- 20 min steam
- 20 min head, neck, shoulder, face, and scalp massage
Steaming the body is used to offer:
- Stress Reduction
- Relief from Generalized Pain & Chronic Pain
The most immediate benefit of a steaming session is relaxation. In just a few minutes the gentle warmth of steam softens the hard knots caused by stress. This results in looser muscles and a more effective and lasting treatment.
A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams of sweat in a sauna. This is the equivalent of running three to four miles or burning 475 to 600 calories. While the weight of the water loss is regained by re-hydration, the calories burned are not.
Weight loss becomes possible because body fat becomes water soluble at 110 degrees and the body can sweat out fats, toxins, and heavy metals. During a heat treatment your heart works harder pumping blood at a greater rate to boost circulation, supplying the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase. Because the metabolism rate increases during the treatment you are burning calories, not just water!
Lustrous Hydrated Skin
Steam helps exfoliate the skin as it opens the pores, allowing the superficial and deep layers of the skin to be receptive to the nutrients in natural skin care products. The deep penetration of vitamins, minerals and moisturizers help restore and maintain skin elasticity and tone. The steam creates a seal on the skin’s surface, enclosing the nutrients within the layers of the skin where they may be absorbed and processed.
Stimulating the skin on a regular basis with steam helps combat the collagen breakdown that generally results in aging and sagging skin. The resulting effect is deeply moisturized, hydrant skin.
For Acne, steam causes perspiration. Perspiration emulsifies the fat of the sebaceous glands, clearing them of sebum and bacteria.
Hippocrates recognized that by creating an ‘artificial fever’ (which is what happens during a steam treatment) he could cure many illnesses. Traditionally, the benefits of steaming include increased energy, decreased incidence of infections, and fewer colds and flu’s. Many regular steam or sauna bathers have experienced that a good long sweat bath at the early onset of a cold or flu can help ward off the disease before it manifests as actual symptoms.
White blood cells increased by an average of 58% during an artificially induced fever – Mayo Clinic researcher, Dr. Wakim
The heat generated by a steam treatment raises your core body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. During a fever, the production of white blood cells is increased, as is the rate of their release into the blood stream. White blood cells are the primary agents of the immune system. As the generation of antibodies speeds up, so does the production of interferon, an anti-viral protein. In this manner, your body’s immune system is strengthened as it works to combat the fever.
We often think to use the steam tent in the winter, not only because the heat will feel good in contrast to the temperatures outside, but also because the light levels in winter can cause many to experience a change in mood. An artificial fever induced by steam treatments can also help with mood elevation.
Clients are increasingly aware of the wide variety of toxins that may be in their bodies, including herbicides, pesticides, food additives, air pollution, and household chemicals. When ingested, these chemicals can remain in the body for years, altering our metabolism, causing enzyme dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies, creating hormonal imbalances and lowering our threshold of resistance to chronic disease. Today, studies show that most of us have between 400 and 800 chemical residues stored in the fat cells of our bodies. When our bodies exceed the limit that we can excrete, we begin to store these toxins.
The following symptoms are often related to toxicity: allergies, acne, anxiety, burning skin, brain fog, chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivities, depression, eczema, frequent colds or flu, insomnia, loss of dexterity, low body temperature, memory loss, mood swings, muscle and joint pains and poor concentration.
Ayurvedic detoxification treatments reduce levels of toxicants by 50% – Sept/Oct 2002 Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 5 pp. 93-103
Steaming speeds up the chemical processes in the body, making it one of the most simple and comfortable ways to rid the body of accumulated toxins. As the pores open up and the millions of sweat glands start to excrete, the body rids itself of metabolic and other waste products. Sweat contains almost the same elements of urine, as for this reason the skin is sometimes called the third kidney. Regular sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of carcinogenic metals (lead, mercury, zinc, nickel and cadium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid, and cholesterol.
Relief from Pain
Heat therapy was more effective than analgesics for low back pain – A New Jersey Medical School Researcher.
Steam therapy has been used for hundreds of years by many cultures in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, joint stiffness and muscle spasms. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm. The deep heat of the steam tent helps to relieve pain by causing the blood vessels to dilate. This causes increased blood circulation and allows more oxygen to get to soft tissue injuries and sore muscles. This helps to reduce pain and speeds up the healing process. Increased blood circulation carries metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles so they recover faster. As heat penetrates the muscles, capillaries dilate and there is an increased flow of oxygen to sore muscles. Muscles and tissues become more pliable and relaxed helping to increase mobility and reduce stiffness.
Sauna bathing has been used as a thermal therapy to treat pain and other symptoms of rheumatic disease. In studies based on interviews of 0ver 200 patients, 40% to 70% of participants reported that sauna bathing alleviated pain and improved joint mobility. – The American Journal of Medicine February 1, 2001, Volume 110