Health Benefits of Steamy Wonder
Weight Loss Benefits and Steamy Wonder™
A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams of sweat in a sauna-the equivalent of running three to four miles or 475 to 600 calories. While the weight of the water loss is regained by re-hydration, the calories burned are not.
How steam helps you lose weight
As you relax in the Steamy Wonder™, your body is actually working hard to eliminate toxins and burn fat. Weight loss becomes possible because body fat becomes water soluble at 110 degrees and the body can sweat out fats, toxins, and heavy metals. During a heat treatment your heart works harder pumping blood at a greater rate to boost circulation, supplying the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase. Because the metabolism rate increases during the Steamy Wonder™ treatment you are burning calories, not just water!
As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate.Blood flow during whole-body hyperthermia is reported to rise from a normal 5 to 7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute. This benefit was recognized in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association as long ago as August 1981: "Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build big leg muscles. Regular use of a sauna imparts a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective, a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories as regular exercise." According to a study published in The American Journal of Medicine, sauna bathing is well tolerated, safe and has therapeutic value for most healthy people, as well as for most patients with stable coronary heart disease.Researchers examined the benefits and risks of sauna bathing for healthy adults and children, as well as for patients with coronary heart disease, hypertension, and congestive heart failure. This comprehensive review of the world's biomedical literature (1966 to the present) was carried out by investigators from the Department of Internal Medicine and University of Oulu, Finland, and the Division of Cardiology, Washington Hospital Center, Washington D.C.
Detoxification and Steam Therapy
Clients are increasingly aware of the wide variety of toxins that may be in their bodies, including herbicides, pesticides, food additives, air pollution, and household chemicals. When ingested, these chemicals can remain in the body for years, altering our metabolism, causing enzyme dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies, creating hormonal imbalances and lowering our threshold of resistance to chronic disease. Today, studies show that most of us have between 400 and 800 chemical residues stored in the fat cells of our bodies. When our bodies exceed the limit that we can excrete, we begin to store these toxins.
Symptoms of toxicity
The following symptoms are often related to toxicity: allergies, acne, anxiety, burning skin, brain fog, chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivities, depression, eczema, frequent colds or flu, insomnia, loss of dexterity, low body temperature, memory loss, mood swings, muscle and joint pains and poor concentration. Regular Steamy Wonder™ treatments can be offered as a standalone modality or combined with other healing therapies such as massage, to provide a practical and enjoyable way to help clients remove these toxins from their bodies. Benefits of detoxification include weight loss, pain relief, increased alertness and energy, lustrous skin and eyes and enhanced immunity.
How steam helps you detoxify
Heat experienced during a Steamy Wonder™ treatment speeds up the chemical processes in the body, making it one of the most simple and comfortable ways to rid the body of accumulated toxins. As the pores open up and the million of sweat glands start to excrete, the body rids itself of metabolic and other waste products. Sweat contains almost the same elements of urine, as for this reason the skin is sometimes called the third kidney. Regular sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of carcinogenic metals (lead, mercury, zinc, nickel and cadium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulferic acid and cholestrol. Sweating is such an effective de-toxifier that some physicians recommend home saunas to supplement kidney machines. Sweat also draws out lactic acid which causes stiff muscles and contributes to general fatigue.
The Steamy Wonder™ provides the benefits of steam treatments recommended by Ayurvedic medicine. Recent scientific research indicates that ayurvedic detoxification treatments reduce levels of toxicants by 50%. (Source: Sept/Oct 2002 Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 5 pp. 93-103.)
Stress Reduction and Steamy Wonder™ Treatments
The most immediate benefit of a Steamy Wonder™ treatment is relaxation. In just a few minutes the gentle warmth of the Steamy Wonder™ 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™. 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.
An artificial fever induced by Steamy Wonder™ 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.
Steam & Cellulite Reduction
The skin is our body’s largest organ and is essential in eliminating impurities. As we sweat in the Steamy Wonder™, 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. Effective cellulite reduction can be achieved by increasing circulation, stimulating metabolism, detoxifying and eliminating excess fluids. The Steamy Wonder™ used in conjunction with detoxifying mud and essential oils and/or manual manipulation of the tissues accelerate effective cellulite reduction.
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 Steamy Wonder™ 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 of metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles, so they recover faster. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm.
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)
Muscle Pain Relief
Steam therapy using the Steamy Wonder™ 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 weeks have shown to have profound relief for those having muscle pain due to injury, menstruation pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and low back pain
How steam worksAs 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.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.
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
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 vasodilatations 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 venuies. Increased core temperature further induces vasodilatation.
Boosting the Immune System with Steam Therapy
Traditionally, the benefits of steaming include increased energy, decreased incidence of infections, and fewer colds and flus. 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 a Steamy Wonder™ 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. 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.
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 & Common Skin ConditionsHow 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™, 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™ treatments:
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