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Get steamy: saunas, steam rooms, and steam showers

Sarah Kelsey is a lifestyle writer, editor and spokesperson based in Toronto. She was the editor of AOL/The Huffington Post Canada’s StyleList, Style and Living sites. Today, she's a freelancer writing for some of North America’s top pub...

One of the best things about staying in a hotel or at a resort is the luxury of indulging in a hot sauna, steam room, or steam shower. Now, thanks to several big-box stores who are adding these items to their everyday lines, it’s possible to enjoy such extravagances in your very own home.

Enjoy a sauna experience and enhance circulation

Saunas

A sauna is a room—and sometimes a small hut—designed to enhance circulation and improve your cardiovascular system. During a session, it's filled with dry or wet heat and temperatures can range from 140 degrees F to more than 200. The idea is to relax and sweat out toxins that are affecting your body.

There are two types of saunas currently available: conventional and infrared. Conventional saunas warm the air (usually through steam vents), while infrared ones create heat through warmed-up objects (like charcoal or carbon).

 

Pearl designer sauna

Pearl designer sauna, $4,500-$8,000 (sauna.com)

 

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