We humans, we are driven by our senses, at all times. We start our day with a cool shower to energize us and we even covet for a rejuvenating and calming shower after an exhausting day. Adding steam to your everyday shower offers dozens of benefits that range from improving health and wellness to supporting a naturally healthy lifestyle. It’s smart, wise and a pocket-friendly idea for all the right reasons. That is why most fitness centers, gyms, clubs, and spas have steam therapy rooms to attract all the soothe-seekers out there. However, not many of these places are easy on pockets. Then there are our hectic schedules that may come in the way of making a new, healthy routine. Then there is the latest pandemic Covid19 scare. Gyms are closed and we await to see what the ‘new normal’ would be like once they do open. But before I tell you how to stop worrying about all that, did you know the following absolute top 5 reasons why you can’t live without a steam shower:
1. Improved blood circulation and lower blood pressure: sweat bathing is said to be beneficial to enhance blood flow and cardiovascular health. Steam dilates the blood vessels beneath the skin and helps in better blood flow and improved oxygen supply in the entire body. While the heart rate may increase due to heat, the blood pressure remains in control, improving the overall cardio health.
2. Glowing and healthy skin: Every day, our skin has to endure a harsh environment and it absorbs a lot of toxins throughout the day. Steam helps in getting rid of these toxins via sweating, removing dead skin cell, and also moistens the skin. The result is clearer and glowing skin, almost instantly.
3. Stress reduction: Heat generated by steam releases the ‘feel-good’ hormones, Endorphins. These help in reducing body stress. It also reduces the production of Cortisol, which regulates stress levels in the body. That’s why people feel relaxed and rejuvenated after steam sessions.
4. Speeds up post-work-out recovery: Our muscles feel sore and painful after a workout or a tiring day. This is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). It is a known fact that the moist heat during a steam therapy session helps in relieving this soreness and helps in faster recovery of muscles. Moist heat from a steam bath penetrates deep tissue, reducing damage, and provide pain relief.
5. burn extra calories: Especially if done after an exercise session, a steam session can prolong the already elevated heart rate. As the body temperature is high due to the workout and there is additional heat from outside, the body will try to maintain the core temperature. This leads to more sweating and loss of water weight. Though this can be very exhaustive and proper hydration should be done before and after, this process helps in burning some extra calories besides the work-out session. , Enters…..Steam Pro Convert your existing shower room into a wellness haven with absolutely no breakage or construction. Installation in under 60 minutes and backed by a 15-day money-back guarantee. Imagine the feeling of starting your day with better breathing, improved blood circulation, rejuvenated skin, and more…wellness for your entire family! Call today.
“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” ― Jane Austen, renowned 18th Century novelist In the past few months life, globally, has changed. From watching the Superbowl with a 100k other spectators to staying at home with only a few essential trips into the outside world. Most of us are working from home which comes with its own perks, but a few setbacks too. Office at home, calls from living room, meetings from the bedroom, with all this the distinctive line between our professional and personal lives have gotten blurred. From checking our mails the moment we wake up, checking alerts and notifications every 2 minutes. The work-from-home brigade is building habits which may lead to mental and emotional burnout or stress. Work life balance, today has an all new meaning! To maintain that work-life and home-life balance it calls for a solution, a routine that supports your overall emotional and mental wellbeing. In a recent report, by 2020, 20 per cent of the Indians would suffer from mental health issues. With only 4,000 mental health professionals, the country is not close to being equipped to deal with the onslaught of patients. Therefore, the impetus is on YOU to build your emotional wellness. This calls for positive emotional reinforcements like mindfulness and meditation which enable the brain to focus on things in the present rather than things you can’t control. While there is a lot of resources and information out there on how to work and build emotional wellness, we are here with a rather unique solution to that very question.
Introducing Water: the Ancient Panacea (def. a solution/remedy for all illnesses) “Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.” ― Sebastian Pole, renowned Ayurveda author Water in the form of vapor or steam has tremendous wellness benefits for our body and mind. A steam bath on a daily basis deals/grapples with the root cause of emotional stress helping both the mind and body to unwind. We are not saying a steam bath is the only thing you need to work on your emotional wellbeing, you need to put in sync a lot more things but a steam bath can lead the way in dealing with the pent up stress and giving you some “me time”. Right from the moment you step in and engulf yourself in the warm steam, your wellness journey begins. Steam has the property of raising our body’s internal temperature without causing boils or burns. That raising of temperature, gives you the much needed impetus to steer your inner systems in the right direction. Devoting a 10-15 minutes daily in your shower with steam therapy can cause your body to release endorphins- the ‘feel good’ hormones. The same hormones that make you feel fresh and happy after a workout. Likewise a steam bath can lessen the levels of cortisol widely known as the ‘stress hormones’ – the hormone the body produces in response to stress and tension. When cortisol levels drop, a person feels emotionally recharged, rejuvenated, relaxed and in charge of the moment and in long run of his life. Wait..what else can you do? Here goes:
>Journaling your Blues away… We also recommend that apart from getting your to-do list ready to tick off, at the start of the day best way to detox yourself is maintaining a journal followed by a relaxing steam bath. You can jot/note down your dreams every morning in a journal and ponder on them. It’s equivalent to cleaning out the cookies from your body’s computer – the brain!
>Sleeping Beauty – there’s a reason why sleeping and beauty come together, beauty physically and emotionally. A good steam bath induces more sleep, a vital component of emotional health. Cutting back on your sleep time affects both your mental and physical health. When you experience fatigue, it affects your day-to-day functioning. A healthy body and mind resides in harmony helping you to think more clearly and focus better. The key to optimum mental health is getting your quota of minimum sleep 7-8 hours on a daily basis. SteamProTip: Try adding a few drops of lemongrass/eucalyptus essential oils to make your steam session an aroma-therapy multi-sensory experience. ‘Me’ Time with a dash of Steam Pro Magic Pep up your mental health with SteamPro, a sure shot way to wellness at home for your entire family! SteamPro easily installs in your existing bathroom with no breakage/construction in under 60 minutes! Call today! Other References: https://www.verywellmind.com/self-care-strategies-overall-stress-reduction-3144729 https://theprint.in/health/locked-down-and-anxious-more-and-more-indians-are-making-panic-calls-seeking-therapy/392224/
These are indeed unprecedented times. We are all plagued with a global pandemic. Maintaining hygiene, taking care, respecting social boundaries is more important than ever before. Vaccines for the Novel Coronavirus will take some time, anything from 6 months to 2 years are the estimates! But forget about Covid19 for a minute, there are some rather scary diseases out there that don’t have any vaccines or even cures (e.g. cancer etc.). And then there are conditions such as common colds and flus for which there are vaccines, yet people still fall sick and sometimes rather gravely. What this pandemic has taught us rightly is that even a strain of flu can turn our lives upside down. Focus is on our body’s natural immunity, truly the last line of defense between deadly viruses and us. While most symptoms and recommended precautions of Civd19 and seasonal flu are similar, the higher risk of developing respiratory issues is higher with the coronavirus. Therefore, to beat Covid19 or any other virus for that matter, building natural immunity driven by healthy lifestyle choices and robust lung and respiratory functions together are most important. Here’s some trivia that will catch you off guard – Common cold/seasonal flu have risen from 9.3 million to 49 million illnesses in the USA since 2010. According to an estimate, flu causes 31.4 million outpatient visits and more than 200,000 cases of hospitalization each year. This may even be higher in winter or times when the weather is cold. And that’s not all! Colds and flu can cost you dearly! In the US, flu victims spend $10.4 billion annually on hospitalization & outpatient visits every year (nearly $16.3 billion in lost earnings). As for the common cold, research has found that this familiar illness costs the U.S. economy as much as $40 billion per year! We all love our hot baths, showers and even use boiling water and towel to clear our sinuses, but we are here to tell you that Steam therapy is the most powerful home remedy at your disposal, that you’re missing out on. Ways steam inhalation helps you ward off cold & flu Steam is 100% water vapor that has the characteristic to gradually heat up body’s internal organs by 1-3 degrees. Once the body heats up, almost an induced fever like state, the body’s internal systems go on overdrive, and that’s where true wellness begins. These small jolts of shocks to the body are tremendous in reactivating the immune system, metabolism etc. Steam inhalation is very effective in opening up the nasal passages and also activates the bronchi (the airways from the trachea to the lungs). Breathing steam through your nose helps drain drain sinuses of disease-carrying mucus and phlegm. Steam is effective…. ● It acts to kill rhinovirus – the main cause of common cold ● Opens up nasal passages – so you can breathe easy, and that’s all you can ask for when you’re down with a cold! ● Enhances Overall Respiratory Health – steam helps loosen bronchial secretions that provides temporary relief from asthma-type symptoms, such as coughing. ● Steam opens up the pores of the epidermis (top layer of the skin) to get rid of all unwanted bacteria, germs and viruses ● Promotes better sleep – sleep easy, recover quicker!
If you like taking care of your fitness, your mental and physical wellbeing then an at-home steam bath is an ideal addition to your lifestyle. It a great fun way to happiness and wellbeing for your entire family at the comfort of your personal shower.
While it is common for a healthy person to get cold and flu and come out in just a few days, what about the elderly who have a weak immune system and many of them are full of other diseases. It may pose a severe problem to such individuals sometimes leading to pneumonia and respiratory failures. As mentioned above The elderly people can also adopt a healthy lifestyle like mild physical exercise like walking, cycling, etc. These exercises are cardiovascular in nature and they enhance the healthy functioning of the lungs.
Due to coronavirus pandemic, all of us have been forced to stay indoors, which is great to keep the virus from spreading even faster. But being indoors (with a full house, no less!) brings its own set of problems. Challenges that are physical – increase in weight, stiffness of the muscles, etc. and psychological problems – depression, loneliness, etc. One must engage in indoor physical activities to overcome these problems.
Start with simple exercises, based on your body type and workout goals. There are dozens of online tutorials and classes, there’s something for everyone. Go online, research what suits you best and go with it. During the normal routine of exercising at home you may experience fatigue or stiffness in parts of your body. This soreness of the muscles, however painful and inconvenient, is perfectly normal.
Muscle soreness is common due to the following reasons: – When one starts a new routine for exercising – A change in work routine – An increase in duration or intensity – Indulging in any kind of physical activity that your body is not used to.
The pain you feel after a stiff workout is your muscles telling you that you have (over) worked them. And trust us, there’s a sweetness in the pain after a solid workout.
Next comes – recovery! One of the most important part of an athlete’s training regime is recovery.You need to rehabilitate your body and muscles to get ready for the next day. You know the rule, the more consistent the workouts, the lower the muscle soreness.
There are only a few all-natural ways to rehabilitate your sore muscles, the most important being rest (or sleep), massages, and a steam therapy session. This is where we come in!
Spending time in a steam room is proven to provide a range of benefits that complement training programs for athletes looking to improve in strength, aerobic endurance, and muscle development. Steam bath is also a solid tool to aide muscle repair while easing muscle soreness. The hot steam acts as a blanket and relaxes the muscles due to which they heal faster. As body’s temperature increases, it leads to an increased flow of blood that in turn helps shuttle more nutrients into muscle cells for quicker repair.
This, and several other benefits of moist heat and muscle repair can be found here. Even top sports teams such as Mumbai Indians, Indian National Cricket team etc. opt for steam bath after a grueling match to enhance the muscle repair. This is because during matches the muscles are stretched to the end of tolerance and steam bath can repair these sore muscles. If left untreated, sore muscles could lead to irreparable tissue damage.
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The year 2020 has turned quite unexpectedly with the COVID pandemic forcing us to shut down, regroup and reorient. Since there is no cure currently, the world is learning “social distancing” and practising hygiene in order to stay protected and reduce chances of infection from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – Corona Virus – 2 (SARS-COV-2).
We’re all in it
While young Indians make up most of the cases, senior citizens are more prone to dying by COVID-19 Those over 60 years of age account for 60 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in India. Age group analysis of COVID-19 patients in India shows that the maximum 42% are of 21-40 years, 33% of 41-60 years and 17% are over 60 years. So this is not something that only the older people need to worry about, it seems like a younger population means more cases to deal with in all likelihood.
As the name suggests, the respiratory system of the patient is affected. The syndromes start from dry cough, fever, breathlessness (upper respiratory tract viral infection) which leads to pneumonia. In severe cases, the virus causes acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) which leads to sepsis and in the final stage, septic shock which results in multiple organ failure and death of the patient.
Immunity for the win
People with critical illnesses and comorbid conditions like cancer, diabetes, heart ailments and respiratory difficulties which are more dominant in older populations make the problem more acute. Since the virus attacks the immune system, WBC count and inherent immunity of a person are important in tackling the virus at its source (lungs in this case) without producing a cytokine storm or excess immune cells which might damage the body. Strong immunity is necessary for survival, just like the good ol’ days – when we were not reliant on medicines for our health.
Bound to rebound
The next problem facing the world is proper rehabilitation of patients who get cured so that they do not rebound. Another perhaps bigger fear is that the virus might recur in geographies which have seen a reduction in the rate of its spread. Experts predict that at least 30 Crore Indians will contract the virus in a worst-case scenario, which will cause severe strain on the under-developed healthcare infrastructure of India. Until the phenomenon causes humans to evolve i.e. build herd immunity or if medical technology produces a vaccine in a miraculously short time (currently predicted to be 12-18 months away), we should all brace ourselves for a bumpy ride.
It’s all in the mind
Another massive challenge is faced presently by the frontline workers of our country- the doctors, nurses, cops and all other overworked and under-rested people. As per a recent report, they have flooded the tele-therapists with requests for counselling. This challenge is mental health, and it is by no means a small one. In times to come, the isolation, social distancing, devastating state of the economy, failing businesses and high levels of joblessness will increase the number of people facing mental health problems.
What’s steam therapy?
In the Waters are all medicines and Agni (fire) gives health to all.
May the waters prepare the medicine that is a protection for my body, that I may long see the Sun.
Rig Veda I. 24. 20-21
Also called Ayurvedic Svedan, Russian Banya, Finnish Sauna, Turkish Hammam, Native American sweat lodge, Latin American Temazcal, Greek Laconica, Roman Thermae.
Steam therapy is a well-known form of thermal-hydro-therapy prevalent since Vedic times and a practice of civilizations and cultures across the globe and throughout the history of mankind.
Steam is NOT a cure
To clear the air about the misinformation prevalent on social media and WhatsApp, steam therapy is NOT a cure for Coronavirus and nasal heating through hair dryers and other make-shift devices is not just foolish but also risky as explained by various fact-checking portals and the World Health Organization. Heat stress is proven to kill the bird flu (H1N5) virus but studies have not been conducted on the novel Coronavirus yet.
So how does it work?
Steam is the only available element in nature that has the power to raise the body’s normal temperature. Stand too close to a fire and you risk getting burnt, douse yourself with boiling water and you will get scalded. When a human body is subject to steam concentrated in a space with 95- 100% humidity and high temperature at 45-47 degrees Celsius, the internal organ temperature is increased by a couple of degrees. This increase in internal body temperature causes hyperthermia – a fever-like condition – which is the starting point for the beauty of this hydro-therapy.
Fever is the body’s response to killing bacterial and viral infections detected by the body when we feel under the weather. Steam therapy is like manifesting the power of fever at will, and all naturally. The increase in body temperature causes a release of heat shock proteins which are instrumental in controlling cell damage and keeping the cells oxidized. At a cellular level, steam causes rejuvenation and oxidation. Boosting immunity is the by-product of our cells being subject to heat stress as proven by scientific evidence and widely published in medical journals.
Steam inhalation has long been a home remedy suggested by grandparents and parents to their coughing or sneezing children. The sight of a human bent over a vessel with boiling water and a towel wrapped over the head is much too familiar. Humid air is recommended by pulmonologists for patients suffering from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), ARDS, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis and other infections and diseases of the respiratory system. Humidity causes the airways to dilate and the high heat causes the lungs to expunge mucus, phlegm and other obstructions in the bronchioles. It even causes recovery of pulmonary alveolus tissue. Steam inhalation is also widely used as an adjunct to medicines and is proven to aid in the delivery and effectiveness of medicines administered for respiratory rehabilitation.
Mental health benefits
High heat makes the body release endorphins, which are known as ‘feel-good’ hormones because they help to reduce the feeling of stress in the body. A steam session can also decrease the level of cortisol, which is the hormone released in response to stress. When the cortisol level drops, people can feel more in control, relaxed, and rejuvenated. Heat therapy boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a naturally-occurring protein in the brain that lowers the risk of mental disease and improves the mood. Norepinephrine, also called noradrenaline, is a hormone and neurotransmitter in the brain that can help with focus and attention. This is also boosted by heat therapy. Heat stress increases prolactin, a hormone that promotes the production of myelin. Myelin increases nerve condition speeds or makes your brain faster and more efficient. Heat therapy helps in curing migraines and headaches due to increased blood flow. Steam therapy is also proven to help in regulating and inducing deep sleep to those with sleep disorders and insomnia.
Cardio-vascular fitness in times of isolation
A 2015 study followed 2,315 middle-aged men from Finland over 30 years. Men who took zero or one heat therapy bath a week were at the highest risk of high BP. Risk was reduced by 24% for men who took two to three a week, and by 46% for men who took four to seven heat baths. Dr Jari Laukkanen, cardiologist & professor of medicine at the University of Eastern Finland, says that heat bathing can increase body temperature by up to 2 degrees Celsius (about 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit).
This can cause blood vessels to dilate, or become wider, decreasing blood pressure and helping blood flow easier, he says. “We know that heat therapy increases blood circulation, ups heart rate to a level that is similar to exercising, and, when done regularly, improves overall blood vessel health”. In these times of work from home and away from the streets, inducing something similar to a cardiovascular workout in the confines of your home could be a god sent.
Steam therapy to the rescue
Steam therapy can be a wondrous weapon in the fight against Covid19 in these times of peril. Before a cure is found and after it is administered. Before the virus is contracted and after a patient is cured. A steam room can be easily built in an existing shower space as small as 3 feet by 3 feet and cause benefits to an entire family within the norms of isolation and social distancing. To boost immunity, breathe better, aid in respiratory rehabilitation, cause psychological benefits, optimize a diet/ fitness plan or just for a good cardio workout.
SteamPRO at your service
With an aim to democratize the power of steam therapy, SteamPRO is a one-of-a-kind service which specializes in installing a steam bath in your existing shower. We take care of the electrical, plumbing, hardware, installation and project management so you don’t have to deal with multiple vendors and industries. We go a step ahead and take care of servicing and maintenance. We also give you access to a wellness consultant to handhold you into the steam therapy experience and the correct way to use it to maximize benefits. From making it possible in your existing shower to making sure you use the therapy, we take care of it all. At a starting price under Rs.80/day or less than your cup of coffee, we are the only proposition that allows you to subscribe to the service and not have to take care of servicing and maintenance schedules, nor the up-front heavy capital investment.
A number of environmental toxins saturate every aspect of our life. These toxins are unavoidable and are absorbed by our bodies. Since humans are bio-accumulators, the large quantities and numerous types of toxins we are exposed to accumulate in our bodies. They overwhelm our bodies’ ability to metabolize and get rid of them naturally. In time, the poison from toxins may result in immune symptom problems, such as chronic pain syndromes, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraines, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer So, how can you best get rid of these harmful toxins? The perfect solution for helping your body get rid of the environmental toxic chemicals (pesticides, heavy metals, alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid and hydrocarbon residues),is Body Detoxification through sweating in a Sauna. The heat deeply penetrates tissues triggering mobilization of chemicals from fat storage and directly into sweat and to help your body expel them.
Fat becomes water-soluble at a temperature of 100 F° and enters the bloodstream to be removed from the body. The Sauna will increase the peripheral blood flow and remove fat through sweat. Weight loss is one of the great benefits of using a Sauna every day. A single therapeutic sauna session will burn as much as 300-600 calories
Another problematic and difficult to get rid of waste is cellulite, a gel-like substance made up of fat, water and wastes that are trapped in pockets below the skin .Profuse sweating helps clear this form of waste from the body. Saunas are a natural and healthy way to remove fat and cellulite from the body without exercising!
The sauna causes deep effect in the muscular tissues and internal organs. Our bodies respond to this deep heating effect via a hypothalamic-induced increase in heart volume and rate. This heart stress is beneficial as it leads to cardiovascular training and conditioning of the heart. Medical research confirms that for improved overall cardiovascular fitness, the use of sauna has many benefits. It provides cardiovascular conditioning when the body works to cool itself after a sauna session.
Your heart is one of the most vital organs of your body…… take good care of it!
It is well known that heat reduces pain sensation. The heat from the saunas penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues and alleviates symptoms such as back pain, sprains, joint stiffness, muscle spasms and headaches as well as pains due to conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. It improves blood flow and oxygen to enhance the body’s natural healing process. The improved blood flow and fluid exchange to the injured tissue help reduce pain and inflammation. Heal your body with a Sauna!
Saunas are excellent for increasing blood circulation to the skin. This increased blood flow brings important nutrients to subcutaneous and surface tissue, promoting cellular activity and growth. By freeing your skin from accumulated dirt and dry skin cells you will experience a new inner glow. Saunas help firm and improve skin tone and elasticity. Infrared heat has been noted to reduce acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns and any skin lesions or cuts. Additionally, open wounds can heal quicker with reduced scarring. Keeping your skin healthy is an important part of maintaining a healthy body!
Studies show that tissues heated to 130° and then stretched have exhibited an elastic elongation that persists long after the stretch is removed. A Saunas heat is a therapeutic haven for athletes looking for a pre-workout to warm up muscles for a wide range of motion and increase flexibility to help prevent injury. It is also ideal for pre-warm-up for physical therapy and massage therapy, or for relaxing your muscles after a long workout. Sauna therapy has been noted to help increase athletic endurance and performance, as well as promote the healing process
According to the Oxford Dictionary, Hydropathy (a noun) is “the treatment of illness through the use of water, either internally or through external means such as steam bath”.
Hydropathy is a therapeutic system that professes to cure all disease with water, either by bathing in it or by drinking it.
The therapeutic use of water has been known since the times of the Egyptians, the Romans and the Greeks. The Egyptian royalty bathed with essential oils and flowers, The Romans had communal baths for their citizens. The Greeks, bathed both in fresh and salt water. For them bathing was an extremely important chore of the day.
Hydrotherapy, as it is now popularly known today, takes advantage of the physical properties of water such as temperature and pressure for therapy purposes.
Temperature: In recent times, alternating the temperature of water either through shower or complementary tanks combines the use of hot and cold in the same session. It is said to improve blood circulation and help in lymphatic drainage. It also helps in stimulating blood flow and reducing swelling in the case of injury.
Pressure: Water pressure is used in Hydro massage. The pressurized jets of water strategically aimed at pressure points of the body massage away muscle tension and chronic body pain.
Drinking water: Sixty to seventy percent of our body is made of water. Keeping our body well hydrated has many benefits. Drinking warm water on an empty stomach in the morning is regarded very highly in Ayurveda and Japanese culture. It is like bathing on the inside. It helps digest and eliminate food from the body. Since each cell gets hydrated, and our skin throws out the toxins, it begins to glow. Hydrotherapy magically burns stubborn fat as well.
Have you ever been inside a steam room, mildly uncomfortable, with sweat dripping down your nose, wondering, ‘is this worth it?’ Well, it kind of is…steam baths can actually help moisturize the skin as the humidity helps in hydrating and making it feel more supple. The sweating opens up the pores and helps cleanse the outer skin. Warm condensation will help rinse away dirt and dead skin and has been used in the treatment of acne. However, what a steam room also does that a sauna does not is help remove the toxins trapped below the skin by heating the epidermis layer of the skin.
Hair follicles get nourished and through deep cleansing due to heat permeation in the skin When used alongside a healthy exercise program, the heat generated by the steam room and the sweating it causes, can stimulate the body and aid in burning calories. Many people don’t sweat very much, and this can cause problems because your skin acts as an important route of detoxification and helps you excrete heavy metals that are so prevalent in your modern environment. There you go! Contain that ageing rate and remain naturally glowing with regular hydro-thermal sweat bathing sessions.
SteamProTip: Limit your time spent inside to 15 to 20 minutes to avoid overexertion or being overheated.
Have you ever been inside a steam room, mildly uncomfortable, with sweat dripping down your nose, wondering, ‘is this worth it?’ People flock to the steam room after a good workout. Many simply use it to relax and unwind before or after a hard day’s work. If you’ve ever wondered if using a steam room actually benefits your health and well-being, then here is one BIG reason, for why you should visit a steam room or sauna more often: A 2015 study followed 2,315 middle-aged men from Finland over 30 years
Men who took zero or one heat therapy bath a week were at the highest risk of high BP
Risk was reduced by 24% for men who took two to three a week, and by 46% for men who took four to seven heat baths.
Dr. Jari Laukkanen, cardiologist & professor of medicine at the University of Eastern Finland, says that heat bathing can increase body temperature by up to 2 degrees Celsius (about 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit). This can cause blood vessels to dilate, or become wider, decreasing blood pressure and helping blood flow easier, he says.
“We know that heat therapy increases blood circulation, ups heart rate to a level that is similar to exercising, and, when done regularly, improves overall blood vessel health”
There you go! High BP or hyper-tension is a killer… regular thermal therapy sessions go a long way in keeping you naturally healthy.
SteamProTip: Limit your time spent inside to 15 to 20 minutes to avoid overexertion or being overheated.
Well, here’s where it’s actually a tie. In terms of health & wellness benefits both are winners. The difference between sauna and steam room is fairly obvious; one is dry (sauna) and one is moist (steam). However, your visit to a steam room may feel more intense than a visit to a sauna. Here’s why:
A sweat bathing session feels hotter than a sauna because the steam prevents sweat from evaporating from the skin
Humid air stores more heat than dry air
Finally, when steam vapor hits the skin, it condenses, with the sweat already on the skin, this adds heat by way of something known as the heat of condensation.
A sauna, on the other hand, has a low humidity, so the body’s core temperature stays cooler, even though the temperature range is about 170° to 190°F. So it takes a longer time to feel the heat.
All this said, the benefits of both are abundant in short-term and especially long-term. Regular usage is the key to derive maximum wellness be it a steam or sauna. To decide which one is better, you might want to ask yourself; is there a gym or a spa nearby that has steam/sauna? Do I prefer dry heat or moist heat? Which facility am I likely to use on a regular basis? Would I want to start with a sweat bath every morning? Do I want this experience in the comfort of my personal bathroom?
If you are new to the sauna or steam room, start with short a exposure and gradually increase the time you spend inside the rooms. And remember to check with your physician if you have any health concerns or if you experience dizziness or any other symptoms.