One of the advantages of getting a massage at a day spa rather than at a discount clinic is the availability of amenities such as saunas, showers, and steam rooms. A hot shower after a massage feels wonder and enhances the relaxation of your muscles – a steam session takes that one step further.
Still many day spas, and nearly all massage only facilities, do not have steam rooms so you may have to go to a resort spa or look around a little to find a day spa with this option. If the steam room is public there will usually be no charge to use it (the charge is built into your massage rate); however, if it is private there will be a charge.
A private steam room session, if available, is worth the few buck it will cost. You don’t have to wrap yourself up in a towel (thereby insulating the core of your body) and you can often go in with a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. A public steam room can be segregated by sex, and if not will require you to wear a bathing suit to go in and enjoy the steam.
Steam therapy is very relaxing, can be great for your respiratory system (especially in dry climates like Arizona), is detoxifying, and relaxes your muscles. Just sitting quietly in the steam room can really help prolong your relaxation level well beyond what a massage only experience can do. You can sometimes give yourself a body scrub in the steam room (if it is private) or add aromatherapy or another enhancement to your steam experience. In a private steam room you may find the shower is in the same room so you can shower right after the steam.
So the next time you get a massage, seek out a day spa or resort spa and utilize an amenity such as a steam or a sauna. You may find that your massage experience is greatly enhanced.