TONY SHANNON, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist #7118
Steam Therapy

Steam Therapy Tent

Health Benefits: Stress Reduction, Cellulite Reduction, Joint Pain Relief, Muscle Pain Relief, Improves the Skin, Detoxification, Weight Loss. All this without getting off the table.

Health Benefits of a Steam Therapy Tent

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 Steam Tent Therapy 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.

Stress Reduction

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.

Scientific Research:

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.

Muscle Pain Relief

Steam therapy 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

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.

Scientific Research:

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.

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.

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.

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?

The deep heat of the steam 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.

Scientific Research:

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)

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 the steam 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.

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.

Scientific Research:

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.

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

Scientific Research:

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

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.

 

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