Most people have heard of an infrared sauna. Infrared radiation is a form of light on the invisible end of the spectrum, which penetrates the skin of the user (much like the light of the sun) and causes perspiration. But did you know that you can take the infrared sauna experience with you where you go with a portable infrared sauna?

Infrared saunas are popular among the health conscious because of the myriad health benefits that pose. By regularly relaxing in a sauna, people lower stress, manage their weight, detoxify their bodies, cleanse their pores, and relieve joint and muscle pain. No therapy is as beneficial to the entire body and spirit as infrared sauna therapy.

A portable sauna means that you can take these benefits with you on vacation or wherever you go. If space is at a premium in your home, a sauna that you can take down and store when not in use is worthwhile. Portable models can also be significantly cheaper than building an entire sauna room, so if you are on a budget this may be the option for you.

You may pause to wonder how a sauna could possibly be portable. Would not the heating element be too big? In a traditional sauna, yes. But infrared saunas only require thin, flat carbon sheets for heating elements, which are light and easily portable.

Portable saunas are generally small, only allowing one person to use them at a time. Depending on the type of portable sauna purchased, you can spend anywhere from $ 300 to $ 4,000. They come in three main formats: domes, blankets, or boxes.

Domes and blanket models are fairly similar. Both models require you to lie down on the floor, and the sauna and heating elements are spread over you in a cylindrical dome. Try to visualize a tanning booth, and you've got the general idea.

The box is the most popular portable sauna. It looks a little like a small tent with a zippered entrance. The user sits on a foldable chair inside and fits their neck through a hole in the top of the box. Most models also have zippered openings for your hands, so users can read or have their hands free while in the sauna. The box and chair fold up flat when the session is over, looking rather like an over sized portfolio with a handle for easy carrying.

If you'd like to experience the benefits of infrared sauna but do not have the money or space that built-in saunas require, or if you travel a lot and do not want to leave your precious sauna at home, then a portable infrared sauna is for you.