Comparing Spas and Infrared Saunas

There are many ways to relax from stress, sore muscles, or a hard day. Therapeutic remedies such as saunas and spas are among a few ways to bring relaxation home. Gyms and resorts often offer these luxuries to their members and guests, and many people put them in their homes for personal use.

Saunas and spas are wonderful way to use heat to detox, soothe sore muscles, and calm the mind. Is one better than the other?

Infrared Sauna: A room usually made out of wood, which uses light waves to emit heat. A key benefit to the sauna is that the heat causes the body to sweat, which releases toxins that we get from the environment around us and the food and products we put in and around our bodies.

The heat in the saunas increases circulation, which not only burns calories but also improves cardiovascular health. Whether or not you use a traditional heat sauna or a far infrared sauna, the health benefits range from physical to emotional, and regularly using one can be a fantastic addition to your health regimen.

Spa and Hot Tubs: A spa can be a destination for health and beauty treatments, a hot spring, or a tub full of hot water with jets of aerated water. Though this definition is quite broad and can be applied to places that provide for a range of services including saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs, the word spa for our purposes often means a hot tub. A hot tub provides a place for relaxation, refreshment, and relief from life’s aches and pains.

The key differences between a sauna and a hot tub are that one uses hot air to increase circulation, flush out toxins, and rejuvenate the body, and the other uses hot water and jets for massaging sore muscles and relaxation. But as you can see, both of them are wonderful therapeutic ways to boost your health and wellbeing from your own home.