Through November 29 Only ...
Special discount on the near infrared saunas we highly recommend. Click here or the image to the right. :)
While these are more expensive than building your own (see our article below), this discount makes them a great value compared to what else is out there, and provides you with a solution if you don't have an easy way to build your own enclosure for your sauna. This comes with lights and enclosure and has several options for your preferences.
Make Your Own Near Infrared Sauna
We encourage people to use a near infrared sauna on a daily basis to help the body eliminate toxins and warm the core of the body.
We've found proponents of both near and far infrared saunas, and spent hours researching before being convinced about the value of near infrared, which is easy and inexpensive for you to buy and build for yourself. The short answer to what we found is that near infrared does seem to penetrate tissue better (despite claims by both sides) and isn't blocked by water the way far infrared is. Read this article if you want the details we explored.
(Prefer to Purchase a Sauna?)
If you do not have a small room to build a sauna in, or you simply prefer to buy a sauna, I recommend this low-cost, high-quality near-infrared sauna option.
It comes HIGHLY rated by its customers and has hypoallergenic options for those who are sensitive to off-gassing. I will write more about it in the future, but there's plenty of information on its website. It starts under $700.
Or follow the details below to build your own near-infrared sauna!
To build a near infared sauna, you will need a small, enclosed area, not larger than about 24 square feet and ideally even smaller so you can heat it up more quickly and at less expense. We built ours inside our "water closet" (toilet separated from the rest of the bathroom). You could also use a closet if it's large enough and empty. Some people build a small tent-like structure -- sorry, we don't have instructions on doing so.
Whatever you do for the enclosure, make sure it's not built of flammable materials and that you keep flammable materials out of the sauna.
Make sure you have room for the lamps and about two feet of space between your body and the lamps. You want to find a comfortable distance so your skin doesn't feel like its burning and yet you're warming up enough for a good sweat.
(We've included links to Amazon for all the parts you need if that's most convenient for you. The total should be about $100 or less.)
First you will need three 250 watt heat lamps. You can buy these bulbs at your local Home Depot, Lowes, or possibly other hardware store, or simply buy them through Amazon. We recommend Philips, but any will do.
Next you need to buy something that can safely run the bulbs without creating a fire hazard. That's why we recommend correctly rated clamp lamps. Look for those rated for 300 watts. Again, buy them locally or here on Amazon.
Here's a page that shows you how to put the clamp lamps together.
Now you just need a place in your enclosure for clamping the lamps. If you don't already have a shelf or something handy, you might consider buying a simple wire rack as we did. We used a rack with two shelves so we could have the lamps at three heights to cover more of the body, and we like shelves with both vertical and horizontal surfaces for flexibility. We got this at Home Depot. We couldn't find an exact match on Amazon, but you could get 2 of these.
Make sure the lamp shade and lamp don't touch the rack, as they will get hot.
Useful for those who need other options, but please note that these all appear to use far infrared (FIR).