The Health Benefits of Steam Rooms and Saunas

We all have busy lives. Making time for ourselves in amongst work, home and family quite often takes a back seat. We forget that in order to be the best that we can be for others we need to take a look at ourselves once in a while. A relaxing pamper does us no harm at all and does not have to take too much of that valuable time up. A good way to get that feel good feeling and some other health boosts as well is to spend some time in the sauna or steam room.


The Cleansing Power of Steam:

Many of us have probably tried a steam room. What you may not realise are the health benefits that are associated with them. Steam acts on our airways, which aids breathing and relieves congestion – that is why steam inhalation is to be highly recommended when you have sinus problems and colds. Because of the wet nature of the steam, it opens and thins the mucous membranes in the body and as a result the painful pressure is relieved. This means that steam rooms are particularly useful for people with things like bronchitis and asthma. In addition, because steam rooms make you sweat, toxins are removed which helps to cleanse the body. Your metabolism is increased and the loss of water can aid in weight loss. These days you do not even have to go to the gym to gain from these benefits as it is now possible to install a steam shower in your own home. For help and advice on choosing a steam shower that suits you speak to the professionals at

The soothing Heat of Saunas:

The dry heat of a sauna whilst having some of the same benefits as a steam room also gives you some very different ones. The heat in saunas is relaxing and soothing. It penetrates the muscles and relieves aches and pains. This means that it is particularly beneficial if you have conditions like arthritis. It is also a good sleep aid as spending time in a sauna produces endorphins which is a chemical produced by the body which can give you that feel good factor and has the effect of reducing stress. The relaxing effect that this all has on your body can aid sleep.

Personal Choice:

It is usually the case that people have a preference for one type of heat over the other. They are completely different experiences and, dependent on the results that you are looking for, will affect you in different ways. Personally, I tend to find the steam room more invigorating and the sauna more of a relaxing activity that maybe I might want to do last. Saying that, if I had a steam shower in my house I wouldn’t be bothering to take myself off to the gym for my spa experience!

Regardless of how you choose to do it, try and make the time for some relaxation and peace. It will make all the difference to your day.

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