Since ancient Greek times, people have been using steam to enhance well-being and improve overall health. Today, 5,000 years later steam therapy is still in high demand. Steam rooms are now fixtures in most fitness centers and spas.
If you have never scheduled a session, you should take the time to, as steam room sessions have numerous advantages, and it is not only for the health-conscious! There’s no denying that most of the gains you get from a steam room are linked to health which we discuss below, however, there is a relaxation element to spending time in a steam room. It can ease your stress and help you clear your mind. In a world that is constantly demanding so much from us, a steam room can give you a short escape where you rejuvenate, relax and re-energize. When steam rooms are used frequently and safely, they can provide a variety of benefits for your body. Let’s explore some of these…
Steam offers an overall detoxification for your body. Because of the high temperature of the room, your pores are opened which improves the effectiveness of the sweating process, hence removing toxins, and overall cleansing your body.
Steam rooms use a moist heat, which opens your pores and increases blood circulation, this makes your skin look significantly healthier, plumper and feel softer. It hydrates the skin so it will be more elastic and rejuvenated giving you a glowing & radiant look.
As the steam has a hydrating effect on skin, it is very beneficial to those with dry skin.
Steam helps to clear out impurities in the skin by eliminating fat in the sebaceous glands and as such is known to be hugely beneficial in the prevention of acne.
Steam inhalation opens up airways which improves breathing, relaxes and opens up the lungs and bronchial tubes. This eases congestion and releases pressure. People who suffer from asthma, sinus problems, bronchitis or other respiratory conditions find that the steam rooms can ease their discomfort.
Relaxes Muscles & Relieves Stress
Heat from the steam room relaxes and soothes the muscles and increases blood flow. This can provide relief to those suffering from conditions such as arthritis, stiff joints, muscular pain or tension. For this reason it is very helpful to use a steam room after a workout.
As the heat relaxes your muscles, spending time in a steam room is a great way to unwind and lower your stress levels.
Helping Your Immune System
Your immune system is your body’s defense against toxins, bacteria and viruses. The heat in a steam room helps your immune system by creating an ‘artificial fever’ in your body. This stimulates your immune system and slows down the growth of bacteria and virus. Taking regular steam baths is a great way to boost your immune system.
It is clear that there is a lot to be gained by using steam rooms however it is important to ensure that you consult your doctor before using one if you have a medical condition or are pregnant. In order to prevent dehydration, drink water prior to your steam room session and straight after. Limit your sessions to 15 minutes and if you experience any dizziness or feel nauseas or uncomfortable at any point you should leave.
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By Caroline Sheils, Health Expert with www.familyfriendlyhq.ie