One of my favorite places in the world to lay back, relax and sweat is ShapeHouse.
What's unique about ShapeHouse versus a traditional sauna or bathhouse is the use of personalized sweat rooms and machines that make the experience much more convenient and relaxing. While saunas can sometimes make those with claustrophobia actually more tense than usual (despite the sweating) I compare ShapeHouse more to being tucked in to bed as a small child.
My grandma used to tuck me in suuuuper tight so I was more like a human sushi roll waiting to be chopped than a sleeping child, but still–– you get the idea.
You're escorted to your own private room with Roku TV and your sweat or lymphatic drainage experience. After trying the lymphatic and the sweat drainage I definitely knew where my loyalty would be. The lymphatic drainage was nice and is amazing for athletes or people who are experience muscle stiffness/soreness from working out but if you're anemic I'd strongly encourage you to sit this one out. The reason being that for those of us (yes, I'm anemic) with low blood iron, the massage can make us feel a little off and possibly give you the chills.
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I highly recommend their sweat sessions and after my first visit I could feels the difference in my energy level when I woke up the next day and after repeated visits I can honestly say I'm really starting to see some lasting results. While I've been craving more carbs and less greens, the sweat sessions have helped my body's metabolism stay elevated and keep me well rested so that I can get a strong workout in when I wake up. Best part about it? YOU BURN HUNDREDS OF CALORIES while just laying still, relaxing! While experts say that the health benefits of sauna use and prolonged sweating do include lifted mood, weight loss, skin glow and better sleeping habits (to name a few) I'm curious to see what your sweat experience does for you! ShapeHouse has 4 convenient locations in NYC:
Flatiron: 34 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011.
UES: 1316 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128.