Spa vs. Steam Room vs. Sauna

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    Mar 01, 2009 5:10 PM GMT
    What do you guys use (or none?), and why? How often do you use them and when?
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    Mar 01, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
    Steam... it opens up my sinuses.
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    Mar 01, 2009 5:43 PM GMT
    The Steam Room

    I feel like I get a better post-workout sweat than with the others
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    Mar 01, 2009 6:02 PM GMT
    Luckydog76 saidSteam... it opens up my sinuses.


    Same with me. The 10 minutes I spend in the steam room 3-4 times a week is about the only time I can breathe clearly (darn allergies)
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    Mar 01, 2009 6:06 PM GMT
    My gym only has a sauna. They are less maintenance and more sanitary.

    With steamrooms you have watch out for sanitation. Make sure the gym is sanitizing the steamroom properly cuz obviously a warm moist environment is ideal for all sorts of stuff to grow.
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    Mar 01, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
    Caslon9000 said a warm moist environment is ideal for all sorts of stuff to grow.


    Believe me, something is growing whenever I'm in the steam room. icon_wink.gif

    Sorry, couldn't resist. My gym is very good about making sure nothing improper happens in the steam room or sauna.
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    Mar 01, 2009 6:47 PM GMT
    Definitely steam room is my preference...and prefer it when they spray in eucalyptus...it really helps open up the sinuses!
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    Mar 01, 2009 7:33 PM GMT
    Steam room. Definitely clears my pores.
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    Mar 01, 2009 9:19 PM GMT
    I prefer to do it in the hot tub. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 01, 2009 9:29 PM GMT
    steamroon before I shave
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    Mar 01, 2009 10:42 PM GMT
    Every week I attend Sauna which is a facility built alongside a family leisure pool (with flumes, erupting volcano, things like that) The facility is attended by Russian, German and French students, many find the compulsory wearing of the cossie being at odds with their sauna culture back home. For a typical session, I first open my pores in the circular steam room. There are two levels of seating here, I always go upstairs to the upper tier. Using a waterproof stopwatch, I spend 3x15 minutes sittings, separated by a plunge in the cold pool. Then I relax in the dry sauna, normally for 6x15 minute sittings, but I may add another sitting if I wish. Since I have been visiting the sauna since 1976, I have gradually acclimatized to this schedule. I would not reccommend any beginner or inexperienced to try the same. These facilities are not to be confused with the gay bath-house, something which is quite different.
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    Mar 01, 2009 10:50 PM GMT
    dry sauna. No funny business.

    I like it hot.

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    Mar 01, 2009 10:55 PM GMT
    I like all of them, but my favorite is to get a great massage. Steam room is also very nice.
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    Mar 01, 2009 11:01 PM GMT
    I like all three! Jacuzzi most, then steam, then sauna - in that order.
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    Mar 02, 2009 12:41 AM GMT
    After a good workout my routine is sit in the dry sauna till I am really sweated up good then shower. After the shower I like to sit in the steam room for a bit and if I have time finish off with a short sitting in the whirlpool.
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    Mar 02, 2009 12:43 AM GMT
    I like the dry sauna more than the steam room. Also, recently read a report that those who use the dry sauna or steam after a workout have a lower rate of colds than the general population. The belief is the heat/steam helps raise the body temp long enough to kill the cold bug.
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    Mar 02, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    all 3 but dry sauna preferred, can read the paper
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    Mar 02, 2009 1:08 AM GMT
    My body loves the steam room after a hard workout and/or run.
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    Mar 02, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    Dry sauna... so comfortable and insanely hot. But then, I am a desert creature, so hot and dry are two of my favorite things.
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    Mar 02, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    Never used any of these at the gym until last fall, when I started swimming laps again after a long, long layoff (bad shoulder). Here's my routine now:

    After swimming, I hit the jacuzzi for 10 minutes - with one of the jets right on my bad shoulder. It's usually pretty fatigued and tight after a hard workout, and the hot water and jet action help loosen it up a lot.

    After the jacuzzi, I prefer to hit the steam room. I go running immediately after my workout, but after breathing in chlorine for twenty or thirty minutes my windpipe and lungs are pretty whacked, so the steam helps open the breathing passages before my run.

    However - steam rooms are hard to maintain. Often the steam room at my gym is either not operating at all, or not hot enough. In that case I use the dry sauna instead. That clears out the breathing passages almost as well.
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    Mar 02, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    STEAMmmmmmmmmm
    I enjoy the way it makes me feel during and after, everyone keeps looking at me asking''what did you do'', they think i'v had some work done and all thats really different is my clear complexion.icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 03, 2009 5:21 PM GMT
    K, my turn to answer my own thread.

    Recently I been swimming a lot, so it's always a nice transition to go from cold water to hot water in the spa. I been trying both the sauna and steam room too afterward, which have both been nice, different feelings.

    Sunday, I did yoga and afterwards decided to go in all three cuz I was recovering from cross-country skiing soreness. I didn't enjoy the spa as much cuz I wanted to relax in a hot environment, so the spa was not as nice. The steam room smelled a little, but otherwise, I think I'd prefer it a bit over the sauna. I've never had a problem with the sauna smelling though (yet).