is a treatment modality that increases the number of
treatment options available to massage therapists. It
also allows clients to receive a greater range of
benefits from a total treatment session. The following
are some examples of steam treatment options &
- Full-body steam
therapy, when done properly using the Steamy Wonder™,
produces a unique and deep state of relaxation that
balances the functioning of autonomic nervous
system, along with a decrease in stress hormones
such as cortisol and adrenalin. This can enhance
similar effects produced by massage therapy.
- Full-body steam
therapy produces significant detoxification. During
a steam treatment, more than a quart of sweat can be
produced, cellular metabolism can increase by 15%
and general circulation, especially circulation to
the skin is increased.
- Heating the skin and
core temperature of the body heats the fascial
matrix as well as tendons and ligaments. This
increases the flexibility and stretchability of
these systems. This makes it easier to stretch the
fascial matrix and to stretch and rotate muscles and
joints. Heat also has the effect of decreasing
muscle tension which also increases the flexibility
of the total muscle connective tissue matrix. This
can make it easier for the massage therapist to work
on the structural system and at the same time,
produce better results.
- A therapist has the
option to allow the client to have inhalation
therapy during the steam treatment in the steam
canopy. This is a very beneficial treatment for
dealing with exposure of the lungs to toxins in the
air. It can also help in hydrating the sensitive
lung tissue lining during cold and dry weather.
- Essential oils can be
placed directly in the water generating the steam
allowing the option of aromatherapy treatments. This
can enhance benefits of relaxation of aromatherapy
as well as other therapeutic effects.
- Steam therapy can
enhance the effects of certain natural products
placed on the skin, such as massage oils,
therapeutic mud and tiger balm. Increased heat
increases the assimilation of oil (lipid) products
and increasing the metabolic rate of skin cells.
This increases the interaction between the
product and the cells.