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Get Steamed - One Easy and Affordable Way to Improve the Quality of Your Life

Aug 17, 2007
A steam bath can be a great addition to your master bath suite, basement gym or entertainment room. These days it has become an affordable luxury that any homeowner can enjoy. It will improve the quality of your life in more ways than you might expect.

A steam bath is occasionally referred to as a steam sauna, but a sauna is actually a different type of bath. A steam bath is generally a vapor-proof room with 100 percent humidity and a temperature that rarely goes above 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Strictly speaking, it's actually more of a vapor bath in a warm, damp climate. A traditional sauna has less moisture and higher temperatures, sometimes approaching 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Modern steam showers are energy efficient and don't require any more floor space than a standard shower stall. In fact it is a fairly small job to convert an existing shower into a fully functional steam shower.

In many cultures they are known as a panacea and considered a great way to revitalize the spirit. Thanks to its invigorating and relaxing properties, this is one of the best therapies for fighting the stress and tension we suffer in our every day lives. The steam bath is also useful for cleaning and toning the skin surface. It provides a terrific deep cleaning that opens and loosens congested pores. They are beneficial for breathing problems and stimulate cardiovascular circulation. A steam bath can be good for headaches, skin conditions and even insect bites. Many people believe that if taken at the beginning of a cold, there is less likelihood of developing the flu. This hot moist environment has also been known to improve the health and look of hair and scalp. Although the effect will be short lived it is quite possible to sweat off several pounds while relaxing.

This is one of the most ancient forms of detoxification and helps open the pores, which can allow for the elimination of toxins. The result is much like a simulated fever; it can help sweat the toxins out of your body.

The main risk of either a sauna or a steam bath is overdoing it; too much heat is not good for you and may result in fainting or even more severe complications. The ideal duration is 10 to 15 minutes. In addition, steam baths are sometimes not recommended for pregnant women. As always you should check with your doctor if you have any doubts.

Steam showers are more that just a lot of hot air. It can be a natural and safe form of rejuvenation for your body and soul. They are a truly unique form of bathing that can be affordable and easy to maintain, when compared to hot tubs or repeated visits to an exotic spa. The Steam Bath is really a hot, damp, all-embracing yet healthy form of self-indulgence.
About the Author
Mike Hirn is a wel known home improvement expert. His website supplies a wealth of information about the construction, use and health benefits of home saunas and spas. Visit at www.the-home-sauna-center.com
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