But it seems that the benefits of steam rooms and saunas are far-reaching and scientifically proven.
Here are some of the reasons you need to steam and sauna your way to better health.
Post-workout relaxation Muscles need to be relaxed and stretched after they are exercised in order to promote healthy recovery. When muscles are worked out, their tiny fibres break apart. When the fibres heal, the muscle gains mass and becomes stronger. This process is expedited by muscle relaxation, which occurs in response to a hot environment..
Relieves joint and muscular tension
The heat from saunas and steam rooms soothes your nerve endings and warms and relaxes your muscles. Very important after sport, especially skiing! They also minimise joint pain as well as arthritis, migraines, and headaches due to the high heat environment.
Removes toxins Sweating removes toxins from the body. Sitting in a sauna of steam for just 20 minutes can rid the body of an entire day’s sweat and all of the toxins that come with it. Also handy if we over indulge on our holidays!
Reduces stress The heat causes the body to release endorphins that reduce the feeling of stress in the body. After you will feel rejuvenated and content.
Clears the skin Steam clears the skin of impurities. It improves circulation in the whole body, which gives you a healthy glow and will make your skin look and feel great.
Promotes healthy blood flow Capillaries dilate when exposed to the heat of a sauna or steam room, so blood flows freely and easily through the whole body, transporting oxygen everywhere you need it and leaving you feeling refreshed.
Aids weight loss The heat of steam and saunas get you sweating which can help even shed a few extra pounds of water weight.
Treats cardiovascular diseases When you’re in a sauna, your body reacts to the heat and humidity in a similar way that it reacts to mild exercise. This gets your heart pumping, exercising the muscle without exhausting it, making it stronger without risking injury or disease.
Opens the sinuses Wet heat opens and thins mucous membranes in your body, sinuses, throat and lungs. Loosening mucous can immediately be felt after entering a sauna as your breathing feels clearer. This can be especially beneficial for those who suffer from chronic congestion or sinus infections.
Well, I think it’s agreed.
We need to get ourselves along to Twenty26’s new spa
and get straight in the sauna and steam room.