -A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that regular sauna use is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality.
  • -Research from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that traditional sauna use can improve arterial stiffness and blood pressure.
  • -A study in the Annals of Medicine found that traditional sauna use can enhance mental well-being by reducing stress and promoting relaxation.

Why Choose the Infrared Sauna Experience at Tree of Life Wellness Center


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At Tree of Life Wellness Center, serving Albertville and St. Michael, MN, we are committed to providing you with the best wellness experiences. Our Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas offer:

  • Comprehensive Health Benefits: Experience the combined benefits of near, mid, and far-infrared wavelengths.
  • Comfortable Sessions: Enjoy longer, more comfortable sessions with lower temperatures.
  • Expert Guidance: Our trained staff will guide you through your sauna journey, ensuring you get the most out of each session.
  • Customized Experience: Our Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas offer customizable settings to target specific health benefits and wellness goals.
  • Holistic Wellness Approach: Our infrared saunas are part of a comprehensive list of wellness services, including massage therapy, esthetics, and other holistic health services. Click here to view a full Menu of our services.

Excellent Customer Service!!! Friendly and they provide great services. I’m a huge fan of the infrared sauna, helps me relax, destress and detox. I feel better after every session. Thanks!!
Marie G

I’ve gone here monthly for sauna sessions and I love it. I’ve been to other places with infrared saunas and this by far is my favorite place. We also have gone in to purchase supplements and the knowledge they have is super appreciated and helpful. Peaceful environment!! I walk out after my sauna feeling rested!
Jillian H

Relaxing environment! The infrared sauna was so helpful for my joints and muscles. Will definitely be back. Friendly staff!
Rosie McKellips


Infrared and traditional saunas both offer unique health benefits, but Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas provide a comprehensive range of advantages that can enhance your overall well-being. If you are looking for the best sauna experience in Albertville and St. Michael, MN, Tree of Life Wellness Center’s Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna service is an excellent choice. Visit our Infrared Sauna service page to learn more and book your session today.