You might remember that last year I got really into going to HigherDOSE for their infrared sauna, and going to Shape House to lay in their infrared sauna blankets. Truth be told, it was expensive and also a pain in the butt, scheduling wise. After the sauna you are so sweaty that you really have to go straight home… it wasn’t something I could do before events or meetings and I don’t like making multiple trips in and out of the city in a single day. So like with many other awesome but inconvenient things, I stopped going.
More recently, HigherDOSE got in touch to see if I’d want to review one of their at home infrared sauna blankets and I was so excited – the idea of being able to do it at home, from the comfort of my couch sounded incredible. Still, I had questions. Would it be as effective as going to Shape House or HigherDose? Would it smell bad? Would it be easy to clean? Etc. etc. I was already sold on the benefits of using an infrared sauna blanket but the at home element was new to me.
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Why I Love My Infrared Sauna Blanket
It gives you all the benefits of going to the sauna – but at home. I can lay on my couch and SWEAT (I put down a towel, don’t worry!) without leaving my home (no sweaty subway ride home afterward). Also, while it’s expensive, it will pay for itself in a month or two if you do it a couple times a week (a 10 pack at Shape House is $400!)
How to Use the Infrared Sauna Blanket
The blanket is a large rectangle that folds together sort of like a sleeping bag (velcro panels). It is pretty simple. You plug it in, lay it flat down (I take the back couch cushions off, lay a towel down underneath, and put on my favorite show), and SWEAT for an hour. The blanket is a high quality waterproof PVC with infrared technology and a remote control to control the temperature. I usually keep the temperature around a 7 (it goes up to a 9); that’s all I can handle!!! You can work up as you become more comfortable with it.
When you are in the blanket, it’s recommended that you wear loose cotton clothing that you don’t mind getting really sweaty: a long sleeve tee, socks, and long pants. Be sure to drink a lot of water during and after your sauna session – I fill up a large mason jar and keep it next to me during my session… I try to drink the whole thing over an hour.
You will sweat a lot. The clothing that you wear will be soaked and there will be sweat in the blanket. I had been worried about cleaning it but it is actually very easy- immediately after my sweat I unfold the blanket, lay it flat, and just wipe it down with these cleaning wipes from 7th Generation. You just want to do it immediately! (Whatever you use to clean the blanket; I’d definitely be sure to use something natural/organic!).
Infrared Blanket Benefits
There are so many health benefits to infrared sauna treatments (this post that I wrote last year is a great resource!) but here are a few of my personal favs. Infrared technology is really cool!
You will definitely notice more energy after you sweat.
I’m hesitant to include this as you do notice an immediate slimming effect but that’s all water weight. So you will of course temporarily lose water weight which is great in the short term. That being said, it does burn a lot of calories. According to Shape House, a single sauna session in the blanket burns upwards of 800 calories.
It’s great for your skin.
Sweating is great for your skin – it helps you detoxify and boosts collagen levels. I notice that when I’m using the blanket 2-3x a week (or getting a good sweat at somewhere like Tracy Anderson), my skin is so much softer.
Reduced stress + anxiety.
While the blanket is not comfortable at times (you get really hot!!!) it is incredibly relaxing. It’s great when you are feeling anxious or stressed.
Infrared Sauna Blanket Review
I love my infrared blanket. It is just as effective as going to a sauna to sweat, but I can do it at home. This is big for me as I live in Brooklyn and am a bit of a homebody.
For a discount on the blanket….
HigherDOSE is giving my readers $100 off their purchase! Click this link to buy the blanket, and use code GRACE100. This offer expires 12/31/19!
photography by Carter Fish.