Inside the superlative good looks of the Infrared Supine Sauna — it’s real, but not as fun, name — are some serious health benefits that will be of equal interest to wellness conscious young professionals and their more achy-jointed co-workers. To step inside is to feel like you’re being eaten by a humungous clam, but with your head sticking out, so you can binge-watch The Little Mermaid or a live-streaming business report. Simply lie back and let the quartet of infrared lamps caress you with tissue-penetrating heat, raising your subcutaneous temperature just enough to relieve the aches and pains in your joints, tendons and ligaments. It’s also full of jade stones, which are revered in traditional Oriental medicine for enhancing health; $14,000; VivoWellness.com.
Some of the most unforgettable experiences for Rodrigo Vianna, MD, PhD, are when he comes across a patient who is now an adult and he performed a transplant on them as a baby. Seeing them older, living healthy lives, doing the things they love, is an ongoing inspiration.
The Chihuahua breed’s origins are steeped in mystery. It’s widely believed that they are direct descendants of the Techichi — a small dog of Chinese ancestry that dates back to Mayan times. It’s possible that explorers bred the Techichi with a small hairless dog, and the Chihuahua was the result.