There are many differences between a sauna and a steam shower. The first and most importance difference is the difference in the heat properties. The difference is primarily between a moist heat and a dry heat. A steam shower offers a moist heat with warmth and high humidity. A dry heat does not contain as much moisture and has low humidity.
Both function at different temperatures. Moist heat cannot reach above a certain temperature for human. The dry heat, on the other hand, can be tolerated at a higher temperature in humans. The higher temperatures means more relaxation and more toxins are being released from the body. A steam shower cannot got beyond a certain temperature otherwise the water would scald the skin and cause tremendous harm. A steam shower relieves respiratory ailments much more effectively because it acts like a vaporizer. The dry heat, however, can be turned up on high allowing for even deeper benefits in the body. The dry heat can be as hot as 160 degrees Fahrenheit while the steam is set primarily at 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit.
Another difference is in material and construction. Steam showers need a steam generator to pump moisture which requires a slanted ceiling. Saunas require stones placed under a heater to generate heat. Steam showers also require ceramic and class to maintain its function whereas dry heat requires a wood room that is well insulated so that the heat does not leave and is trapped within the room.
The use of a dry heat is the number one action you can take to improve your health and wellbeing. The heat can improve your workouts because it relaxes muscles, alleviates stiffness, and soothes joint pain. Improved circulation leads to the release of endorphins, which are nature’s pain-killers. Endorphins accelerate healing, especially the healing of muscle repair after a long workout.
You will lose weight because the heat increases the blood flow to the body. When the heart beats faster it gives the body a cardiovascular workout, all while you are sitting. Fat deposits are removed allowing toxins to leave the body in the form of sweat. As your body temperature rises the capacity and capability for your body to kill unwanted viruses, fungus, and bacteria also rises which will restore your natural health and wellbeing.
The heat will help to remove stress from your life. As you enjoy a relaxing time in the heat, the rise in body temperature and circulation will produce endorphins, which make you feel good. The use of the sauna can also improve your social life. Inviting friends to join in with you in the heat makes for a relaxing and connective experience. Using social media to create a community is a way to create a circle of healthy minded people who will support your lifestyle.
The new technologies are endless. The heating technologies are improving daily. Infrared is revolutionary and the new discoveries aid in beauty, detoxification, weight loss, and stress reduction, pain relief, and relaxation.
This article was written on behalf of Saunafin, North America’s leading provider commercial and residential saunas and steambaths.