For a steam session, you lay face down under a large towel. I place a steam tent (specifically designed for the massage table) over you, leaving your head out of the tent. This makes it more comfortable than a steam room or sauna because you're still breathing room temperature air. The tent is hooked up to a steam pot that fills the tent with steam between 110-120 degrees. (The temperature can be controlled, so feel free to let me know if it's not comfortable!)
Most clients don't realize how warm it is inside the tent until they feel their body and realize they're sweating. It's really quite comfortable and relaxing. Herbs can also be added to the steam for aromatherapy. After several minutes of relaxing in the steam, we slowly cool down the tempurature before removing the tent. You're then wiped down with hot towels before we begin the massage. (You stay right there, no need to get up in between steam and massage, we go right into the massage to continue the relaxation!)
The benefits of steaming include:
- Weight Loss
- Beautiful Skin
- Stress Relief
- Cellulite Reduction
- Joint Pain Relief
- Eases Sore Muscles
- Relieves Allergies/Asthma
- Improves Circulation / Reduces Inflammation
- Immunity Booster
And most noticable is that after a steam treatment, your muscles are like melted butter - allowing me to work deeper and more effectively without resistance. Clients seem to relax at a deeper level more quickly when we start with the steam.
You can add a steam treatment to your massage session for $30. January and February in Michigan is the perfect time to experience the to-the-bone heat and hydrate your skin. If you want to add this to your next session, just shoot me a message and let me know beforehand - and I'll have it ready for you when you come in!
Here's to good health in 2017,
Remember my last post about my favorite acupuncturist? Paul is now taking appointments at Inspiring Hands on Westnedge in Kalamazoo and you can schedule online! :)
You can also still contact him at (269) 539-0145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as well.