After my trip to Japan and overcoming my fear of getting naked in public at an Onsen, I’ve been needing some RnR. I have been desperate for Self Care Sunday spa experience where I can clear my mind and just enjoy the toxin and stress leave my body.
A local PR team reached out to see if I wanted to check out their latest client’s infrared sauna spa treatment. Being I had been yearning for a chance to relive my onsen days, I jumped on it.
Infrared Sauna Review
- 15 minute workout
- 25 minutes in the infrared suaa
- However long you want in the cryotheraphy room
The sauna works at around 110 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit but the temperature isn’t as important the infrared waves. The waves supposedly penetrate your body to reverse negative life effects. There are no hard scientific facts behind it but it is rumored to reduce pain and help your detox.
What it’s like in an infrared sauna
It’s cool because you start with a mini workout on a giant vibrating exercise machine. Depending on your goals: weight loss, muscle gain, anti-aging, the machine gives you exercises to complete while the machine vibrates to activate your muscles. The workout isn’t too hard but it does make it hard to balance on the base. After about 15 minutes you break a sweat and are ready for the hot box, uh I mean infrared sauna.
The second part of the spa experience is the infrared sauna. The attendant will escort you to your room where you get cable television and your own sweat box. You have the option to get completely naked in your sauna box. No one will disturb you while the door is closed. My fiance, who came with me and got his own box, chose to go buck naked.
Picking the light that works for you
Based on the effects you are looking to achieve, you can switch the lights within the sauna to soothe you. I did a little test while I was in the box.
- Sit in a comfortable seated positions
- Find stillness
- Close your eyes
- Switch the lights slowly, giving yourself 30 seconds to assess how you feel about the light
I ended up sticking with the indigo lights as it was calming and soothing. My day job has been stressing me out for quite some time and anything to calm the tightness in my chest and lump in throat, right? The timer will beep after 25 minutes and you can put on your clothes and head to cryotherapy.
Plus size infrared sauna experience
As a plus size woman, anything health or wellness related can be a sore spot. If you are a plus size woman embracing your body as-is you are ridiculed for not caring. If you make an effort eat healthy and exercise you often still ridiculed for not working hard enough to lose weight. It’s as if the concept of health and wellness can only be tied to being thin or with the goal of weight loss.
I never felt like anyone was judging me during my session. I felt 100% comfortable while in my infrared sauna alone. The experience was positive and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to take baby steps to de-stress.
The cryotherapy room was our favorite part of the infrared sauna experience. After 25 minutes in 130 degrees, your body is pumping blood faster as your circulation improves. Then you switch to cold therapy and it restricts blood flow to reduce inflammation and swelling. The hot/cold therapy system can help relieve symptoms like arthritis and back pain.
I really enjoyed it and would recommend it for anyone who needs a little escape every now and then.