Traditional Finnish vs. Infrared

At Löyly, we’re often asked why we opted for a traditional Finnish style sauna over an infrared. So, here’s the breakdown.

The two most common saunas are the traditional Finnish and infrared. Both offer incredible, unique health benefits and cater to different preferences. At Löyly, our passion lies in providing the most authentic and enriching sauna experience, which is why we proudly stand by the traditional Finnish sauna.

In this blog, we'll take you on a journey through the world of saunas, comparing the classic Finnish style with the innovative infrared, and ultimately revealing why our hearts belong to the tried and tested Finnish sauna.

Traditional Finnish sauna - embrace the timeless magic

The Finnish sauna is a time-honoured tradition dating back centuries. At the heart of this sauna lies an electric or wood-fired stove, surrounded by hot rocks that heat the air, providing instant warmth. The addition of water to the rocks allows for a choice between a wet or dry environment, making it a versatile and customisable option. With temperatures ranging from 80 to 100 degrees, seasoned sauna veterans revel in shorter, intense sessions, enjoying a detoxifying and revitalising sweat. The Finnish sauna's capacity to accommodate more users at once makes it an excellent social activity, where people can relax and connect.

Infrared sauna - basking in a different glow

The infrared sauna introduces skin-penetrating red light therapy, offering a milder and more prolonged experience. With temperatures typically ranging from 60 to 70 degrees, this sauna provides a gentle heat that soothes and rejuvenates the body. It's an excellent choice for those seeking a dryer environment, perfect for phone use or reading, and a gateway to incorporating different health modalities. Additionally, the infrared sauna is a cost-effective way to reap the benefits of sauna use.

Why we stand with the traditional Finnish sauna

At Löyly, we believe there's no contest when it comes to selecting the ultimate sauna experience. Our hearts are set on the traditional Finnish sauna and here's why. Steeped in centuries of tradition and woven into the fabric of Finnish culture, the Finnish sauna offers an enriching journey from start to finish. As you step inside, the "löyly" (the warm embrace of steam when water meets the hot rocks), instantly envelops you. The detoxifying sweat and relaxation that follow provide not only physical but also mental and emotional rejuvenation.

More than a sauna - an enchanting ritual

The traditional Finnish sauna experience is about more than just heat and sweat; it's a time-honoured ritual of cleansing and renewal. The process of heating the sauna, preparing the rocks, and creating the perfect löyly is an art passed down through generations. The communal aspect of the Finnish sauna fosters a sense of togetherness and wellbeing, making it a cherished social activity for friends and family alike. As you exit the sauna, the rush of cooling off in the fresh air or a refreshing dip in cool water leaves you feeling invigorated and alive.

What’s your preference?

Are you a devoted fan of the traditional Finnish sauna, or do you find solace in the gentle warmth of the infrared sauna? We'd love to hear about your sauna experiences and what draws you to your preferred choice. At Löyly, we're committed to creating a community that celebrates the beauty of saunas and their impact on our wellbeing.

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