3 Reasons to Choose a Home Steam Bath vs. a Sauna
From exercise recovery to skincare, sweating as a form of heat therapy is a valuable, scientifically-backed tool for wellness routines. Of course, there’s not just one way to sweat, which is how many homeowners, convinced of the benefits of sweat, find themselves asking: Is the sauna or the steam bath better to install at home?
Both the sauna and the steam bath are likely to help ease muscle tension and stress. Likewise, both may improve circulation and, of course, promote sweating, which opens up the pores and cleanses the skin. Both steam baths and saunas are great therapies to help with post workout recovery, as both increase blood flow, which delivers more nutrients to the muscle and sends more oxygen to the muscles. However, for all their similarities, there are some key differences between adding a sauna to the home versus a steam bath, namely space, convenience and the wet vs. dry heat.
Choosing between a sauna or steam shower for your home wellness routine? Consider these three reasons a steam shower may better meet your needs.
Save space with a steam bath.
Saunas are contained rooms lined in kiln-dried woods that help to absorb moisture under extreme heat. By contrast, steam baths can be discreetly added to your bathroom by enclosing your shower in glass and tile: the generator is installed in a closet, a vanity, a heated attic or basement or in the space under your steam shower bench. It is then connected to plumbing, electrical, the steam shower control and the steamhead, which allows steam to escape into the shower enclosure. With slimline, design-forward accessories, a steam bath can be a wonderful complement to any interior design style, too.
To add steam to your shower, contact your local steam expert to discuss your options before you start construction.
Make wellness a seamless part of your daily routine.
There are two kinds of wellness routines: the one you aspire to and the one you actually do. Often, the difference comes down to convenience and proximity, which are two advantages to the home steam shower that may make it a more usable part of your everyday routine. You’re likely to take a shower every day and, since the steam shower system turns your shower into your steam room, adding steam to your routine is easy because you’re already there. In contrast, saunas must be installed separately from the shower in its own dedicated area and may feel more like an extra step. Ultimately, the best heat therapy will be the one you practice consistently.
Regardless of which you choose, start with short sessions, such as five-minutes, and work up to maximum recommended times, about 20-minutes, slowly over time for best results.
Take advantage of wet heat.
While any heat may offer some relief from symptoms related to allergies, cold or flu, the ease of use, aromatherapy options and comforting properties of a steam shower may provide the soothing relief you seek. Steam offers an all-natural way to help relieve respiratory symptoms, acting as a natural expectorant, which may help drain your sinuses. Research has also shown that steam therapy may help loosen bronchial secretions and provide temporary relief from symptoms.
Wellness routines are not just important for how you feel, but also how you look. Both saunas and steam baths can be a useful tool for skin care. But sweating in a steam shower combines the benefits of opening pores, sweating and the moisture of steam to help wash away the bad stuff.
For the best results, do an initial cleanse to remove makeup and any surface-level dirt before you steam. Afterwards, shower normally to wash away any additional dead skin or bacterial debris loosened up from the steam session. Learn more about achieving glowing skin with steam here.
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