SaunaSpace Sauna Review – Near Infrared FTW!

It’s hot. It’s bright. And it can get sweaty.

It’s also deeply rejuvenating and a wonderful part of my detox routine.

This is my review of the ultra-low EMF, near infrared pocket sauna by SaunaSpace.

My SaunaSpace Near Infrared Sauna Review

Why do we need to “detox”?

Did you know that we are exposed to more toxins in one day than our grandparents were exposed to in a lifetime? That’s why it’s so important for us to practice simple detox measures regularly.

I love saunas because they are super safe and make me feel amazing. They also activate our greatest detox organ… OUR SKIN!

And it’s nothing new… throughout history humans have used sauna therapy as a safe and powerful means of detoxification, from Native American sweat lodges to Finnish wood-fired saunas.

Which is the best sauna?

Most people are familiar with traditional saunas, which are heated with electricity or burning wood. These saunas may be dry or wet, and they’re usually very hot! So you’re gonna sweat a lot if you’re in one.

But there are other saunas too – saunas that combine heat therapy with light therapy for a double dose of health benefits.

The type of sauna I’m talking about is a Near Infrared Sauna. These combine the heat therapy of traditional saunas with light therapy.

Yes, light from near-infrared saunas can penetrate the body and enact a special biological system called photobiology.

There’s another type of sauna called Far Infrared Saunas, but the light from those saunas doesn’t penetrate the body as well, plus far infrared saunas typically emit high EMFs or electro-magnetic frequencies, which can be harmful in large doses.

Near infrared saunas produce almost no EMF.

Here’s more information on Far vs. Near Infrared Saunas.

Which sauna do I use? Near infrared, baby!

I bet you can guess which kind of sauna Mama Natural uses. Near infrared, baby!

I got really interested in near infrared saunas after reading some studies on how beneficial saunas are for our health.

Here are just 3 benefits…

  • Saunas are huge stress fighters. Many of us are stuck in the sympathetic or “fight or flight”. Saunas encourage our bodies to go into the parasympathetic state, which allows us to digest, rest and heal.
  • Saunas can help with weight loss and cellulite. A study involving a group of women riding stationary bicycles demonstrated a 444% increase in weight loss for the group exposed to near infrared light when compared to the exercise only group.
  • And finally, one huge, landmark study found that the more men used a sauna, the lower the risk for sudden cardiac arrest, fatal cardiovascular disease, fatal coronary heart disease and all-caused mortality.

Basically, the more you sauna, the lower your risk for premature death.

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So I needed to get sauna into my life!

Now, I’m not in a position to build a special sauna room in my house, so I needed something a little simpler.

And as I researched it, there was one clear standout: SaunaSpace saunas.

They hand make their beautiful little saunas right here in the U.S., and they do it the right way…

  • Totally natural materials
  • Zero VOC-rated, hypoallergenic wood and bamboo
  • Chemical-free cotton. grown, spun, and woven in the USA.
  • Near zero EMF tungsten heat lamps

Other saunas are made overseas. They may seem natural, but they use toxic ingredients like formaldehyde or plastics that can “off-gas” as you sit in the hot sauna!

We got ours two months ago, it was super easy to set up. My husband and I have been using it regularly, and we both really like it. In fact, he now uses it more than I do!

We keep it in our master bedroom closet, which is attached to our bathroom so it’s really convenient.

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How I use my SaunaSpace Sauna

  • First I turn on the infrared lights.
  • I close up the curtain and let it pre-heat for 5-10 minutes
  • Then I strip down to my undies
  • I sit on the stool inside the sauna about 12-14 inches away from light bulbs
  • I keep a towel on the stool and on the sauna floor to catch the sweat
  • I rotate clockwise every 5 minutes so that the powerful infrared light penetrates my bodily evenly.
  • I wear a pair or dark sunglasses, close my eyes, listen to soft music, pray, meditate.
  • My husband drinks his coffee in there and reads on his phone and listens to podcasts.
  • You will want to have a hand towel handy to mop up the sweat. Because yes, we do sweat a lot in here.

We started out with 20 min sessions. At first, I didn’t sweat a lot. But after a few sessions, I drip like crazy! It’s safe to go up about 45 minutes per day, but start slowly. If you are particularly sensitive, you can just start with five minutes a day and slowly work your way up.

Be sure to rehydrate for any electrolytes you might lose. I like adding a pinch of sea salt to water or drinking some coconut water.

Afterwards, we take a shower to rinse off. This is important because toxins are released so you want to wash those off. Yes, mercury, lead and arsenic as well as other chemicals like BPAs and phthalates can be released through your skin. In fact, in many of these instances, sweat is your bodies favorite way to get rid of these metals and chemicals.

And I have to say, I feel an endorphin surge afterward. Rejuvenated, calmed, content in my body.

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That’s my review of the SaunaSpace sauna

So there you have it, my review of the SaunaSpace sauna. If you’d like to learn more about their products or about the benefits of saunas in general, click here to check out their site.

How about you?

When’s the last time you used a sauna? Are you interested in trying out a near infrared sauna?

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.


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  1. Is the tent tall enough to stand up in? I have read that standing is better than sitting as when you sit the light cannot easily get to all parts of the body.

  2. Is there a way you can get the NIR lights to shine at the knees and legs as well? I would want to treat my knees for arthritis but inside this tent it looks like that wouldn’t work…….?

  3. Does anybody have any experience in using the NIF sauna with an implanted defibrillator?

  4. Would it work to buy the 4 light panel and convert a small closet? The idea is just to have an enclosed space, right?

    • I was wandering the same thing?

  5. Can I just buy the sauna space bulbs for ten dollars each and tie them to the shower curtain and lay in the bathtub ??

    • I don’t think that would get warm enough, Michelle.

  6. Hi Everyone – SaunaSpace is having a 10% tax week sale this week only. I just ordered my pocket sauna after much research, exploration and husband-convincing. Looking forward to it! i hope this may be the turning point in many of our health challenges.

  7. Hi, I’ve been talking to a company who offers a far infrared sauna that they say cancels out all EMFs. They also say that far infrared is the only kind they gets you hot enough to generate the sweat needed to detox. Can you comment about that? I’m finding conflicting information about whether far infrared can be manufactured without EMFs. Thanks! (By the way, I always love your recommendations. We have our Essentia bed largely because of your review.)

    • Hi Jude! I’m not sure if far infrared saunas can be low EMF. I can say that we tested our near-infrared sauna with an EMF gauge and it was very low indeed. And I can also say that our near-infrared sauna gets plenty hot for a great sweat. Which is key. I think it’s really about the heat, the light therapy is just the cherry on top.

  8. Thoughts for use while breast feeding?

  9. We made a homemade sauna with NIR lights (steal them from your chicken coop) on an untreated wood frame. It cost about $20 but that’s not including cotton sheets to make the “tent.” I have decided it’s worth investing in a good enclosure because it’s hard to get the heat up just hanging sheets around you.

  10. See if they will let you post a coupon code, pretty please!! 🙂
    I’ve been wanting a sauna for a long time, just haven’t had time to do the research myself. So glad you posted this! I heard of Therasage, which supposedly has low EMF saunas, but I called for more info (a couple of times) and couldn’t get anyone to call me back.

  11. I’ve been thinking about getting an infared sauna for the detox benefits. In what ways is a sauna better than just taking a hot bath? If I don’t have the money and space for a sauna would a detox bath work almost as well? Also, you mention “photobiology”; what is that? It’s not really explained in the video.

    • Far infrared rays are the healing rays of the sun that you won’t get with a bath. Detox baths require a lot of salt. Baths are uncomfortable because the tub is hard. Besides paying for the salt you have to pay for the water. So over the five year warranty you would spend less, be more comfortable, and get the healing rays of the sun. In stead of short term benefits, think long term benefits.

  12. Genevieve – I was so excited to see your post. I was frequenting a place near by where you could buy a book of sessions for a far infrared sauna and I loved going and getting such a deep sweat on, but it went out of business, and I was reading some of the concerns regarding EMFs, anyway. So, I found your blog and this post and I can’t wait to look into this option. Thank you! Thank you!

  13. Never tried this before! All I know is that I sweat the most intensely when I do Bikram Yoga, I feel really physically and emotionally uncomfortable during, but after I sweat out all that junk it’s amazing I actually feel INCREDIBLE… skin glows and everything. Great post!

    • YES! I love, love, love a good sweat. I leave the sauna like I just had an awesome workout, the endorphins definitely flow 🙂

  14. I’ve only used a sauna once and I liked it. My auto immune disease makes me freezing all the time, so I would love to invest in one of these just to get a dose of hot whenever I start shivering (I have been know to shiver even in 90 degree weather). I am an odd ball and actually like sweating.

    • Papa Natural runs cold so he loves getting warm and toasty in our sauna! Even on HOT Florida days 🙂

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