Health Benefits of a Steam Room

Health Benefits of a Steam Room

by Michelle on November 4, 2009

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As the cold weather takes over Michigan, there’s nothing I enjoy more than relaxing quietly in the steam room of the gym after a tough workout. Not only are there numerous health benefits, but it’s just plain relaxing for my mind and body. It is instant warmth and comfort- right down to my bones- when I walk in. In the middle of a snowy winter, I can leave the steam room and the gym, making it all the way home still feeling that cozy warmth.

I only stay in the steam room for about 10-15 minutes, but that is plenty enough time to close my eyes, reflect on the day, breathe deep, and sweat profusely (yes, this is one of the healthy parts!). It is a perfectly calm, quiet escape from my cell phone and seemingly fast-paced life.

Unlike a sauna using dry heat, a steam room offers a very humid, gentle heat and often times I can’t even see through the thick mist further than an arm’s reach. I don’t use a timer for the steam room- my body tells me when it’s time to get out. When the steam suddenly starts to feel truly hot instead of comfortably warm, it’s time to go.

As I mentioned before, there are many benefits to spending some time in a steam room, such as those listed below:

  • Opens pores to assist detoxification through profuse sweating
  • Provides hydration to the skin (it is excellent for the complexion)
  • Increases metabolism, heart rate, and blood circulation
  • Gives the immune system a boost by creating an environment (fever) where a virus may not be able to sustain
  • Helps to relieve allergies and asthma by opening up airways and supporting the respiratory system
  • Relieves congestion
  • Relaxes muscles and reducing their tension
  • May provide relief of arthritis

If you have extra time to relax in a steam room, even if only once a week, I highly recommend it for the many benefits and for the mental relaxation it provides. It’s a good time to rejuvenate and reflect while doing a favor for your body.

Make sure to be aware of how long you stay in the steam room- there is the potential for overheating, faintness, etc. Bring a buddy if you feel more comfortable having someone with you.

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Naomi Pickin December 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Great post thanks. I think many of us get so busy and forget to do those activities which really benefit the body and mind! Just don’t forget to cool off then relax in between sauna or steam bathing cycles.

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