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The steam bath - sweating with a small difference

Let's get one thing straight up front: If we are talking about the steam bath, we are not talking about the classic sauna. Even if there is a lot of steam in the sauna at the latest during the infusion, this has nothing to do with a steam bath.

Everyone can sweat in both forms, either in the sauna or in the steam bath. However, there are functional differences here, which also have an effect on how the two forms of sweating are perceived.

In the sauna, there is a relatively high level of heat with high temperatures but comparatively low humidity. With the exception of a sauna infusion, the relative humidity is between 2 and 60 percent. The lowest air humidity is under the ceiling, the highest in the footwell. At medium altitude the humidity is about 15 percent. So in the sauna we sweat primarily because of the high temperatures.

Even in the steam bath it is not exactly cool. However, the room temperatures here are only kept at around 50 degrees Celsius. In contrast to the sauna, here the humidity is regulated in such a way that it appears to be supersaturated and fine water droplets form even in the air. A climate as one imagines it in the jungle. Here, mainly because of the high air humidity, one sweats at medium heat.

The effects of sauna and steam bath are about the same. The sauna is only more strongly represented because it is easier to heat the air strongly than to soak it beyond the saturation level.

What's up in the steam room?

At first sight, steam baths work with Steam Bath Generator similar to the sauna. Mostly the rooms are kept a little smaller and the temperatures hardly exceed 50 degrees. Because of the extremely high humidity, good steam baths are also not made of wood, but preferably of plastic elements. The steam bath can be recognised by the fact that when you look through the door, a rather dense steam (fog) floats through the steam chamber.

As in the sauna, a stay of up to 15 minutes is recommended; experts speak of a stay of eight to twelve minutes in the steam bath itself. Then, as in the sauna, a cooling phase should be inserted. Sweating can be repeated up to three times in the steam cabin.

Whether sauna or steam bath is better must be judged individually. For people who do not like very high temperatures, a steam bath with steam is the better choice, provided that the very high humidity is tolerated. Those who don't like it quite so wet and can cope well with the temperatures in the sauna go on to the sauna and do without the modern steam bath with inhalation.

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