The idea of a sauna comes from Finland where many centuries ago it was used as a way of heating a room in the cold months. The houses had fireplaces in which stones were heated. To spread the warmth evenly throughout the room, water was poured over the hot stones. This was very effective and over time the idea spread. Saunas can be found in many countries. It is not used for heating a room anymore but as a place or relaxation.
The medicinal benefits of this steam are many. The temperature of the room can be controlled by the people taking the steam bath. Advancements in technology have given rise to some radical changes in saunas. Today you may choose between wet and dry saunas for instance. Each has it own benefits and shortcomings.
Research shows there are many health benefits and there is no need to be concerned about safety issues. The long term benefits include weight loss and relaxation. The heat in the steam room causes the pores in the skin to open and toxins are released from the body and blood. Heart rate also increases and blood pressure may rise or fall marginally depending on the individual. Increased heart rate causes increased blood circulation towards the skin.
The heat in the steamy room will cause you to perspire more. This and the opening of the skin pores helps you body to rid itself of toxins and impurities. The increase in blood flow to extremities is beneficial for people who suffer joint pain. The experience is revitalizing and relaxing at the same time. The increase in circulation and warmth has the overall effect of improved well being.
Many people choose to enjoy a regular steam bath in their efforts to shed unwanted kilos. The warmth causes the metabolism to increase in speed and intensity. This causes weight loss at a more rapid rate.
People who have sleep disorders or suffer from insomnia claim that the steam treatment helps in many ways. Saunas are known to be effective in helping people to have a more relaxed, deep sleep. They wake up feeling revitalized and refreshed due to the fact that the blood is purer.
The heat of the steam helps the immune system by raising the body temperature and stimulating the fever state. Steam is also an effective decongestant. It helps to clear the blocked passages of cold and bronchitis sufferers.
Sitting in a steam room for fifteen to thirty minutes can be as effective as a two hour brisk walk. The effect will vary in different people. Some will say that a hot bath is as relaxing as a steam bath. Others may say that they have tried it and cannot agree with all the health benefit claims.
Heart patients and pregnant women should seek the advice of their physicians before spending too long in a sauna bath. Blood pressure abnormalities may also affect the time you can indulge yourself. Certain medications and alcohol consumption do not go well with steam baths.
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