Is a steam room good for you?
Steam rooms are hot.
They reach temperatures of between 40-70 degrees Celsius (with the perfect temperature around 40-45). It’s cooler than the sauna. But, with 100% humidity it still gets you sweating.
Both saunas and steam rooms have many shared health benefits.
What are the benefits of a steam room?
1. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah)
Difficult to pronounce and almost impossible to translate, the Danish sentiment relates to the feeling of garnering enjoyment from the seemingly mundane, making the ordinary, extraordinary.
With ideas revolving around cosines; comfort and happiness, it is a notion which cements the Danish as one of the happiest nations in the world.
It’s easy to be bogged down in the monotonous life and seemingly endless Winter in Scotland, but a quick 15 minute steamroom can help you embrace the cold and capture your own piece of Hygge at home. Contributing to your overall well-being.
2. Steam rooms revitalise your skin and detox your body
Who want’s beautiful skin? *Everybody puts up hand*.
The heat in a steamroom (approx 45-50 degrees C), increases the blood flow to your skin, while also clearing the pores of bacteria. This revitalises the tired and dull dead skin cells that can accumulate over time.
Add to this the fact that the human body is highly efficient at flushing out toxins through sweat, and a steamroom will leave your skin bright and beautiful and you body feeling amazing!
If you have dry skin you may want to opt for a Steamroom over a Sauna as the steam element will help to hydrate your skin.
3. Steam rooms improve heart health
Simulate a moderate exercise session with a 15 minute Steamroom. The heat of a Steamroom causes increased cardiac activity with the heartbeat increasing from the regular 60-70 beats per minute to approximately 120 beats per minute, meaning that regular use can improve the efficiency of heart muscles.
So if working out isn’t working out for you, jump in a Steamroom and emulate some of the benefits of a run (ps. this probably won’t have quite the same effect as running – but we can only dream).
(If you have heart problems or high blood pressure please speak to your GP before using a Sauna)
4. Steam rooms boost your immune system
The heat of a Steamroom session increases production of white blood cells, which is the body’s defence system, helping to fight against viruses such as colds and flus. Plus the addition of a eucalyptus scented steam essence added into the water can help relieve sinus congestion caused from these viruses.
The regular use of a Steamroom helps to keep your white blood cell count high, meaning that if and when illness does strike you will recover faster.
5. Steam rooms help muscle recovery
Ever had a hard workout at the gym and not been able to move the next day? A build up of lactic acid is to thank for this, but luckily use of a Steamroom after exercise can somewhat diminish this pain.
Increased blood flow to tired muscles can rejuvenate the muscles by helping to eliminate lactic acid build up, with the heat working to relax the muscles. So while we can’t promise that their will be no pain, it’s sure to help reduce the effects of exercise.
6. Steam rooms help improve your sleep
The under eye bags that is. Keep you skin even more beautiful and your brain on top form with a deeper sleep.
Research as well as anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of a Steamroom can result in a deeper and more relaxed slumber. This is due to a rise in the body temperature during Steamroom use, followed by a drop in body temperature afterwards. This in conjunction with the release of sleep catalysing endorphins aids in a deep and peaceful sleep leaving your feeling rested.
There are loads of amazing health benefits to steam rooms. Many of them are similar to the health benefits of using a sauna.
Not sure which one to get?
Check out some more of the content on saunas and steam rooms below.