San Diego Wellness Trend: Infrared Fitness

San Diego Wellness Trend: Infrared Fitness

You may have heard of infrared saunas or infrared cameras but what exactly IS infrared heat? Read on to learn more about its many health benefits and why local fitness businesses are integrating infrared fitness into their studios.

San Diego Fitness Trend Infrared Heat Yoga Haute Barre

Infrared heat fitness studio Haute Barre in Del Mar

Several San Diego fitness studios are turning up the heat — infrared heat, to be exact — to give their clients a bigger wellness boost. Infrared heat uses light to create heat and instead of blowing hot air, the infrared light heats your body directly instead of the air around you. This means you can workout in a studio with a much lower temperature (85 degrees) and still receive similar health benefits as a traditional hot yoga room.

“Some people are nervous to try a heated class and this is where the infrared is really beneficial because the heat is really mild,” says Grace Bradford, owner of Haute Barre in Del Mar.

Benefits of Infrared Fitness

Along with breaking out into a good, healthy sweat, infrared heat has been shown to help decrease chronic lower back pain, speed up muscle recovery, loosen and relax muscle fibers and may even alleviate allergy symptoms.

“Infrared heats your body deep into the muscles, which helps prevent injury, soreness and increases flexibility,” says Grace Bradford, owner of Haute Barre in Del Mar. “Because infrared induces a deep sweat at a cellular level, the results are enhanced metabolism, blood circulation and tissue oxygenation, which improves your overall health — and even your skin.”

As a dermatological treatment, the penetrating heat of infrared heat therapy may reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin’s texture, reduce pores, help heal scars and treat acne.

Other possible benefits of infrared heat include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Improved range of motion
  • Relief from joint pain
  • Improved circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Weight loss

With all of these added benefits, it’s no wonder that San Diego fitness studios and wellness spas are incorporating infrared heat into their fitness methods and wellness protocols.

San Diego Wellness Trend Infrared Fitness Salt Pilates

Infrared heat fitness studio SALT Hot Pilates – Bankers Hill / Del Mar

Infrared Heat Yoga, Barre & Pilates in San Diego

Here’s where to find an infrared fitness class near you in San Diego:

Haute Barre (Del Mar)

Haute Barre is a non-traditional, high-intensity, full-body workout for every fitness level with all classes heated to about 85 degrees. “Using small range movements to activate the muscle fibers, plus weights and HIIT, your muscles will be lengthened and strengthened while also receiving all the benefits from the infrared!” says Bradford.

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Haute Barre

2683 Via De La Valle, Ste I
Del Mar, CA 92014

Good Yoga (Encinitas)

This new Bikram and Iyengar studio in Encinitas offers several heated yoga classes in their new infrared studio.

Good Yoga

830 S Coast Hwy 101, Suite B
Encinitas, CA 92024

SALT Hot Pilates (Bankers Hill + Del Mar)

SALT offers 50-minute Pilates mat classes that are heated with infrared technology set between 90-105 degrees to get your heart pounding and blood pumping. The infrared fitness classes also use resistance bands, weights, exercise balls and the magic circle to strengthen all parts of your body.

SALT Bankers Hill

3636 Fourth Avenue, Suite 305
San Diego, CA 92103

SALT Flower Hill 

2710 Via de la Valle, Suite B110
Del Mar, CA 92014

Trilogy Sanctuary (La Jolla)

Trilogy Sanctuary uses infrared heat to create a comfortable, therapeutic and detoxifying yoga experience. Explore their class schedule to find a heated yoga class that’s right for you, including Power Vinyasa, Power Hatha + Deep Stretch.

Trilogy Sanctuary

7650 Girard Avenue, Suite 400
La Jolla, CA 92037

Yoga Wild (Oceanside)

Yoga Wild’s classes use infrared heat technology set between 98-105 degrees. Infrared fitness class styles include Bikram, vinyasa, power yoga and inferno hot pilates.

Yoga Wild!

701 Seagaze Drive
Oceanside, CA 92054


DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem without consulting a qualified healthcare provider.

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