Steam room

The history of the steam room goes back thousands of years. It was popular with the ancient Greeks, it was also subsequently adopted by the Romans which they called the "Sudatorium" in latin.

Overview

Between 1983 and 1986, at the University of Munich’s Institute of Medical Balneology and Climatology a comprehensive series of comparative tests were conducted to determine the effects of the sauna, steam room and whirlpool bath. Studies showed that the steam room helped with Bronchial asthma, bronchitis, catarrh of the upper respiratory tract, coughs, hoarseness, expectoration, non-acute rheumatic complaints and restricted or painful movements of the joints. The steam room is also beneficial for people suffering from Sleeping disorders, poor skin circulation, dry, chapped skin, muscular tension, muscular weakness in the subcutaneous blood vessels, and sensitivity to sudden changes of temperature. Another great advantage of the steam bath is in its highly beneficial effect on the skin. The moist heat stimulates the subcutaneous blood flow and cleanses the skin intensively, opening the pores, removing dead skin and impurities and leaving the skin feeling soft, clean and smooth.

See also

* Banya (sauna) -- A Russian steambath
* Hammam -- A Turkish steambath
* Steam shower
* Sauna

References

* [http://www.steam-sauna-benefits.com]
* [http://www.dayspaassociation.com]


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  • steam room — n. a room for taking a steam bath …   English World dictionary

  • steam room — noun a room that can be filled with steam in which people bathe; vapour bath is a British term • Syn: ↑steam bath, ↑vapor bath, ↑vapour bath • Hypernyms: ↑room • Hyponyms: ↑sauna, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • steam room — a steam filled and heated room to induce sweating, as in a Turkish bath. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • steam room — noun A sauna; a hot room that is filled with steam in which people sit for health reasons …   Wiktionary

  • steam room — heated room filled with steam to cause sweating …   English contemporary dictionary

  • steam room — /ˈstim rum/ (say steem roohm) noun a room filled with steam in which one takes a Turkish bath …   Australian English dictionary

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