When it comes to detoxing, we’ve been fooled into thinking that the only way to get healthy is to give up every worldly delight and opt for a strict routine that involves copious amounts of lemon juice, turmeric, and weird massages. In fact, giving the body a boost that results in getting rid of toxins, improving your circulation (no more freezing feet in winter!), feeling more energetic, and clearing your mental space is as easy as spending an hour in a wooden box. Yes, we’re serious. And no, we’re not talking about a nap in a coffin.
Recently we’ve been curing our winter blues with a session in an infrared sauna, thanks to South Melbourne sauna centre, Sunlighten. Sunlighten is home to five top-of-the-range infrared saunas, from a lie-down sauna bed (yes, it’s as cosy as it sounds!) to sit-in saunas that hold up to three people. Each one is hidden behind its own private curtain, making sure you have total privacy, and you control everything about the sauna at the touch of a button.
Better yet, the saunas target six key areas that we’re always looking to tackle—from pain relief due to slouching over our phones, to detoxing after an, ahem, ‘indulgent’ weekend—meaning that you’re knocking off some of your health and wellness goals BY JUST SITTING THERE.
How does it work?
TLDR: Science. In a nutshell, Sunlighten infrared saunas emit heatwaves (safe heatwaves, not like microwaving yourself) that penetrate into the body, rather than simply heating on the surface. These heatwaves go deeper into your muscles, getting to each and every cell.
What’s the Sunlighten venue like?
The centre itself is a verrrrry calming space—it’s quiet, there are plush showers in case you want to freshen up afterwards, and you’re provided with robes, towels and electrolytes to keep you comfy and hydrated. The saunas themselves are basically the most luxe sauna you can buy, combining state-of-the-art technology with touches of a traditional wooden sauna. If a hour’s chill-out (or heat-up, lol…see what we did there?) time is in need, Sunlighten have all bases covered for a relaxing pampering sesh.
Okay, sounds good. But what *are* the six benefits?
At Sunlighten, each sauna comes programmed with six different experiences that use different heatwaves to target key needs such as burning fat and releasing muscle tension, all in under 60 minutes. Once inside your personal sauna, you can choose from:
#1: Detox – Perfect for eliminating any toxins that are left in your body after a little too much booze or rich food, and three times more detoxifying than a regular steam sauna.
#2: Relaxation – A gentle, warming treatment that releases muscle tension, ideal for distressing with your bff or your other half.
#3: Weight loss – By encouraging your body to burn energy by cooling itself, a weight loss session in a Sunlighten sauna can help you burn calories. And because you don’t have to put your body under any strenuous exercise, it’s great for adding to your fitness routine, or for keeping weight off if you are recovering from an injury.
#4: Cardiovascular – Heating up the body means an increase in blood flow, boosting your circulation and making sure that oxygen is getting around the entire body.
#5: Pain relief – We all know that heat helps muscles unwind, but because infrared saunas penetrate deeper into your body, your muscles will feel like butter by the time you get out of this treatment. Absolute bliss if, like us, you suffer from a bad case of laptop shoulders.
#6: Anti-aging – Because you’re burning toxins, improving circulation and generally boosting the body’s repair systems, infrared saunas are an epic choice for skin rejuvenation and an anti-aging effect. Okay, so it’s not quite a facelift, but it will help you look and feel good, inside and out.
Can I change my treatment half way through a session?
You are entirely in control of your Melbourne sauna experience, which you can customise using an interactive tablet that’s mounted to the wall of the sauna, so if you feel like trying out a few treatments to see how they ‘feel’, switching to a different one is super easy.
I know what you’re thinking: A touchscreen in a sauna?! Because there’s no steam in an infrared sauna, you don’t have to worry about using gadgets inside, which means you can bring your phone or iPad with you, ready for a Netflix catch-up.
Should I try it?
Honestly, we’d have to say a resounding ‘yes,’ especially during these cold winter months when the cold has our bodies feeling stressed out and tired.
At only $40 per session, 45 minutes in a Sunlighten sauna is a bargain wellness treatment for the benefits that you’ll get from it. It’s way more affordable than a massage, and you can treat a friend by bringing them along with you for only $15.
Book a sauna session and bring a friend for free, for the whole month of September! All you have to do is mention The Urban List when booking.
Give Sunlighten a call on 03 9696 4602 or book online here.
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