Steam baths and saunas are often considered similar, since both help the body to dispose of toxins. Nevertheless, there is a major difference – saunas have very high temperature (often 70-95 degrees) and low humidity, while the environment in steam baths is just the opposite – temperature is slightly lower (around 40 degrees) and humidity is much higher.
The warm and humid air in steam bath increases circulation in the body and relaxes muscles and joints. Steam baths are also especially helpful after workouts because the environment inside helps the body to remain flexible, which prevents post-workout side effects. In addition, the steam aids the release of toxins and cleans the skin, making it softer and healthier.
Steam baths are very beneficial for people suffering from asthma and respiratory diseases. The dry heat in saunas tends to be too strong for the lungs, while the subtle and humid warmth is relaxing and opens up the lungs and the bronchi. It can also decrease pain in the joints and arthritis symptoms.
People are often calmer after spending time in a steam bath and that can help reduce problems associated with sleep deprivation and stress.