For a very wet and hot health
treatment, people often seek out a peaceful steam bath. This usually
takes place in a sealed room with wooden benches, similar to a sauna,
which is kept at an even temperature and filled with mist. There is a
narrow range of optimum temperature for humans, around 112° F (44° C),
that raises our body temperature without causing overheating. The
circulating vapor must be replenished so the humidity remains near
saturation for maximum benefits.You may find a steam bath at your yoga
studio, local spa, health clinic, or stand-alone establishment that may
also have hot tubs, saunas, or wading pools.
There are many things to consider if you plan on trying a steam bath.
First, be careful to stay in the steam bath for no more than 15-20
minutes at a time to avoid overheating. Symptoms of too much heat
include dizziness, vertigo, rapid heartbeat, or excessive thirst. You
can experience several sessions at a time after a cool-down period. Be
sure to drink lots of water and eat a salty snack afterwards so your
body can recover from the exertion. Also, make sure not to eat any large
meals beforehand, and drink plenty of water to ensure that you don't get
dehydrated. Finally, be prepared to disrobe, or if necessary, wear a
loose, cotton wrap. Wearing tight clothing, like a swimsuit, will
interfere with temperature regulation and sweating.
The possible benefits of steam bath visits are numerous and valuable.
The steam will soothe sinus irritation due to allergies or colds and
chest congestion from asthma or bronchial infection. Excessive sweating
clears your pores and purges toxins. The elevated temperature increases
your circulation for healthier skin and more energy. Just like a hot
bath, this treatment will relax stiff muscles from exercise and ease
swelling or tension in joints associated with arthritis.