Traditional versus Infrared Saunas

The difference between an infrared sauna and a traditional sauna could be compared to a microwave and an oven: the primary difference lies in the heating element.

The difference between an infrared sauna and a traditional sauna could be compared to a microwave and an oven: the primary difference lies in the heating element.

As a manufacturer of traditional saunas, we get a lot of inquiries about Infrared saunas, and the difference between the two types.  The difference between an infrared sauna and a traditional sauna could be compared to a microwave and an oven: the primary difference lies in the heating element.

Infrared Sauna: The heating element of an infrared sauna provides a much cooler environment than a traditional gas fired sauna heater. Infrared saunas heat the body through exposure to infrared light. Since exposure is necessary to feel heat, these units need to be much smaller to be effective. Typically infrared saunas are very small only fitting one or two people. The temperature felt in these saunas hovers around 120 degrees. Exposure to the infrared waves is required for sweating, and it takes about 15-20 minutes in users will be hot enough to perspire.

Traditional Saunas: Traditional saunas have a gas or electric heater. This heater brings up the temperature of the room to 180-195 degrees, much higher than an infrared sauna unit.  When you enter a traditional sauna, you enter a very hot, dry environment. Exposure to this environment causes perspiration. Because the room reaches such high temperatures these saunas can be much larger and remain effective when compared to an infrared system. Traditional sauna heaters heat a rock tray to generate heat, giving you the functionality to splash water on the rocks and create a large burst of steam, intensifying the feeling of the heat. This effect is not possible with an infrared heating element because it isn’t hot on contact.

Custom Commercial Saunas

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Am-Finn is available to partner with contractors and architects to assist in designing and installing your commercial sauna. We've been manufacturing saunas in the US since 1962, and are a preferred vendor for YMCAs of North America, Gold’s Gym, and LA Fitness. 

Am-Finn provides design consultation, will manufacture to your specifications, and then work with your timeline to determine when would work best for installation. We provide health club saunas, gym saunas, corporate wellness saunas, commercial saunas and traditional steam saunas installation services. We would love to partner with you, contact us today to get started.

Am-Finn's Advanced Hybrid Steam Room: Cutting Edge Innovation

Am-Finn is the leader in steam room installation and innovation. If a project needs a custom steam room, Am-Finn is the ideal partner. Our Advanced Hybrid Steam Room uses unique construction and materials to make the most efficient and hygienic steam room in the industry. Rather than install an already outdated, high maintenance steam room, opt for Am-Finn’s Advanced Hybrid Steam Room; ASHR’s are 50% more energy efficient than stone and tile steam rooms and 30% more energy efficient than ceramic tile steam rooms. Cost saving, easily maintained, and the preferred choice for architects and club owners, Am-Finn’s ASHR is the best option for a new project or a remodel. Am-Finn provides custom, commercial ASHR installation for any size room. All we need to install is an open framed room and a sloped floor. Contact us today for more information about the Am-Finn ASHR.  

Am-Finn is Coming to IHRSA 2017

We have just returned from an exciting 3 days at the Athletic Business Show in Orlando, Florida. Meeting so many motivated companies and individuals was fantastic. Thank you so much if you stopped by to meet with us. Couldn’t make it to Orlando for the AB Show? Good news, West Coast: We’re headed your way. From March 8-11th we’ll be at IHRSA 2017 with full-sized, functioning walkthroughs of our sauna and steam room. The Am-Finn team can’t wait to show you all the amazing benefits of working with us, while you get to view our beautiful and innovative products up close. Experience the all-encompassing scent of the Grade A Western Red Cedar we use for all of our saunas, the easily maintainable, hygienic material of our steam rooms, and meet some of the great people on our team. Hope to see you at IHRSA 2017!  

Salt Sauna: Fad or Fav?

Perhaps the fastest growing trend in wellness center and health club design is the inclusion of salt therapy rooms and salt saunas. While salt therapy is relatively new to the American health and wellness industry, it is a long standing and well-trusted practice across Europe and Asia.

Salt therapy (better known as speleotherapy) can be traced back as early as Medieval Times in some countries with the first recorded discovery of speleotherapy occurring in Poland in 1843. Since then, it’s proven respiratory, skin, and allergy benefits have led to increased popularity among mainstream treatment centers as well as health and wellness enthusiasts.

Newly developed Himalayan Salt Saunas combine the proven benefits of both traditional speleotherapy and dry saunas to create a truly unique experience. One of the most notable benefits of a salt sauna is the affect it has on the respiratory system. The lining of our airways have a slight positive charge while salt has a significant negative charge. The attraction between these opposite charges allows the beneficial ions from salt to be carried deep into the lungs, eventually becoming absorbed into the bloodstream. One of the many benefits of this exchange is an anti-inflammatory effect on airways in the lungs. Salt saunas can help eliminate excess mucus and help those suffering from colds, the flu, and in some cases, even COPD and asthma. In addition, natural salts such as sea salt have a cleansing and purifying quality that promote good health.

In addition to entering the body through the respiratory system, salt is also absorbed through the skin. The warmth of a sauna opens the pores of the skin, allowing easy absorption of many of the approximately 80 beneficial minerals present in salt. Many adults who suffer from acne use salt saunas or a home variation of speleotherapy in the treatment of their condition. While it is simply one component of a comprehensive treatment, those who regularly visit salt saunas see an improvement in skin breakouts.

Regular use of salt saunas has also proven to be invaluable with relieving the symptoms of Eczema. Salt sauna sessions increase blood flow in the skin and, much like in the lining of the lungs, works to reduce inflammation, redness, swelling, itching, and drying. While it is not a replacement for appropriate medical care, halotherapy can greatly reduce the frequency and severity of Eczema flare-ups.

Today there are few manufacturers providing true Himalayan Salt therapy solutions with traditional saunas, the largest being Am-Finn Sauna & Steam based out of Idaho.

With the number of architects and club owners embracing this new form of sauna increasing steadily, salt saunas can now be found in numerous resorts, spas, and health centers here in the United States and abroad. It is safe to say that salt saunas are here to stay and will only continue to increase in popularity among American health enthusiasts much like we have seen with traditional saunas and steam rooms in the past several decades. 

Why you should add Am-Finn to your bid list

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Am-Finn has over 50 years of experience manufacturing and installing commercial saunas and steam rooms. We know the ins and outs of installing steam rooms into almost any space. When you hire Am-Finn you are hiring a wealth of knowledge and experience that is unrivaled in the sauna and steam room industry. 

Am-Finn's specialization is sauna and steam room manufacturing and installation; from room preparation guidance to turn-key installation service, we have the knowledge and resources to take your project from design consultation through to in-house manufacturing and installation. You can engage Am-Finn Sauna & Steam for your next division 13 job with confidence knowing you have the benefit of dealing directly with the manufacturer and installer with every interaction. 

Health Benefits of Salt Sauna

Speleotherapy, as experienced in salt saunas, has been a part of the human experience for thousands of years. For generations we’ve known that after a session in a salt sauna, we feel like new people. While a single session can return an incredible feeling of renewal, the true long-lasting health benefits of salt sauna therapy is unlocked with regular use. Those who have used salt saunas on a regular basis can testify to the health benefits of regular and frequent sessions. Salt saunas can benefit many parts of the body and solve common complaints, such as allergies and acne. Offering salt saunas to your clientele provides them with access to an incredibly effective homeopathic treatment option (with the potential to result in reduced doctor visits and medication) while increasing your frequency of return customers.

Respiratory benefits

One of the most notable benefits of a salt sauna is the affect it has on the respiratory system. The lining of our airways have a slight positive charge while salt has a significant negative charge. The attraction between these opposite charges allows the beneficial ions from salt to be carried deep into the lungs, eventually becoming absorbed into the bloodstream. One of the many benefits of this exchange is an anti-inflammatory effect on airways in the lungs. Salt saunas can help eliminate excess mucus and help those suffering from colds, the flu, and in some cases, even COPD and asthma. In addition, natural salts such as sea salt have a cleansing and purifying quality that promote good health.

Salt saunas and various forms of salt therapy can help with other respiratory problems as well, such as seasonal allergies. The inhalation of salt helps break up excess mucus often caused by allergies and promotes restoration of the pH balance in the lungs and sinuses. This reduces inflammation which in turn helps prevent allergic reactions to common irritants that bother those with seasonal allergies. 

Skin Benefits

In addition to entering the body through the respiratory system, salt is also absorbed through the skin. The warmth of a sauna opens the pores of the skin, allowing easy absorption of many of the approximately 80 beneficial minerals present in salt. Many adults who suffer from acne use salt saunas or a home variation of halotherapy in the treatment of their condition. While it is simply one component of a comprehensive treatment, those who regularly visit salt saunas see an improvement in skin breakouts.

As far as skin health goes, regular use of salt saunas has also proven to be invaluable with relieving the symptoms of Eczema. Salt sauna sessions increase blood flow in the skin and, much like in the lining of the lungs, works to reduce inflammation, redness, swelling, itching, and drying. While it is not a replacement for appropriate medical care, halotherapy can greatly reduce the frequency and severity of Eczema flare-ups.

Now more than ever before Americans are beginning to think twice about what we are putting in our bodies. We are reading labels, doing research, and becoming more aware of the consequences of chemicals and aluminum-based compounds. Many are beginning to recognize the benefit and effectiveness of all natural, homeopathic alternative care. This shift in thinking has had a positive influence on the alternative care industry and businesses interested in offering alternative health options, such as speleotherapy/halotherapy, to their customers. While the vast health benefits of traditional saunas are well known, salt saunas have the added advantage of even further health benefits than traditional dry saunas. With frequent, regular visits, clients can see and feel the advantages of using this service and in some cases, they may find that over-the-counter acne, sinus, headache and allergy medications may no longer be necessary. 

Saunas and Weight Loss

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DO SAUNAS HELP YOU LOOSE WEIGHT?

Yes and no. Most of us look for ways to drop a few pounds every now and then. Professional athletes have long used saunas to help shed pounds before a sporting event. This is usually to shed water weight before an event. If you are looking to drop a quick few pounds sauna usage can help you do that. Just know that it is water weight and can come back quickly. That being said there are ways regular sauna usage supports weight loss.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Diet and exercise are well known as the key components to loosing weight and feeling great, but what motivates us to make good decisions in those areas? Lifestyle. How we live our lives is the most important decision we make.

Are we constantly stressed? Stress increases the hormone Cortisol, which contributes to heart disease and weight gain. Stress leads to overeating. Reducing stress in our lives is key to living a healthy lifestyle, and choosing a different way to live. 

That is where a sauna can help. Regular sauna usage can lead to stress reduction and a better lifestyle. A better lifestyle leads to better choices, and truly becoming the person we want to be.

Halotherapy - Salt Saunas

Halotherapy, or salt saunas, have been a part of the human experience for thousands of years. For generations we’ve known that after a session in a salt sauna, we feel like new people. Many companies have been able to capitalize on this form of therapy when clients and customers come in for the occasional session. However, having customers who come back time and time again may not be as common. Those who have used salt saunas on a regular basis can testify to the health benefits of regular sessions. Salt saunas can benefit many parts of the body and improve on common complaints, such as allergies and acne. Offering salt saunas to your family or your clientele not only provides them with access to alternative health care that could potentially reduce doctor visits and medication, but it also has the added benefit of regular, return visits.

Respiratory benefits

One of the most notable benefits of a salt sauna is the affect it has on the respiratory system. The lining of our airways have a slight positive charge while salt has a significant negative charge. And, objects that are negatively charged are attracted to objects that are positively charged. This allows the beneficial ions from salt saunas to be carried deep into the lungs and eventually being absorbed into the bloodstream. One of the many benefits of halotherapy is an anti-inflammatory effect on airways in the lungs. And natural salts, like sea salt, have a cleansing and purifying quality to them that promote good health. Salt saunas can even help eliminate excess mucus and help those suffering from colds, the flu, and for some, even COPD and asthma.

Salt saunas and various forms of salt therapy can help with other problems too, such as seasonal allergies. The inhalation of salt helps break up excess mucus, but it also promotes healing and pH balance in the lungs and sinuses. This reduces inflammation which in turn helps prevent allergic reactions to common irritants that bother those with seasonal allergies.  Regardless if the ailment is as slight as a cough or as serious as COPD, there are significant benefits to using a salt sauna.

Skin Benefits

While salt enters the body through the respiratory system, it is also absorbed through the skin. The warmth of a sauna opens the pores of the skin, allowing many of the 80 or so minerals that we need in salt to be absorbed easily. Many adults who suffer from unsightly acne use salt saunas or a home variation of it in the treatment of their condition. While it is simply one component of treatment, those who regularly visit salt saunas see an improvement in skin breakouts.

As far as skin health goes, salt saunas have also proven to be invaluable with relieving the symptoms of Eczema for patients who regularly visit salt saunas. Symptoms such as redness, swelling, itching and drying can be relieved due to the way salt in halotherapy is absorbed into the skin. Salt sauna sessions increase blood flow in the skin and like in the lining of the lungs, works to reduce inflammation. While it is not a replacement for appropriate medical care, halotherapy can greatly reduce incidences Eczema flare-ups and severity of the disease.

Many Americans are beginning to think twice about what they are putting on their bodies. We’re reading labels now and becoming more aware of the consequences of chemicals and aluminum-based compounds. Many of us are recognizing the benefit of all natural, alternative care. This gradual shift in thinking has had a positive influence on alternative care businesses, such as those who might be interested in offering halotherapy to their customers. Salt saunas have the added advantage of remarkably good health benefits over traditional saunas. With repeated, regular visits, clients can see and feel the advantages of using this service. In some cases, they may even experience so much improvement that over the counter acne, sinus, headache and allergy medications may not be necessary. The lack of medications and frequent doctor visits will undoubtedly more than make up for the cost of a session in a salt sauna.

The importance of ceiling height

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Seven feet. That's how tall you want your ceiling height in a traditional sauna. The ceiling height is one of the most important details that is commonly overlooked. Many people want their sauna to have tall ceilings to achieve a certain look for the facility, however this is a mistake.

Hot air rises. That means all the work your heater is doing to get your room to tempurature is going to waste if your sauna's ceiling is too tall. In a standard sauna there are two benches, upper and lower. The upper bench is where most of the heat is. The lower bench is for if you need to cool down a little, or for children who want to be in a sauna. If your ceiling is taller then seven feet the best heat is rising past where you can feel it.

This is one of the most common reasons why your sauna isn't heating up. If you are running into this problem start by measuring your ceiling height.

Sauna & Steam Room Management

When used properly, saunas and steam rooms can withstand decades of use with minimal issues. Unfortunately, in a large number of commercial facilities in the USA club members are often unfamiliar with how to use a sauna properly - and the typical club owner may be unsure of how to best care for their sauna and steam room with such heavy use.

 

 

Emily Attwood details the common member issues owners face and advice from industry experts on how these can best be addressed in this article from Athletic Business.

Tile: Got Problems?

Tile: Got Problems?

Considering a steam room project? While tile steam rooms have been around for the better part of a century, the issues surrounding them have remained consistent. If proper care is observed during the entire process from design through to material selection and final installation, a tile steam room can last for many years with relatively minor issue. Unfortunately the amount of time, money, and research that this requires means that the majority of traditional steam room projects contain shortcuts and cost-saving measures that inevitably lead to unmanageable maintenance and room deterioration.

From Tile to Today

Steam rooms and saunas have a long history in Europe and Asia. It is estimated that 25% of homes in Northern Europe have saunas or steam rooms. Historically uncommon in the United States, the YMCA was the first organization to bring the benefits of saunas and steam rooms to the public. Today, these are a given for the YMCAs and the public expects to find one in their facility.

Sauna, Steam Rooms and Safety

A customer’s safety is the top-most priority and concern for any club, as it should be. Am-Finn’s High Temperature Alarm (HTA) can help you towards this concern. It is the Worlds Most Advanced Sauna and Steam Room Console. It provides the highest level of safety and emergency features available on the market, from real-time wireless alerts and data analytics to energy efficient tools.