By Rachel Jones
Anyone who has taken a hot yoga class knows the rejuvenating and cleansing experience can be addicting. Kelly Miller explains, “It’s that feeling of sweating and detoxing that I have grown to love through the practice of hot yoga that inspired the creation of Haute Sauna Studio.”
Inviting us into that idyllic state without nearly as much physical effort, Miller teamed up with Lori Walker to bring Haute Sauna Studio to Pittsburgh. The first of its kind in the region, the space opened in November, just in time to help us sweat out the caloric goodness of Thanksgiving, trim up before the holidays, and quiet our end-of-year stresses.
Miller and Walker designed the studio to create a modern, spa-like atmosphere from the moment we arrive. Once inside the individual, private suites, dim lighting and soft music extend an invitation to relax while the infrared-heated sauna pod provides a cozy space to do just that. And because the pods only cover up to your chin, your head is free from confinement and your mind is free to wander.
As we chat about the tranquil treatments on a chilly Thursday morning, the idea of retreating to a warm sauna pod sounds simply divine. And the ability to check off everything we’re looking to accomplish at the gym, spa, and yoga studio while in there sounds even better.
Using the power of its signature infrared heat, Haute Sauna Studio provides a unique experience compared to traditional saunas. The infrared waves penetrate two to three inches deeper into the skin, activating the sweat glands and pulling out even more toxins. (A ratio of 20 percent toxins to 80 percent water, to be exact, compared to a traditional sauna that eliminates three percent toxins to 97 percent water.) “Everything you eat, drink, and touch gets pulled out of your system,” Walker says. “Since it gets a lot hotter, you can detox more and sweat more.”
The hotter temperatures raise our heart rate and metabolic rate, too, burning up to 600 calories per session. Or you can take the less intense route, turning the temperature down a few notches for a customized, restorative environment. Miller recommends this for comforting achy muscles or easing the pain of arthritis. “Physicians and wellness professionals across the country are using infrared heat therapy in the treatment of chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and rheumatoid arthritis. You get the benefits of a stronger immune system, better cardiovascular health, and the faster ability to heal from soft tissue injuries.”
After you exit the pod, expect your cheeks to be a little flushed or even raised — a sign of the rejuvenation that’s taking place and proof of the effortless cardio you just completed. The penetrating heat of Far Infrared Heat Therapy can be used as a beauty treatment as well. It reduces the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles; helps heal scars, wounds, and cuts; smoothes your skin’s texture; lessens coarseness; and reduces pore size. Walker says her skin felt soft for two or three days after her first session, as the detoxification process also improves elasticity. “Imagine what doing it two or three times a week will do,” she adds.
Glowing skin, toned bodies, calm minds — Haute Sauna Studio is essentially a one-stop shop for helping us look and feel our best. “It’s a luxury relaxation center where you can sweat out stress, toxins, and pain,” Walker says. “We’re so excited to be bringing this to Pittsburgh.”
Haute Sauna Studio, 8350 Perry Hwy., Suite 5, McCandless. 412.536.1996 hautesaunastudio.com.
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