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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:24 AM
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“Although the evidence is limited, it does suggest a number of benefits of far infrared sauna use, including effects on systolic hypertension…and clinical symptoms of congestive heart failure, premature ventricular contractions, brain natriuretic peptide levels, vascular endothelial function, exercise tolerance, oxidative stress, chronic pain, and possibly weight loss and chronic fatigue,” Beever wrote in a review for the official publication of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Importantly, “No adverse events were reported.”

How to Get the Most for Your Money

Manhattan’s HigherDOSE LLC is a frequent call-out in model and fashion boss Instagram feeds. (“DOSE” is an acronym for those natural elation-causing chemicals known as Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins.) Leonardo DiCaprio and Michelle Williams are known clients. Sessions cost $65 for the recommended one-hour duration, which allows 10-15 minutes to disrobe and arrange yourself inside the wooden box. (For my visit, I reserved a single room, although you can reserve an $80 double if you want to go with a friend.)

The small shop, which opened last year, is tucked underneath an actual alchemist kitchen. To enter, guests walk past shelves of myrrh oil and sage, descend a stairwell festooned with jungle-thick vines, and present themselves at a front desk doused in red light emitting from a neon sign above. (The neon spells out “HIGHER DOSE” underneath some mystic-looking triangles).


Home-installed infrared saunas typically cost $1,000 and up.

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How Fast Can You Feel It?

Short-term results were more than satisfactory. I had gone into it feeling lethargic and stymied in general by the snow and winter weather. My shoulders were sore from a recent eight-hour flight from Geneva and from gingerly picking my way over black ice as I attempted to jog around town. I was also sleepy, having been out late the night before.

But once inside, and rather than drift off into a nap, as I had expected, I became increasingly alert. My heart rate increased while my muscles relaxed—an unexpected dichotomy. By the end of my time I was practically panting. After 45 minutes of reading Murakami and sweating out everything I drank in what felt like the past month, I emerged lightheaded and definitely dewy. I already have another session booked.

Think an infrared sauna session is for you? There is a right way to get the full benefit—and get your money’s worth. Here are some pointers.


Cheuk recommended some intense replenishing of vitamins and minerals after each session too, since  intense repeat sweating can deplete the body of much-needed elements such as magnesium, for example, along with the bad stuff. Which is why infrared is superior to regular saunas anyway.

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Leave Your Swimsuit at Home

If you want to wear it, you can. But there’s no point. There are plenty of towels to mop sweat anyway. And the sauna is completely private, set in a private room, so you might as well enjoy it to the fullest.

Bring a Book … and Your Music

Even though infrared saunas are dry and cozy, not humid and sloppy, and even though they operate at far cooler temperatures than regular saunas, don’t leave your cellphone in the sauna. It won’t take the heat.

At HigherDOSE, you can plug your phone into an external outlet that pipes music through the box, which is a boon to anyone who gets itchy if he or she can’t see that Apple screen every few minutes. If you’re very elevated, just plan on meditating for the duration of the session (a timer on the inside of the sauna lets you know how many minutes you have left). I brought a book.


This is the entrance to HigherDOSE in Manhattan.

Photographer: Hannah Elliott/Bloomberg

Drink Water

Everyone everywhere says the No. 1 thing to do after sweating out all those toxins is to DRINK WATER. They practically force it on you at HigherDOSE, where an assistant pointed me to an enormous glass beaker and cup next to my sauna box. The water helps flush the system of toxins.

Cheuk recommended some intense replenishing of vitamins and minerals after each session too, since intense repeat sweating can deplete the body of much-needed elements such as magnesium, for example, along with the bad stuff. (Which is why infrared is superior to regular saunas anyway: “You won’t pull the same heavy metals from a normal sauna,” he said.) Coconut water, or something with electrolytes, will do the trick.


Be ready to use the shower. (HigherDOSE has only one—it needs more.) You’ll be soaked through from sweat—drenched as though by a downpour. There’s no way you’ll want to walk outside on a cold day with a wet head and sweat-damp clothing. Plus, you’ll feel so energized afterward that you’ll want to go see a friend or two. Get rid of the sweat before that—for everyone’s sake.


If you visit an infrared boutique, bring a book and your headphones. You can even book a double-space sauna and bring a friend.

Photographer: Hannah Elliott/Bloomberg


Cheuk tells his clients to use infrared therapy once a week, depending on their goals and lifestyle. Others suggest going as many as three times a week for the full-on maximum benefit. You can save money when you buy a package of sessions, so do that and use them well.

Sound like something you need, especially in dreary March weather? Here are a few other infrared spots to visit.