A fever usually means the body is suffering from some type of infection, caused by bacteria or a virus. When we get a fever, we know we must be sick. However, did you know that creating an artificial fever in the body can promote the body’s immunity to fight infection and other ailments? That’s where steamtherapy comes in to boost immunity and relax the body.
With the use of steamtherapy and the therapeutic effects of steam on the body, steam showers can be used to create an artificial fever in the body. The results are increased immunity, increased production of white blood cells and a surprisingly long list of health benefits from the use of bathing with and relaxing in steam.
In essence, steam showers increase the temperature of the body, much like a fever does. The normal body temperature for a healthy adult is between 97.7 degrees Fahrenheit and 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit. When the body’s temperature goes above this average, the body’s immune system is kick started and more white blood cells are created, making it easier to fight illness.
Hippocrates believed that an artificial fever would encourage the body to fight infection and sickness. He hypothesized that a fever could help the body overcome and heal more quickly from common aliments. Hippocrates’ theories became a part of Ancient Greek medicine and steamtherapy is commonly used today for medicinal reasons.
Countries around the world have long used steam for bathing because of the many health benefits associated with it. The Japanese, Chinese and Native Americans are a few of the cultures that use steam in bathing to treat illness. The Mayans, Romans and Greeks also bathed with steam.
The warm steam makes the body sweat; during sweating, the body excretes toxins and waste. The result is purified, clean skin that looks and feels healthier. The skin is also soothed and dry skin disappears.
It is also believed that steam helps treat these conditions:
-Pain & Sore Muscles
The respiratory issues helped by steam include asthma, bronchitis, congestion, allergies, and more. Steam also helps with inflammation, relaxation, insomnia and common colds and the flu. Furthermore, steam helps with cardiovascular issues by increasing blood circulation in the body. The steam encourages blood vessels to expand.
Steamtherapy increases blood circulation and helps heal sore muscles. Hydrotherapy in all-in-one steam showers also soothes tired muscles through massage. Body massage jets in the shower panels deliver streams of water that massage pressure points in the body. Taking a relaxing steam shower before and after a workout will help decrease soreness and muscle aches.
Through the daily use of steam showers, you will increase your metabolism, increase your body’s chances of fighting infection, enhance your relaxation and expose yourself to a whole host of beneficial effects to your health. You will look better and feel better as steam cleanses the skin and soothes the muscles and the body’s respiratory system.