80- The Benefits of Near Infrared Saunas with Brian Richards

80- The Benefits of Near Infrared Saunas with Brian Richards

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

August 8, 2019

Have you ever been in a sauna before? If you have, you probably noticed how much your body heated up, and how the sweat poured off of your body.

There are quite a few different types of saunas available:

  • Wet saunas
  • Dry saunas
  • Steam saunas
  • Far Infrared saunas
  • Near Infrared saunas

And each one has different purposes for the body.

While there are always pros and cons to each different type of sauna, the type that is making drastic health changes in people is the Near Infrared Sauna.


Why Should You Use Near Infrared Saunas

When we talk about near and far infrared, we are taking about wavelengths of light.

These are different wave lengths that the sun emits, and each type works differently for the body. However, near infrared penetrates deeper into the body, and is the most abundant wavelength from the sun.

In this episode, we dive deep into the benefits of near infrared lights and how to use it to support your body.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • Learn about the different wavelengths of light and how each one interacts with the body
  • Differences between heat therapy and light therapy
  • How the mitochondrial are influenced by waves of light
  • How to use specific therapies for joint and muscle pain


  • [2:30] Brian Richards had a weird collection of symptoms that was relieved with light therapy
  • [8:15] Traditional cultures used saunas all the time. What is the benefit of using incandescent bulbs instead of just heat
  • [13:15] If you have a SaunaSpace Photon shining on you while you are on your computer, do you still need blue light blocking glasses
  • [14:45] Most LED lights have flicker, which is like having a strobe light in your face
  • [17:45] Since genetics and heritage indicate different exposures to natural sun, this could also mean we need different levels of exposure to near infrared rays to get the benefits
  • [21:45] What are the differences between near infrared and far infrared
  • [27:30] How deep does near infrared light penetrate into the skin
  • [29:30] Can you use these bulbs to target specific regions of the body
  • [33:00] Do you have to worry about damaging your eyes by looking at these bulbs
  • [36:00] The new SaunaSpace Thermalight Bulb is 3x stronger than any other incandescent light bulb, so you get the NIR benefits much faster
  • [39:15] SaunaSpace has a completely EMF-Free Sauna, what is the benefit of this setup
  • [47:15] As EMF technology constantly changes, does the material in the sauna need to be updated as well
  • [52:30] Heat Therapy has been shown to reduce insulin resistance
  • [61:00] Brian would like to try Intermittent Fasting and see if that works well for him

Resources From This Episode

Some of these resources may contain affiliate links, which provides a small commission to me (at no extra expense to you).

  • The New Thermalight Bulb is 3x stronger than other bulbs- Learn More
  • The Faraday Sauna is completely EMF-Free- Learn More

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts may not be 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Brian Richards

Website: Sauna Space

Phone: (573) 66-SAUNA

Social Media: Facebook , Instagram , Twitter

Brian Richards from SaunaSpace teaches us about Near Infrared Saunas. Learn More at SummitForWellness.com/Sauna

Brian Richards from SaunaSpace teaches us about Near Infrared Saunas. Learn More at SummitForWellness.com/Sauna

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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