The saunas are located inside private, dimly lit rooms; mine had a bench, some candles, a glass water dispenser, and the pièce de résistance: the infrared sauna. The sauna itself is essentially a part-glass, part-wood box with a small wooden bench to sit on, and a square light that beams down color from the ceiling.
Once you’re inside the sauna, you can choose whatever color infrared light you want via a remote. They suggest choosing the color that speaks to you first, and then reading the booklet, which is located in a cabinet inside the sauna box, to find out what your color choice means. I chose yellow, which is supposed to “[increase] fun, humor, lightness, personal power, intellect, logic, and creativity.” Of course I already have all of these qualities, but it's important to always stay grounded and dream big.
My immediate anxiety going into the treatment was that it was going to be exceptionally boring to sit there alone with nothing to do for an hour. I don’t mean that in the sense that I can’t live without Instagram for an hour. I mean that there’s a difference between trying to tune out for an hour while someone massages your back and trying to tune out for an hour while sitting alone in a 150-degree box. But since this is 2016 and HigherDOSE is clearly catering towards a certain kind of person, there’s a cabinet inside the sauna to charge your phone, and you can hook your phone up to the speakers to play music while you’re in there. I chose to play Lemonade and promptly noticed that on “Hold Up,” Beyoncé sings, “what’s WORST, lookin’ jealous or crazy,” instead of “what’s worse.” That’s weird! But I digress.