Steam Room

Benefits of Steam Sauna Therapy in Jacksonville, NC

General Health Benefits
The heat causes your body to react much as it would if you had a fever, which activates your immune system and antibodies.
Skin Benefits
Moist heat stimulates the subcutaneous blood flow and cleanses the skin. The process of opening the pores, removing dead skin and allowing impurities to exit leaves your skin feeling softer and smoother. Steam rooms can also help acne-prone skin by balancing oil production.
Circulation Improvement
Moist heat of a steam sauna increases your heart rate and speeds the blood’s circulation throughout your whole body. More blood means more oxygen and nutrients delivered to the cells, which accelerates the repair of tissue damaged through exercise.
*Respiratory Benefits
For centuries, the inhalation of steam has been prescribed to treat various disorders of the lung. Steam has been shown to have positive effects on the symptoms of sinusitis, bronchitis and allergic responses.* Additionally, we use eucalyptus in the steam room which opens up your nasal passages and improves your breathing.
Greater Flexibility & Less Muscle Stiffness
Steam heat enhances the oxygen and nutrient supply to your muscles and deep tissue, relieving stiffness and soreness. Flexibility increases in the steam sauna, so it’s a great place to do light stretching before, or preferably after, a workout. Those with arthritis and joint pain also often find relief as well.
Toxin Release
Moist heat causes your pores to open as you sweat. The steam induces the extraction of impurities and wastes can be drained from the body via perspiration. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and one of its jobs is to flush toxins. Cleaning your pores is good health!
As blood vessels expand in moist heat and oxygen increases in the body, people tend to feel invigorated. Many use this as a good time to relax and even meditate.*Warning* If you have serious heart or respiratory problems, abnormal heart rate, blood pressure control problems, etc. check with your doctor before using a sauna. You should also consult your healthcare provider and/or pharmacist to ensure none of the medications you are on inhibit your body from sweating. Avoid drugs, alcohol and food before using the sauna.

When Using Moist/Steam Sauna Therapy:

  • Before getting into the sauna at our Jacksonville gym, take a shower to cleanse your skin. This will clear your pores and prepare them for sweating and regulating your body temperature while in the sauna.
  • Start out slowly. Stay only as long as you feel comfortable. If you start feel dizzy or light headed, carefully get up and exit. Rinse your face with cool water. Extend your time, as you feel comfortable to experience the full detoxification benefits.
  • Follow your sauna session with a luke warm or cool (not cold) shower. This will rinse off the toxins and salt. You want to avoid towel drying them back into your skin. The cool water following your hot sauna exposure will also reinvigorate your lymphatic system.
  • Drink plenty of filtered water to replenish fluids lost in the sauna.
  • Do not sleep in the sauna.
  • Do not consume alcohol or drugs prior to entering the sauna.
  • If you have a respiratory or other serious health condition, consult your doctor before using the sauna at our gym in Jacksonville. Consult your physician or pharmacist to ensure you are not taking any medications that inhibit your body from sweating.
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