The perfect antidote to the cold, windy and rainy weather, stepping into one of these gorgeous spaces is like immersing yourself into a heavenly oasis of calm on a balmy day.
The brainchild of former pharmacist Sara Higgins, New Zealand’s first infrared sauna and red light therapy wellness centre has landed in the heart of Grey Lynn. Upon arrival, you’ll be ushered into a chic, industrial fit out with minimalistic tones and resident labradoodle—everything about the space gently suggests you’re about to enjoy peak rejuvenation.
What’s different about an infrared sauna? The red light penetrates the skin much deeper, you don’t struggle to breathe and the dry heat, while intense, is not that panic-inducing variety where your skin feels searing hot. The temperature starts at a balmy 55 degrees and inches to 60 degrees over the course of 40 blissful minutes.
Listen to a podcast or just Zen out under the chromotherapy lighting which can be adjusted to suit your mood. When your time is up you can step straight into the shower and feel cleansed from the inside out.
Benefits of regular saunas include total detoxification, improved blood circulation, glowing skin, improved energy (and mood) and even better sleep.
If you’re looking to enjoy the benefits of red light therapy with less of the heat, 20 minutes in the photobiomodulation pod might be just what you need. The red and near infrared wavelengths are said to help alleviate chronic conditions and leave you feeling nourished and rejuvenated. In addition, the space has a massage therapist and plans for wellness classes in the future.
A welcome addition to Auckland’s wellness scene, treat yourself to a warming treatment that will have you coming back time and again.
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