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The Steam Baths
No appointments necessary


Your own private steam room


Looking for a quiet retreat? Off the busy Copeland Street enter the unlikely haven of Finland Steam Baths.  A water fountain, tubular bell and beautiful crystals await you in the entrance hall. Upstairs, the owner, Seppo Pakkala, or one of his staff will give you a friendly welcome and show you to one of the immaculate private steam rooms. Here you will have your own wood-paneled dressing area, shower room and steam room. A tranquil space for yourself or to share.

General Information:

In Massachusetts Finland Steam Baths provides a unique opportunity to have your own private rooms;  this means you have your own dressing area, steam and shower rooms.

Your own private retreat where no one can reach you!
 
(Bok Tower Gardens, Florida).

We have a walk-in service so NO appointments are necessary. Usually there is little to no waiting time. If there is a wait and you are in the Steam Baths before closing time you WILL get a steam!

The rooms are all approximately 5’x7’. The steam rooms have 2 wooden benches set at different levels and the shower area has one bench and a stool.

Typically the steam rooms reach temperatures of 125-135ºC. Saunas can reach temperatures of over 200º but steam has a much higher humidity which means it feels as hot but it’s easier on your body. Heat is generated by pulling a lever which allows water to sprinkle onto a hot radiator.

If you are interested in seeing our facilities we will be happy to show you around during open hours.

What to bring?
We provide towels, wash cloth and a bucket to fill for washing or cooling off. So, bring anything you would usually use in the shower: soaps, shampoos, conditioners, loofas, brushes etc.

 We do sell specialty soaps (see 'gifts' section) and also small sized soaps at minimal cost.

It is advisable to bring plenty of water to drink as you will be losing a
lot from your body as you steam. If you forget we do sell bottled water.

Cost: $30.00 per person/hour.
Keep a check on our "Special Offers" section and our notice boards at the Steam Baths!

Please note we do not accept credit cards:
Cash or check only please.


Time Keeping!

The cost of a steam bath is $30.00 per person UP TO 1 HOUR.
You are responsible for keeping to time!
If you want us to do this for you please ask.
When we flick the lights this means the hour is up.
Please be respectful.

For those who persistently take advantage we will charge for extra time! Thank you.

Who for?

Steam is great for virtually anybody! Please observe the health warning and note that if you know your body really doesn't do well in heat then probably you’re better without.

For most people regular steaming is extremely beneficial in hot or cold weather, young and old alike. Last season our youngest steamer was just 2 1/2 weeks old and the oldest 89 years old!  

Daniel enjoying one of his first steambaths!

Why Steam?

First and foremost it promotes a wonderful feeling of well-being. It can be for a social event meeting up with friends after work or a quiet time to spend by yourself or with your partner. It provides a space to really communicate with one another. How many of us set aside time for this in our busy lives? The most we’ve had in one steam room is nine although they did say they probably couldn’t fit in any more!  
 

 Aahh! That's better! Taking time to cool-off  in the shower room!


The Birthday Boy! Post group steam - yes, they did all fit in the same steam room!

The relaxation associated with the steam brings tremendous health benefits on all levels. Decreased stress is a major factor influencing our physical body and physiological processes. We all know how when we have a bad day at work or we are worried about something that same old ‘thing’ plays up again.

  

You can climb the highest mountain, or...
 (Sandia Crest, AlbuquerqueNM)

 
..........drift off into the sunset


Whatever you do, leave all your troubles behind you!

So, steam helps with, for example: reducing stress;  detoxification; insomnia; fatigue; acne and psoriasis; menstrual pain; poor circulation; chest and sinus infections; general aches and pains and even hangovers! It boosts the immune system, metabolic rate and helps your body regulate temperature.

The negative ions produced by water turning to vapor quickly are also great for your health and gives you the same ‘feel good’ factor as standing by the ocean or waterfall.

For an excellent comprehensive review on steaming click ‘Sweat bathing and the Body’ by Mikkel Aaland - whole section on ‘steam’ includes Finnish culture and steams in other countries.

Health caution:

Please check with your Doctor if you suffer from any serious illness, especially acute heart/circulatory and respiratory problems, before you steam. As a basic guide, taking a brisk walk puts an equivalent workload on your heart as a Sauna (Finnish Sauna Society).  

If you don’t tolerate heat well it is probably better you avoid steam except for short periods. 

Pregnancy is not a contraindication for steam. A study on pregnant Finnish women who took regular sauna showed it was very healthy for both Mother and Baby. 

What do I do?

Before:

Avoid having a large meal or being very hungry before a steam as this will leave you feeling uncomfortable or faint.

Ideally remove all clothing . Any clothing causes a large temperature differential to occur across your body significantly increasing loading on your heart.  

 
You will have a private dressing room

Remove any jewelry and glasses as the metal can get extremely hot and burn you. Fingers will tend to swell temporarily making it more difficult to remove rings once you’ve started to steam.

During:

Click The Finnish Sauna/Bathing in a Sauna link. Similar principles apply to taking a steam and sauna except instead of throwing water on hot rocks you pull a lever to sprinkle water on a radiator.

There is no absolute way of taking a steam. Of primary importance is what feels good to you? Basic rules are always feel comfortable in your body, give yourself regular breaks by taking cool showers around every 5-10 minutes and keep sipping on water.  


Your shower room

If you find yourself getting too hot, splash yourself with cold water from the bucket, move to the lower bench/lie down in the steam room or take a break and have a cool shower.

If you’re sharing a steam with someone else it can be extremely nurturing to wash each other. Lying down on the benches with your feet resting up the wall is great for lymphatic drainage especially if you pump your ankles. This is also excellent after exercise to decrease any muscle soreness.

Remember, if you do lie down take it slowly getting up to allow your blood pressure to adjust and avoid any dizziness. The heat causes a generalized opening of blood vessels in your body resulting in a temporary drop in blood pressure and a rush of blood from your head as you become upright.

The best time to wash and scrub yourself is after several cycles of hot and cold followed by a short steam to fully open up the pores in your skin. The wet heat, sweating and washing is possibly the best thing you could do for your skin. Try it for yourself and see how your skin looks and feels afterwards! It’s always great to finish a steam with a cold shower.

N.B. Please do not use any oils (this includes a lot of facial scrubs) in the steam or shower rooms as it leaves the floors dangerously slippery and takes hours of scrubbing to remove.

Drink water little and often. The skin is the largest excretory organ in the body which basically means route for removing waste products. The sweating in the steam increases this rate of removal and along with it a loss of water.

After:

Take your time getting dressed, rest for a while and take regular sips of water. A small snack eaten soon afterwards can help to replenish your body. Go home and relax!

We have our own basic crib sheet available for when you visit us, summarising what to do and what we would appreciate from you:

First time for a Steam Bath? Not too sure what it’s all about? Well, a Steam Bath is a great place for relieving stress and tension and provides some insight into Finnish culture. A good start is to sit down, take some slow, deep breaths in and out before reading these tips for newcomers:

·    Tervetuloa! Welcome! Once you are shown to your private dressing room, remove all clothing (ideally) and jewellery.

·    Take a quick shower.

·    Fill the bucket with cool or cold water and take it into the steam room with you. If the benches are too hot pour some water onto them.

·    Sit comfortably on the top bench then use the lever to sprinkle water onto the radiator in 2-3 short bursts. Wait for the steam (this is called “loyly” in Finnish) to rise and for the heat to drop down. Breath slowly through your mouth. Note, temperatures can reach up to 135° F with 100% humidity!

·    Gradually increase the heat as you feel comfortable. If it’s too hot, simply lean forwards, move to the lower bench or lie down. You can splash yourself with cold water from the bucket. In Finland people go out and roll in the snow or cut a hole in the ice of a lake and jump in (“avantouinti”)!

·    After 5-10 minutes or whenever you feel your body is ready for a break, slowly stand up and take a cool shower. Throwing a bucket of cold water over yourself will certainly invigorate you!

·    Repeat as many times as you want and remember to take regular sips of water to replace lost fluid. Relax, let go and enjoy!

·    After a final steam and when the pores in your skin are fully open take some time to wash and scrub yourself or each other and have a cool shower. Please remember, no oils (often in facial scrubs) in the shower or steam rooms.

·    Please bring the empty buckets into the changing rooms with you. Close and lock the door behind you and press the buzzer straight away BEFORE getting dressed so we know we can come to clean the steam room.

·    Now you can take your time to towel off, sit and cool down, relax, drink water and get dressed once you’re body temperature has returned to normal.

·    Please put your towel and wash cloth in the bucket and leave in the changing rooms.

●   Please do not take any newspapers, books, magazines etc. into the steam or shower rooms. Thank you!

 
Three generations of the Pakkalas reading the morning paper!

Cleanliness:

This is a priority to us at Finland Steam Baths so you don’t need to be concerned about the cleanliness of the rooms. The benches are disinfected after each use and the rooms are completely disinfected and washed down each week. We do use biodegradeable products.The steam itself is a great cleanser. We change the rugs in the dressing rooms regularly.

At the end of each season, the shower and steam room walls and floors are painted and the benches are all varnished. It takes one month of full-time work for two people just to cover the basic preparation of the steam baths for the new season.


Seppo and Kari preparing the benches for the new season

 


Last year the Steam Baths were painted inside and out!

 


Finland Steam Baths
81 Copeland Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-479-5556


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