The benefits of steam therapy

The benefits of steam therapy

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The use of steam baths goes back centuries often to the Romans and the Greeks who used steam as a means to heal and draw out impurities from the body. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, also documented the benefits of steam as means of generating daily health. Most recently, Dr Reinhard Bergel of the University of Munich's Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology attributes “physiological changes that occur during the bath” to “raise the body temperature in part to the influence of the reflexes of the hormonal and nervous systems, which attempt to increase heat loss” Moist heat has been known to be significant in the treatment of upper respiratory conditions.

Moist heat in the steam shower, has been documented by Dr. Bergel, to relieve the following conditions especially for cold sufferers. The following conditions that can benefit are:

  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Catarrh of the upper respiratory tract
  • Coughs
  • Hoarseness
  • Expectoration (coughing up phlegm)

Steam has often been praised for its benefits in respiratory health while improving sinus drainage, bronchial secretions, and nasal passages related to symptoms of viruses. However it also has many benefits for the skin as well including:

  • Opening pores
  • Lubricating the skin
  • Hydrating dry skin
  • Rejuvenating the skin

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 Not only does the skin benefit overall steam helps with overall:

  • The removal of toxins
  • Increasing circulation
  • Ridding itself of excess sodium
  • Relieving pain and discomfort from arthritis
  • Aiding in metabolic function
  • Relieving stress
  • Promoting deep and restful sleep
  • Fostering wellbeing
  • Boosting in metabolism and burning 150 calories in a 15 minute steam session at 114 degrees

We use steam therapy as a means to detox the body in a safe, gentle, non forceful way which is why this service is one of our basic detox services, as it uses the body's own ability to detoxify itself. This service can be combined with the healing properties of essential oils and various other clays as well as mud packs in order to facilitate ones healing. It is recommended to participate in one or more basic detox 1-2 times per week or as recommended by your doctor.

 
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All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

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