- Healthy Skin
As your body’s largest organ, your skin plays an incredibly important role in your overall health. But it’s a tough world out there, and repeated exposure to things like ultraviolet radiation and environmental air pollutants can result in layers of filth and dead skin cells as well as dry, calloused, or damaged skin. A great step toward improving the health of your skin is to soften and remove some of those layers.
- Improved Circulation
The moist heat of a steam shower spa widens your blood vessels, bringing down your blood pressure naturally. Your blood flow increases as a result, improving your overall circulation. This improved circulation in turn provides more oxygen to your calls and helps keep your arteries healthy. Your muscles typically function better when you make a steam shower part of your regular routine, and your heart benefits as well because of the increased blood flow.
- Easier Breathing
If you deal with sinus congestion on a regular basis, you already know that steam opens up your sinuses to provide the relief you’ve been longing for. Imagine immersing yourself in healing steam every day and enjoying the relief to your respiratory system that it can bring.
- Recovery from Exercise
There’s a reason professional athlete head straight to the steam shower or sauna after a big game or workout. Metabolic waste builds up in your muscles during exercise and is in fact the reason your muscles feel sore after a good workout. Heading to the steam shower can help your body rid itself of this waste, especially if you alternate your steam with a cold shower or bath to get your capillaries working at pushing the waste out of the muscles.
- Stress Relief
One of the key reasons to invest in a steam shower is that it’s so relaxing. Just feeling the heat soaking into your muscles causes tension to melt away. Enjoy a bathroom shower filled with steam before you go to bed to help you sleep better. The warmth of the steam not only increases your blood circulation to relax your muscles, it also releases endorphins in your brain to help you relax mentally and emotionally.
Toxins are everywhere—in the air you breathe, the food you eat, even the medicine you take. While it’s possible to avoid some of these toxins, others are unavoidable. Luckily, a steam shower offers an enjoyable way to rid our bodies of toxins via perspiration (aka sweat). For example, a 2016 study concluded that induced perspiration—such as that which results from steam bathing—may be a viable way of eliminating certain pesticides from the body.
- Sound Sleep
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of American adults aren’t getting the quantity or quality of sleep they need each night. Being sleep deprived can result in a number of negative outcomes, from getting sick more often to increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, says Dr. Eric J. Olson of the Mayo Clinic. However, there are a number of things you can do to improve your sleep, and steam bathing is one of them. Dr. Andrew Weil tells us that in addition to easing muscle stiffness, increasing energy, and decreasing stress, a steam bath can improve sleep. It can also assist the snorers among us by promoting decongestion.
- Can Aid Weight Loss:
Frequent visits to the steam room or saunas can potentially aid in weight loss as it is well known it can get rid of water weight. It is important to note however that this is not in replace of a balanced diet and exercise, and instead something to be used alongside both.
- Can Increase Flexibility:
Regularly stretching stiff muscles before entering a sauna or steam room can lead to the heat penetrating your tired and stiff muscles making them more fluid and looser.