Last updated on July 23rd, 2018
Near infrared (NIR) is a powerful therapy for detoxification, immune boosting, rejuvenating and relaxing as well as just feeling great. On a cold winters day it is like basking in the hot sunshine and it really elevates your mood. This detailed Pocket Sauna Review comes from extensive personal experience.
I have had a SaunaSpace Pocket Sauna for three years now and I absolutely love it! Of all the healing technology that I’ve owned and tried, this is definitely my number one hands down. It only takes 10–15 minutes to put up and take down and it easily packs into my car for my constant travels around the country. I use it several times a week, or daily when I have time.
Continue reading to find out why my SaunaSpace Pocket Sauna Review concludes that the Pocket Sauna is the Best Portable Infrared Sauna on the market and why Near Infrared (NIR) Sauna Therapy has added benefits over Far Infrared (FIR) as well as being safer and more mood-elevating.
Near Infrared vs Far Infrared Sauna
Far Infrared (FIR) saunas are all the rage these days, but few people have heard of near infrared (NIR) saunas. It is time they did, because when comparing near infrared vs far infrared sauna NIR saunas have many advantages and added benefits.
NIR lamp sauna therapy is more effective, less risky and without the potential side effects of conventional medical treatments (though certainly consult your doctor before replacing them with sauna therapy).
Only red light and near infrared light stimulates the mitochondria, the energy powerhouses of the all the body’s cells. NIR sauna provides the regenerative and anti-aging benefits of mitochondrial stimulation AND traditional sauna heat therapy benefits together, as a whole-body solution.
Far Infrared Saunas Have Several Disadvantages compared to Near Infrared :
- Far-infrared wavelengths do not provide any light therapy at all
- FIR wavelengths do not activate mitochondrial functioning
- Most FIR saunas utilize high-EMF ceramic and carbon-based heat emitters, which can be harmful with prolonged exposure
- Most are not beautifully hand-made of hypoallergenic materials
- Cheap models have toxic material issues
- They are heavy, not portable, require two people to set up and take much longer to set up
- They have digital electronic components like touch screen control panels and LEDs that decay and fail over time, with high replacement costs.
- So-called “full-spectrum” FIR saunas include a small bank of LEDs in the ceiling that provide a miniscule dose of red or other coloured light to the head, not the whole body. This is not sufficient to achieve the full benefits of light therapy.
SaunaSpace Premium Quality and Design.
SaunaSpace design and manufacture products to last forever. Their engineered versatility, safe-design and accessibility by almost all body types and needs are unmatched. Every aspect of the design and material has been developed for the ultimate NIR lamp sauna experience, handmade at a level of craftsmanship that guarantees peace of mind throughout a lifetime of use.
SaunaSpace General Sauna Features
- Uniquely designed and tailored to offer the optimal NIR lamp sauna therapy experience
- Beautiful, minimalist aesthetic product
- Hypoallergenic, natural material construction with zero exposure to off-gassing of toxic, synthetic materials while detoxing
- Easy, quick setup and convenient portability when needed
- Safe, user-friendly design
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Machine washable, clean hypoallergenic double-layered cotton canvas fabric
- Sustainably harvested, untreated Hypoallergenic North American Basswood
- All hardware is double-chrome plated steel, manufactured in USA
- Ethical company with a strong focus on customer-satisfaction
- Carefully handmade in limited quantity by craftsmen/women in the USA
- 5+ years of product development driven by constant customer feedback
- Free Ground Shipping in USA, Canada and Mexico
- In-house phone product support from people who have experience with the product and NIR sauna therapy
- Lifetime Warranty
- 100 Day Product Trial With Free Return Shipping in USA, Canada and Mexico
Expect to see benefits and improvements during the 100 Day Trial, if the recommended protocol is followed. If you don’t see or feel any benefit, you can return the product for a 100% refund, no questions asked.
The SaunaSpace NIR Sauna Product Range
There are four different options to suit a range of budgets and requirements:
Near Infrared 4 Light Panel
The beautifully handcrafted, hypoallergenic Near Infrared 4 Light Panel with four, each ultra-low-EMF incandescent (tungsten) lamp emits 130 W of red and near infrared light for effective, natural mitochondrial stimulation plus plenty of longer wavelength thermal infrared for powerful sweat therapy.
This is the best option to save money if you want to make your own DIY enclosure or if you already have a traditional cabinet sauna or Far Infrared Sauna that you want to convert to Near Infrared.
Near Infrared Single Light Panel
Ultra-portable single lamp to take anywhere to use in a targeted fashion for localized issues:
- at the office desk to reverse the damaging effects of the blue-only light from the LEDs of computer monitors.
- sinus infections
- belly aches
- wound healing
- sore joints/muscles
DESIGN FEATURES: Stands up on it’s own, tilts at a 45°, can be mounted to a VESA monitor arm, comes with a solid basswood base for use on synthetic surfaces, fits in a standard carry-on luggage.
Near Infrared Sauna Shower Converter Bundle
Convert your standard shower stall into a SaunaSpace sauna. This is a great solution if you don’t have room for the Pocket Sauna or if you want to save money. It’s less convenient as it requires some minimal setup before and after each use, it is not wheelchair-accessible, it takes longer to pre-heat and it can’t be used in all showers. See the Installation Applications below under Specifications.
The Near Infrared Sauna Shower Converter Bundle includes:
- Near Infrared 4 Light Panel
- Light Panel Support Pedestal
- Hypoallergenic, machine-washable cotton canvas curtain
- Two Curtain Rods
Near Infrared Incandescent Pocket Sauna
This is the premium portable near infrared sauna. Beautifully handcrafted from hypoallergenic materials. Ultra-low EMF incandescent (tungsten) heat lamps, each emitting 130 watts of red and near infrared wavelengths for natural, effective mitochondrial stimulation. Also plenty of longer wavelength thermal infrared for the most gentle, therapeutic sauna sweat therapy. The Pocket Sauna includes:
- Near Infrared Four Light Panel
- Double-layered Canvas Sauna Enclosure with Wooden Structural Supports
- Basswood Stool, which is easily assembled and disassembled into three pieces
- Travel Bags for Canvas Enclosure, Support Polls and Stool
Remember to select the correct plug type/voltage for your country.
The Science behind NIR Sauna Therapy — Links to Research Articles and Book
If you would like to read more about the science behind near infrared sauna therapy and its benefits, SaunaSpace have an excellent online resource describing the science and giving links to many research articles. There are also answers to commonly-asked questions there. Click here to go to the SaunaSpace Near Infrared Light Therapy Science page and read to your heart’s content.
Also, Dr Lawrence Wilson has an excellent page on the benefits of NIR sauna therapy and the complete protocols for how to do it properly. He recommends avoiding Far Infrared Saunas altogether. Go here to read his page.
Some Tips For Using the Near Infrared Pocket Sauna
Make sure that you drink plenty of water before and after the sauna and have a good intake of minerals in your diet. A carefully-selected high quality kelp supplement is one option and eating lots of vegetables also helps. I don’t recommend putting Himalayan salt in your water. There may be 84 trace minerals in it, but they are only trace amounts, whereas it is predominately sodium. Our diets already tend to be much too high in sodium with not enough potassium. One option is to use CMD (concentrated mineral drops) solution in your water, which is high in magnesium (nearly everyone is deficient in this very important mineral) and sulphate but low in sodium. Magnesium chloride is a good, relatively well-absorbed form of magnesium. However, I recommend taking a mineral supplement — I recommend Healthy Origins Chelated Multi Mineral (Iron Free) along with Healthy Origins Fully Reacted Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelate for extra magnesium. As most people are iodine deficient (and I don’t recommend highly-processed iodized salt), then taking I also recommend taking Lugols solution.
It helps to turn the lights on and let the sauna enclosure heat up for 5–10 minutes (depending on how cold the room is) before you get in, especially if you are only having a short sauna, though in summer this isn’t necessary. Often though I just get straight in as my saunas are usually 30 minutes or more.
Start with 20 minute saunas and gradually work up to 45 minutes; but you must be well hydrated and have a good intake of minerals to stay in this long. I use an App called “Seconds” on my iPad to set a timer. It makes a Thai Gong or Tibetan bell sound every three minutes so I know it is time to rotate 90 degrees, and when time is up the gong or bell sounds twice. Some people stay longer, like 5 minutes in each position, but I prefer to rotate more often as the skin starts to get pretty hot on the side facing the lamps. I find two or three minutes about right, depending also on how close you sit to the lamps.
Stay at least 18 inches away from the lamps as the heat is very intense on the skin if you get too close. The safety grill protects you from actually touching the lamps, and although the grill gets quite hot you won’t burn yourself on it if you accidentally touch it.
You will probably sweat bucket loads too if you are well hydrated and stay in for more than 20 minutes. I use a folded towel on the stool, one on the floor underneath, and if I’m in for a long sauna I have another small towel to wipe the running sweat off my face and body. I normally sweat very little, even in hot weather, but the sweat is usually pouring off me in the sauna, even after 15 minutes.
CAUTION: There is one precaution you should take when using the sauna, which is common sense, but I just want to emphasize it. DO NOT stare at the lamps. I always tilt my head to look up and above the lamps when facing them and usually my eyes are closed, because I like to meditate during my saunas. With eyes closed you automatically relax more. You could also wear infra-red blocking glasses (normal sunglasses don’t block infrared light) if you are concerned about damaging your eyes, but it is fine if you don’t look into the lamps.
I have had my SaunaSpace Near Infrared Pocket Sauna for three years and I use it several times per week. It feels incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time. I consider Near Infrared Sauna Therapy as one of the main pillars of my healing lifestyle regime.
The great thing is that the Pocket Sauna is so quick to put together and to pack up, especially since I am constantly on the move around the country. And, after all the assembling, disassembling, transporting around in my car and reassembling, it still shows no signs of wear and tear. Even the original lamps are still working.
These are a premium-made, beautifully hand-crafted product and you pay for that quality, but if you can afford it I think it is totally worth it. Sure, you can make your own DIY sauna at home on a relatively low budget, especially if you have some woodwork skills. You could get a company with an industrial sewing machine to sew up the covers for you, if you come up with a design. Just make sure you get the right near infrared lamps, use hypoallergenic, non-toxic materials and take all safety precautions.
If you already have a Far Infrared Sauna cabinet, you could purchase the near infrared four light panel from SaunaSpace or make your own near infrared light panel to install inside.
Personally, I love the aesthetic design, simplicity, beauty, portability and functionality of my SaunaSpace Sauna. There is no other sauna that I have found out there that compares in all these respects.
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Thank you for reading my review of the SaunaSpace Near Infrared Pocket Sauna, in my opinion the best portable infrared sauna out there. I hope you get to enjoy the bliss of soaking in the healing rays of a SaunaSpace Near Infrared Sauna. Feel free to write any comments or questions into the box below.