A Modern Spin on an Ancient Form of Natural Healing, Steamy Wonder™ Portable Sauna
By: Elizabeth Cox, LMT, John Taylor Salon and Day Spa
It seems these days that American society has become more open minded to natural healing. With a plethora of modalities being introduced to our western world, we as a people are quickly learning the benefits of non-invasive therapeutics. One such treatment, known as steam therapy, has been practiced in many cultures all over the world since the times of our ancestors. In Ayurveda, an ancient system of healing in India, practitioners recommend full body steam baths to their patients in order to treat a number of ailments. Steam therapy is also used regularly in Japan, Turkey and Finland for improved health and beauty.
The Steamy Wonder™ Portable Sauna is an environmentally friendly product that is used widely by spa practitioners, acupuncturists, and chiropractors in conjunction with their professional treatments for superior relaxation and stress reduction. The product is a canopy that can be placed on top of a massage table. There is a long attachment at the end of the canopy where the steam flows up from a water vaporizer. The vaporizer uses only a few cups of water with every treatment and essential oils or teas may be added for enhanced effects. The steam canopy encapsulates the client using heat circulation to provide a soothing flow of steam and an even distribution of heat while allowing only their head to be uncovered for easy breathing.
The benefits of the Steamy Wonder™ range from muscle pain relief and detoxification to stress relief and relaxation. Steam therapy can help to reduce muscle pain due to injury, menstruation, headaches and fibromyalgia. The heat created by the steam penetrates the body causing the capillaries close to the surface of the skin to dilate allowing an increased flow of well oxygenated blood to muscles. Higher oxygen flow to muscles allows more pliability of the muscle fibers leading to reduced stiffness and increased mobility.
Steam therapy is also a means of detoxification. The Steamy Wonder™ is a simple and comfortable way to rid the body of accumulated toxins such as air pollution, pesticides, and food additives that have been ingested over the years. The heat from the steam helps open up pores on the skin activating millions of sweat glands. Through perspiration the body rids itself of metabolic waste products, carcinogenic metals and other undesirables such as alcohol, nicotine, excess sodium, sulfuric acid and cholesterol.
Detoxification also helps to purify the skin resulting in a healthier complexion. In the moist warmth of the Steamy Wonder™, cardiac output is increased which improves circulation bringing vital nutrients and oxygen to the cells. The skin becomes hydrated and softer leading to improved tone and texture with higher elasticity. By flushing out the skin and subcutaneous tissue, the body is able to fend off eczema, blemishes and other skin related problems.
Relaxation is the most immediate benefit of the Steamy Wonder™ treatment. Within minutes the gentle warmth of steam therapy engulfs the senses activating the parasympathetic nervous system which allows the body to rest and digest. With the addition of essential oils or herbal tea blends, the treatment can be customized to fit the needs of the client and assist in maximum relaxation. Relaxation leads to stress relief. As the body begins to calm and relax in the steam canopy, heat penetrates and loosens up the hard muscle knots caused by stress.
Overall the Steamy Wonder™ treatment will help to relax and rejuvenate the body. Steam therapy has been successful in traditional healing systems around the world since ancient times. Relax with steam therapy today.
References: Natural Health Technologies, Inc 2009
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