I live at the end of a dirt road on 40 acres. My definition of luxury is the fact that Amazon Prime delivers here. So when I decided to order a sauna for myself, I seriously considered not telling you about it. It sounds too luxurious, you know? But here’s the deal: When I first started reading about the science-backed benefits of saunas, I literally couldn’t shut up about them. Ask my husband.
Here’s how it went:
Husband: Mimi has invited the kids over to play on Saturday afternoon.
Me: Did you know that saunas activate heat shock proteins that have been shown to extend the lives of C. elegans worms by 30%? Also, they stimulate the production of collagen and help the body eliminate xenobiotics and heavy metals.
Husband: . . . .
Y’all, seriously, I can’t stop talking about it. The more I research, the more benefits I discover, which is why I decided to invest in a Health Mate. Not only did they win me over with their non-toxic materials, responsible sourcing of cedar, and ultra low-EMF heaters, they turned out to be much more affordable than I was expecting.
Spoiler alert: I didn’t pay full-price – I negotiated a deal that is hundreds of dollars off what they usually sell them for, and I talked them into offering you the exact same deal. More on that at the end of this post, but first, here’s why I love my Health Mate.
Crafted With Non-Toxic Materials
Some sauna manufacturers use toxic glues or chemically-treated boards in their saunas. As the sauna warms up these materials off-gas into the inner-cabin . . . not exactly the kind of stuff you want to breathe while you’re trying to detox.
Health Mate’s parent company actually grows and harvests the Canadian Red Cedar they use – it’s durable, maintains its structural integrity in extreme temperatures, smells amazing, and is resistant to bacteria and fungi. It’s also sustainably harvested and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, and as you might expect given their obvious commitment to quality, they use a water-based, non-toxic wood glue as well. (It’s sometimes even used as a pastry glue, although I’ll stick to my homemade buttercream.)
Heats Up Quickly
Yes, this was a real factor for me. It only takes about 30 minutes to heat up, while others take an hour or longer. If my kids are playing well together I can usually sneak in a session if I’m fast enough – an hour is too long!
The short warming time is due to their use of dual wave micron tecoloy heaters. They emit two wavelengths – both mid and far infrared. The far wave heats up the body’s core quickly to produce a detoxifying sweat, while the mid wave penetrates the soft tissue to increase of the delivery of oxygen and nutrients.
While some far infrared saunas emit high levels of EMF’s, Health Mate’s patented tecoloy infrared heaters have been third-party tested and validated as very low-EMF – the full test results are available on their website. Finding a low-EMF option was super important to me, and one of the reasons I decided to go with Health Mate.
Also, because I happened to have this EMF meter on hand (I used it to detect EMF radiation in homes when my husband and I were house shopping), I tested mine when it arrived and verified that their lab results are accurate.
Unlikely as it sounds, different light wavelengths effect our physiology in unique ways. As this Harvard Medical School article explains:
not all colors of light have the same effect. Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night. And the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown.
That’s because blue light suppresses melatonin production – a hormone needed to tell our bodies when it’s time to sleep. There is a lot more research needed on the benefits of different color wavelengths, but some are already used in clinical settings. (source 1, source 2, source 3)
When I was shopping for a sauna I noticed that most companies only offer chromotherapy as an upgrade, but Health Mate includes it with each sauna. The chromotherapy feature emits near-infrared light, making this a full-spectrum sauna.
When I sauna at night I use red light exclusively so that I’ll sleep well, but when I do it in the morning I set the chromotherapy feature on automatic so that it slowly rotates through the whole color spectrum.
Because of the way its crafted, our sauna feels like a personal retreat. The heated air draws out the scent of Canadian Red Cedar, and the whole room feels emotionally grounding. It’s become a place for one-on-one, heartfelt conversations with both my husband and littles ones – the kind that is so relaxed you want to slow down and savor it. I’ve also had some amazing moments alone, which is every moms dream, right?
Our farmhouse throws temper tantrums if we use much energy via the circuit connected to my bedroom. I found that out the hard way when natural gas delivery was disrupted to our house and a severe ice storm stranded us. Just plugging a portable space heater in there will blow the fuse, yet I can plug my Health Mate into a regular wall outlet in there and run it with no problem at all. That’s some serious energy efficiency, y’all.
(And yes, if we ever get another ice storm like that, you will find me in the sauna with my kids!)
A lot of people don’t realize this, but Health Mate is actually the only U.S.-owned sauna manufacturer. They make saunas for about 30 other companies – many of which are sold in Europe. Buying from the manufacturer means you get the best price, because they don’t have reseller costs built into their prices. As a bonus, Health Mate’s parent company actually grows and harvests the cedar they use, so they’re able to offer top quality materials for the best price out there.
Easy To Assemble
Not only are they incredibly well-constructed, Health Mate saunas are crafted so that they can be broken down and rebuilt easily. I know this because I was afraid I’d have to knock down a wall or something to get our sauna out of our bedroom when we move (we’re planning to build at some point). Nope, turns out that some NFL and MLB teams actually take the sauna model I have on the road because it snaps together quickly and easily.
How To Get Special Pricing On The Sauna I Use
Remember how I told you I got hundreds of dollars off my order, and negotiated the exact same deal for you? I can’t actually publish the discount because it’s so much lower than their list price, but you can get more info over here.
Also, because a several of you have asked:
- Shipping is free within the Continental U.S.
- They do offer an option that allow you to spread payments over 25 months. There’s no interest, and you can pay it off early if you want with no penalty.
- We got the Enrich II. It’s perfect for two people and comes with a sound system and ergonomic bench that is super comfy.