Many spas in and around the UK utilise saunas and steam rooms as part of their treatments, which promise to help you relax and unwind, and escape the mayhem of everyday life. There are specific benefits of these experiences, both mental and physical. Just ten minutes in a sauna or steam room can relieve stress, help you mentally unwind and relieve tension in your muscles. Here we discuss the main benefits of a steam treatment.
They relieve stress
Saunas and steam rooms stimulate the release of endorphins, which are the chemicals usually released during exercise – they are the body’s natural ‘feel-good’ chemical and can help settle your emotions and make you feel more relaxed.
They relieve muscle tension
The endorphins released during a sauna and steam room visit also have the capacity to soothe aching muscles, improve circulation, and even help to heal bruises or cuts on the surface of the skin.
They flush out toxins
When in a sauna or steam room, a person will undergo what is called ‘deep sweating’, which doesn’t usually occur in everyone’s day to day life. This sweating can help reduce levels of harmful toxins in the body by flushing them out.
They cleanse the skin
Heat bathing is one of the oldest and most well known beauty tricks in the book – it clears pores and gets rid of dead skin cells. A few minutes in a sauna or steam room a few times a week could result in the best skin of your life!
They can help you sleep
Following the rise of endorphins in the blood stream during a sauna or steam room experience, many report deep sleep experiences that night. This is because saunas regulate your body temperatures and provide a slow and steady decline of endorphins, which promotes deep and restful sleep.
They have social benefits
Saunas and steam rooms are often a place of quiet reflection and solitude – however, they cannot be dismissed as merely a space for one. They can often be a great place to relax with family and friends.
They improve your cardiovascular system
The heat that is present in saunas and steam rooms increase cardiac output by dilating the blood vessels within the body. With regular sauna visits, your heart muscle can become much stronger and more efficient.
They burn calories
The sweating process requires relatively high amounts of energy, promoting the shedding of extras calories following a workout. This is due to the increase in cardiovascular activity – one sauna session could burn up to 300 calories.
They can fight against illnesses
Saunas and steam rooms expose the body to higher levels of heat than normal, which stimulates the production of more white blood cells. These cells are crucial in the combatting of all viruses and illnesses.
They feel good
Whether it’s the endorphin rush, the quiet space or the heat that does it, it’s undeniable – saunas and steam rooms simply make people feel happier and healthier, both in mind and body.
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