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Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • What is the Difference Between a Sauna and a Spa?

    Since we sell spas, hot tubs, and saunas, our clients and potential customers are sometimes confused about the difference, especially between hot tubs and saunas. They are really quite different, although they bestow similar health and relaxation benefits.

    Saunas are small rooms, or even a small house, where users experience dry or wet heat sessions for recreational or therapeutic experiences. There are two main types of saunas: dry and wet. Most saunas are built out of wood that release pleasant aromas as they are heated.

    Wet saunas, or steam rooms, are kept at lower temperatures of 100°F to 115°F, which prevents superheated water from scalding the skin on contact. Dry saunas can be kept at much higher temperatures of up to 250°F by keeping the moisture level down to nearly zero. These temperatures cause sweating and promote relaxation of the muscles, which cleanses the body and provides health benefits.

    Our most popular saunas are Infrared Saunas. The infrared sauna technology produces heat through electromagnetic radiation heaters with temperatures reaching between 120°F and 150°F. Infrared heat is thermal heat, which mostly passes through the air and then heats the surface it reaches. In this case, that surface is the sauna bather, so that infrared energy is what causes a great detoxifying sweat without the discomfort of super-heated air.

    In comparison, traditional or conventional saunas do not directly heat the body but rather warm the ambient temperature through steam or air, up to 195°F. One of the reasons infrared saunas are gaining popularity is because of the tolerability. Especially in the case of first time users, infrared provides the same sauna benefits of a traditional sauna without the intense--and sometimes unbearable--heat and thick air.

    Hot Tub Spa
    A hot tub is a small pool of heated water used for soaking, relaxation, massage, or hydrotherapy. In most cases they have jets that provide massage for the user. Most are located outdoors, but they can also be located inside as well. There are two different styles, including simple wooden soaking tubs or acrylic tubs, which are normally referred to as a spa.
    Whether you are in the market for a sauna, hot tub, or spa, SaunasAndStuff and SpasAndStuff can help you select the right system for your needs.

  • How Do Saunas Work?

    The Discovery Channel's internet magazine Fit & Health covers the fascinating topic "How Do Saunas Work?."

    Some of the questions answered include "Why are saunas always made of wood and not stone, metal, or plastic?" "Exactly what kind of rocks are sauna rocks anyway?" and "What does sweating do to benefit the body?"

    Spoiler: Lots of stuff! For example, it can clean the skin, open pores, and keep the skin pliant. Read the full article here.

    Of course, if you still have questions about saunas you can visit our FAQ page here on the Saunas and Stuff website.

    And if you still have questions, you can visit our contact page and decide whether to email, call, or fax us your questions.

    Even without an in-depth knowledge of saunas, it's easy to enjoy them! Visit Saunas and Stuff to explore the variety of saunas we carry and choose one that fits you.

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