Saunas may be the hottest trend in wellness right now, especially in the U.S., but the principle of healing through heat can be found around the world going back for several millennia.
Sweating has been used in religious ceremonies, cultural rituals, social activities, and of course, health and wellness. Thousands of years ago, indigenous peoples of Central America built sweathouses. The ancient Romans built public bathhouses, which became as much of a social setting as a regular hygienic practice. American Indians had sweat lodges used for both ritual and wellness. During the Byzantine era, Turkish baths often featured steam rooms long before the western world saw the benefits of indoor plumbing. The Japanese attribute their longevity in part to making a long soak a daily habit and the continuing tradition of onsen – many of which have operated as wellness spas for centuries and feature hot springs water baths, steam rooms, and more.
One of the oldest wellness traditions that still exists today is the sauna. Nearly a third of all Finns take them regularly - and commonly refer to saunas as the “poor man’s pharmacy.” Finland has 5.3 million people and 3.3 million saunas – almost every home has a sauna.
Home saunas are increasing popularity in the U.S. due to celebrity use, news and scientific studies proving that saunas increase longevity. Thanks to advances in technology and manufacturing, in-home saunas are now affordable and safer!
At its simplest, a sauna is an enclosed space with heat. There are two basic sauna types on the market today – infrared and traditional; Salus Saunas sells a variety of models of both types.
Traditional saunas use wood or electrical heaters to heat the sauna cabin. Water can be poured on the rocks to create steam which is sometimes known as a wet sauna. Traditional saunas heat
the cabin to 150ºF-175ºF which makes the body sweat. Most of our traditional saunas are barrel-shaped for even heat distribution. Salus sells several traditional sauna models, for both indoor and outdoor use.
Far infrared saunas use state-of-the-art carbon fiber heaters to deliver a penetrating heat that causes the body to sweat. The goal of an infrared sauna is to heat the body directly, not the
ambient air in the cabin. Far infrared saunas operate at 110ºF-140ºF which makes them ideal for those who do not like the higher heat found in traditional saunas. Infrared saunas run on standard household electricity and do not require construction or plumbing. They can be placed on most surfaces including carpet and laminate flooring. Infrared saunas provide enhanced detoxification which makes them a necessity for first responders and those who need to rid their bodies of heavy metals and other toxins.
Rest assured that you are in good hands with Salus Saunas. Regardless of which type of sauna you choose, the health benefits are similar. Choose your sauna based on your current health, health goals, and lifestyle. Don't hesitate to contact us directly if you have questions or need more information. We genuinely care about our clients and take time to consult with every person we talk to about their specific needs.
Our business is offering superior saunas with world-class customer service at affordable prices. Our passion is helping people improve the quality of their lives through sauna therapy.
For more information on our saunas, please see the sauna model of your choice