I love Shape House. It can be a life changing addition to your lifestyle. Let’s get to the basics first.
Parking can be challenging on Robertson Blvd. Metered parking is available. Read the signs. There are private parking lots that charge fees from $10 to $20 along Robertson. Best bet is to find a spot on the street, but plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before your appointment to find parking, give yourself more time if it’s your first visit. If you’re late, Shape House will not give you back your lost time.
Just so you know, Shape House has a location on Larchmont, but parking is tough there too.
The location can be a little confusing to access. It’s located in the back of a compound. Some days the gate is open, other times there’s a party in the courtyard. Don’t let that confuse you, look overhead for signage. Follow the steps to the front entrance. I’ve taken some photos to help you navigate.
Appointment is necessary to use Shape House. But, what is Shape House exactly? Well, it’s a 21st century sauna. You’ll be tucked into an infrared sauna bag for 50 minutes. There is a private TV in your area to watch TV or listen to music.
You’ll check in at the front desk. If it’s your first time, arrive 15 minutes before your appt for paperwork registration. Once checked-in, you’ll have the opportunity to use clothes provided by Shape House or use your own clothes. It’s easiest to use their clothes.
After you change, you’ll be tucked into your sauna bag and checked on every twenty minutes or so. I usually listen to music while I sweat and breathe/meditate. They have neck rolls and bolsters to make your time even more comfortable. I prefer a neck roll, angled back, and a bolster under my knees.
The secret to getting through the 50 minutes is to focus on your breath. Your heart will race, you will feel stressed and ask yourself why you ever did the sweat in the first place. It’s all normal because what’s happening is all of the toxins and junk is leaving your body. It’s fighting its way to stay with you but allow it all to go with ease.
Alkaline water is provided to you during your visit. As much as you can drink. After your sweat, you have the option of going to the chill lounge. Take advantage. They’ll offer you sweet orange slices and some fresh brewed tea. I love the cinnamon turmeric tea after a sweat. It helps our body reduce inflammation and continue the detox process. Do not rush to take a shower either. Allow your body to cool naturally. I love to leave here and take a shower at home when my body has cooled down on its own.
After you’ve relaxed, you will change back into your clothes and close your bill.
A visit to Shape House is approximately $40 per session. The prices vary. You can buy specials through their website or Yelp based on availability. Member pricing is often times cheaper but may not be the best option for travelers. You can only complete one session per day. I love the once-a-month membership. It’s $40 a month and you get an extra visit on your birthday.
I love to bring family members and friends to Shape House. This place is very popular amongst the LA scene. Even though it’s busy, the space is very calm and serene. Enjoy your sweat and release those toxins!
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