A steam room is a heated room that people use for relaxation and to relieve some medical conditions. They are often found in gyms or spas.

A steam room is created when a water-filled generator pumps steam into an enclosed space so there is moisture in the air when people are sitting in it.

The temperature inside a steam room is generally between 110°F and 114°F with a humidity level of 100 percent.


There are several health benefits associated with a steam room, each of which is described here.

Improves circulation

Sitting in a steam room has been shown to have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, particularly in older people.

A 2012 study found that moist heat, such as that provided by a steam room, can improve circulation by dilating the small blood vessels or capillaries. Blood can then flow more easily and transport oxygen around the body.

Steam room therapy has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and keep the heart healthier, as well as help to repair broken skin tissue caused by wounds, such as ulcers.

Skin health

Woman receiving steam therapy spa treatment to improve facial skin.

Steam rooms may help to remove toxins from the skin, and are popular for improving skin health.

Both steam rooms and saunas will make a person sweat due to the heat The sweating opens up the pores and helps cleanse the outer skin.

Warm condensation will help rinse away dirt and dead skin and has been used in the treatment of acne.

However, what a steam room also does that a sauna does not is help remove the toxins trapped below the skin.

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Workout recovery

Often, after a workout, a person’s muscles will feel sore. This pain is known as delayed onset muscle soreness, and it is important to relax the muscles to promote a quick and healthy recovery.

A 2013 study showed that the immediate application of moist heat after a workout helped reduce pain and preserve muscle strength. The heat soothes nerve endings and relaxes the muscles.

Loosens stiff joints

A steam room can also be used before a workout, as it helps to loosen up the joints and increase flexibility, just as a pre-workout warm-up does.

A 2013 study showed that the application of heat to a joint can decrease the force needed to move the joint by up to 25 percent compared to cold application.

Steam rooms can also help reduce joint pain.

Reduces stress

Being in the heat of a steam room can make the body release endorphins, which are known as ‘feel good’ hormones because they help to reduce the feeling of stress in the body.

A steam room can also decrease the level of cortisol, which is the hormone released in response to stress. When the cortisol level drops, people can feel more in control, relaxed, and rejuvenated.

Opens up sinuses

The heat from a steam room opens up the mucous membranes around the body. This will make someone breathe more deeply and easily.

Steam rooms will break up the congestion in the sinuses and lungs and therefore can be used to help treat colds, unblock sinuses, and aid breathing.


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