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|An Age-Old Fountain of Youth
Multiple Rejuvenating and Healing Benefits
Natural Steam Therapy
FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS people of all cultures
have indulged in the soothing warmth of sweat baths. The Romans are
well-known for their elaborate baths. The wealthy of 200 B.C. India
did not consider their mansion compiete unless it included a bathhouse
with a steam room. The Muslim Hamman, or bathhouse, with its domed,
central steam chamber, is still an integral part of life in Muslim countries.
And the Turkish bath, which was derived from the Hamman, has been popular
in Europe for centuries.
Hippocrates, the founder of Western medicine, more than two thousand
years ago said, "Give me the power to create a fever, and I shall
cure any disease."
There is surprisingly little awareness of the wide-ranging benefits
of steam and sauna thing.
There is evidence that artificial fever created by steam bathing
works as an immune system stimulant by increasing the number of white
blood cells in the body.
In addition, as in the case of bodily-induced fever, the raised temperature
during the artificial fever reduces the growth rate of most bacteria
and viruses, giving the immune system time to mobilize its own forces.
Indeed, 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.
Apart from the immune system-stimulating effects of
sweat therapy, many tout it as one of the most effective and painless
detoxifying treatments available.
For maximum results, keep the head cool and the body
Veronica Butler, M.D., author of A Woman's Best Medicine,
and medical co-director at The Raj, a health center based on the principles
of Maharishi Ayurved, recommends herbalized steam baths, called swedanas
to clients as part of the ancient Ayurvedic purification treatment,
known as panchakarma.
According to the classical Ayurvedic texts, for maximum results,
a swedana or steam bath should be given while keeping the head cool
and the client supine.
"A swedana clears the shrotas, the channels through which the
biological intelligence flows," says Dr. Butler. "If impurities
clog these channels, the body becomes more susceptible to disease."
Heat speeds up the chemical processes in the body,
making steam and sauna bathing one of the simplest and most comfortable
ways to rid the body of accumulated toxins. As the pores open up and
the millions of sweat glands start to excrete, the body rids itself
of metabolic and other waste products.
SWEATING--as Important to Our Health as Eating and Breathing!|
Encourages circulation, stimulates the immune
and lymph systems.
Promotes the elimination of toxins.
Tones and improves the function of all the body's organs,
especially the skin.
Best of all, it reduces signs of stress and fatigue, making
you look and feel years younger.
"Stress, can be caused by anything from a passionate kiss
to the lash of a whip. It is the non-specific response of the body
to any demand made upon it.
-Dr. Hans Selye - Canadian research physiologist who coined the
Stress causes or complicates everything from the common cold to
cancer. Stress is a twisting and turning of nerves, cells and veins
and as such, stress blocks the free flow of intelligence in the
body/mind making the body less resistant to disease.
We offer a program that gently relieves the negative effects of
stress and allows you to make stress reduction a self-perpetuating
Research shows that, during a steam treat&127;ment, or swedana,
there is an increase in white blood cell count, an increase in lymphatic
drainage, circulation and cell growth. The skin is exercised, the
pores open and toxins are naturally moved out of the system.
The result is a sense of deep relaxation of, mind and body and
a flushed, youthful look that lasts for hours after the treatment.
We can gently untwist and unturn those frazzled nerves, cells and
veins, while the internal cleansing power of natuial steam therapy
strengthens the immune system and naturaily removes the negative
effects of a stressful day.
STEAM THERAPY NEWS, 1994