The goals of saunas and steam rooms are essentially the same – they both induce sweating and increased heart rate through heat, either to help improve overall health or just as a way to relax and de-stress. The question is, is one better than the other?
The main difference between the two is that whilst the sauna creates dry heat, steam rooms generate moist heat, and the heat in saunas tends to be significantly higher.
Steam rooms can be particularly beneficial, and are more suited, to those who suffer with dry skin conditions and respiratory complaints. The moist heat generated in a steam room will work wonders for dry skin by hydrating it and encouraging increased blood flow for healthier looking skin. The steam can help relieve the symptoms for people suffering with lung and/or sinus congestion. Much like using a facial steam bath at home when you have a cold, the steam will help to loosen up the congestion. In many steam rooms, you’ll probably notice the strong scent of eucalyptus and menthol, which will help to relieve chest and sinus related symptoms much more effectively.
The sauna is significantly hotter, however most will have a vent that allows fresh air to filter through which prevents the air from becoming humid, which can be an issue in steam rooms. Just like the steam room, saunas encourage better blood flow for healthier skin. People who suffer with oily skin are more likely to feel the benefit in a sauna, because steam rooms can cause an excess build up of moisture that can block pores. A sauna is also usually better for those who suffer with medical complaints that become aggravated by humidity.
Both share the same therapeutic benefits – they are both excellent ways to alleviate stress and muscle tension. When it comes down to which is better, it’s more a matter of personal preferences. For those users without any health problems, saunas and steam rooms provide the same benefits.
Of course, here at The Stable, if you can’t decide between the two, that’s a decision you’ll never have to make! With access to our state-of-the-art sauna and steam room you can feel the benefit from the high dry heat of the sauna, followed by a hydrating session in the steam room. Whichever you choose, you’re going to come out relaxed with some positive benefits to your overall health.