A wet sauna, also known as a steam sauna or steam bath, is a form of bathing that involves exposure to moist air and heat in an indoor environment.
High humidity: The main difference between a wet sauna and a dry sauna is the ambient humidity. In the wet sauna, the humidity can reach 100%, which creates an environment with humid air and steam.
High temperature: The temperature in a steam sauna is usually lower than in a dry sauna, generally between 40°C and 60°C. However, due to the increased humidity, it feels warmer.
Limited time: Steam sauna sessions can last up to 30 minutes.
Deep relaxation: The steam sauna offers a deeply relaxing experience, thanks to the combination of heat and humidity, which can help release tension and stress.
Opening the airways: The water vapour from the sauna can help open up the airways and can be beneficial for people with respiratory conditions such as nasal congestion or sinusitis.
Detoxifying and cleansing the skin: Increased perspiration in a steam sauna can help remove toxins from the body and cleanse the pores of the skin.
Improved circulation: The heat and humidity in the steam sauna can help dilate blood vessels, improving blood circulation and tissue oxygenation.
Improve heart health: For some people, steam sauna can have heart health benefits, helping to lower blood pressure and improve heart function.
Relieve stress and improve sleep: The steam sauna can help relieve stress and relieve sleep problems, helping you relax and fall asleep more easily.
Promoting skin health: Steam from the sauna can moisturise the skin and contribute to healthier, glowing skin.
It is important to be aware that, similar to dry sauna, steam sauna may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions.
Before starting regular steam sauna sessions, it is recommended that you consult a doctor to make sure it is safe and appropriate for your individual health.
Also, make sure you drink enough water to compensate for fluid loss through sweating during a steam sauna session.