Steam bathing is a luxury that dates back thousands of years, first enjoyed by the ancient Greeks, then the Romans, who built “Sudatoria” in public baths across their expansive empire.
The Turkish still enjoy steam in the same way in their public “Hamman” baths, as do the Russians with their “Banja”. In the UK, many people will have enjoyed steam bathing at their health club or spa as part of their fitness/health regime.
Much research has been done into the benefits of heat treatments such as sauna and steam, and use is claimed to alleviate many types of breathing, joint and muscular disorders. However, the clearest benefits are relaxation (body and mind), stress relief and deep skin cleansing.