BTLA LOVES SHAPE HOUSE! This incredible new “urban sweat lodge” in Larchmont Village is a great place to go if you want to relieve stress, detox, lose weight, relax, improve your mood and renew a tired body and mind. Here’s how it works…
The basic premise is pretty simple – you go there to SWEAT! Located in a quaint, modern house on Larchmont, Shape House – founded by Sophie Chiche – is extremely well-designed. Zen, clean, contemporary and comfortable, she uses vibrant orange and calming grays throughout both the interior and exterior. There are beautiful details – gorgeous flower arrangements and an incredible staff. Natalie, Hadley, Christie and Jenny were absolutely wonderful in every way.
Upon my arrival, Natalie gave me a beautiful glass bottle of my favorite Kangen alkaline water and brought me to the changing area / bathroom where I slipped into a long sleeve cotton shirt, cotton pants and cotton socks. (I brought my own pants and socks but didn’t have a long sleeve cotton shirt so I borrowed one of theirs.) The place is completely and utterly spotless.
She then lead me to the quiet “sweat room” where there are individually partitioned areas – each one has an infrared blanket, flat screen TV and light therapy. You lay in the infrared blanket – almost like a sleeping bag – which gradually heats up to about 165 degrees fahrenheit. Sounds sizzling – but don’t let that scare you – it’s actually not hot to the touch because to generate the heat they use Far Infrared. Here’s how they describe it:
Far Infrared is a part of the natural light spectrum just beyond visible light. You can’t see this band of light, but you can feel it in the form of radiant heat. The heat you feel from the sun, for example, is infrared energy. Don’t confuse it, however, with ultraviolet light (UV), which causes sunburn and damage to your skin. Infrared heat is healthy, natural and a safe therapy for all living things.
Infrared energy produces a uniform deep heat penetration without the usual sensation of feeling hot. This is achieved by using a specific Infrared band of energy peaking at around 9.4 micons; a level designed to penetrate beyond the skin (where heat is most acutely felt) to a depth where fat resides. As this subcutaneous fat begins to heat, your body begins to thermo-regulate itself by producing sweat. In the process of sweating, the multiple benefits are achieved… detoxing, skin conditioning, cardio fitness, relaxation, weight loss, and emotional health.
Sounds good to me! I loved it – I watched a documentary on the flat screen TV using head phones and sweated out toxins for 55 minutes. The wonderful staff members do check in on you and there is a call button if you need them. I felt utterly fantastic after my session – totally relaxed and my skin was glowing! I then chilled in their Relaxation Room with a soothing cup of tea for a few minutes before booking another appointment for next Saturday!
This is the place to go to detox, lose weight and relax, amongst other things, so check out their website to make an appointment – Shape House! I HIGHLY recommend it!
Shape House. 434 North Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90004. (323) 467-3000
All images courtesy of Shape House