Okay, I’m not really sure where to begin with this. I got a random email about a place called ‘Sweat Shop LA’ and I’m thinking to myself: “I live in LA. It’s hot as HADES here. Why in the WORLD would I go somewhere to sweat?”
LA can be very ‘trendy’ that way, and I’m not a trendy girl at all, so I tend to shy away from such things. I’m not a fan of the new ‘hot spots’ and what not… because believe me, as soon as you start to get used to them they either fade away or fall out of favor with the ‘in’ crowd… and you just wasted a whole bunch of money and time. And, I’ve found that a lot of places are heavy on hype and light on substance, so I’ve learned over time to be very discriminate with where I spend my time and money.
I think this means I’m getting old.
But back to the story…
So I start doing a little research on this place and two things stick out to me: These ‘infrared’ heat saunas that the Sweat Shop features is worlds apart from your average sauna at the gym. And the other thing I notice is, IT’S AFFORDABLE!
Seriously, an hour session in one of these saunas is $35! Then I really start reading about it, and I realize that you can get massages, acupuncture, and injections (B-Complex, ect) to further enhance your experience. Plus it’s next door to a little eatery…
Total day spa experience, without the average day spa price tag.
And suddenly, I’m REALLY interested in this detoxifying experience. So I book an appointment.
I meet the owners, Mina and Julian…
…and they are just the kindest, most attentive people. Mina broke down the ‘why’ of The Sweat Shop LA… and talked about the benefits of detox and sweating out the ‘stresses’ of life. The more she talked, the more I fell in love. Julian (the architect) explained to me that the ENTIRE setup of The Sweat Shop is eco-sustainable. From the ‘air plants’ on the walls, to the filtered water from the showers… everything is designed to minimize (if not completely erase) the company’s carbon footprint.
This space is so impressive. In Los Angeles, where real estate is scarce (and expensive), this couple took a narrow space and built it ‘deep’ — setting up individual ‘suites’ with a private sauna, private shower, and everything that you need to quietly detox without necessarily interacting with another soul.
I first got my ‘shots’ (Lipotropic (fat burning/metabolic booster) and Glutathione (detox)) in this room. And then I went into my ‘sauna suite’ to sweat…
In case you get too hot in the sauna, you can always dip out and cool off in the filtered water shower. You’re also provided with water, and you’re welcome to use your phones or listen to music while you sweat (the noise factor is kept to a minimum though, so use your ‘indoor voice.’)
I just vegged out. I put on some ear plugs, closed my eyes, turned out the lights and let the sweat come. I have to say, I’ve never done anything for myself like this… and I take pretty good care of myself. I run, I regularly practice yoga, and I try to ‘rest’ as much a possible. But THIS.. this was a completely different experience, and it was AMAZING.
When I was done with my ‘sweat’ session, I was given a ‘mineral shot’ (which tastes completely awful), and I left two pounds lighter (no really. I checked), an inch smaller… and I GLOWED. Seriously, I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize the flushed, golden girl staring back at me.
This is such a ‘red carpet’ secret. I’m laughing at myself for not discovering it sooner (I’m normally up on these kinds of things). And although lots of folks pay lots of money to do this (or have this done)… it’s absolutely REFRESHING to find a place that is accessible to everyone… and totally affordable. What’s also wonderful is that the Sweat Shop is not just staying in LA… Mina and Julian have plans to expand to the East Coast as well! I’m completely impressed. I feel refreshed, and healthy, happy…
…and I’ve already booked my next appointment.
You can find out more about The Sweat Shop LA HERE.