An excellent way to help rid your body of toxins is with a steam. This ancient practice serves multiple health functions and feels great. According to Mrsteam.com, the first steam rooms, or bath houses, were found in modern-day Pakistan and India. Ancient Greeks turned the communal experience into a social gathering; Romans took it a step further by incorporating restaurants and sports halls in their massive bath complexes. In Japan in the 7th century, bathers would reap the healing benefits of the hot springs powered by active volcanoes. And Native Americans from the Inuit tribes in today's Alaska to the Incan civilization in Central America left bath house ruins dating back hundreds of years. Today, steaming is a common practice globally for relaxation and detoxification.
Steaming involves sitting or lying down in an enclosed room with a light vapor being emitted at around 110 degrees. Healthline.com reports that steaming has a multitude of benefits including clearing up congestion, loosening stiff joints, easing respiratory issues, supporting healthy skin, promoting tranquility and many more.
The most challenging part of getting a steam is locating a steam room. Many gyms and spas offer steam rooms to their members and guests. Some spas include a steam if you book another service; a massage will aid in the detox associated with steaming.
Once you've booked your steam, here are some things to consider:
Before You Steam
Hydrate - On the day of, drink at least 3 bottles of water, then 1 just before you steam.
Pack - A towel to wear into the steam room (These may already be provided), a towel to dry off, and water or an electrolyte-infused sports drink.
While You Steam
Company - Steaming is traditionally a communal activity with modern steam rooms accommodating 3 or more people. Not all pack a towel. Consider reserving an off-peak appointment--weekdays before 4pm--if you feel this will detract from your experience.
Relax - Steams are recommended for no more than 15 minutes at a time. Let the temperature melt you into the moment.
After You Steam
Re-hydrate- This is important to help your body flush out any toxins that weren't released through perspiration.
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