A steam bath opens pores, soothes sore muscles, increases circulation, and provides a generally relaxing and healthy experience. People have indulged in steam baths for centuries, as the has practice spread across and among continents. Now, modern technology has enabled the installation of efficient, carefully controlled baths at spas, fitness centers, meditation rooms, and in personal residences.
For a very wet and hot health treatment, people often seek out a peaceful steam bath. This usually takes place in a sealed room with wooden benches, similar to a sauna, which is kept at an even temperature and filled with mist. There is a narrow range of optimum temperature for humans, around 112° F (44° C), that raises our body temperature without causing overheating. The circulating vapor must be replenished so the humidity remains near saturation for maximum benefits. You may find a steam bath at your yoga studio, local spa, health clinic, or stand-alone establishment that may also have hot tubs, saunas, or wading pools.
There are many things to consider if you plan on trying a steam bath. First, be careful to stay in the steam bath for no more than 15-20 minutes at a time to avoid overheating. Symptoms of too much heat include dizziness, vertigo, rapid heartbeat, or excessive thirst. You can experience several sessions at a time after a cool-down period. Be sure to drink lots of water and eat a salty snack afterwards so your body can recover from the exertion. Also, make sure not to eat any large meals beforehand, and drink plenty of water to ensure that you don't get dehydrated. Finally, be prepared to disrobe, or if necessary, wear a loose, cotton wrap. Wearing tight clothing, like a swimsuit, will interfere with temperature regulation and sweating.
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