Steam-Sauna What purpose?

November 29th, 2013

In our previous discussions on the use and ways of Sauna and steam we have given thoughts and consideration to their history in the recent past and also considered some of the benefits the body is capable of deriving from the heat component of these baths.

However it is becoming increasingly important that we look at the why, this is so because our reasons for the having a sauna or steam built in our environment seem to differ. The first society people may have seen the sauna / steam as a connection medium to the ancestral world. The modern man, depending on his geographical location has different reasons and perception of the steam or sauna.

steam sauna

steam sauna

These perceptions do inform our approach to its use. One must bear in mind that wellness centers were not the real reason for sauna or steam but it became an architectural part of a spa and complimentary service with time.  Sauna or steam initially form part of  homes and in the Roman Empire part of military formations such as the Timgad with many baths house… however there are also baths centre administering communal steam baths associated with beautification at later dates.

As the use and appreciation of the sauna and steam continue to grow their use also moved from the mere garden house of the finish,  to a spectacular object to warm and relax the body after a good day work, to what could in acute cases be life sustenance, because of the type of need the sauna/steam has become, it has to be designed in different sizes and forms.

How best will you attend a sauna? Some prefer it nude while many others think it ok to have your towel by your waist or robe on. Well heat therapy as administered by the sauna and steam is effective when the body is able to receive a quantity of it that would be enough to excrete via the skin surface unwanted stored up fats, oil and bacteria /virus. The medium of reaction, if you like interface, with the skin, so the larger the amount of skin expose to heat the better and faster the body get warmed at a given temperature. Therefore if the desire of the bather is to get health benefit a total exposure of the body we be more profitable. This is may have been the think of those who prefers nude bath.


Home steam enclosure

The casual bather do not regard his reason for the bath, it is just enough to go into the bath sweat a bit and dash out, that is the limit of his interest. The  spa baths are usually purposeful,  sometimes routine, follow set procedures.

The steam has added value in a skin care centre/spa. It  could be an  defoliant sort of so let us choice according to our need and reason, then the effectiveness of the therapy will come about.


Adedoyin Olanrewaju



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