If youâ€™re a proud sauna or steam room owner, or are considering buying one for your home, the relaxation benefits are clear. If youâ€™ve ever enjoyed a spa experience with a sauna or steam room, the appeal is obvious for enjoyment and relaxation, but does it actually do your body any good? Here is some of the science behind the way that saunas and steam rooms benefit our bodiesâ€¦
Science #1 â€“ Sweating out impurities
The obvious effect of the heat of both a sauna and steam room is that it causes your body to sweat. This has multiple physical benefits including opening the skinâ€™s pores. This allows salts to be sweated out and remove impurities from your body.
Science #2 â€“ Heat and blood pressure
Heat from steam rooms and sauna use also improves circulation within the body, which allows greater oxygen flow around the body, which aids relaxation. It also causes your blood vessels to dilate. This affects the body by lowering your pulse and blood pressure, which is not only relaxing, but also can relieve certain conditions such as hypertension, congestive heart failure or post-myocardial infraction.
Science #3 â€“ Pain relief
Steam rooms and saunas can also act as a form of natural pain relief. The heat and steam can ease pain in joints, including increased mobility for those with rheumatic disease or arthritis. Although it is not a cure, regular therapy can reduce joint pain significantly by triggering an adrenaline release in the body, as well as cortisol and growth hormones. These act as anti-inflammatories, whilst the heat also triggers the release of endorphins, which are the bodyâ€™s form of natural pain relief.
Science #4 â€“ Steam as a decongestant
As well as raising body temperature, steam rooms and saunas can also improve your breathing, since breathing in the steam acts as a decongestant. This is especially beneficial for those suffering with asthma or bronchitis, who may find it gives temporary relief from breathing difficulties, however research also suggests that using a steam room or sauna on a regular basis, such as twice per week, can actually halve the risk of catching a cold.
Science behind the benefits of saunas and steam rooms
The science behind the effects of saunas and steam rooms on the body clearly demonstrate why it is that we find them so relaxing. The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company has a wide range of saunas and steam rooms to suit a variety of requirements so why not get in touch today on 0208 300 4003 to find out which would be the best fit for you.