Clearlight would like to remind readers that this should not be taken as direct medical advice, and you should always consult a licensed health practitioner before making any significant changes to your lifestyle.
We realise that purchasing an infrared sauna for use in your home is no small investment. For this reason, it’s important to map out the pros and cons of owning your own infrared sauna, as opposed to simply visiting a gym or spa and using theirs. This decision should not be taken lightly, which is why we’re covering it in this article.
Depending on how often you plan on using an infrared sauna, your price constraints and your overall sensibilities when it comes to strangers, there’s a number of important factors to consider when opting for a sauna in the privacy of your own home. There’s also a number of healing practices that are easier
Let’s first talk about the benefits of owning, rather than visiting a spa, and then flip the equation around.
What Are The Advantages Of Owning An Infrared Sauna?
Owning an infrared sauna has a number of benefits over visiting a gym or spa. These advantages, though, are dependent on certain factors in your lifestyle that differ from person to person. The most notable benefits of owning an infrared sauna include:
Arguably the biggest benefit on offer when you own a sauna in your home is the privacy that it enables. Infrared saunas, like traditional saunas, are most effectively used while you’re wearing no clothing, so having your very own intimate setting can help you relax significantly more than with strangers around. Remember that some of the health benefits from saunas often stem from the deep meditative state that you enter after 15-20 minutes of your session, and if you’re in the comfort of your home, you’re likely to relax a lot more.
Owning a sauna in your home also means that you have an unparalleled amount of flexibility and convenience. If you have a busy schedule, this is perhaps the best reason to opt for your own sauna. With more control over when you can slip inside for a sweat, less work is needed to schedule your day around visiting the gym or spa, and you can also slip inside whenever the mood strikes, rather than having to leave the house. With more people working on a hybrid or remote working basis, having an infrared sauna in your house enables you a significant amount of flexibility and convenience.
Long-Term Price Advantage
When you start to add up the long-term price of a gym or spa membership, the cost advantages of owning an infrared sauna begin to present an economic incentive. Depending on the gym or spa you’ve been using in the past, it’s likely that these memberships are totalling thousands of dollars every year. The price of entry for owning an infrared sauna in your home is significantly lower than commonly thought, and in the medium to long-term, can actually save you money, especially when you factor in the remarkably low operating costs of an infrared sauna. Keep in mind that Clearlight offers 12-month, interest-free payment plans if you’re interested in owning a sauna, but you’re conscious of the initial cost of investment.
What Are The Disadvantages Of Owning An Infrared Sauna?
There are also some disadvantages when it comes to owning your own sauna, which can mean that visiting a gym or spa might actually be your best option. Again, these are dependent on how often you plan to use your sauna. The problems associated with owning your own sauna include:
Initial Price Investment
While modern infrared saunas are in fact cheaper than you might think, they do require an investment of thousands of dollars. For some people, this simply isn’t feasible for their budget, and purchasing a sauna for the house would be unrealistic.
Another concern of owning your own sauna is the question of if, and where, you can fit it in your house or unit. Adding an infrared sauna to your home requires some vacant space in your home, and for a number of households, this isn’t practical. Ensuring you have enough space for an infrared sauna in your home is essential, and one of the common barriers of adding a sauna to a home.
What Health Techniques Can You Practice In Your Home Sauna?
Before we move on, it’s worth pointing out that there’s a number of health techniques you can practice in the comfort of your home that might not be possible in a public sauna. These include dry brushing and skin exfoliation, which both involve rubbing coarse materials over the skin to eliminate toxins and allow the skin’s pores to breathe. The main benefit of owning your own sauna means that you can get experimental with techniques like these in the privacy of your own home, and you won’t have to worry about upsetting any strangers you’re sharing the space with.
What Are The Benefits Of Visiting A Gym Or Spa With An Infrared Sauna?
Now, it’s time to cover the benefits of not owning a sauna, and opting instead to visit a health spa or gym on your own accord. The benefits here include:
Combining A Sauna With A Workout
There are a number of health benefits of infrared saunas, and these can even be compounded when you add both a workout and a session inside an infrared sauna. If you’re visiting a gym that allows you to tick both boxes with a single visit, you’re likely to find more value in continuing with that membership that allows you to extract more value. If you are combining exercise with an infrared sauna, we recommend you exercise first, and then have your session in the sauna. As always, ensure you’re overly hydrated, particularly if you’re combining the two.
The suitability of whether or not you should own a sauna really does come down to how often you plan on using it. If you’re aware of the fact that you’re a very casual user of infrared saunas, it no doubt makes more financial sense to visit a gym or a spa than to purchase your own.
For a lot of people, visiting the gym or a health spa factors into their wellness routine and overall schedules. As a result, for a lot of people, maintaining their routine and heading to the gym on the way home from work, for example, is reason enough to continue with that pattern of use. This is a positive psychological loop that we encourage you to continue with; you also don’t have to worry about whether or not you can fit it inside your home, or cleaning your sauna.
What Are The Disadvantages of Visiting a Gym or Spa With an Infrared Sauna?
While not having to purchase a sauna for your home can no doubt save you money, there are some important things to consider in this context. Spending time inside a sauna is, of course, an intimate experience, and the overall experience for some users can be hindered in the environment of a gym or health club.
If you’re using this type of sauna, it’s important you factor in the distractions of sharing an intimate setting with strangers. Most health clubs do a great job at creating a positive environment for guests, however, there is always the risk that you’ll have trouble relaxing if you struggle to be comfortable in a tight setting with strangers.
While your gym or health club will no doubt have a set of rules for guests using their saunas, it’s always a game of chance as to whether or not the patrons follow those rules. No one wants to enter the sauna following someone that failed to use a towel, or has been laying on the bench seat and leaves behind a pool of sweat.
Sensitivities to Germs
On a similar note, for people that are more sensitive to the thought of germs, attending a gym or spa can be problematic at times. If the establishment has a high turnover rate, you run the risk of coming into contact with the germs left by dozens of people.
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