The Infrared Sauna and Detox Spa Guide
When we’re looking to complement a full-on detox, or invest in some next-level self-care, this is where you’ll find us: spas with lymphatic massages, infrared saunas, steam rooms, clay wraps, and more (hello, barometric pressure chamber). The heat treatments are also brilliant for anyone new to (or intensifying) a workout program as they can work wonders on sore muscles. All these treatments fit blissfully into the span of an afternoon; for travel options, see our guide to full-on wellness and detox retreats.
The Spa at the Joule1530 Main St., Downtown | 214.748.1300
The sleek subterranean spa beneath the the Joule hotel offers both traditional and experimental spa treatments in a relaxing environment. Many of the facials use Tata Harper products; body treatments include Swedish massage, cupping therapy, and Thai table massage; and there are brow treatments from threading to microblading by local brow expert Rula Sharkawi. There’s a steam room with a giant amethyst shining in the corner (thought to encourage tranquility), a sauna, showers, and the Vitality Pool, a body-temperature pool with jets that gently massage the skin. Book a 50-minute or longer service and get a free spin, kickboxing, or yoga class at the neighboring Vital Fitness Studio.
Hotel Crescent Court Spa400 Crescent Ct., Uptown, Dallas, TX | 214.871.3232
This sprawling spa complex operates out of the Hotel Crescent Court, so tasteful luxury is a given. With that in mind, a full day is well spent here: They offer private yoga and Pilates classes, a health-centric café, and treatments that range from the basic (manis and pedis) to the intense (hardcore lymphatic-draining treatments). We love that the spa is open to kids, too, with a full menu of kid-friendly treatments (and snacks in the café).
Spa Castle1020 Raiford Rd., Carrollton | 972.446.6800
This mini chain of mega spas offer something called Sauna Valley: You'll find every conceivable temple—gold, Himalayan Salt, infrared, far infrared, color therapy—and an equal number of pools to match. The Texas outpost is open twenty-four hours a day, while the Queens location is open from 6 a.m. to midnight, making this a fun pilgrimage (and a good girls activity). There's an on-site cafeteria, and even a kiddie pool.
Balancing Energy Health & Yoga Center1444 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 319, Design District | 214.749.4744
Lisa Breitenwischer opened her yoga studio in 2012. There, she teaches highly individualized classes and runs a program of personalized holistic treatments and nutritional counseling. Among the treatments available at her intimate studio is a new IR sauna, which is gratifying before or after a yoga class. (It's also relatively affordable here.)
We Yogis1700 Cedar Springs Rd., Uptown | 469.904.2295
This studio takes its mantra of “yoga for all” very seriously. There are ten types of classes, at all different levels, as well as options for kids and teens. Some of the best: deep stretching, an energizing vinyasa flow set to rock music, and sculpt classes warmed with an infrared sauna. There’s even a class for families to take together, where kids sing “Row Your Boat” while parents hold the boat pose. (They have several locations throughout the city, including one on Lovers Lane.)