As a wellness coach, I like to have a "toolbox" of holistic health modalities that I take part in regularly as part of my self-care routine. My latest obsession is sweating it out in infrared sauna! I've always wanted to try out a sauna but for some reason was never able to find one that wasn't hidden in a very expensive, private gym. Enter SOL Sweat! While searching on a whim a few months ago, I could not believe my eyes when I found a studio dedicated just to infrared saunas. I promptly made an appointment to check it out and try my first session. The studio is easy to find and very accommodating, with 3 rooms dedicated to saunas (one even being for couples who are open to sweating together ;) ). Each room also provides a water cooler to stay hydrated, chairs and hooks for your belongings and my favorite part, a cool washcloth infused with essential oils to help you feel refreshed after your session. Needless to say, I am hooked and wanted to share the love!
Stacy Sullivan is the genius behind the operation so I reached out to her to learn more about SOL Sweat and learn her wellness necessities. See her thoughts below and check out the beautiful space she has created:
Q: What compelled you to open SOL Sweat? I have always loved heat, hot yoga, and going to spas. My body and mind relax when I sit still in heat. After joining an expensive gym and only using the steam room and sauna, I had an idea to open an easy access sauna studio that doesn’t require a membership.
Q: What are the top three reasons someone should incorporate infrared saunas into their holistic routine? The top 3 reasons an infrared sauna should be added to any holistic routine are:
1. Stress relief
2. Self-care and sweating out toxins is very important to our well-being
3. To feel the radiance of the sun’s rays without exposing oneself to UV rays.
Q: What are the top three questions asked by your customers?
1. What is the difference between a traditional gym sauna vs an infrared sauna? (A gym sauna is usually a hot room, where an infrared sauna penetrates the body and it is a gentle, more effective way to experience heat therapy.
2. What do I wear in the sauna? People can use the towel provided, a swimsuit, or light cotton clothing.
3. How often should I go? We recommend 2-3 times a week, if working on a specific lifestyle change or wellness initiative. However, 1 session will bring relaxation and stress relief. Everyone’s needs are different - it comes down to time and budget.
Q: If you had a list of ‘best-kept secrets’ (websites, books, local businesses) you’d recommend, which would you include and why? I am very open-minded to all new activities that stimulate the mind, body and spirit. I am always reading the paper and checking out Facebook events for happenings around the city. Float, Yoga Buzz, Grand Basin Yoga, Women’s Weekend, Sym*Bowl, Sound Healing with Anu French and Southtown Yoga are my favorites.
Q: What is a non-negotiable in your self-care routine? Why? Sleep. I absolutely need 8 hours of sleep to be motivated to be my best.