What is it?
Also known as a Yoni steam, vaginal steams are a popular homeopathic treatment with detoxifying and healing properties. With benefits like these, there’s no wonder why a holistic goddess like Gwyneth Paltrow, founder of GOOP, recommends them in her 2021 “Guide to live your best life.” Traditionally, the steam is infused with herbs that are known to have holistic properties and directed toward the vulva to promote circulation, reduce inflammation, and regulate bacterial growth.
So where does it come from?
The treatment is sacred to many ancient societies for its restorative benefits. Because the process provides comfort and soothes many ailments associated with menstrual cycles, menopause, and vaginal discomfort, it was thought to provide a wide array of benefits from spiritual protection to aiding in fertility. Today we know that some of the ancient claims aren’t scientifically backed but it still provides many natural benefits.
V steam in the media:
Influential celebrities rave about their steams and how much they love it. Paltrow jump started the trend in 2015 with a blog post on Goop. Since then, V-Steams have become a common spa treatment. One of Red table talk’s most influential episodes highlights V-Steams where hosts, Jada Pinkett, Willow Smith, and Gammy Norris, talk about how the treatment was about connecting with their intimate area. Chrissy Teigan has also surprised us with a hilarious self care day instagram post of her sitting on a steam chair with a face mask on.
So, What is it like to get one?
My first V steam:
5 years ago, I tried my first V-Steam when a friend of mine convinced me to do one at a traditional bathhouse. We were in a room where other women were also steaming and overall, it was a good experience. The steam was hot and fragrant. A couple women, myself included, couldn’t handle the heat and were told to stand up and sit down to air out the steam. I didn’t even mind it being such a public experience for a private area. But, I wasn’t eager to do it again anytime soon.
V-Steam at VSPOT:
Honestly, it feels like heaven right after the aftermath of cramps and a heavy flow. At Vspot, instead of sitting over a pot, like my first experience, I was lying down on a spa bed with a cozy robe on. The treatment lasted about 40 minutes and included steaming along with a brief lymphatic massage on the abdomen. It’s followed by LED light therapy to promote healing and purification. I was alone in the room and a steamer directed steam at my lady parts while I relaxed. The steamer uses ozone that reduces bacteria and a pelvic decongestant is added for even more benefits. The herb blend is basil, calendula, mugwort, marshmallow root, wormwood and rose petals… how romantic! The steam is the perfect temperature and smells amazing. During the massage, you can feel how much your abdomen needed it and I felt the alleviation immediately after. I’ve used LED light therapy for my face but never for down there! The red light is for cell recovery and faster healing while blue light is antibacterial and purifying. I do them monthly now and have another reason to look forward to my cycle ending. So thank you, Gwyneth! It’s a part of my regular routine and helps me live my best life.