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.
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.
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.
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?