Far Infrared Sauna History & Evolution

From smoke rooms & fire pits, to clean, modern far infrared sauna panels

far-infrared-sauna-historyToday’s far infrared sauna is the most modern, contemporary, and effective expression of an ancient health practice that has been recognized throughout history – the application of heat for both general health, and to treat specific ailments. The positive health effects of heat treatments were known at least as long ago as the ancient Greeks, whose physicians would induce slight fevers to fight a number of different illnesses.

The Finnish people in particular came to rely upon and value the comfort and health impacts of the the sauna because of Finland’s often harsh climate, and the difficult living conditions – the Finnish growing season is only 4 months long. After a hard day in the fields or tending to the animals, the “steam of life,” was anything but a luxury.

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A History of Health

Historical records indicate that the Finns were building the primitive wood-burning ancestors of our modern far infrared saunas more than 2000 years ago. These “smoke saunas,” or savus were often little more than holes dug into the ground or soil mounded into small hills, where a fire pit could be constructed and a fire lit. Rocks would be thrown into the fire to absorb heat, and then slowly radiate it back into a small, smoke-filled room. After the room came to the desired temperature, the smoke would be allowed to clear and patrons to enter. The scent of the wood smoke remained and was an important part of the healing ritual.

As they evolved over time, such so-called “modern,” conveniences as metal woodstoves (or kiuas) was incorporated into their design. In addition, steam (loyly, or lou-lu) was added to the ritual by splashing water onto the heated rocks.

The modern sauna

After World War II, the increasing industrialization of Finland and Europe brought new building techniques and heating technologies to the age-old tradition. The electric sauna stove was introduced around 1950, and in 1965, the first far infrared sauna was invented in Japan. Like their wood-burning ancestors, far infrared saunas provide a wide variety of health and therapeutic benefits. Because they raise the body temperature directly, rather than heating an entire room, these modern miracles allow us to partake of these benefits more cleanly, conveniently, and cost-effectively than ever before.

Healing the body and the spirit

As the sauna itself evolved, so did the culture surrounding it. Saunas came to be seen as places to clear the mind, refresh the spirit, and rejuvenate the body. The deceased were prepared for burial, and women gave birth here, as the sauna came to encompass the cycle of life.

The love of sauna is a world-wide phenomenon, with many cultures having some form of similar culture or tradition, including such well-known versions as Turkish steam baths, and ancient Roman Thermae. In Canada and the US, many Native American cultures possess various types of spiritual sweat lodges, while in Eastern Europe we find the Jewish shvitz.

Today, science has confirmed that raising the body temperature stimulates the the immune system to fight destructive pathogens. Hyperthermia, or so-called “artificial fevers,” are being incorporated into holistic treatments for such infections as acute bronchitis and pneumonia, arthritic conditions such as Fibromyalgia and Lupus. The use of heat therapy against more serious diseases such as some types of cancer and even HIV, has begun to gain traction as well, making the sauna one of modern medicine’s most effective tools for healing and preventation.

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