Detoxers usually avoid burritos— at least the carb-bomb kind.
But over the past year, celebs have flocked to LA’s Shape House, a so-called “urban sweat lodge” that wraps its VIP clients in infrared sauna blankets that eerily resemble the Tex-Mex staple.
Selena Gomez credits the heated wraps, which promise to banish toxins, with softening her skin, while “Orange Is the New Black” cast members have met there for sweats.
Now, the trend has hit the East Coast.
Katie Kaps and Lauren Berlingeri, founders of East Village spa Higher Dose, have been toting the infrared wraps at pop-ups at the Standard East Village and other spots around the city since the spring. Come September, they’ll set up a permanent shop at ABC Carpet & Home.
The wraps produce infrared radiation — light that we can’t see but can feel as heat. Proponents say the technology releases toxins, such as heavy metals and pesticides, better than a traditional sauna experience, and that the treatment can even lead to better sleep and lower blood pressure.
“When [the air around you is] really hot, your body is using sweat as a way to cool down, so it tends to sweat out minerals,” Berlingeri says. “The infrared heats your core body temperature, so the body’s not trying to cool down as much.”