The Benefits of Infrared Sauna

By Taylor Smith

Sweating as medical treatment and ritual can be traced back to the Romans, Ancient Greeks, and Russians, along with Native American sweat lodges. It seems that for all of human history, the benefits of sweating have been known to mankind. For example, a fever is our body’s natural way of encouraging the immune system to perform better, since sweat is one of the major elimination channels for toxins. Even more significant, there are multiple clinics in Germany that create hyperthermia conditions during chemotherapy to reduce the dose of medications needed to target, and hopefully eliminate, cancer cells. The same process happens on a less extreme level when people experience a sauna. Different than your typical sauna, infrared heat has been shown to boost mood, increase endorphins, reduce symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, increase blood flow, burn significant calories, encourage metal detoxification, and promote the immune system’s cell activity.

New to the New Jersey market is Higher Dose, an infrared sauna brand that originated in New York City. Higher Dose provides a clean, private, and therapeutic Infrared sauna experience that almost anyone will enjoy. Their new location at the Equinox in Paramus just held its grand opening on December 12. Unable to get to Paramus for a 30- or 60-minute session? Have no fear, because anyone can experience the benefits of Infrared at home thanks to Higher Dose’s new product, the Infrared Sauna Blanket V3. Priced at $499 (the equivalent of ten 60-minute Higher Dose sessions), the Infrared Sauna Blanket V3 is a favorite of celebrities like Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga.

Designed in part by Dr. Raleigh Duncan, founder of Clearlight Saunas, the V3 Blanket features EMF-free heating, a medical grade magnetic strip for improved blood circulation, a charcoal layer to amplify the detoxification process, and a tourmaline layer to generate negative ions. The premium non-toxic interior and exterior fabrics are complemented by a wide Velcro strap for better fastening and easier access to the controller. Seven times more detoxifying than traditional heat, fans of Higher Dose’s Infrared Sauna report an improvement in sleep; reduction in physical aches, pains, and sore muscles; the intense calorie burn (up to 600 calories per hour); and lowered anxiety (Infrared heat is known to increase feel good chemicals within the brain while reducing overall cortisol levels). Dermatologists and plastic surgeons can also tell you that Higher Dose’s specific brand of Infrared Sauna has an anti-aging component, boosting collagen and producing a refreshed, heathy glow.

Like all of the Higher Dose New York and Connecticut locations, the Equinox Paramus site includes chromotherapy or color therapy, the science of using colored lights to revitalize, energize, and encourage production of collagen within skin cells. The mood-boosting effects of color therapy extend to alleviating mild depression, sleeplessness, physical discomfort, and muscle fatigue.

Higher Dose recommends that upon exiting the sauna, customers enjoy an icy cold shower in Equinox’s spa-like gyms. The surge of cold water has the effect of further mood-boosting endorphins and energy levels.

To book your next Higher Dose session in Paramus or to order your very own Infrared Sauna Blanket V3, visit