Most hotels, spas and gym rooms especially are equipped with steam rooms. You just have to walk into the locker room, grab a towel, and then go inside the steam room and just chill, basically. It is a great post-workout routine and a good healing therapy when you want to rest and relax. But is a sweaty steamy session really worth the extra time of your vacay or gym time? And what is the sweaty, steamy ritual even supposed to do? To answer that, we’ve researched and gathered everything you need to know about the hot steam rooms. From the benefits to best places that are equipped with state-of-the-art steams room. We got you covered. So, continue reading!

Now, What is A Steam Room? 

A steam room is a heated room that you can use to relax and relieve certain medical conditions. As the name stands, steam room traps water vapours in a confined space. Typically, you can create a steam room using a water-filled generator that pumps steam into an enclosed space so there is moisture in the air when people are sitting in it. Is the steam room the same as the sauna? Well, steam rooms aren’t the same as saunas! They are as hot as saunas but they’re much more humid, really really humid! 

Typically, steam rooms are heated between 100 – 120°F (37°C- 48°C) and have nearly 100% humidity. Even though they aren’t technically as hot as a sauna, you will most likely feel the heat more in steam rooms because of the high humidity level. Whether it’s dry or moist heat, the effects of heat are the same so both steam rooms and saunas share the same health benefits and risks. So, whether you go for a sauna or steam room you’ll get the same cardio benefits like lessened pain and stiffness. 

Do Steam Room Visits Have Any Health Benefits? 

A steam room can improve your health and well being in several ways. Below, we’ve listed all the amazing health benefits of steam rooms.

1. A Regular Visit To Steam Room Can Improves Blood Circulation.

A 2012 study found that the moist heat from the steam room can improve blood circulation by dilating the small blood vessels or capillaries. Blood can then flow more easily and transport oxygen around the body. Improved circulation can also lower blood pressure and keep the heart beating a healthy rate

2. A Regular Visit To Steam Room Can Help Loosen Muscle Stiffness.

Heading to the steam room is a good pre-workout as it is to as post-workout. Using a steam room as part of your warm-up could help you reach maximum mobility during intense activities. The heat can make your muscle more flexible and relaxed and can help reduce injury before a workout.

3.  A Regular Visit To Steam Room Can Help Treat Unblock Sinuses. 

Steam rooms can create an environment that warms the mucous membrane and encourages deep breathing. As a result, heading to one can help break up congestion inside your sinuses and lungs, therefore, can be used to help treat colds, unblock sinuses, and aid breathing. But overdoing it can potentially scald you so don’t stay inside too long.

4. A Regular Visit To Steam Room Can Reduce Stress.

The moist heat from the steam room is said to increase the production of endorphins. Endorphins are the hormone that regulates the level of stress. When your endorphins levels go up, you feel more in control and relaxed. It not only improves your health but also helps heal your mind and keep you refreshed and rejuvenated.

5. A Regular Visit To Steam Room Will Helps Cleanse The Skin.

Our skin is exposed to all sorts of toxins and dirt and these are trapped underneath the skin surface and leads to discolouration, pimples and acne. Steam rooms help solve those problems because heat can open up your pores. The warm condensation rinses away the dirt and dead skin that can lead to breakouts. As a result, you will have a clearer and more even-toned skin.

Can Visiting Steam Rooms Regularly Help Lose Weight?

Hmm, NO and that goes for both the sauna and the steam room, so don’t get your hopes up high! You will lose a lot of your body’s water weight because of the excessive sweating from the heat but sweating it out in the steam rooms or saunas aren’t the most effective way to lose weight quickly. However, using steam rooms regularly especially after an intense workout at the gym could help your diet and exercise routine to be more effective. It is a great post-workout that can cleanse the body of toxins and improve immunity.

Here’s why steam room visit is an incredible post-workout. When you’re in the steam room or sauna, your heart rate increases. If you use a steam room after an intense workout, your heart rate is already elevated, and the steam room can prolong that elevation. When used correctly, experts note that saunas and steam rooms stimulate your body in ways that typical exercise does not. But do take note, the overheating will dehydrate your body so make sure to drink ample amounts of water after a steam room visit to avoid dehydration. 

Where Are The Best Steam Rooms Around Kuala Lumpur?

1. Mandara Spa

Mandara Spa is located within the integrated township of Sunway City & Resort. The spa features two executive suites with sunken bath and steam-shower room, five single therapy suites, three of which includes single spa suites with an en-suite steam-shower room that embraces a contemporary Asian ambience. This enchanting sanctuary promises serenity and intimacy and conjures up the relaxation everyone could dream of.

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2. The Spa, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur 

Mandarin Oriental’s beautifully designed spa, The Spa offers the ideal space in which to exercise your mind, body and spirit. Here you will find a true sanctuary for the senses, as the staff and ambience provide guests with complete relaxation. The facilities include five solo treatment rooms, one couple treatment room with steam room. They recommend that you arrive an hour before the start of your appointment to make full use of their avant-garde steam room, sauna, hot and cold whirlpools. 

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3. Ossoto KL, Wisma Mirama 

For those who love good pamper-sesh, Ossoto Spa on is one of their most popular destinations. The spa offers a number of services that are all performed by trained professionals, including spa and wellness treatments. The ambience that it gives off soothes and puts you in immediate comfort as soon as you step inside. Here they only use exclusive herbal and essential oils to ensure a  treat for the skin. 

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4. Be Urban Wellness KL

Be Urban Wellness aims to provide those who have jam-packed lives, with a sanctuary of holistic health within the busy city of Kuala Lumpur. Their wholesome approach will be shown to you with the numerous services that they provided, with the mindset of helping out community grow in health and balance. Over the years, with knowledge from the East and West, as well as, a dedicated team, they’ve been able to offer multi-award winning programmes and treatments.

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5. Hammam Spa

The first Moroccan Spa in South East Asia, the Hammam Spa is a popular spa in KL. Since its inception, the Hammam has been a gathering place, to relax, socialise, build connections, even to do business, and to celebrate life events like bridal parties, baby showers and birthdays. They say that the precious and nourishing relationship between our bodies and water is revived as we awaken our natural instincts to reconnect spiritually with other beings through water’s life-giving properties. 

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7. Bayu Spa

Bayu Spa is located on the 4th floor of the 5-star Grand Bluewave Hotel Shah Alam, They provide services that cover the whole body, including full body massage, full body scrub, facial, citrus bath, flower bath, and hair treatment. They also provide complete spa packages such as The King Of the Day, Bridal Spa Packages and so on. Their only focus is to treat you the best as they can, and all guests are welcome as Bayu Spa isn’t exclusive to hotel guests.

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8. Swansana Spa, Impiana Hotel 

Nestled within the confines of Kuala Lumpur’s famed Golden Triangle, Swasana Spa at Impiana KLCC Hotel emerges as the best of a metropolitan luxury spa with the melting cultural hotspot in Kuala Lumpur. Swasana Spa takes you on a voyage of wellness with the right blend of traditional treatments indigenous to the Asian region. All body massages are conceptualized to provide guests with the perfect indulgence, rejuvenation and pampering. 

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9. Anggun Spa at Hotel Maya

This luxury spa brings together a multitude of approaches, Malay urut, Thai massage, even Balinese enjoyed in the comfort of 4 individual and 2 couple private treatment rooms. The facilities at Anggun Spa include an indoor heated hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium and fitness workout studio. Overall, indulgence in your chosen path toward beauty and relaxation guided by the gentle hands of their qualified therapists.

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10. Royale Spa by Hotel Royale Chulan Damansara

Royale Chulan Damansara Petaling Jaya offers facilities and services that cater to various activities and interests. So whether you want to have fun, relax, or accomplish important tasks, they truly ensure you’ll have just what you need on hand. For those looking for an invigorating start to their day or for the chance to unwind and recuperate at the end of it, simply melt your worries away at the Royale Spa. 

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11. Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa

Enjoy the feeling of opulence at Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, located at Wisma Mustika Ratu, Taman Shamelin Perkasa Cheras. You’ll enjoy an unforgettable experience at their 5-star rated spa and benefit from their affordable prices. Relax and unwind with their authentic Royal Javanese beauty and wellness recipes, and receive the best service by well-trained therapists.

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