And though you may only be losing water weight at first, your body is still working hard to thermoregulate, thereby increasing your heart rate and metabolism.
But you don't just go there to sweat—you're there for the entire spa experience. A personal caretaker checks on you every 20 minutes, periodically applies a cool, lavender-scented towel on your forehead, and escorts you to a "relaxation lounge" complete with tea and orange slices following your session.
"I thought: how can we make self-care something really comfortable and beautiful and fun?" Chiche says.
Does this mean you should cancel your gym or ClassPass membership? Probably not. You're getting some of the benefits of exercise but not all of them. Chiche views sweat sessions as a "more advanced process to eliminate toxins"—not necessarily an entire replacement for one’s health regimen. "Is running better than swimming? Is swimming better than yoga? Is yoga better than jumping rope? I don't know, it’s all good."
It's all good, indeed. And did we mention you get to watch Netflix?