With many people now using steam rooms in luxury hotels, spas and gyms, it is no wonder that the nice people at Harrogate Bathrooms have decided it is time that their clients should be able to receive all the health benefits associated with the use of steam rooms but in the comfort of their own homes. For bespoke steam rooms in Harrogate and surrounding areas please phone us to arrange a consultation.
A few good reasons to choose a steam room
Steam rooms in some ways are similar to saunas. Both are generally small rooms for you to sit and relax in, both claim a benefit to your health. The main variation is how the heat is generated. In a sauna the heat created is dry, generally created from hot stones or a closed stove. Steam rooms are heated by a generator filled with boiling water.
Whilst a sauna may help relax and loosen your muscles, you will not derive the same health benefits as a steam room. The key to the steam room’s unique health benefits is the humidity.
Relaxing in a steam room might significantly improve your cardiovascular health. A study of older individuals showed that moist heat improved circulation, especially in the extremities. Improved circulation can help lead to lowered blood pressure and therefor a healthier heart. It is also known to promote healing of broken skin tissue.
Lowers blood pressure
Research shows that in using a steam room, some people’s bodies release hormones that change their heart rate. One of these hormones, called aldosterone, regulates your blood pressure. When aldosterone is released from sitting in the steam room, it can help lower high blood pressure. This is part of the reason that the steam room makes you feel relaxed.
Relaxing in a steam room can also help decrease your body’s production of cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that regulates the level of stress that you feel. When your cortisol levels drops, you feel more in control and relaxed. Spending a few minutes in a relaxed state in a steam room not only improves your health, but also helps heal your mind and improve your focus.
Steam rooms create an environment that warms the mucous membrane and encourages deep breathing. As a result, using one can help break up congestion inside your sinuses and lungs.
Steam therapy used for treating colds and sinus infections at home is controversial because of the potential to scald yourself if you do it incorrectly. But steam rooms are relatively safe in comparison, as long as you don’t stay inside too long.
Never use a stream room if you have a fever.
Promotes skin health
Through environmental exposure, all sorts of toxins can become trapped underneath your skin. Steam rooms help solve that problem by using heat to open up your pores. The warm condensation rinses away the dirt and dead skin that can lead to breakouts. As a result, you may have clearer and more even-toned skin.
Aids in workout recovery
The pain you feel after working out is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) Professional athletes have known for decades that heat therapy can help them recover from training workouts. Heat can penetrate deep into muscle tissue and help relieve DOMS. A study showed that moist heat works as effectively and also more quickly than dry heat in muscle recovery.
Loosens stiff joints
Warming up before a workout is critical in avoiding injury. Using a steam room as part of your warm-up could help you reach maximum mobility during activities such as running, Pilates, and yoga. A recent study investigated the effects. Heat was applied to the knee joint before activity, and as a result, the joint was far more flexible and relaxed. The results showed that heat can help reduce injury before a workout. It was also found that women especially benefited from heat therapy on the knee joint to prevent injury.
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