Health benefits of using a steam room
I went swimming with Ian Thorpe recently. OK, so I didn’t actually swim with the former Olympic golden boy himself, but I did splash around at the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, and that’s pretty much the same thing, right?
Mixing breaststroke with some speedy laps of freestyle wasn’t the only thing I did while at this charming swimming centre in Sydney – I also spent a lot of time in the steam room. It was hot, it was sweaty, and I thoroughly enjoyed every perspiration-filled minute that I spent in there.
But what actually are the benefits of sitting in a steam room? Considering my newfound love for its heated misty goodness, I made it my mission to find out…
STEAM ROOM HEALTH BENEFIT #1: it has an instant calming effect
And it also alleviates stress and tension. How? The heat of a steam room encourages your muscles to relax, and your mind tends to become still while you focus on the steam, the warmth and your breathing.
STEAM ROOM HEALTH BENEFIT #2: it cleanses the skin of impurities
Just a like a steam facial, the moist, heated environment stimulates blood flow to the face and opens up the pores to help eliminate toxins and other impurities. This makes way for more radiant skin with continued visits, which is fabulous news for those with problem skin. Sidenote: cleansing your face soon after exiting a steam room is rather smart, as your pores are wide open, allowing your cleanser and facial products to be more effective.
STEAM ROOM HEALTH BENEFIT #3: it assists with easy breathing
For those suffering from asthma, colds and any other respiratory infection, the humidity of a steam rooms brings great relief, as it will help rid the lungs of phlegm and other allergens to open the lungs and nasal packages. To make the most of your steam room visit, apply a breathing aid like Vicks VapoRub to your chest and nose area before entering. As an added bonus, the eucalyptus oil will help aid relaxation, too.
STEAM ROOM HEALTH BENEFIT #4: it aids the healing of injuries
Because the steamy environment forces your blood vessels to expand, which then promotes blood circulation, more nutrients and oxygen are able to reach any injured joints or muscles. Not only does this help heal the damaged areas faster, it decreases pain as well.
And one nifty little tip from me: always drink plenty of water before and after using a steam room to replenish lost fluids, and always keep your steam room sessions to around 20 minutes to further prevent dehydration. If you know you’re likely to get lightheaded, take a water bottle into the room with you and make sure you sit near the door for an easy and quick exit if need be.
Do you use a steam room on a regular basis? Do you enjoy the heated, steamy environment? Will you attempt to use one now you’re aware of the health and skin benefits?
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