Okay I’m writing fresh off of first time using the Higher Dose Infrared Sauna Blanket, so I can’t speak to results after weeks of use but, as it’s a product I’ve been really excited about, I thought I would share sooner versus later.
Basically, it’s sort of like a sleeping bag you get inside of for a infrared sauna session instead of booking an infrared sauna treatment at a spa (and spending money every time you go). Sometimes leaving the house is a no-go for the day (even if what you’re driving to is a mini heated bed to lay in) so anything good for home use is going to be a win for us.
I’ve had my eye on this blanket for a while. Infrared heat has tons of amazing benefits, and this particular product appealed to me most because it aids the body in it’s detoxification process.
As of late, I’ve been reading more and more about how important detoxing is for autoimmune issues. If you follow us on Instagram, you know I’ve been very into lymphatic work recently. An improved lymphatic function can aid your body in detoxing, which helps overall health. To put it simply, think of detoxing and improving lymphatic flow as opening up the drains in your body so you can get rid of all the waste. This helps to get the negative toxins out of the way so you can position your body to heal.
Infrared saunas aims to:
Detoxify the body (it’s 7x more detoxifying than regular heat)
Improve skin by increasing collagen and producing a healthy ‘glow’
Boost metabolic rate (it’s said to be equivalent to a workout, up to 600 calories an hour)
Soothe muscles and joints
Decrease anxiety and lower cortisol
Increases blood flow and circulation
Some features of the Higher Dose infrared sauna blanket that especially appeal to us:
A tourmaline layer that generates negative ions
A Medical grade magnetic strip for improved blood flow
Low EMF heating
A Charcoal layer to amplify detoxification process
Amethyst in the layers of the blanket for added healing
Premium non-toxic interior and exterior fabrics
So what was my experience like? The blanket was very easy to set up. I plugged it in, laid it across my floor in my living room (with Netflix ready to go in the background), placed a pillow under my head, velcroed myself into the sleeping bag like blanket and turned it on. I sort of assumed that I would just be wearing underwear when I went in the personal sauna, as in past saunas, but nope! Turns out they suggest you wear full length sleeves and pants plus socks!
I actually found the whole experience very enjoyable. It wasn’t overly hot (I think that the fact that my head was out in cooler air kept me from feeling overheated), and I definitely got a good sweat going. By the time I was done, my whole outfit was wet and, though in desperate need of a shower, I felt pretty invigorated. Like I said, I only did one session so I have a little while to go before I can speak to more of the results, but I’m excited to continue. Kate’s POTS is more negatively affected by heat than mine so she will probably not take as much interest in the blanket as me, but when my joints and muscles are sore, I crave heat. I’m very hopeful that I’ll be able to treat some of the pain I experience with this blanket instead of pills (always the goal).
Please note: The intention for my using the infrared sauna blanket is to detox and help more with my autoimmune issues. This is DEFINITELY NOT something I would use to treat POTS or use if I was having a bad POTS day as heat can exasperate POTS symptoms. I made sure I was extremely well hydrated and feeling well before I went in. I would not recommend using if you have POTS and your condition is not pretty well under control. If this is your situation and you want to try the sauna blanket, start at a low heat for 10 minutes and increase from there.