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The Modern Russian Bathhouse: The Rise of Infrared Saunas in NYC


Russian bathhouses have long been a trend in NYC, with their blend of hot sauna rooms and ice-cold pools. The bathhouse movement began more than a century ago as Russian and Turkish natives began flocking to the city. It’s ingrained as a part of NYC Culture and has become famous since an article about the bathhouse first surfaced in The Times.

Recently the bathhouse trend has taken on a modern twist with the introduction of infrared saunas. More new generation bathhouse users are considering this alternative due to its detoxifying, anti-aging and immune-boosting benefits. Here at Vitality NYC we fully utilize and integrate infrared saunas in our approach to elevate your vitality through deep sweating.

How Does an Infrared Sauna Work?

Infrared saunas, like traditional saunas, cause you to sweat. Unlike a traditional sauna, however, it doesn’t heat the air around you, but rather emits infrared light waves that penetrate the skin. This means, the sauna directly heats you – not only the room you’re in.

By heating you directly, an infrared sauna requires less energy and heat, warming you at much lower temperatures. This is an advantage to those who can’t normally stand the heat in an average sauna.

The Benefits of Infrared Saunas

The most obvious benefit of experiencing an infrared sauna is the physical sensation of warmth that encompasses the skin and allows you to deeply relax. There are many other benefits to experience as well, such as:

Increasing Metabolism & Weight Loss

Short bursts of heat exposure mimics cardiovascular exercise by raising blood pressure up to 150 beats per minute. This not only helps to move oxygen to the tissues, but increases calorie burning. 

Reducing Toxins

The skin is the largest elimination organ of the body. In a response to the elevated external temperature of the sauna, sweat glands are activated, dilating pores and acting as a transport medium for for toxicity, particularly heavy metals. Arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury, are known to be excreted in sweat. Sweat contains metals not only from the blood plasma, but also originating from dermal layers

Muscle Growth by Boosting Growth Hormone Naturally

One study observing high temperature sauna use observed two 1 hour sauna sessions a day for seven days increased growth hormone by 1600%! Our clients generally experience a 200 – 300% increase from a few sessions a week.

Improving Mood

Warming the body releases norepinephrine which acts as a vasodilator increasing blood flow and allowing heat to dissipate more efficiently. It also affects brain chemistry increasing focus, attention, vigilance and mood.

Anti-Aging through DNA Repair and Stem Cell Production

Deep sweating activates longevity genes that repair damaged DNA, help activate apoptosis (programmed cell death of damaged cells) genes to prevent replication of cells with damaged DNA, and antioxidant genes that further protects cells from damage. These same longevity genes also activate stem cell production. 

These are only some of the benefits our infrared saunas offer. For a more in-depth look at everything infrared can do for you, visit us online.

Contact Vitality NYC to Experience the Healing Benefits of Infrared Saunas

Vitality NYC serves clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and surrounding areas. As a local New York City business, we take pride in our community and strive to provide a bespoke experience for each unique client.

If you’re interested in experiencing the health & wellness benefits of infrared saunas call Vitality NYC at 1-646-762-1352.

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