Here’s something funny: Some folks think “sweating” in an infrared sauna is a new wellness craze
December 5, 2017 – Things that make you go “hmmm”… Last week, GQ Magazine published an article online about this mysterious new craze of “sweating” popping up in New York City. The reporter had read about it in a fitness magazine, and decided to investigate. He reported that a couple of swanky new spas were now offering sweating sessions utilizing a sauna that is “more expensive, possibly more effective, definitely cooler”. The fees charged for an infrared sauna session ranged from $65-$195 an hour, with the higher end cost including a wrap with body lotions applied to enhance the session’s ability to burn calories and improve skin health.
Well, you could knock me over with a feather! We’ve been the exclusive dealer in greater Puget Sound of Finnleo Saunas for nearly ten years now. Finnleo worked very hard on their infrared sauna line to make them look quite beautiful, include contemporary features like Bluetooth capability and light therapy, and have by far the safest infrared panels in the industry. They’ve been painstakingly focused on making the infrared therapy received in a Finnleo Sauna the best it can be. I’m well aware of this—I finally purchased one myself that was delivered Thanksgiving weekend. I can already feel the difference!
What’s blowing my mind here is the cost. Let’s say you liked all the benefits you were getting from an infrared sauna session and went once a week. If you went to the facility in NYC charging $65 per session, you would have spent $3,380 in a year. Or, you could buy an Finnleo infrared sauna to use in your own home for almost the exact same cost for a one person unit, or get a comfortable two person sized unit for about another $600 (by today’s current retail pricing). The units that seat up to three people can be easily set up inside, take very little space, and all work off a standard household outlet—no wiring costs at all.
Since people who own an infrared sauna normally use their sauna anywhere from 3-5 times per week, you can be sure you’d far surpass the expense of some spa or salon offering the service at $65 a visit!
And, to the idea of “sweating” being the latest wellness craze? Well…I think there are a few Scandinavian countries that have been using saunas for wellness for generations that would get a good laugh over this.
Author: Don Riling
Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.