Proper Technique to Use Steam Bath
The body removes toxins in two ways the kidneys and the skin. Toxins exit the skin through sweat, hence the purpose of steam baths. Steam rooms are not only very relaxing but there are also a ton of benefits.
How to use a Steam bath?
Drink a couple of glasses of water and stay well hydrated before entering the steam room.
Stretch your body with some light stretches to loosen up and help those toxins come out through the pores.
Take a shower with Luke warm water, wash down any dirt or impurities with a natural body wash, and rinse oﬀ thoroughly before steaming. Don’t apply anything to your skin after the shower— makeup, creams, and moisturizers as they will just get between your skin and the steam and block the pores.
The largest organ in the human body is the skin and it needs to breathe. It needs to hydrate. It needs to open its pores and release sweat. The less you wear in the steam room, the better. The more exposed, the easier it will be for toxins to be sweated out. Rules of etiquette diﬀer depending on where exactly you’re steaming.
Lastly, ensure you have the time to relax. Sit comfortably. Close your eyes. Breathe in a shallow, measured way until you get used to the feeling of inhaling steam. Some people experience an initial sensation of diﬃculty breathing, but don’t worry—you’re getting plenty of oxygen. Just relax and take it easy. In a few moments, you’ll get comfortable with the new sensations
After you come out from your steam bath, cool down slowly with some water and air. Resist the urge to go straight for the coldest place you can find. Instead, let yourself cool down naturally. Take another shower, one of moderate temperature.
Points to Note
Spending 5 to 15 minutes in a steam bath is enough. Don’t stay in longer than 15 minutes as this increases the risk of overheating and dehydration. Leave the steam bath any moment you begin to feel dizzy, nauseous, or uncomfortable.
If you are pregnant, immune-compromised, or recovering from surgery, avoid the steam room and sauna until you get the all-clear from your doctor.
Steam bath also helps the fat cells of your body purge toxins. Your mucous membranes will be hydrated and become more eﬀective, doing a better job of fighting invading viruses and bacteria. If you’ve got a cold, you’ll breathe more easily and the duration of your illness might even be shortened by steaming.
Steam baths only require a short period of time to be effective. By keeping your hydration up and maximizing the effects, the benefits of steaming will be best achieved if you steam regularly. It’s not so much about how long you stay in there as to how often you get in there. If you can steam three times a week, we think you’ll be a happier, healthier you.
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