Sauna and Steam Benefits

TOTTON REFLECTION

To celebrate the opening of Totton Health and Leisure’s new Reflection area, we have taken it upon ourselves to bring you the benefits of heat bathing and letting off some steam.

Calm and (not so) cool

It wouldn’t come as a surprise that visiting a sauna and steam cabin relaxes you considering they are featured in spa’s all over the world. This is because the heat from the sauna soothes your nerve endings, warming and relaxing your muscles and any stiff joints. The wet and dry heat also simulates sedative effects that generate feelings of calmness relieving those with emotional or mood disorders. Exposing yourself to the heat in either the sauna or steam room dilates your capillaries allowing blood to flow freely and easily transporting oxygen everywhere you need it and leaving you feeling refreshed.

Post-workout dream

During a workout the fibres in  your muscles tear apart so after a workout muscles need to be stretched and relaxed, thanks to the heat the increase in blood flow help the fibres to heal gaining mass and becoming stronger. There are even claims that the dry heat from a sauna can help temporarily soothe sufferers of arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Deep cleans your skin

Steam rooms and saunas make you sweat which helps unclog your pores. Assistant Beauty Editor Runa Bhattacharya claims, “saunas use dry heat, which makes your pores release more sweat, while steam rooms have more moisture in the air, which can help plump up your skin. Steam rooms can also help acne-prone skin by balancing oil production.”

Ultimate snot buster

If you’re feeling blocked up a trip to the steam room is likely to flush it all out! The moisture in the air thins and opens the mucous membranes in your body – sinuses, throat and lungs, helping you breathe clearer. Steaming also soothes a sore throat as it is hydrated by the moist air – perfect for all those bidding singers out there!

Beware of the myths…

Many people will claim that using the sauna and steam can help you lose weight but sadly, there is no sufficient evidence that proves this (looks like losing weight sitting down in impossible). However, due to sweating, water weight may be lost, so if it makes you feel better maybe weigh yourself after sweating a few buckets first.

Sociable

Once you’ve gotten over the fact that you are sharing a room with another half naked, perspiring human-being, going to the sauna can actually be sociable.How about relieving the awkward silence with good old fashion conversation?

Remember when using the sauna and steam rooms your body is constantly losing water through sweat. We suggest a maximum time of 15 minutes in each room and to drink plenty of fluids after to keep hydrated.

Jess Young - Communications Assistant
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