Fall and winter are my seasons. I thrive in cold weather and melt into a puddle of sweat and complaints when the temperature rises above, like, 75 degrees. (Right now, it’s 43 degrees and I’m wearing a skirt with bare legs. Sue me.)
It stands to reason, then, that sitting in a 160-degree room for 60 minutes would be my actual idea of hell.
But, as averse to hot weather as I am, I absolutely love trying weird wellness trends. (Intermittent fasting and ice baths, anyone?) So when I started to hear my friends from the gym talk about infrared saunas, I knew had to try it.
An infrared sauna uses infrared light (a type of electromagnetic radiation—don’t worry, it’s safe) to create heat instead of steam or hot air. Unlike a traditional sauna, infrared saunas don’t heat the air around you. Instead, they use infrared lamps to warm your body directly. Proponents say that spending time in an infrared sauna can promote better sleep and relaxation to relieve sore muscles and detox your body. (You know, that trendy—and often completely meaningless—wellness term. But I digress.)