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Seattleites: Skip the 6-mile run and just lay in this pod instead

It may look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but people are swearing by this space-age spa treatment. The Jade-lined Infrared Pod is a service at the luxury Penelope & The Beauty Bar in Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel. It's the only one in the Northwest, and clients use it for all sorts of things.

So, what does it do?

According to the spa website, the 30-minute pod session does everything from detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, reducin stress and fatigue and - GET THIS - burning as many calories as a six mile run!

Sound too good to be true? Owner Angela Rosen said it's not.

"We have customers that come here 4 to 5 times a week from Bainbridge Island just to use it," said Rosen.

Master Esthetician Angelina Kingery also swears by the pod, and said it helped heal a scar on her chest.

But clients shouldn't expect to lose a pant size after just one session.

"Here's the thing," said Kingery. "It's a lifestyle choice. So if you decide to go in it one time, then you probably won't get those weight-loss results. But if you are doing a lifestyle change, and you are eating healthy and you are exercising - then it's a perfect addition and going to speed it up."

The Refined team tried out the pod and we suggest you do too! Bottom line: it left us relaxed, but energized. We can't imagine what it would do if we did repeat sessions!

The 30-minute pod costs ~ $75 a session. To learn more about the Infrared Pod at Penelope & The Beauty Bar head to their website.