Friday, September 20, 2013

Sauna, Steam Baths, Etc...
The Benefits

Do you love going to the sauna or steam baths? I for one am fond of them. After a good workout at the gym, I try to hit the sauna as much as I can... It is just the perfect thing to do to loosen up those tense muscles and to end the day. I also visit the steam baths whenever we go swimming at the indoor pool in Ludwigsburg Stadion Bad.

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These hot baths offer a lot of health benefits. Here are some of the popular hot baths, how hot they can be and the health benefits it brings.

SAUNA. Gives your skin a rosy glow.
Imagine desert climate. In the dry air temperatures rule between 60 and 95 degrees Celcius. During the first of maximum three entries (8 minutes) into the sauna, lay on the lower or middle bench (favorable for an even temperature distribution). Sit up two minutes before the end of each entry to help regulate blood circulation. Then go out to cool down. Allow 20 minutes in between entries to relax and cool down.

What it brings: Blood circulation increases, and skin metabolism works twice as fast as otherwise. The result: the skin on your entire body becomes firm and rosy.

STEAM BATH. Refreshes tired muscles
Moderate temperature of 45 degrees. But the very high air humidity/moisture of almost 100% heats it up. Highly recommended for those experiencing dry mucous membranes. After 10 to 15 minutes of sitting on the marble bench in a steam bath is the skin moist-warm and firm. Then go out and take a shower and into a cold pool. Bundle up warm to allow sweating, then go inside again.

What it brings:  The moist warmth deeply penetrating into the tissue ensures better blood circulation in the musculature, joints and organs. Ideal for all who suffer lumbago and rheumatism. Because the steam penetrates deeply into the bronchial tubes and lungs, the steam bath also helps prevent colds and flu.

SANARIUM. A joy for beginners
This is a circulation sparing sauna alternative with a temperature of up to 60 degrees and a humidity of 45%, pleasant and bearable even for people with hypertension. Duration: about 20 minutes. 

What it brings: High comfort and well-being, ideal for sauna beginners.

LACONIUM. Drives off stress
Relax like the Romans of ancient times, with the pleasant warmth of 55 degrees emanating from the walls, floors, seats and resting surfaces slowly enters the body. After 15 minutes, the body begins to sweat.

What it brings: Stress reduction. Through detoxification, the skin feels soft and nourished.

Typical items found in a hamam: a tin of soap, kese (exfoliating mitt),
copper hamam bowls, pestemal (large towel fringed at both ends)
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HAMAM. Conjures baby skin via kneading massage
The highlight of a Turkish steam bath: one lies on a large, warm marble block and the Tellak (an oriental bath attendant) lathers and kneads the tired body and at the end, souse him with warm water. 

What it brings: Through the lathering and scrubbing with brush and towels results an intensive peeling effect, removing all impurities from the skin. Tensed muscles loosen up. 

RASUL BATH. Fights cellulite
In a room of 40 degrees and low humidity, each body area is applied with various healing clay, which is rubbed gently onto the skin in a circular manner. Herbal steam opens the pores. Duration: around 20 minutes. Afterwards, the residue is washed and dried off with a hand towel for that peeling effect. 

What it brings: The connective tissues are tightened, the skin purified and detoxified. 

Source: Freundin magazine, Issue 26/2012


Yami said...

I guess steam bath is what my younger child needs to address his recurring cough and cold.

Gene said...

Oh how I love steam bath, it's just so relaxing. I am yet to try the other saunas, the beneficial effects sound promising.

Tetcha Figuerres said...

I love steam baths, but it's not often that I get to experience it. It really soothes my tired body and mind.

Badet said...

I didn't know that steam baths give skin a rosy glow. Now I gotta go to a sauna soon. :)

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Steam bath is also nice after training for athlete.

puisi pelangi said...

love steam baths so much....

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