If you're a busy person, it would help to know that you have relaxation and pampering options that are also good for your health. The good news is that you can. Have you ever had the opportunity to enjoy a steam room or sauna at a health spa or in a home? They have incredible health and beautification benefits while allowing you to relax and re-energize. Not only do saunas and steam rooms both increase the heartbeat and improve circulation, they also have their own individual health benefits.
Health or Relaxation? The Truth About Saunas and Steam Rooms:
Saunas can be used as a means of calming the body and relieving it of stress. If you suffer from insomnia (one out three people have a mild case), it can also help induce sleep. The heat from the sauna helps the body release endorphins, a feel-good chemical that reduces the effects of stress on the body which can relax you enough to sleep better. The sauna heats up your body, so when you leave and begin to cool down, your body releases increased levels of melatonin, helping you feel more relaxed and therefore allowing you to have a deeper sleep.
The heat from a sauna soothes your nerve endings and warms and relaxes muscles, in turn relieving the tension from your body and minimizing joint pain. This is especially beneficial for those who suffer from illnesses such as arthritis, painful migraines, and headaches.
Steam rooms have similar benefits as the saunas, but they work with added moisture in the air. The steam room helps to open up airways which improves your breathing and alleviates congestion. The wet heat from the steam room thins and opens the mucous membranes in the body, which helps to relieve the pressure. This is highly beneficial for those that suffer from asthma and bronchitis, as it helps with sinus relief.
The steam room also increases metabolism and can aid with weight loss. The steam room causes you to sweat, which means that your body is losing water. As water makes up a large part of your body weight, the emission of the sweat will cause you to lose a few pounds. The sweat also helps to remove toxins and cleanses the body.
As far as skin benefits, saunas are better for muscle relaxation and lowering blood pressure - a more internal job, whereas the steam room will help with overall detoxification of the body—the preference is yours. Both facilities open up your pores and increase blood and lymphatic circulation, which will effectively aid in softening your skin. You will notice a healthy pink glow in your skin, which will make you look younger, so not only will you feel good but you will also look rejuvenated.
The steam also helps to clear out any impurities from the skin which is especially good for those who have acne. Similarly, saunas will help to eradicate blackheads to give you clearer skin.
That being said, do make sure that you don’t stay in there too long—spending too much time in a sauna can lead to excessive thirst and too much time in a steam room can cause dizziness or even a rapid heartbeat.
In addition to the heat of steam rooms and saunas, both at home and in the spa, you usually have the option of enhancing your experience and furthering health benefits, with essential oils. Common ones are Lavender, Orange and our favorite - Eucalyptus. We favor the Eucalyptus so much, that we even created a convenient eucalyptus spray that you can easily use both in the shower and spa alike. Eucalyptus is antimicrobial and is a powerful immune support, and cleanser of the sinus and bronchial passages. Great for migraines and stiff muscles. What's not to love?
At Eurospa, we are committed to your health, which is why our products are always the highest quality possible.
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