The Sweat Shack® was founded in 2015 by Mark and Jenifer Felan. Their motivation to create a space for people to enjoy the health benefits of infrared heat came from their own personal journeys to wellness.
For years Jenifer, like most women, juggled a VERY busy life trying to manage a family, a home, and a career. As a wife and a mother of 6 kiddos she also worked as a private flight attendant for a well-known celebrity. When she wasn’t flying or with her family, she squeezed in time to teach fitness classes. This high paced lifestyle left little room for Jenifer to take care of herself and over time she became very sick with numerous auto-immune disorders.
While trying to help Jenifer, Mark too realized challenge in balancing his high stress career in the Motion Picture Industry along with the daily demands of family. In his work he found himself exposed to heavy metal toxicity on a daily basis, causing him to feel drained and tired. To top it off a snowboarding accident from his past caused him lower back pain that he could never find a remedy for.
Leaning into their faith they were led to Seattle where they met Dr. Jonathan Wright who taught them the ancient benefits of natural infrared heat and recommended an in-home sauna. Within two weeks of regular use Jenifer and Mark began to realize healing and started to feel whole again!
After friends and family saw the rapid changes taking place in Jenifer and Mark they too started to come over for their own sauna sessions. Finally when there were just too many people in their ‘birthday suits’ hanging around their home Jenifer and Mark decided it was time to share this amazing treatment with the world and created the first The Sweat Shack® in charming Old Town Newhall, California.
Flash Forward. As trailblazers in the infrared industry, the couple knew there was a missing link and continued their research in finding the TRUE SAUNA BATHING EXPERIENCE. Inspired by friends in Finland, they fell absolutely in love with the culture and brought back the sauna experience to share with YOU!
I have always tried to live a healthy and active life but it took the early passing of my father to really make that a reality for me. My dad had his first heart attack in 1978 when my siblings and I were fairly young. Over the next 12 years his health diminished …Read More
I sought help and answers from many doctors, and in turn received multiple diagnoses and prescribed many different medications. I declined every prescription drug these doctors wanted me to take knowing there was a much better way…Read More
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When I became a mama I gained a lot of excess weight. Having a healthy lifestyle was not something I was accustomed to and I needed to figure out for myself what that lifestyle looked like. My determination to get the weight off turned into a PASSION for helping others achieve their fitness goals. I turned my hobby into a profession and for the past 20+ years I have found such joy being a fitness instructor; teaching a wide range of classes from step aerobics, boot camp, Barre, and spinning. I was even featured in Billy Blanks Tae Bo videos. In addition to my fitness instructor schedule, I held a career position for 19 years as a Corporate Flight Attendant, serving the most discriminating celebrities and executives in the world.
At this time I also became certified as an Organic Health Practitioner and a Founder in Beyond Organic with Jordan Rubin and Dr. Josh Axe. To sweeten the pie, my hubby and I have 6 beautiful kids between us. My daily schedule was FULL to the brim … to say the least! A typical day back then looked like this: get the kiddos off to school by 8:00 am, run to the gym to instruct a spin class, change out those sweaty tights to don a Versace Suit and hop on a private jet to play “Martha Stewart” on a 10 hour flight with 12 hungry passengers. This was repeated day after day for nearly 20 years! My high-intensity lifestyle had no room for BALANCE, but it did end up producing a lot of CORTISOL, multiple autoimmune diseases, and severe ADRENAL FATIGUE!! My body screamed
“STOP” and I found myself very sick!
I sought help and answers from many doctors, and in turn received multiple diagnoses and prescribed many different medications. I declined every prescription drug these doctors wanted me to take knowing there was a much better way. I spoke scripture over my sick body and watched healing testimonies of other people on bible teacher Andrew Wommack’s website. I believed in God for my healing and was lead to Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD in Seattle (Suzanne Somers doc for bioidentical hormones). He sent me home with a “doctors order” to sweat in a sauna everyday and ingest Himalayan pink salt 3 times daily…………within 2 weeks, my migraines, foggy thinking, weight gain and every other symptom I had went away. My girlfriends with lupus and fibromyalgia starting coming over to my home to jump in my sauna and they saw results. God set a vision in my heart and gave me a dream of bringing wellness city to city with The Sweat Shack®.I truly mean it when I say our wholehearted Mission at The Sweat Shack® is to love, serve and bless others in the areas of their health by providing a safe and comforting space to promote restoration of the Spirit, Soul and Body. As a certified organic health practitioner, I have taught my Team the benefits of treating the body as a “functioning whole” and not to just approach the symptoms. All of our services and products are designed with your overall health and well-being in mind.
I have always tried to live a healthy and active life but it took the early passing of my father to really make that a reality for me. My dad had his first heart attack in 1978 when my siblings and I were fairly young. Over the next 12 years his health diminished greatly. The course of treatment he received did not encourage a lifestyle shift but rather provided a litany of pharmaceutical drugs that resulted in detrimental side effects. This combination of elevated doses of medications along with continued high stress and poor diet resulted in my dad’s untimely passing in 1991. The loss of my dad was a big blow to my whole family and personally drove me to make some much needed shifts and changes in my own life.
My first career job was working for my uncle’s construction company as a carpenter. As many of you can imagine the physical demands that this type of work requires can become very taxing on the body. My exposure to heavy metal toxicity from elements found in many of the products that are used in the construction field were building up in my body and causing all kinds of symptoms to flare up. I found myself battling chronic sinus congestion, loss of energy, an achy feeling throughout my body that goes beyond physical exhaustion, bags under my eyes, dry eyes, very low testosterone count, and the list goes on….
In addition to the harmful toxicity build up in my body, I was never able to overcome a snowboarding injury I suffered in my early 20’s. In this accident a bone in my spinal column was broken, causing severe inflammation around the injury site that triggered painful spasms. Along with the spasms I had continual mid and low back pain and was prescribed Tylenol with codeine to manage my suffering. It didn’t take long for me to see that this course of action was not going to be sustainable.
In my journey to wellness Jenifer and I adopted an aggressive multi-faceted approach to maintaining optimal health. One of the biggest elements in this process was the introduction of regular sauna use. I have seen the results for myself: the inflammation in my back, along with the spasms are 100% gone. I have also found relief through the detoxification of the heavy metals in my system. I can’t imagine now not having this amazing therapy in my life, but I also know that it is something that isn’t easily available to everyone. That is why we created The Sweat Shack®.