How often should I sweat?
The short answer is: as much as you want. Almost. You can’t sweat more than once a day, as tempting as it might be. However, you can sweat once a day, every day, for a period of time (as long as you are staying super hydrated!). We have various membership options
that can make this more affordable for you. Many people who are interested in losing weight or supplementing a rigorous fitness regimen come every other day, which is a wonderful way to make sweating a regular part of your routine. Others find that the best rhythm for them is one or two times weekly, a few times each month, or whenever they can fit a sweat into their schedule. The key is to trust your body, and go with what feels best for you. Any sweat is better than no sweat.
Why can I only sweat once a day?
When you sweat, your body works hard. We limit everyone to one sweat for the same reason we limit sweats to 55-minute sessions: because that’s when the benefits peak. If you’re interested in doing more than one treatment a day, think about trying our lymphatic drainage
. Lymphatic drainage treatments are very complimentary to sweating, and can be done in the same day, or even immediately before a sweat session.
What the heck is a lymphatic drainage session?
The lymphatic system is a key part of the immune system, which means that it is directly linked to health and wellness. Our lymphatic drainage sessions provide a stimulating pressure on targeted points of the arms, legs, and waist, to encourage lymphatic circulation. The experience is very relaxing, nurturing, and beneficial on its own, and is also highly complementary to sweating. Lymphatic sessions are typically 55 minutes, and are performed using a full-body suit that is connected to a device similar to those that measure blood pressure. Originally designed to help individuals recover from heart attacks, the lymphatic technology that we use is a very soothing option for wellness therapy.
What are the benefits of lymphatic drainage?
Lymphatic drainage helps boost the immune system, making you less susceptible to colds, flus, and other viruses. It also aids digestion and improves a sluggish colon. The balancing effects of lymphatic drainage provide relief from asthma, earaches, heart fatigue, fibromyalgia, and many other diseases, and ease menstrual cramps as well. Lymphatic drainage also improves the appearance of cellulite, while inducing a deep feeling of relaxation that leads to better sleep.
What do I wear?
If you’re doing a sweat session, you should dress in comfortable, casual, skin-covering clothes. We suggest more cotton, less lycra (so, think pajama bottoms or light sweatpants and a long-sleeved tee-shirt, as opposed to skintight items). Breathable fabrics are the name of the game. Your feet also need to be covered, so socks are key. We can provide clothing for you, or you can wear your own. Either way, we strongly advise bringing clothes to change into after your sweat is finished, because you’ll probably be drenched. If you’re doing a lymphatic drainage session, the same basic dress code applies (long sleeves, long pants, and socks). As the lymphatic session is a dry one, you can feel free to wear leggings or other tighter, less-breathable fabrics.
Can I sweat naked?
No. We’re sorry, but there’s no way around it: we can’t allow naked sweating. If it makes you feel any better, the beds do get quite toasty, and you’ll probably be glad that you have a nice layer of cotton between you and the heat when it all comes down to it.
What should I eat?
A little something, but not a ton of anything. We advise against sweating on an empty stomach, but we also recommend not arriving immediately after a heavy meal. Eating light, fresh food prior to your appointment is best. Salty foods tend to be better than sweet foods, and (of course) drinking plenty of water is always top priority.
What is Kangen Alkaline water?
Kangen alkaline water is an ionized form of H2O that has a higher pH level and smaller molecular clusters than typical drinking water. This means that alkaline water has a balancing effect on the body’s acidity, while the smaller molecules penetrate organs more easily, allowing for faster and deeper hydration. We also add minerals to our alkaline water at Shape House, so that you stay balanced and nourished throughout your sweat.
Why do you guys make such a big deal about hydration?
Basically, because we want you to feel awesome. Your body, just like every other living thing on earth, needs plenty of water to function optimally, so you’ll always feel your best when you are hydrated. When you sweat at Shape House, your body uses water to flush out toxins and other waste materials, and the more water you have to use, the more productive your sweat will be. It’s also important to replenish the water that you sweat out, so that you walk away feeling vibrant, refreshed, and hydrated.
Where the heck do I park?
Shape House Larchmont has 2-hour metered parking available on Larchmont, or 2-hour free parking on our cross street, Rosewood. [insert map link]
Shape House Santa Monica has a small parking lot, and 2-hour metered parking on Broadway or 10th street. [insert map link]
Shape House Pasadena has street parking available on South Fair Oaks. [insert map link]
Shape House Robertson has 2 hr metered parking available on Robertson Blvd, and $1.00/hr parking lots near the public library on El Tovar Place
How long is an appointment?
Sweat sessions are 55 minutes long. 45 minutes is the absolute minimum time for a sweat, and 55 minutes is the absolute maximum. Here’s the scoop: treatments are 55 minutes because that’s the ideal amount of time for the body to sweat. If you cut a session too short, your body doesn’t have the time that it needs to truly use the temperature increase to detox. If you make a session too long, your body has to work harder than it really needs to, without an increase in benefits. This means that we can’t adapt session lengths or accommodate late appointments by any more than 10 minutes. We know it’s strict, but we promise your body will thank you. Lymphatic drainage sessions (unlike sweat sessions) do not require changes to the body’s core temperature, which means that lymphatic drainage appointments can be a little shorter if necessary. However, we still recommend 55-minute sessions in order for your body to receive the maximized benefits. Regardless of the session that you book, please be sure to be on time!
Why is sweating so good for detox?
Sweating is one of the best ways for your body to naturally eliminate toxins, chemicals, heavy metals, fat, and other waste. When you sweat using FAR infrared energy, you encourage your system to detox deeply and efficiently by increasing core temperature, which encourages toxic subcutaneous deposits to loosen and release through the skin. So, while sweating is always great for detox, sweating using FAR infrared technology takes your body’s normal processes to the next level. To learn more about the science of detox through FAR infrared sweating, click here
What is the science?
Our specially designed beds emit FAR infrared energy waves at a level of 9.4 microns, which induce deep-penetration sweating. FAR infrared is a form of natural light just beyond the visible spectrum, meaning that although you cannot see it, you can feel it in the form of radiant heat. Not to be confused with ultraviolet (UV) light, infrared energy is a safe, healthy therapy for all living things. Our infrared beds gradually increase core body temperature by producing waves that reach beyond surface skin to subcutaneous fat and muscle. As your body temperature rises, your system begins to sweat in order to thermo-regulate itself, which allows for the release of toxins, heavy metals, and fat, while stimulating endorphin production and heart rate. To learn more about the science of sweating, click here
What the heck are infrared beds?
FAR infrared beds are specially constructed beds with ceramic plates and infrared blankets that are made to emit safe, deep-penetration infrared heat waves. At Shape House, we manufacture our own beds, which have been tailored based on the feedback we’ve received from over 16,000 sweaters.
What are EMFs?
EMF is an acronym for electromagnetic fields, which are produced by virtually all electric or battery-powered devices. We make our own infrared beds in order to ensure the lowest possible level of EMF production for an electrically powered machine. If you have an air conditioner, a lamp, or any other electrical device in your home, each one probably produces more EMF than our beds.
Are there risks?
There are no major risks associated with sweating for individuals of average health. If you can walk up a flight of stairs, walk your dog, or do any other activity that might result in heightened pulse and increased body heat, you can probably sweat safely and comfortably. However, if you are at all worried, please consult your doctor before booking a sweat. You can also feel free to email us at infoatshapehousedotcom
How is sweating at Shape House different from other kinds of sweating? a. Saunas b. Steam rooms c. Exercise d. Hot flashes
When you sweat at Shape House, you experience a deep-penetration sweat that is induced by targeted FAR infrared light. This is different from other forms of sweating in many ways- see below: Saunas: When you sweat at Shape House, your face remains outside the FAR infrared blanket, and exposed to fresh air. In a sauna, on the other hand, the entire room is heated. Our common sense tells us that breathing 170° air is not ideal for our systems. Also, when you work so hard to release your toxins from your body, it is somewhat counterproductive to risk breathing them back in. We also happen to find it more comfortable to lie down and watch TV, rather than sit in a wooden box. Steam rooms: At Shape House, we are very careful about the water we serve for a reason- we want to make sure that it is free of toxins and rich in minerals, so that your body gets the nourishing hydration it needs. Now, unless your steam room is perched at the top of the Himalayas, there is a good chance that most of the water that is broken down into steam contains chlorine and other chemicals that are easily breathed in. Along with these water contaminants, steam rooms are often cleaned with intense chemical products that can also be broken down into the air and inhaled. Working out: In the same way that swimming isn’t the same as running, and boxing isn’t the same as bicycling, no workout is the same as sweating. Sweating is simply one more way for your body to lose weight, detox, relax, boost endorphins, increase cardiac function, and burn calories. If you do exercise, sweating is a wonderful way to release the lactic acid that causes muscle soreness. If you don’t, sweating helps you improve your fitness and wellbeing in another way. Many sweaters who don’t exercise regularly find that sweating also encourages them to be more active by giving them more energy and more stamina on a daily basis. Hot flashes: The deliberate sweat that you experience during an infrared session is a very different sensation than the unintentional (and often stressful) sweat that accompanies hot flashes. At Shape House, you purposefully allow your body to sweat in a relaxed way, which lets contaminants escape your system without engaging muscle tension or mental strain. Many of our menopausal sweaters tell us that sweating at Shape House is their way of reducing the frequency and intensity of their hot flashes, and that they feel immense relief in being able to choose when to sweat, as opposed to having an unexpected hot flash.
Do you offer different kinds of sweats?
No. All of our sessions are 55-minute FAR infrared sweat sessions. We do offer varying memberships
, but each option differs only in the number of sweats per month, and therefore in the price per sweat. Memberships also provide priority appointment scheduling, which can be particularly helpful as our houses are often booked up.
How many calories do I burn?
The short answer? A lot. A typical sweat session burns somewhere between 800-1,600 calories, between the 55-minutes in the bed and the 36-hour metabolic boost that follows. For comparison, swimming or biking for the same period of time burns between 500-900 on average. Throwing a frisbee or walking the dog burns 150-300, and sitting in bed watching Netflix burns about 40-80. Pssst- you still get to sit in bed and watch Netflix here. Just saying.
Will I be gross and smelly?
Maybe, maybe not. After witnessing thousands of people sweat, it has become clear to us that everyone sweats differently. Still, the very first sweat you do at Shape House tends to release more toxins than the ones after that, so you may experience a little more stinky-stickiness. The more you sweat, the more diluted that sweat will be, because you’ll have less of a toxic build-up in your system. So, the more you sweat, the less icky your sweat will be. Regardless of stinky-stickiness level, you should plan on being drenched (picture jumping into a pool with your clothes on). With that in mind, we definitely recommend bringing a change of clothes for after your sweat.
Can I/Should I shower?
We do have showers that you can use, so you certainly can. However, we recommend that you don’t, unless you absolutely have to. Here’s the scoop: after your session is complete, your body continues to sweat until it returns to normal temperature- meaning that your metabolism stays up, calories continue to be burned, and detoxing continues even after your session is technically finished. Taking a shower cuts that cooling process short (since even a hot shower is colder than your body’s post-sweat core temperature), and robs you of the benefits that you would get during that period. As an average, we recommend waiting at least one to two hours before showering.
How do you keep the beds sanitary?
We use hospital-grade germicidal cleaner in between each session at Shape House. We also use disposable sheets that are replaced between each treatment, so your sweat doesn’t touch anyone and you don’t touch anybody else’s.
What the heck does it feel like? How will I feel afterwards?
The first forty minutes of your sweat will feel cozily warm. Most people feel extremely relaxed, some feel comfortably sleepy. The last fifteen minutes of the session are more challenging. In that time, your heart rate will likely increase, and you may notice that you are sweating more profusely. Although we do not increase the temperature of the bed, you will feel like we snuck in and cranked it up. We promise we didn’t. It’s the same temperature the whole time. Afterwards, sweaters report feeling refreshed, clear-headed, and rested. Many feel a boost in mood and energy, and describe simply feeling cleaner inside. Just like a workout, some sweats will feel better than others.
What do I do afterwards?
The short answer is: whatever you want. Different people do different things. Some people come, sweat, and leave, others stay in the relax room for a while, having tea and chatting with other sweaters. Some people prefer to use the relax room as a place for reflection and meditation, an opportunity to organize their to-do lists, or simply a quiet space to daydream. We root for you to do whatever feels right, and whatever fits best with your day.
What does it cost, and how do I pay?
A single session costs $50. If you buy a pack of 10, 20, or 30 sweat sessions, the cost goes down to as low as $36 per sweat. We also offer monthly memberships, which can result in costs as low as $30 per sweat. Find out more about our packages
and membership options
. We accept all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We do not accept cash or personal checks.
What’s the difference between member and non-member sweats?
There is no fundamental difference between member and non-member sessions. However, if you are a Shape House member, you receive priority booking services, which means that you are able to access beds that are specially reserved for members to use. This means that Shape House members are able to schedule sessions, even on busy days, more easily than non-members.
Do you sell gift cards?
Yes, we do sell gift cards. Send us an email at infoatshapehousedotcom
, or drop in to one of our locations, and we will be happy to help get you a gift card that fits your needs.
How can I pay less?
We offer several memberships and packages that allow you to pay significantly less per session. You can even share your membership with a friend or multiple friends (up to three people total). We also have non-reoccurring monthly package deals available. Check out the options, here
How do I cancel a session?
takes you to our online booking system, where you may log in to cancel or reschedule your appointment. We ask that you cancel or reschedule at least 24 hours prior to your originally scheduled time. Late-cancellations, no-show appointments, and/or late arrivals result in an automatic charge and/or a loss of a membership session.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to reschedule or cancel a session, we ask that you do so at least 24 hours in advance. You can do so online
or by giving us a call at (855) 567-2346. If you need to change your session within 24 hours of your sweat, you will unfortunately be subject to a late-change or cancellation fee of $50 (fees apply even if you purchased a deal online).
What is your late policy?
Due to the fact that the length of our sweat sessions is designed with your wellness in mind, we are usually unable to accommodate late arrivals, as doing so would require us to shorten your session (or that of the sweater after you). However, if you know that you will be late to your sweat, please call us as soon as possible at (855) 567-2346. We will do our very best to find a way to adjust your appointment, but please be aware that all late arrivals are subject to a fee, or the loss of one membership session.
How do I cancel or downgrade my membership?
If you wish to cancel or downgrade your membership, we ask that you reach out to us by email at infoatshapehousedotcom at least fifteen days before your monthly renewal date. You will receive a confirmation email marking the official cancellation, and monthly automatic charges will cease immediately. If request is made fewer than fifteen days from the next bill date – the following payment will still be processed. Please be aware that when a membership is cancelled, remaining sessions and membership benefits will no longer be available. However, we still want to give all of our sweaters the best deal we can. So, if you would like to use remaining sessions after you cancel or downgrade your membership, you have one month after your final active/billed membership month to do so. Please keep in mind these sessions can be shared.
How do I book with a living social, groupon, or other outside vendor voucher?
If you purchase a session through an outside vendor, you still use the typical booking system to schedule an appointment ( click here to book online
). Then, just bring your voucher along with you on the day of your appointment, and we will credit your sweat accordingly. Please note that even if you purchased a voucher for your sweat, you will be asked to provide a credit card in order to reserve your appointment. However, your card will not be charged unless you incur late-cancellation or late-arrival fees ( click here
to see our cancellation policy ).
How do I come with a group of people?
If you’re interested in bringing a group of six or more people to Shape House, and/or would like to schedule a group sweat for a special event, please reach out to us by email at infoatshapehousedotcom
and tell us a little bit about your group, your occasion, and your schedule. We will get back to you as soon as possible, and do everything that we can to make your sweat amazing! Please note that the number of beds available differs by location. Our Santa Monica location has six available beds, our Pasadena location has seven, and our Larchmont location has eight.
What the heck are those colorful bottles in the front room?
When we discover something we love, we share it. The pretty bottles in our front room are no exception. They are a line of color therapy sprays that we adore, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. If you’d like to find out more, click here
, and feel free to ask us questions or request a complimentary color reading while you’re at the house.