Health Benefits of Steam Therapy using the Steamy Wonder Spa™ Portable Sauna
Since ancient times, steam therapy has been used by traditional healing systems around the world to improve and maintain good health and beauty. Turkish baths, Indian sweat lodges, Finnish saunas, Japanese steam rooms-these are just a few examples of cultures that harness the power of steam. Even Hippocrates recognized that by creating an 'artificial fever' (which is what happens during a Steamy Wonder Spa™ treatment) he could cure many illnesses.
Today, most Western health practitioners are unfamiliar with the benefits of steam therapy as research in the West is very limited. Contrast that to Japan where steam bathing is recognized as an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions-mild depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, nicotine addiction, hypertension, chronic pain, respiratory conditions, and cardiovascular disease.
Our Health Benefits section focuses on ten health issues that our customers and their clients often use the Steamy Wonder Spa™ to address. We explain how steam therapy helps with these health issues and offer supporting research and testimonials to help you evaluate if the Steamy Wonder Spa™ is right for you!
Weight Loss and Cellulite Loss Benefits and Steamy Wonder
A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams of sweat in a sauna-the equivalent of running three to four miles or 475 to 600 calories. While the weight of the water loss is regained by re-hydration, the calories burned are not.
How steam and treatment packages help you lose weight and reduce cellulite
As you relax in the Steamy Wonder Spa™, your body is actually working hard to eliminate toxins and burn fat. Weight loss becomes possible because body fat becomes water soluble at 110 degrees and the body can sweat out fats, toxins, and heavy metals. During a heat treatment your heart works harder pumping blood at a greater rate to boost circulation, supplying the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase. Because the metabolism rate increases during the Steamy Wonder™ treatment you are burning calories, not just water!
As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. Blood flow during whole-body hyperthermia is reported to rise from a normal 5 to 7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute.
This benefit was recognized in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association as long ago as August 1981: "Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build big leg muscles. Regular use of a sauna imparts a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective, a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories as regular exercise."
"Clients come for stress reduction treatments weekly and the side benefit is that their clothing size is reducing as well as their stress level. They haven't changed anything in their routine for weight loss beside regular Steamy Wonder™ treatments."
B. Carol, Lic. Esthetician, LMT & Ayurvedic Practitioner, Fairfield, Iowa
According to a study published in The American Journal of Medicine, sauna bathing is well tolerated, safe and has therapeutic value for most healthy people, as well as for most patients with stable coronary heart disease.
Researchers examined the benefits and risks of sauna bathing for healthy adults and children, as well as for patients with coronary heart disease, hypertension, and congestive heart failure. This comprehensive review of the world's biomedical literature (1966 to the present) was carried out by investigators from the Department of Internal Medicine and University of Oulu, Finland, and the Division of Cardiology, Washington Hospital Center, Washington D.C.
Purification and Maximum Detox with a Portable Steam Sauna and Steam Therapy
Clients are increasingly aware of the wide variety of toxins that may be in their bodies, including herbicides, pesticides, food additives, air pollution, and household chemicals. When ingested, these chemicals can remain in the body for years, altering our metabolism, causing enzyme dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies, creating hormonal imbalances and lowering our threshold of resistance to chronic disease. Today, studies show that most of us have between 400 and 800 chemical residues stored in the fat cells of our bodies. When our bodies exceed the limit that we can excrete, we begin to store these toxins. The Maximum Purification and Detox Treatment along with Steamy Wonder Portable Steam Sauna provide the ultimate detoxification.
Symptoms of toxicity
The following symptoms are often related to toxicity: allergies, acne, anxiety, burning skin, brain fog, chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivities, depression, eczema, frequent colds or flu, insomnia, loss of dexterity, low body temperature, memory loss, mood swings, muscle and joint pains and poor concentration.
Regular Steamy Wonder Spa™ treatments can be offered as a standalone modality or combined with other healing therapies such as massage, to provide a practical and enjoyable way to help clients remove these toxins from their bodies. Benefits of detoxification include weight loss, pain relief, increased alertness and energy, lustrous skin and eyes and enhanced immunity.
How steam helps you detoxify
Heat experienced during a Steamy Wonder Spa™ treatment speeds up the chemical processes in the body, making it one of the most simple and comfortable ways to rid the body of accumulated toxins. As the pores open up and the million of sweat glands start to excrete, the body rids itself of metabolic and other waste products. Sweat contains almost the same elements of urine, as for this reason the skin is sometimes called the third kidney.
Regular sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of carcinogenic metals (lead, mercury, zinc, nickel and cadium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulferic acid and cholestrol.
“I work with many individual going through drug and alcohol recovery. The Steamy Wonder Spa™ provides them with an affordabl means to continue detoxing their bodies. It gives them a chance to feel self-improvement. All of my clients love the Steamy Wonder Spa™. No one doesn't like it.“
Carrie Ann Wiedeman, The Center, a 12 step recovery center in Matairie, Louisiana
Sweating is such an effective de-toxifier that some physicians recommend home saunas to supplement kidney machines. Sweat also draws out lactic acid which causes stiff muscles and contributes to general fatigue.
The Steamy Wonder Spa™ provides the benefits of steam treatments recommended by Ayurvedic medicine. Recent scientific research indicates that ayurvedic detoxification treatments reduce levels of toxicants by 50%. (Source: Sept/Oct 2002 Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 5 pp. 93-103.)
How steam improves the skin
The skin is our body's largest organ and is essential in eliminating impurities. As we sweat in the Steamy Wonder Spa™, the skin pores begin to open and built-up sebum and impurities move out. Dead skin cells are softened and exfoliated as new softer skin can emerge.
The result is that many common skin conditions improve with periodic or regular Steamy Wonder Spa™ treatments:
- Acne: Perspiration emulsifies the fat of the sebaceous glands, clearing them of sebum and bacteria which is excellent for acne.
- Anti-Aging: Exfoliation treatments with the Steamy Wonder™ open the pores, allowing the superficial and deep layers of the skin to be receptive to the nutrients in natural skin care products. The deep penetration of vitamins, minerals and moisturizers help restore and maintain skin elasticity and tone. The steam creates a seal on the skin's surface, enclosing the nutrients within the layers of the skin where they may be absorbed and processed.
- Dry Skin and Wrinkles: Increased blood supply rushes fluids to skin's surface enhancing the development of collagen and filling in the spaces around cells, plumping up wrinkles. Stimulating the skin on a regular basis helps combat the collagen breakdown that generally results in aging and sagging skin. The resulting effect is deeply moisturized, hydrant skin.
“My clients just glow after a Steamy Wonder Spa™ treatment. I can't believe how much younger and more relaxed they look after just a single steam session. Their skin is silky smooth and much more youthful looking.”
B. Carol, LMT, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Esthetician, Fairfield, Iowa
Stress Reduction and Steamy Wonder Spa™ Treatments
The most immediate benefit of a Steamy Wonder Spa™ Portable Sauna treatment is relaxation. In just a few minutes the gentle warmth of the Steamy Wonder Spa™ softens hard knots of stress by loosening up all the muscles and allows the clients to deeply relax in the privacy and silence of the Steamy Wonder Spa™. With the addition of our custom, dried herbal blends placed directly into the steam generator your client will experience deeper benefits of relaxation and rejuvenation.
“I was really stressed out, so my boyfriend gave me just the steam. I came out of there rejuvenated, it was a miracle. I couldn’t believe it, everything went away, it was unreal, all my tension was gone. I couldn’t think of anything else except I was relaxed and what I had to do. I felt a sense of peace. I know this will sell.”
C. Kendall, Kendallo’s Barberie, Streetsboro, Ohio
An artificial fever induced by Steamy Wonder Spa™ treatments can also help with mood elevation. A study conducted by H.I. Robins at the University of Wisconsin found that "mood states of cancer patients following whole-body hyperthermia show a significant improvement in depression. This was attributed to the increased B-endorphins, the same endorphins released with exercise.
“I’ve been using my Steamy Wonder Spa™ for more than five years now . . . The service asked for the most is the 1 ½ hour Steam Massage. While I'm steaming their body, I use a nice face lotion to massage their face, neck and scalp. Then I place cold compresses on their forehead and throat while they continue steaming. By the time we begin the massage, their body is toasty warm. The massage goes deeper with less effort on my part. This service is popular, profitable and much appreciated among our clients. The combination of steam with massage is simply unbeatable.”
S. Skudler, Deeply Relaxing Massage, Colorado
Steam & Cellulite Reduction
"I have been using the Steamy Wonder Spa™ on my clients for cellulite reduction for over ten years. The steam therapy is an essential tool in increasing circulation in stagnant tissue and eliminating the toxins that are loosened manually. Essential oils, which boost circulation and decongestion, are used both for the massage and steamed over the client. We offer a series of treatments to help clients achieve maximum results."
F. Berg, Owner of The Beauty Resort & Natural Health Spa Education, Eagle River, Wisconsin
The skin is our body’s largest organ and is essential in eliminating impurities. As we sweat in the Steamy Wonder Spa™ the skin pores begin to open and built-up sebum and impurities move out. Dead skin cells are softened and exfoliated as new softer skin can emerge.
Effective cellulite reduction can be achieved by increasing circulation, stimulating metabolism, detoxifying and eliminating excess fluids. The Steamy Wonder Spa™ used in conjunction with detoxifying mud and essential oils and/or manual manipulation of the tissues accelerate effective cellulite reduction.
Relief from Joint Pain
Steam therapy has been used for hundreds of years by many cultures in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, joint stiffness and muscle spasms.
How does it work?
"I found it be a very powerful healing tool. One client's neck and shoulders were so tight and sore that it was like touching a board when I started working on him. He had been to a chiropractor and they had given up on him-they couldn't get his muscles to relax. After 20 minutes in the Steamy Wonder Spa™, he walked out smiling and said his neck and back felt a lot better. He came back a week later and he still felt good and wanted another session to ensure that he wouldn't tighten up again."
H. Hoenig, Day Spa Owner, Fort Madison, Iowa
The deep heat of the Steamy Wonder Spa™™ helps to relieve pain by causing the blood vessels to dilate. This causes increased blood circulation and allows more oxygen to get to soft tissue injuries and sore muscles. This helps to reduce pain and speeds up the healing process. Increased blood circulation carries metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles so they recover faster. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm.
Sauna bathing has been used as a thermal therapy to treat pain and other symptoms of rheumatic disease. In studies based on interviews of 0ver 200 patients, 40% to 70% of participants reported that sauna bathing alleviated pain and improved joint mobility.
(Source: The American Journal of Medicine February 1, 2001, Volume 110)
Muscle Pain Relief
Steam therapy using the Steamy Wonder Spa™ has been found to significantly reduce muscular pain and spasms. Pain is found to be alleviated in just one session and the benefit can last for several days after the treatment. Regular steam treatments 2 to 3 times per week have shown to have profound relief for those having muscle pain due to injury, menstruation pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and low back pain.
How steam works
"My client was in a severe auto accident. The client suffered severe nerve damage, headaches and rotary cuff damage that left her with limited use of her left arm, as well as continual pain. The only relief she experiences is with my treatment of steam, massage and aromatherapy three times per week. She leaves my office glowing—almost euphoric—with no discomfort. I know that the steam has played a major role."
N. Bolsom, LMT, Palisades Park, California
As heat penetrates the muscles, capillaries dilate and there is an increased flow of oxygen to sore muscles. Muscles and tissues become more pliable and relaxed helping to increase mobility and reduce stiffness.
Sauna bathing has been used as a thermal therapy to treat pain and other symptoms of rheumatic disease. In studies based on interviews of over 200 patients, 40 to 70 percent of the participants reported that sauna bathing alleviated pain and improved joint mobility. (Source: The American Journal of Medicine, February 1, 2001, Volume 110.)
In addition, a New Jersey Medical School Researcher found that heat therapy was more effective than analgesics for low back pain. Several different types of pain including the lower and upper back and menstrual pain can be treated with low-level heat therapies.
"We treat many people with fibromyalgia. With the steam treatment after a massage, clients recover instantly. No soreness after the massage. The treatments are absolutely phenomenal. We are seeing great results."
J. Nagy, Medical Spa Owner, Yuba City, California
The results showed that the low level heat therapy provided significantly more pain relief beginning on the first day of treatment than the oral analgesics and the effects lasted more than 28 hours after the treatment was completed.
Steam Therapy and Respiratory Conditions
Steam inhalation is an effective treatment in respiratory conditions and is highly recommended for treatment of sinusitis, bronchitis, allergies and asthma.
How does it work?
- Steam relieves inflammation and congestion of upper respiratory mucous membranes
- Relieves throat irritation by moistening the air
- Relieves spasmodic breathing (asthma, croup)
- Loosens secretions and stimulates discharge of mucous from the throat and lungs (natural expectorant)
- Relaxes muscles and relieves coughing
- Keeps the mucous membranes from excessive drying
"One man could hardly breathe. He did a 15 minute Steamy Wonder Spa™ treatment. The next day, he said 'I can breathe, I´m not sick, it's wonderful!' "
K. Remley, LMT, Orange Park, Florida
Patients with asthma or chronic bronchitis reported that sauna bathing improved their breathing. (Source: Hydrotherapy-simple treatments for Common Ailments by Clarence Dail, Md. & Charles Thomas, Ph.D., The American Journal of Medicine, February 1, 2002, Volume 110
Steam Therapy for Circulation and Inflammation
Steam therapy assists in alleviating inflammation and edema. The increased peripheral circulation provides the transport needed to help eliminate the edema which helps to end inflammation, decrease pain and help speed the healing process.
How steam works
Heating of one area of the body produces reflex modulated vasodilation in distant-body areas even in the absence of a change in core body temperatures. If, for example, you heat a forearm, then both lower extremities dilate or if the front of the trunk is heated then the hands dilate. Heating of muscles produces an increased blood flow similar to that seen during exercise.
Temperature elevation produces an increase in blood flow and dilation directly in capillaries, arterioles and veins thus widening the blood vessels.
The new Sore Joint & Muscle Pain Relief Treatment is the best way to enhance the benefits of the Steamy Wonder Portable Steam Sauna for all kinds of chronic pain.
Boosting the Immune System with Steam Therapy
Traditionally, the benefits of steaming include increased energy, decreased incidence of infections, and fewer colds and flu's. Many regular steam or sauna bathers have experienced that a good long sweat bath at the early onset of a cold or flu can help ward off the disease before it manifests as actual symptoms.
How does steam work?
The heat from a Steamy Wonder Spa™ treatment raises your core body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. During a fever, the production of white blood cells is increased, as is the rate of their release into the blood stream. White blood cells are the primary agents of the immune system. As the generation of antibodies speeds up, so does the production of interferon, an anti-viral protein. In this manner, your body's immune system is strengthened as it works to combat the fever.
"We just bless you guys every time we use the Steamy Wonder Spa™ and so do our clients. It has increased our business so much. Doctors are sending their patients here instead of prescribing antibiotics. One doctor sent his wife and child, both of whom had mononeucleosis. Within 24 hours of one Steamy Wonder Spa™ treatment, their white count went from 19 to 10."
N. Norville, Relax & Heal, Hiawassee, Georgia
At the same time, sweating helps eliminate toxins and waste products from the body and overall health and resistance to diseases is increased. After detoxification, your immune system has less "housecleaning" to do and can focus on protecting your body from more serious health threats. produced by sweating, overall health and resistance to diseases is increased.
Mayo Clinic researcher, Dr. Wakim, cites findings that the number of white blood cells increased by an average of 58% during an artificially induced fever.