Saunas are incredibly relaxing and therapeutic to unwind and detoxify the body. They are typically enclosed, wood-lined rooms with benches designed for sitting or lying down while intensely heated. As the temperature causes the body’s core temperature to rise, it triggers heavy perspiration and relaxation of muscles, which can help alleviate aches, pains, and stress. This form of hydrotherapy has been used for centuries to heal both physical ailments and emotional stress.
In addition to traditional saunas, many enjoy steam rooms as part of their hydrotherapy regimen. A steam room is similar to a sauna but often uses a lower heat intensity than a traditional sauna. It is generally more humid due to the addition of water vapor or steam that is released into the air to add moisture. This form of hydrotherapy is usually easier on the lungs than dry heat therapy due to its lower temperatures and humidity levels. Steam rooms are also beneficial for opening up pores to cleanse the skin more deeply and reduce redness caused by environmental factors such as sun exposure or wind chill. Regular use of a steam room can aid in relieving headaches, easing muscle stiffness, improving respiratory problems like asthma, alleviating congestion from colds or allergies, and even helping reduce symptoms of depression.