Heat has many therapeutic effects on the body, which is why most athletes train beneath giant magnifying glasses. Warm up to heat therapy with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a 50-minute infrared body wrap at Escape Tan and Spa (a $75 value).
The Formostar infrared body wrap offered at Escape Tan and Spa channels therapeutic heat to expel excessive fluids from the body, burning up to 1,200 calories per hour. During the wrap, fully clothed clients lie on spa tables, where a trained technician cloaks limbs and health-conscious shadows with hygienic silicone wraps. These wraps radiate infrared heat deep into muscle and tissue, encouraging increased enzymatic function and metabolism in order to usher toxins from the body. Technicians wrap clients around the areas they would like to target; many women request treatment on the abs, hips, thighs, and upper arms, and men often opt for the chest, abs, thighs, and calves.
Once swaddled, makeshift mummies have 50 minutes during which they can watch a movie, read a book, or listen to their own MP3 player or portable Victrola. The staff at Escape recommends wearing cotton pants and long-sleeve tops to absorb outpours of sweat and also suggests clients bring a change of clothes for after the treatment.
459 W 26th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60616