If you don’t have a steam room, you are missing out. Throughout time and around the world, people have known the mental and physical benefits of hot, relaxing steam.

The Romans

Chariot races, gladiator shows, early theatre – the Romans knew how to enjoy themselves. It is no wonder that the idea of relaxing using steaming hot water originated during the height of the Roman Empire. No matter what social status they were, everyone in Rome could use these baths, many of which were natural hot springs.

Mesoamerica

About as far away from Rome as you can get, pre-Hispanic peoples in Mesoamerica also knew the benefits of a steam room. Known as a temazcal, these steam rooms were designed in a dome shape, and were made out of volcanic or another type of rock. Volcanic stones were heated and placed in a pit in the temazcal.

In those ancient times, temazcals were used to purify the body after battle, but they were also used to heal the sick, for childbirth, and to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit. They are still in use today, for both health and spiritual reasons.

Finland

The oldest saunas in Finland were pits dug into the ground. The pits had fireplaces, which heated up stones. Water was thrown on the stones to make steam. The sauna is an important part of the Finnish culture – in fact, the word “sauna” is a Finnish word, and almost every home in Finland today has a built-in sauna.

Millions of people today carry on the tradition of steam rooms. The steam room’s benefits are many – people use them to detoxify, improve blood flow, and to help with conditions such as chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, skin conditions, and even mild depression. Even people who are perfectly healthy enjoy time away from it all, in a nice relaxing room full of steam.