The benefits of steam bathing have been recognized for thousands of years from ancient traditions to the ultra-modern hydro therapeutic techniques of European and American health spas.
Today steam baths are considered an integral method for purifying and detoxifying the skin and body, increasing circulation, stimulating the immune system and encouraging complete physical and mental well-being.
Many are aware of the wide range of benefits of steam: Massage Therapists use steam baths in preparation for massage as a means of increasing the suppleness of the muscles and creating a deep sense of relaxation in the body and mind.
Aroma therapy treatments are easily given by placing essential oils directly onto the steam head. The smell evokes powerful effects throughout the body and has a wide range of therapeutic benefits.
Ayurvedic purification treatments can be given while keeping the head cool. The heat speeds up the chemical process in the body making steam baths one of the most comfortable ways to rid the body of toxins.
Spa Therapists prefer the use of steam to enhance their facial and body treatments. During a treatment the heat stimulates circulation while preparing the surface of the skin for better absorption of products. The steam cleans the skin through perspiration and creates an energy throughout the body that helps burn up fat.
Fitness users know that steam baths have a stimulating effect on the cardiovascular system. The pulse rate increases from 75 beats per minute to between 100-150 beats per minute during a 15-20 minute treatment. This increases blood circulation and enables the blood stream to carry greater amounts of nutrients to the skin, enhancing the nutritive status.