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Northeast wellness center expands with infrared sauna

Updated: September 7, 2016 - 2:37 pm

NE Community Acupuncture’s Sweat NE will offer the unique wellness service this fall.

NE Community Acupuncture & Wellness Center is adding a far-infrared sauna studio to its location in Northeast’s Sheridan neighborhood.

After using similar saunas in St. Paul, owner and practitioner Noah Frohlich is expanding the business, located on 2nd Street above Chowgirls Killer Catering, with an approximately 800-square-foot sauna studio, dubbed Sweat NE, with the goal of offering a unique service not readily found in Minneapolis.

Instead of steam, an infrared sauna relies on dry, invisible far-infrared heat to safely penetrate the body and get it sweating. The center touts benefits similar to traditional steam saunas such as easing joint and muscle pain, improving skin and the immune system, and reducing stress and toxins.

Though some may be apprehensive about the new kind of sauna, Frohlich said there are advantages over the traditional steam, like being able to read a book or listen to music without the risk of damage. These saunas also operate at a much lower temperature, and the dry, more even heat is easier on the body and breathing, he added.

“I hope people are open to it and see the benefits,” he said.

Sitting in the center’s large sauna studio or one of three private rooms will run guests $20 for their first time, $40 for return visits and/or $10 for adding a friend. Frohlich said the prices are meant to push people into getting packages or monthly memberships and visiting regularly, which dramatically drop the cost per session. Repeat visits also result in greater health benefits, he said.

Guests can stay in the studio for up to about 45 minutes. Danish Teak Classics is responsible for the studio’s mid-century Danish furniture and lighting.

NE Community Acupuncture & Wellness Center at 1224 2nd St N.E. will have a grand opening for Sweat NE on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 4 p.m.–7 p.m. The event will also feature a new exhibit of paintings, dubbed “Earth Art,” from artist Marjorie Schalles.

Sweat NE will open to clients on Oct. 1. Pre-orders are available now at necommunityacupuncture.com.