Locations: Upper East Side, Flatiron
As I titled this post I laughed thinking that there’s a possibility a majority of you only clicked on the link to be grossed out by me. That’s okay! Sorry if I do share a little too much with you here, but it’s necessary for this post.
So. A super-trendy wellness thing happening right now is spending time in infrared saunas. They’re the biggest thing in California and New York, with celebrities, bloggers and overall cool people. Anyway, Grace at The Stripe genuinely loves Shape House, who calls itself “an urban sweat lounge,” and she gifted her readers with a free sweat. And so sweat I did.
I went the day after I returned home from California: jet-lagged on a warm, rainy, winter New York City day. Shape House is fifteen minutes (!!!) from my apartment in a direction I never walk, so I excitedly learned more about my neighborhood on the way (pro 1). When I walked in, I was like, oh man, another boutique luxury that’s going to rope me in, and that thought was my first con.
I was taken back and given the comfiest outfit to change into, and led into a bed – think like the ones at the doctor – and wrapped in a hot – literally hot – blanket. I was given water and headphones, and I happily settled into my warm cocoon to watch Marvelous Mrs Maisel (pro 2).
Now guys. What we all – especially me – seemed to forget until halfway through is that I do not do well in extreme heat. In fact, I used to get so sick and burnt from the sun I needed milk baths, and in Aruba, I take many trips indoors throughout the day. I also cannot stomach hot yoga. So why did I think I could literally lay in a heated bed for 55 minutes??? I wanted to die. But I also wanted to succeed at sweating, which sounds weird, but it was my literal thought (con 2 – but a big one).
I was so thankful when my time was up. They bring you into a cool-down room, where you are given extra water, orange slices and tea if you’d like (pro 3). I did like, because I was legitimately drenched. At least we know my sweat glands work.
Once I cooled off, I felt great. Then, throughout the day, my appetite was really off, which tends to happen whenever I’m subjected to extreme heat (con 3). On the other hand, my skin was absolutely glowing (pro 4). And as sleepy as I was, I didn’t sleep at all that night (con 4).
So here’s the moral of this story: I know it was only one shot, but I’m not intentionally sweating again. Maybe if it were like $20, not $70 I’d give it a second try. But if we’re being totally honest, I can obtain the pros for free with my current lifestyle. I wanted to share this with you because it goes to show a lot of things look fabulous and like they’re amazing, but not everything is for everybody. I appreciate the free session from Grace (thank you!), but now we all know. If you don’t like sweating in the natural sun, stay clear.
Have you gone to any of these sweat places? Let me know how you liked it!