Friday, October 9, 2009

Spa Girl recommends heading to the STEAM ROOM

With cold and flu season upon us, Spa Girl recommends heading to the steam room for three good reasons, strengthening your immune system, improve circulation and help detoxify the lymphatic system.

The benefits of steam have been known for thousands of years. Throughout history steam has been used to enhance a sense of well being and improve overall health. While steam rooms have primarily been located in health clubs or gyms, cutting edge technology has provided an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of steam at home for very reasonable prices.

A good steam opens up the pores, increases the metabolism, elevates heart rate, and makes the body sweat. The average person has approximately 2.6 million sweat glands and during a good steam you can sweat out up to 30% of built up toxins. Some spas have also introduced the use of aromatherapy to provide additional health benefits.

The warm, moist air of the steam room increases circulation and helps loosen and relax muscles and joints and maintain overall flexibility and your skin will be cleaner, softer, and healthier, especially if an exfoliating scrub is used to gently remove dry surface skin. And added benefit for those with respiratory conditions, steam opens up the lungs and bronchial tubes—something every mother knows when dealing with a sick child.

It is generally recommended to take a warm shower before entering the steam room and remain for up to 15 minutes—if it’s really hot you might only stay for a few minutes. Listen to your body and leave if you are feeling uncomfortable. Once out of the steam room take a cool shower or plunge and allow the body to return to a normal temperature before re-entering. Do not steam more than 3 times in one session. And of course you need to drink lots of water during your steaming. As with any exercise program you should always consult your doctor before indulging in steam rooms as some medical conditions might preclude the healthy benefits.

Happy steaming!

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