Who doesn’t like to be enveloped in the warming environment of a steam room? Great for your health and a relaxing way to spend time with friends, steam rooms are becoming a solid ‘must have’ for any aspiring spa.
Unlike a sauna, steam rooms produce wet heat, with humidity being the key to their success. Regular use of a steam room can benefit your health in a number of ways. The Secret Oasis Spa in Fulham, West London, takes us through their top 10 steam room benefits:
1) Steam rooms are great for cardiovascular health
Steam rooms can improve circulation and blood flow, especially to the extremities. Studies have shown that improved circulation can lead to lowered blood pressure and a generally healthier heart.
2) Steam rooms are great for opening up your airways
Have a cold, asthma, bronchitis or sinus issues? Steam rooms thin and open the mucous membranes in the body, which encourages deep breathing. This helps to break up congestion inside your sinuses and lungs.
3) Steam rooms are great for reducing stress
Once you get used to the initial blast of humidity, there’s no arguing that steam rooms are relaxing places to be. There’s evidence that steam rooms help the body release the hormones aldosterone and Cortisol. Both play a role in inducing a state of relaxation and lowering stress levels.
4) Steam rooms are great for stiff joints and sore muscles
Aching, sore joints? Tight, painful muscles? Take a trip to your local steam room and let the heat relax and ‘warm up’ problem areas, easing pain and making them less prone to further injury.
5) Steam rooms are great for lowering blood pressure
This is linked to the cardiovascular benefits and the release of the aldosterone hormone, which helps to control blood pressure. Releasing this hormone can be particularly effective for brining down high blood pressure.
6) Steam rooms are great for detoxing
Apart from the obvious side effect of sweat, steam rooms also kick start the circulatory and lymphatic systems in the body. This gives you a detox inside and out, with superb effects for your skin…
7) Steam rooms are great for your skin
Steam rooms open the pores and clear out any impurities, giving your skin a well earned detox. Regular sessions can be very beneficial for those suffering from acne. You’ll leave the steam room looking rosy-cheeked and refreshed, with a natural glow.
8) Steam rooms are great for increasing your metabolism
Yes, there is scientific evidence that steam rooms can aid weight loss by speeding up your heart rate and metabolism. Savvy exercisers are using steam rooms as a way to burn more calories at the gym (immediately post work-out), but the increase in metabolism isn’t just for the gym bunnies of this world. Steam rooms can help you sweat out excess water too. The sweat you lose also helps to remove toxins.
9) Steam rooms are great for relaxing and spending time with friends
Just had an amazing treatment? Want to talk about the weekend ahead with the girls? Booking a steam room session with your friends is a fun and relaxing way to treat yourself. And with all these health benefits, you can look and feel great, all while keeping it social too.
10) You can enjoy a steam room session for free when you book selected treatments from Secret Oasis Spa
You can enjoy free use of the steam room when booked with any of our one-hour massages. (This offer can only be used twice a week).
Find out more about the steam room at Secret Oasis Spa.