Health and Wellness
Steam showers provide a relaxing atmosphere of moist heat that promotes health and wellness. In addition to comfort and a positive influence on mood, steam has therapeutic benefits for the muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Steam showers generate moist, heat which widens blood vessels releasing tension in aching muscles by allowing more oxygen to flow through the muscle tissue.
Those suffering from respiratory problems find relief in steam therapy as it soothes throat irritation, loosens phlegm in the lungs and loosens mucous.
Steam hydrates the skin pores and more efficient blood circulation from a steam shower gives skin a healthy glow.
The soothing warmth of steam opens pores. Sweating profusely, the skin on the body releases toxins from everyday living.
The heat and moisture combination in steam rooms offer a relaxing atmosphere to calm the mind and lower stress levels.
There is a correlation between steam therapy and quality sleep patterns. Relaxing for 20 minutes at the end of the day in a steam shower regulates the body’s core temperature and increases blood flow.
The Science of Steam
Scientific studies support centuries of traditional steam use.
- According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), steam inhalation alleviates the symptoms of cold and nasal congestion. The study was conducted at the Common Cold Unit at Harvard Hospital and published in the “British Medical Journal” in 1989
- A research study performed at the University of Munich’s Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology also found that steam therapy is useful to those with asthma, allergies, bronchitis and sinusitis.
- A study conducted by H.I. Robins at the University of Wisconsin found that the “mood states of cancer patients following whole-body hyperthermia show a significant improvement in depression.” This was attributed to the increased B-endorphins, the same endorphins released with exercise.
- Long-term steam room use may help lower blood pressure and improve heart function, according to researchers at the Department of Internal Medicine and Biocenter at the University of Oulu in Finland.