Recent Growth of Infrared Popularity
We know that infrared saunas provide tremendous health benefits. As more consumers are educated, they have become increasingly popular and more often a topic of conversation. A friend of mine first had one in his home over 20 years ago along with a hot tub. He informed me at that time that his guests had very quizzical looks when seeing these in his home.
However, today, when anyone visits our home, one of their first comments is regarding the Clearlight corner sauna we have in the living room. Most people are somewhat familiar with what it is and how it works. Recently, a doctor friend visited and immediately commented that he had just purchased one the prior month (with some help from this review website, of course, as he finally begrudgingly admitted).
Top Infrared Saunas for 2019
We are excited about some great updates right around the corner. We are fortunate enough to be able to regularly talk with the CEOs, owners and salespeople of some of the best brands. This month we are finishing up another round of talks and interviews. As a result, we will be updating our Best Brands page very soon to help you choose the Best Home Sauna.
A significant reason for the increased attention to this industry is the identifiable benefits you can experience. At the end of this article we focus on a recently issued report which forecasts significant market increases.
But first, here is a tremendous story reported just last week. It highlights that some local Springfield Firefighters were given a sauna to help detox from the many harmful substances they are exposed to as a normal part of their daily job:
Springfield Firefighters have a new tool to combat potentially dangerous toxins that could hurt their health.
The Springfield Office of Clark Schaefer Hackett donated a sauna to Station One in an effort to help firefighters sweat anything harmful they pick up while fighting fires.
“We were fortunate enough to take advantage of a grant process,” Springfield Fire Chief Brian Miller said. “It’s cutting-edge pioneer kind of technology where the concept is firefighters, after a fire, need to detoxify and remove all of the carcinogens or potential carcinogens in the smoke from their body.”
A pamphlet handed out an event showcasing the new saunas says toxins and soot from the smoke and fire can remain on firefighters’ ski after a fire and can be absorbed into their bodies. And as the body temperature rises, the absorption process quickens. Springfield firefighters given sauna to help fight toxins
The protocol is the firefighters take a shower after a fire to remove the carcinogens on their skin as a result of the smoke. The firefighters then use the infrared therapy followed by a ride on an exercise bike. Although it was not noted as the final step, we are, of course, hoping the last step is for another shower as a courtesy to the others around them.
Health Benefits Promoted in Washington Post This Month
Several large sauna studies have determined that the practice is linked to lower blood pressure and decreased artery stiffness. In addition, subjects who visit a sauna four to seven times a week have 60 percent lower rates of heart disease and stroke than those who visit just once a week.
“Sauna may be a new way to reduce cardiovascular risk,” says lead researcher Jari Laukkanen, a cardiologist and professor at the University of Eastern Finland. “It is a kind of third factor in addition to diet and exercise.” Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis – The Washington Post
So we looked into just how much the interest in this health improving technology has grown.
How Popular Have Infrared Saunas become?
The Infrared Sauna market has grown by over 50% during the past 5 years.
In the United States, the areas that have shown the most growth are Minnesota (which has historically held a strong interest in the traditional variety), North and South Dakota and Montana.
The overall market for infrared and traditional steam has increased during the same 5 years just slightly less, meaning interest in infrared has outpaced traditional or steam. Alaska has been the state to have the largest overall market increase.
Industry Market Growth Predictions
A global industry report is distributed every fall summarizing forecasts for the upcoming years. This past month the latest report was issued:
The report titled “The Global Spa and Sauna Component Market: Size, Trends & Forecasts (2018-2022)”, provides an in-depth analysis of the global spa and sauna component market by value, by sauna type, by end use, by demand and by region.
The global spa and sauna component market has increased at a significant CAGR during the years 2013-2017 and projections are made that the market would rise in the next four years i.e. 2018-2022 tremendously. The spa and sauna component market is expected to increase due to growing wellness tourism, increase in employment, rising consumer expenditure, rising urban population, etc. Yet the market faces some challenges due to high cost involved with spa and sauna components. The Global Spa and Sauna Component Market: Size, Trends & Forecasts (2018-2022)
The overall market does face the challenge of increasing components costs. A few brands, however, have remained committed to keeping the costs in line and provided excellent value through innovation and improved health benefits. We detail the top brands addressing these issues in our Brand Comparison page.
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