Infrared Saunas

What is an Infrared Sauna and what are the benefits? Many people have used or heard of a traditional sauna before. However, infrared saunas are quite different to a traditional sauna, plus they’re much easier to tolerate.

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Instead of heating the air in the room like a traditional sauna, an infrared sauna uses infrared rays (which are part of the light spectrum) to penetrate the skin. This directly raises your core body temperature. By heating you and not the room, individuals can spend a lot longer in the sauna (with 30-minute session being the average session duration).

When a person spends time in a sauna — regardless of how it’s heated — the body’s response includes an increase in heart rate, blood vessels and sweat. When this happens, there’s an increase in blood circulation.

This reaction is very similar to the way the body responds to low to moderate exercise. The length of time spent in a sauna will also determine the exact response of the body. It’s been noted that the heart rate may increase to between 100 to 150 beats a minute during a typical session. The physical response described above can often bring about health benefits.

The science behind the sweat

Our full-spectrum infrared saunas at Danny Frawley Centre in Moorabbin VIC, emit three different infrared wave lengths: near, mid and far using a medical grade chromotherapy light. Chromotherapy is the science of using wavelengths of colour light to affect your body and mind for improved health and happiness. Each wavelength provides different health benefits:

Near infrared wavelengths penetrate the top layer of our skin (the epidermis), making it ideal for improving cell health and immunity, the renewal and purification of skin, tissue growth and wound healing.

Mid infrared wavelength penetrates deeper into the body than near infrared and helps to increase circulation, blood flow, reduce muscle and joint pain and in promoting faster healing in soft tissue (where inflammation can occur).

Far infrared is longest wavelength and can penetrate all the way down to the fat cells making it good for detoxification, stimulating your metabolism to aid in weight-loss and in reducing in blood pressure.

At the Danny Frawley Centre in Moorabbin VIC, we have full spectrum infrared saunas, which combine a healthy mix of all three waves, allowing you to receive all the benefits mentioned above.

Is it Safe?

Definitely! Infrared heat is all around us, with the primary source being the sun. While the sun emits UV rays that can be harmful to our skin, infrared saunas provide all the positive benefits of natural sunlight, without any UV rays.

What will the experience inside the sauna like?
Saunas can be used individually or in groups of up to four people. If you choose to visit the sauna on your own, the saunas come equipped with Bluetooth enabled radio, so you can play your favourite jams or just listen to a podcast.


Use of an infrared sauna appears to be safe for most individuals, however, individuals with cardiovascular issues or cardiovascular disease and/or individuals with low blood pressure should consult their GP or local physician first. If you have any other medical conditions, please speak to your GP or local physician before using the infrared saunas.