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Far Infrared
                          Sauna Dome.
Far Infrared Sauna Hothouse Dome from HTE.
Invented in Japan in 1988.

Compare Far Infrared Saunas - Introduction:

There are many far infrared (FIR) units on the market which is very confusing to the public. This page will explain how they came into existence and the differences between them. This is important so as not to spend a lot of money on something that will not give optimal far infrared benefits as expected and desired, especially if intended for specific use as thermal therapy.

HTE (Hsin Ten Enterprise), was the first company to introduce a Japanese Far Infrared sauna unit to the public in North America in 1997. The unit is called the Far Infrared Hothouse Dome. The traditional sauna companies took note of this far infrared 'dry' sauna and shortly thereafter followed suit by incorporating far infrared heat into their existing set-up.

Source of Far Infrared Rays and the difference between wet and dry heat:

Traditional saunas introduced carbon coated metal rods or carbon coated ceramic plates into their existing sauna units to generate far infrared heat and then renamed and marketed them as far infrared sauna even though they remain a traditional sauna generating a hot 'wet' heat.

A traditional sauna uses heat to warm the air, which in turn heats up your body. This is a 'wet' heat which therefore requires you to remove your clothes.

 A far infrared sauna heats your body directly, without warming the air around you. Far Infrared is a 'dry' heat, clothing is optional. There is no sweating involved - toxins are released through the urine and feces.

None of the traditional 'infrared sauna' (or the copycat far infrared sauna domes) use the same advanced unique patented crystal chip surface as the Far Infrared Hothouse Dome which emits 100% pure far infrared. Most far infrared saunas emit 40% to around 90% far infrared (very few units reach 90%). Some far infrared sauna units generate too much wet heat and thereby dramatically reduce the actual far infrared emission level.

Infrared Rays.

The FIR Hothouse Dome - Silicone Crystal Chip Surface.
Close proximity to the body for optimal penetration.
No-one has duplicated this advanced technology.

Sources used to generate far infrared by traditional ' far infrared' saunas:

* Carbon panels or plastic carbon sheets mixed with bonding glue.
* Carbon coals.
* Carbonized steel metal rods.
* Ceramic coated metal rods.
* Aluminum plate with ceramic coat.
* Small flat and un-reflective ceramic plates
* Plastic, ceramic or aluminum heaters
* Chemically treated wood and glues.
* Foldable synthetic material enclosure - wire and ceramic.
* Fiberglass domes - carbon.
* Precious stones such as Amethyst or Jade.
* Carbonized wiring.

Glue produces toxic fumes - Ceramic will crack and break in half - Metal rods and wires can generate too much heat - aluminum is a very deadly toxin. When you compare these different sources used to generate the far infrared, it is disturbing how potentially toxic they may be, and therefore quite serious to consider choosing one that will benefit your health and not harm it.

Infrared sauna

Be cautious of far infrared sauna impostors
 - research, research, research!

Traditional sauna companies and their choice of far infrared heat source:

1) Therasauna, Saunagen, Sun Star, Dreamline, Hydra, Seamax, Royal, Eacon, Spatech, Keys - ceramic, wood.
2) Sun Life, Sauna King, Core - carbon, wood.
3) Verseo, Evergain, Infraspa, Waterstar, Royal Heat, Golden Heat - foldable synthetic upright, carbon.
4) Healiohealth, Waterstar- synthetic material dome, plastic, carbon and ceramic.
5) Sauna Dome, Far Infrared Dome - fiberglass or wood, carbon.

FYI - Infrared Spectrum:

Infrared is the common abbreviation used for Far Infrared, or FIR. However, the range is correctly and more clearly defined as Near, Mid or Far Infrared:
1) Near Infrared LIGHT RAY are extremely hot. Folate-conjugated gold nanorods targeted to tumor cell surfaces produced severe membrane damage upon near-infrared light irradiation. Near Infrared is used for chemical analysis in conjunction with the biotechnology of Spectroscopy.

2) Middle or Mid Infrared LIGHT RAY, are used in the application of laser science and spectroscopy.

3) Far Infrared HEAT RAY are used in many medical applications, such as incubators, physical therapy, thermal oncology and dermatology.

Far Infrared Ray.

What You Need To Know About Far Infrared Saunas:
- The original real deal, versus the traditional saunas and dome copycats.

WAVELENGTH: Many far infrared saunas and copycat domes do not radiate the correct micron far infrared ray wavelength which is 8-10 microns (7-14 is acceptable), being the most beneficial to the human body. Many are less than 5 microns (towards medium infrared ray range) or way beyond 14 microns, which is not physically beneficial.

Initially, most infrared sauna companies did not understand what is a micron, so many companies simply copied or re-wrote the far infrared data and information from the Far Infrared Hothouse Dome because scant information and documentation was available at that time written in English.

NOTE: HTE Australia, exclusive distributors of the Far Infrared Sauna Hothouse Dome, published a book specially translated into English for the company - "The Scientific Basis and Therapeutic Benefits of Far Infrared Ray Therapy" written by Yamazaki Toshio in Japan. Nearly all the traditional far infrared sauna companies have had the audacity to copy quotes from the book to their websites, taken from this website. The book is not available in bookstores and was not intended to be applied to traditional sauna units.

WEIGHT: Most units weigh three times more than the Far Infrared Hothouse dome sauna which is only 13 lbs - 5.7 kg.

WARM UP TIME: Many units require 10-20 minutes minimum warm up time.The FIR Hothouse dome sauna heats up immediately.

HEAT RANGE: Many have temperature ranges that fluctuate dramatically. The FIR Hothouse dome sauna heat is set and constant.

DANGERS: Many far infrared sauna pose the danger of overheating and dehydration, air temperature can become unbearable. The Far Infrared Hothouse dome sauna poses no such danger as overheating of the user does not occur. The gentle far infrared ray penetrating the body feel more like the 70's temperature wise. The pure far infrared heat of the Hothouse dome does not cause hydration, unlike a closed, intensely hot traditional sauna does.

1) Many do not have an electronic thermostat or overload shut-off for safety. The FIR Hothouse dome sauna has a built in regulator.

2) Most of the ceramic heaters have some kind of protective face guard because they are so hot that if you accidentally touch them you will get hurt. The Hothouse dome surface will not cause this to happen as it has a silicone crystal chip surface.

PROXIMITY: Traditional sauna units have the source of far infrared too far away from the body to have optimal impact. The far infrared emitter surface should be as close to the body as possible. The Far Infrared Hothouse dome is within inches of the body.

A traditional sauna wooden box unit which people sit in, is hard pressed to provide optimal Far Infrared benefit as the source of far infrared being emitted is not within inches of the body, but feet. The further the body is from the Far Infrared waves, which travel in straight lines, the lesser the impact and benefits.

MEDICAL DEVICE: The Hothouse dome far infrared sauna is recognized as a medical device in three countries, Japan, Australia and Canada.

SIZE: 'One size fits all' copycat igloo saunas, do not typically accommodate larger bodies. The Far Infrared Hothouse dome sauna comes in two sizes to accommodate bodies below or over 180 lbs, the latter is known as the Grande Hothouse Dome.

SANITARY: Many far infrared saunas, especially the traditional saunas, are considered unsanitary due to sweating and require clothing removal. You do not have to remove clothing under the Hothouse dome.

a) The correct term is FAR INFRARED. Near Infrared units are a completely different healing modality which incorporate light therapy from colored light bulbs, which penetrate 3-5 inches.

b) Far Infrared rays penetrates the skin about 2 to 2 1/2 inches - not 4 or 5 inches as some traditional sauna claim.

c) Far Infrared Ray should ideally be 8-10 microns to benefit the human body.  Many traditional units are above 11 or below 7 microns so there is less to zero benefit, as the ray are no longer Far Infrared because they move into different spectrums, microwave or mid-infrared.

d) Traditional far infrared sauna imply the entire body is bathed in Far Infrared. In fact the units have only a few scattered sources emitting far infrared ray. Apart from being too far away from the FIR source to benefit the body, traditional far infrared saunas simply miss the human target, or are absorbed into the wood which benefits no-one.

Electro magnetic frequencies (EMF), is beginning to be understood by the public. EMF with consistent, regular doses, has been proven to be harmful. Cellular phones when consistently used next to the head, cause brain tumors, or if continually carried in the trouser pocket, may trigger prostate cancer. A cell phone radiates extremely damaging EMF to the bodies cellular structure, intensified by the close proximity on a daily basis, and the accumulation of long term constant use.

EMF is a concern for traditional saunas, some of which emit high levels. The fact is, far infrared heat negates the negative effects of EMF,  and some far infrared saunas may radiate far less than that of a cell phone. Check and be sure the EMF frequency of any far infrared unit you consider is low, that the far infrared ray are concentrated - between 7-14 microns - and that the far infrared rays are in close proximity to the body.

You will NOT lose serious weight using far infrared saunas, if at all. Traditional Far Infrared heat therapy in Asia and Europe is used for relief, reduction and removal of pain, swelling and inflammation, serious elimination of toxins (such as heavy metals, drugs, pesticides, chemicals etc), improved circulation, accelerated healing, tissue regeneration, relaxation and other healing properties.


The Utimate Far Infrared Sauna.

The first company to introduce Far Infrared heat therapy to the North American public.
Invented by Japanese scientists for maximum natural healing benefits.

                        Infrared Sauna.

Three Hothouse domes cover the entire body for intense healing, relaxation
 and detoxification. A perfect 8-10 microns is emitted from each dome.

SOQI Far Infrared Hothouse Dome Sauna for entire body,
shown being used with the original Sun Ancon Chi Machine.

Infrared sauna dome.

Grande Far Infrared Sauna Hothouse Dome
Accommodates larger sized bodies - yes you may keep your clothes on.


Far Infrared Sauna Hothouse Dome
You can lie on your front or your back, or have it curved behind you.
Lightweight and portable. Immediate far infrared heating.

Licensed as a medical device in Australia, Japan and Canada.
No other company has duplicated this technology.

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