Showered In Benefits.....The Healthy Gains In Using Steam Showers
The Modern Steam Shower: What You Get When You Combine a Waterfall with a Sauna
Have you ever wondered how the modern shower came into being? If you’re still scratching your head, look back to the last time you saw a waterfall. That roaring mass of water, plunging from a height, was the earliest shower in human civilisation. Many people would spend hours gazing at the majestic waterfall. No one does that for the humble shower – unfortunately.
Several people would associate the Roman Empire with conquests, chariot races and fierce emperors. However, not many would credit it for contributing to the popularity of saunas or steam baths. The Ancient Roman baths served as important backdrops to various community and social functions. Natural hot springs supplied the water for these steam baths.
An enterprising individual realised the potential of combining showers with steam baths. The modern steam shower pods, into which you step so casually each day, have quite a history (of benefits) behind them.
Get a Clean Bill of Health: How You Benefit from a Daily Steam Shower Pod
Most people would readily accept that the steam shower rejuvenates them. However, they might not be aware of the several benefits their daily cleansing routine also offers. Research shows that steam penetrates the body faster than water. This is why spas and steam shower cabins are so popular these days. Steam is not merely the medium for a premium bathing experience. It also plays several other roles, which boost your health and general well-being.
Consider the benefits you get from your steam shower each day. Steam acts as a:
- Detoxifying Agent: Pollution and the indiscriminate use of chemicals contaminates the environment. It also results in the accumulation of toxins in the body. Steam induces the body to sweat and helps remove the toxins from the body.
- Skin Revitalising Agent: The heat produced by steam helps in opening the clogged pores in the body. This releases the toxins present in the skin. It also helps the skin absorb vital nutrients like oxygen, vitamins and minerals. These make the skin radiant and youthful.
- Rejuvenating Agent: The heat from the steam shower improves the blood circulation throughout the body. This helps the muscles relax.
- Cardiovascular Stimulator: By increasing your pulse rate, steam also improves your metabolism. It makes the blood vessels expand and stimulates the cardiovascular system.
- Pain Reliever: Physicians often recommend steam showers to their patients. Research proves that the use of heat therapy with complete body hypothermia could provide relief to people with:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Stiffness and,
- Breath Enhancer: People take steam when they have a cold. The hot, moist air produced by steam, helps unclog the airways in the lungs.
- Immunity Booster: By raising the body’s temperature, steam showers also eliminate any viruses or bacteria present in the body.
Steam also plays a role in helping people to lose weight, by burning calories.
Coming Out Smelling of Roses: Steam Showering with Essential Oils for a Fragrant Experience
If you find steam showers too bland for your liking, consider enhancing their benefits by using aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils. These oils have a positive and relaxing influence on your mind. The use of essential oils in steam showers doubles the benefits to both, the mind and the body.
Essential oil manufacturers extract essential oils from the leaves, the stems, the barks or the roots of a plant. Then, they distil this extract with steam or water. A few drops are all it takes for enlivening your “bland” steam shower considerably. Some of the most common essential oils and their uses are:
- Eucalyptus: Used for providing relief from coughs, colds and asthma symptoms
- Geranium: Used for helping the mind relax
- Lavender: Used for providing relief from minor cuts and burns
- Lemon: Used for treating wounds and infections
- Peppermint: Used for providing relief from several digestive ailments
- Rosemary: Used for enhancing blood circulation and rejuvenating dull skin
- Tea Tree: Used for boosting immunity levels
- Ylang Ylang: Used for providing relief from stress and anxiety
You might find it easy to visualise what it feels like to be in a steam shower cabin. Now, visualise it even as you breathe in the aromatic fragrance of eucalyptus, lemon or lavender. A steam shower unit encompasses you completely – taking you far away from the noise and chaos of the city, into a space that is entirely your own… In stressful times, many people yearn for a private space of their own. Your steam shower could well be your private paradise. A new fragrance each day could help in refreshing your mind and soul.
Noted poet Thomas Gray wrote, “Sweet is the breath of vernal shower; the bee's collected treasures sweet; Sweet music's melting full, but sweeter yet. The still small voice of gratitude.” Although he wasn’t referring to steam showers or the fragrance of essential oils, his words ring true for both today.
Gratitude is the virtue that helps you to look at a jaded world with childlike innocence. It helps you to live in a world that is just happy to exist. To refresh the mind and rouse the body, there’s nothing better than a steam shower. That too, if it is packed with the soothingly fragrant aroma of natural essential oils. And as for gratitude? Well, you could start your day by thanking nature – and the Romans too…
Will Tottle is marketing manager at Smart Price Warehouse, a UK based online supplier of steam showers and shower cabins. http://www.browneshealth.co.uk