Have you ever tried Infrared Sauna? If you didn’t – you should! Now! No kidding, Infrared Sauna is something out of this world. This is not your simple sauna experience but a sauna with a color therapy, a completely different approach of warming up your body, different feeling and result.
Our expert visited HigherDOSE a professional NYC Infrared Sauna, experienced the heat and color on herself as well as interviews the owner and chose her favorite color for sauna experience. Meet Lauren & Katie and check our interview.
- How the idea of HigherDOSE was created?
HigherDOSE was created to inspire the high life, naturally. When we get high naturally, we choose healthy actions, behaviors and lifestyle habits that up our natural DOSE—triggering a release of the brain’s happiness chemicals dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins.
- What’s your background?
Lauren: A a former international model and health coach, I’m what you might call, a self-care addict. I’m constantly exploring new ideas that improve our ability to live healthier lifestyles, but that also make us feel amazing in the process—and I thrive off sharing this with others. My passion for wellness definitely helped spur the overall vision for HigherDOSE, which was initially sparked by an interest in infrared. When I first started delving into the benefits of infrared, I couldn’t get enough. The more I learned, consulting with everyone from doctors to athletes and health experts, the more blown away I was—and the more shocked I was that infrared therapy was still so unreadily available. It’s not that the powers of infrared are new, it’s that we can now benefit from them in new, modern ways. This excited me… I wanted to combine innovations within the health spectrum with the powers of infrared, in an accessible, inspiring way.
Katie: My career started in investment banking, which led me into the business of startups. I worked in venture capital, and lead strategy and international expansion at Tough Mudder. I met Lauren, through a mutual friend, right when I was in the mood to take on my next adventure. Our vision for the health and wellness spectrum just clicked. So, combining my financing/entrepreneur experience with her nutritionist/health coach background, we teamed up to bring infrared to the masse and create a no-BS, authentic feel-good movement — connecting people with infrared, and other next-level wellness practices.
- What’s your beauty hack?
Lauren: Lots of good, clean water, infrared sauna sessions after working out and a cold-water shower directly after that. I love the entire Biologique Recherche line!
- How is the infrared sauna experience different than a traditional sauna experience?
Regular saunas heat the air, infrared saunas heat you. The heat is penetrating, which raises your core body temperature, and this creates a totally different experience. While the relaxing atmosphere is alike, there aren’t any hot coals and the air doesn’t get steamy, humid or heavy—you breathe way easier. At HigherDOSE, our saunas are heated through built-in infrared heating panels, so instead of that quick, intensely-hot feeling of a traditional sauna, infrared saunas heat your body gradually, producing a deep, sustainable sweat that’s enjoyable from start to finish. You get a vigorous, effective sweat at a lower, more comfortable temperature. Plus, you detox and burn calories—like working out, without working out.
- Our expert was pleased with the quality of services and the result! How often can you do a high dose treatment?
A couple times a week! A sauna session is great for spontaneous mood-boosts, especially on more hectic days that require a bit of extra oomph. But also, many of our clients schedule their HD sessions into their weekly wellness regimes—it helps you achieve overall fitness goals, and it’s ideal for recovery in-between intense workouts.
- What’re the unique benefits for health and skin from HigherDOSE?
There are many, many… But to quickly break it down, detoxification and rejuvenation set the premise for infrared health perks, resulting in a cleaner body, glowing skin, better moods, etc. It’s all connected. When infrared heat gets your blood circulation going, vibrating molecules loosen deep stored toxins through sweat — pushing out heavy metals, radiation, environmental pollutants, fat, cholesterol, alcohol, nicotine. Detox is essential. It strengthens the body’s immune system, allows us to better absorb the nutrients in our food and reduces, and prevents, inflammation.
- What’s your favorite color to pick from HigherDOSE treatment?
Lauren: It honestly depends on my mood! If I feel like focusing purely on my skin, I’d DOSE in yellow, or if I wanted to inspire extra feelings of calmness, I’d DOSE in purple—violet is specific to the Crown chakra, so is useful to help with imbalances in the pineal and the pituitary glands, helping to soothe the nervous system and mental functions. There are both physical and mental associations with every color, so it’s always interesting to choose one that feels personally aligned.
Katie: Same. It depends on my mood! I often choose red, which goes well with using infrared as recovery between workouts. Red energizes heart and blood circulation, which is associated with nurturing and reenergize muscles.
- How should you prepare for HigherDOSE experience?
Like you’re going to a spa, expect the benefits reach far beyond vanity! Drink lots of water, you’re going to sweat. A lot.
- What’s infrared body wrap?
Our custom HD Sauna Wraps, favored by the likes of Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga, offer the benefits of far infrared heat with a take-anywhere convenience. When you can’t make it into the sauna, they’re perfect for traveling or at-home use—so you can get your DOSE fix on-the-go.
- What other services available at HigherDOSE?
We have various pop-up projects, which offer varying treatments curated for seasonal and location relevance. At our HigherDOSE Lounge in The Sixty LES Hotel we offer the HD LED Facial and the HD Cryo Facial. Our Skin Love Kit, available for purchase, offers an effective cleansing experience that brings the HigherDOSE philosophy into the daily beauty ritual—inspired by the ancient Ayurvedic philosophy of mind-body balance, it’s paradoxically energizing and soothing.
- How important is inside and outside beauty to you?
Poor nourishment, and the buildup of harmful pollutants inside the body, affects how you look on the outside. As the saying goes, beauty is more than skin deep. With that said, we do have a lot of skin. Not only is it our largest organ, it’s the only organ everyone can see—it’s our outer appearance. We have to be smart about what we put in our body, how we handle our body and how we practice mindfulness. It’s all connected. We believe to look good, you have to feel good.
- How do you relax?
Lauren: I love essential oils, walking my dog and downtime, conversing with friends. I find listening, and really engaging with others, to be extremely soothing.
Katie: Meditation. I’m an avid believer in daily meditation and ongoing meditative practices. And as much as I love music to energize me, I also love it when I’m looking to relax and unwind—different selections, of course.
What can we say? HigherDOSE is a Wow experience!
The expert got an hour of amazing massage after visiting the Infrared sauna and noted that she felt very relaxed and extremely happy with the quality of services.
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