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Different saunas come with different accessories. Some companies supply you with towels, a sauna hat, and other stuff.
At Clearlight, we try to focus mostly on other addons, such as chromatherapy, red light therapy, and other accessories such as salt therapy. We also offer Vibration Resonance Therapy (VRT), ergonomic backrests, and much more.
In this blog post, I want to explore all those infrared sauna accessories. I'll first go over some common accessories you can expect when buying a sauna, and then consider some unique options that Clearlight offers you. Let's go:
Common Far Infrared Sauna Accessories
In this section, I describe some common far infrared sauna accessories, which you may get with a full-spectrum infrared sauna as well. First up, some common accessories on the market:
Many infrared sauna companies offer one or multiple free towels with each infrared sauna order. The benefit of these towels is that they're usually much bigger and thicker than normal towels so that they're able to absorb more sweat during a sauna session. The goal of these towels is to give you the same feeling as if you were visiting a spa.
Towels are nice as a gesture and great for enhancing your sauna experience by allowing you to remove sweat during your sessions. Having said that, many people already have towels so they don't need more of them. Moving on to the second accessory:
A relaxing ergonomic backrest makes a lot of sense, right? What better way to come to complete relaxation than by having a backrest that perfectly fits your posture?
At Clearlight, our backrest is designed by Dr. Raleigh Duncan for optimal ergonomic back support. You, then, only have to think about enjoying your sessions - or perhaps not think for a while anymore.
A backrest is a very highly recommended accessory that is also offered by Clearlight.
Next up, another common sauna addon:
Some saunas offer ionisers as an accessory. In theory, these devices can help clean the air from tiny particles subsumed therein (air pollutants) and bacteria.
The reason I don't recommend an ioniser at Clearlight is that these devices can give off ozone. Ozone - while often used in clinical settings - is not fully benign (1, 2).
My recommendation is that if you do have a sauna with ionisers? Only run the ioniser when you're not inside the sauna, and after running the device, ventilate very well. With that strategy, you dramatically reduce your risk of impeding your health.
Also, if the air in your house is polluted, just buy a high-quality air purifier and let it run throughout the day. A dedicated air purifier will do a much more thorough job than a single ioniser inside the sauna.
Moving to the next accessory:
Many people enjoy listening to relaxing music during a sauna session. For that reason, many of the premium sauna company brands have included a speaker system into their (infrared) saunas.
Me and my company have gone the extra mile by adding speakers with a Bluetooth function, that can be turned on and off whenever you want to. The benefit of that ability to turn the Bluetooth off is that you can eliminate EMF exposure if you want to.
The amount of EMF exposure from Bluetooth in our sauna is also lower than when you're using a cell phone close to your body, so the overall exposure is very safe. Again, however, if you want zero exposure you can always turn it off. For some people though, relaxing is impossible without great music, which is why every one of our saunas has a speaker system.
Next up, another common and nice accessory:
The aim of a sauna hat is to protect your hair from extreme heat in a sauna.
However, overheating your head and hair is much less of a risk in a Clearlight sauna because we've positioned the heater panels in such a way that they only target your torso, legs, and arms -- never your head.
The reason for this choice is that your head is the weakest link in the goal of raising your body's core temperature. Your head (and thus brain) will have problems tolerating heat way before the rest of your body does. By keeping your head cool, the problem is averted.
Still, a sauna hat is quite nice and does especially please some of the women. Of course, if you're fearful about your hair, you can also use a towel around your hair. Then, lastly, these accessories exist:
Lastly, some companies offer different accessories such as a foot bench for while you're sitting in a sauna, aromatherapy gadgets, or a brush for stimulating lymph drainage.
Clearlight also offers aromatherapy but as a professional addon, with specific guidelines for in-sauna use. Aromatherapy refers to using essential oils to stimulate your olfactory system. Many of the essential oils used in aromatherapy, such as citrus or peppermint, don't just smell nice but also affect your health in general.
For instance, by entering your airways, peppermint can have a stimulating and energising effect.
Other accessories are hanging shelves for clothes, bathrobes, and many other interesting gadgets. You get the point - let's move to what makes our offers at Clearlight special:
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Unique Clearlight Infrared Sauna Accessories
Besides these more common offerings, there are a few unique Clearlight infrared sauna accessories that most infrared sauna companies don't offer. I discuss these accessories one by one:
Salt Therapy (Halotherapy)
At Clearlight we offer the HALOONE™ salt therapy device that has been engineered from the bottom up for use in our saunas. Salt therapy - or "halotherapy" - has a huge number of health benefits, such as:
- First of all, salt therapy filters your airways. The aerosolised salt removes what is called excess "mucus" - a slimy protein-rich substance building up in your airways that prevents you from breathing properly (3; 4). Through that mechanism, salt therapy can help for many health conditions affecting the lungs such as cystic fibrosis and bronchitis.
- Secondly, salt therapy can improve lung function (5; 6). That improvement is currently only proven in people who have reduced lung function.
- Thirdly, salt therapy clears your sinuses (7; 8). Many people cannot breathe properly due to sinusitis, giving rise to continuous feelings of stress.
- Fourthly, while based upon anecdotal evidence, many people feel really relaxed using salt therapy. As an analogy, spending time on the beach has similar effects, not only because of the sunlight exposure but also because of breathing in the mineral-rich ocean water that's aerosolised by the sun.
Sounds good? Then check out the HALOONE™ salt therapy device - the highest-quality halotherapy device on the market today.
Moving on to another game-changer:
Red Light Therapy
The Clearlight® Light Therapy Tower is currently the only red light therapy product that can be used inside a sauna. Red light therapy uses both red and near infrared light that are also emitted by the sun. That light penetrates your body and act as a nutrient for different types of cells, such as your muscles, brain, and blood.
The list of potential red light therapy benefits is huge. Here's a short list (9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18):
- Lowers excess inflammation
- Speeds up fat loss
- Enhances hormone levels, such as that of the thyroid and potentially testosterone
- Increases athletic performance and your overall energy levels
- Counter risk for several health conditions like Alzheimer's, diabetes, and heart problems
- Aids sleep quality at night and wakefulness during the day.
The good thing is that the Clearlight® Light Therapy Tower allows you to combine both therapies at the same time. Red light therapy works by exposing your body to very specific non-heating red and near infrared light that enters your body and acts as a nutrient therein.
Chromotherapy allows you to use different colours of the visible light spectrum, such as blue, green, yellow, and orange. These colours affect you psychologically.
For instance, blue light improves relaxation and is calming. Red light stimulates and invigorates. While many scientists have been skeptical about chromotherapy for many decades, recently some studies have emerged showing effects of the exposure to different types of light (19; 20; 21).
Green light can lower the intensity of allergies, blue light can reduce sleep disturbances at night, and red and green light can improve cognitive performance more than mixed white light.
The Clearlight Sanctuary Full Spectrum Sauna and the Outdoor Full Spectrum Sauna have chromotherapy integrated into them. In other sauna offerings, you can add the option.
Overall, you probably get the point though: Clearlight offers many other infrared sauna accessories that other companies don't offer. Let's keep that statement in mind and conclude:
Concluding Thoughts: The Infrared Sauna Accessories Possibilities Are Endless
I've not even mentioned all possibilities in terms of accessories. We also offer Vibration Resonance Therapy (VRT), for instance, which combines sound and vibration for a therapeutic effect. VRT can be used in addition to salt therapy, red light therapy, and chromotherapy, for an even better experience.
Next up, we've got a sauna-customisation service that allows you to change the dimensions, wood type, heater types, and a lot more, if you're building the ultimate custom-made sauna.
Also, these possibilities of far infrared sauna accessories will keep expanding over time as the process is never done. Hopefully, you too see that many other options exist besides a towel or sauna hat for perfecting your infrared sauna experience. Accessories don't just make your sauna experience more fun - they add massively to the health benefits.