A Spa Experience in Your Living Room? Here’s the Scoop on Sauna Blankets

If everyone could have a sauna room in their house, they would. Not only do you feel extra luxurious when you’re sitting in one but they also help detoxify your body of all the nasty stuff. Sadly, they take up valuable real estate and are expensive. Sauna blankets, however, are the latest — more practical — trend in wellness. Plus, they let you live your life (a.k.a. binge-watch your new favorite Netflix show) while you pamper your body.

What is a sauna blanket?

Just as the name implies, it’s basically a sauna — ranging from 80°F – 160°F — that you wrap around your body to target all the nooks and crannies. Infrared sauna blankets are actually the most popular option on the market because they give the same results (bye-bye toxins!) at a lower temperature, making it more bearable for people who can’t handle the heat of a normal sauna. In turn, they place less stress on your body, making them more efficient.

What are the benefits of sauna blankets?

Similar to a regular sauna, sauna blankets help detoxify the body of unwanted chemicals and break up fatty tissue deposits. On the outside, you may notice reduced cellulite and weight loss. The real benefits, however, are inside your body such as muscle tension relief, lower blood pressure, less inflammation, headache relief,  increased metabolism and a stronger immune system.

Who should and shouldn’t use it?

Athletes, especially, are a great candidate for sauna blankets. Or anyone else who hits the gym or workout classes regularly. If you are pregnant or have Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Hemophilia, or skin disorders, please consult your doctor first.

Any tips for first-timers?

Treat it like you would treat a hot yoga class: hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more. To make the most out of your session, drink water before, during and after.

Top tip: Use a water bottle or tumbler with a straw so you can easily sip on your water while you have limited mobility in the blanket. Never eat right before cozying up in the blanket.

The frequency and time used is totally up to you: Most people recommend starting with a 15-minute session once a week before working up to a 45-minute session up to three times a week. For your first few sessions, wear cotton undergarments since it may take some time for your body to adjust to the high temperatures. Normally, however, it is not recommended that you wear clothes while wrapped in the blanket.

Sauna blankets vs heated blankets

Wondering how a sauna blanket compares to a trusty heated blanket? The main difference is that a sauna blanket is similar to a sleeping bag in that it fully envelops your body, with temperatures ranging from 80°F – 160°F. A sauna blanket can be used in a bed, on the floor or in a chair.

Sauna blankets can range from $200-$800 depending on added features.

Amanda Garrity is a commerce editor and content producer living in New York City. She finds every excuse to go on an adventure, whether it's in her own backyard or across the country. She enjoys hiking, pretending she's a prima ballerina and drinking an abundant amount of coffee. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.