PCW Wellness Pod

Physician’s Choice Wellness is proud to include an Infra-Red Studio inside two of our clinics. This amazing experience is open to the public. So, call now to schedule your appointment!

Enjoy a relaxing and healthy session in our PCW Wellness POD. Reap the many benefits of Infra-Red Therapy. Burn up to 600 calories and countless benefits in just one 30-minute session.

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Wellness, Relaxation,
Weight Management

Weight Loss Benefit

Weight Loss

Burn as much as 600 calories in one 30-minute session.

The heat generated in the PCW Wellness Pod, an infrared sauna, will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body must work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. In a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories.

Relaxation Benefit

Relaxation and Eliminating Stress

Lower your body's cortisol with infrared sauna therapy.

Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.

Skin Purification Benefit

Skin Purification

Purify your skin by removing toxin from your pores.

Infrared sauna technology can help purify your skin by eliminating toxins from your pores and increasing circulation, resulting in clearer, softer, and healthier-looking skin.

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Pain Relief Benefit

Pain Relief

Infrared saunas can decrease inflammation and relieve aches and pain.

If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles. We all experience some kind of muscle or joint pain from either exercise, injury or age. We just want to feel better!

Circulation Benefit

Improved Circulation

Stimulate blood flow by increasing your core temperature.

As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation.

Detoxification Benefit


Naturally eliminate toxins from your body through sweat.

Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. The PCW Wellness Pod – Infrared sauna, allows you to eliminate harmful toxins from your body.


Find Us Near You

Effingham Location

1105 W. St. Anthony
Effingham, IL 62401




Tues-Fri: 8 am-5:15 pm

Mt. Zion Location

151 West Village Parkway
Mt. Zion, IL 62549




Mon, Tues & Thurs: 9 am-6 pm
Wed: 1 pm-6 pm
Fri: 9 am-1 pm

*A credit card is needed to reserve an appointment online. However, you will not be charged until you arrive for your appointment or in the case of a no-show.

What to Expect

Upon Arrival

On your first visit to the PCW Wellness Pod, you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff members. We will ask you to take a minute to read over necessary material and sign our release waiver. You will then be escorted to your own private suite and instructed on the basic use of our saunas.

The Session

Wear whatever you feel most comfortable in while in the sauna. Most people prefer shorts and a t-shirt or sweats. Bathing suits and underwear are fine and some people even sauna in their street clothes. We ask that you bring your own towel. You will need a large bath (or beach towel) and a smaller hand towel. If you become too hot at any point during your session, you can simply push the pod open, adjust the pod yourself or you can always stop your session and get out early.

As your sauna begins the bed’s vibrating massage will start. This feels heavenly and is designed to stimulate your lymph system and start the detoxification process. A moment later you will begin to feel the warmth of the sauna start to heat your body. The heat is infrared heat and may be like nothing you have ever felt before. Infrared heat uses Far Infrared Rays (FIR) that can penetrate up to 3″ of bone and muscle to melt away chronic pain.

During the session, relax and listen to the sounds of an ocean surf, a gentle rain or nothing at all. The sauna pod is designed so that your head is always out in the open. You may also bring your own head phones or ear buds and listen to your favorite music, inspirational speaker or whatever you choose.

After a few sessions, once your body gets acclimated to the sauna, you will have a decision to make. Do you always want to stay in relaxation mode and enjoy the warm cozy massage on low heat, or do you want to bump up the temperature and really get your sweat on? On the higher settings a 30-minute session can burn up to 600 Calories, increase your core temperature and heart rate which will boost your metabolism.

Please take care not to overheat during your first few sessions. Remember, if you feel uncomfortable, simply adjust the heat to a lower setting or end your session early by simply pushing the lid up and get out of the sauna. Each suite also has call buttons for assistance. As the body continues to adjust, sweating can increase dramatically, and body temperature regulation becomes more effective. An increase in heartbeat of up to 30% above the resting pulse is generally considered safe, unless a medical or heart condition requires keeping your pulse rate lower.

After Session

After the session is over most people find themselves relaxed and invigorated at the same time. When the sauna shuts off your body doesn’t know that your session is over and will continue to burn calories as it cools itself down and regulates temperature. You should not shower immediately after a sauna session as you will want to finish your sweat and let the body cool down naturally. Now is the time to replenish your system by drinking lots of natural spring water or natural fruit juice. You will want to avoid alcohol and caffeine immediately after a sauna session because they will further dehydrate your body.

Limited Time Offer

30 Day Unlimited Pod Package

Receive 30 days of unlimited pod sessions (maximum of one 30-min session per day).

Your 30-day period will begin on your first appointment.



Individual 30 minute sessions are $30. SAVE with one of our packages.


The Rules

  • Prior to your session

    Hydrate! To get the greatest benefit from your pod session—drink plenty of water beforehand. Also, remember to hydrate after your session.

  • Arrival

    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment so that we can give you instructions for the best experience in the PCW Wellness Pod. Late arrival may reduce your appointment time at the normal price. Please respect those with appointments after you.

Cancellation and rescheduling

We require 24 hour notice of a cancelling or rescheduling your appointment. This allows us enough time to fill your voided appointment.

Late cancellation and no-show appointments can be charged for full treatment.

  • Payment

    We accept cash, debit, Visa or MasterCard.

  • Etiquette

    Shhhhhh. Please quiet your cellphones upon arrival and speak softly. We strive to maintain a peaceful and stress-free environment.

    Please do not bring children into the PCW Wellness Pod area. We do have a waiting area that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult while you utilize the POD.

  • What to wear

    Loose fitting clothing, shorts and a t-shirt or sweat. Be comfy!

  • What to bring

    Please bring a bath or beach towel and a hand towel with you. If you do forget your towel, we have large POD beach towels available to purchase for $18.

  • Pregnancy or medical conditions

    Be sure to mention any medical information when you book an appointment.

  • Jewelry and valuables

    If possible, please leave your jewelry and valuables at home as you will not need them for your sauna visit. However, if you do bring such items, be mindful of not leaving them behind in treatment rooms.

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