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Steam Bathing: A Journey through the Ages continues with part 7, an exploration of the Banya of Russia.
If you are new to this series, be sure to check out Steam Bathing: A Journey Through the Ages, which introduces the journey, Steam Bathing History With the Ancient Greeks and Romans, the Sweat Lodges and Temazcals of the Native Americans, Steam Bathing in the Onsen and Sento of Japan, The Turkish Hamam and the History of Steam Bathing, and The Roman Baths in England and the History of Steambathing.
Apostle Andrew, who visited Russia and the Ukraine back in the 1100s, was the first in history to describe the banya, the term that encompasses steam baths popular throughout Eastern Europe. He wrote about the wooden bathhouses, which were heated to extreme heat, and how the Russians would lash themselves with reeds before drenching themselves with cold water. He concluded:
With bathroom installations trending larger, more luxurious and more spa-like, builders need to be aware of tips, best practices and the resources available for successfully installing steam showers.
Mr.Steam recently participated in an interview with bathroom professionals on this very subject. The highlights we share below capture advice that builders and construction professionals should consider when specifying and installing home steam showers.
Have you had a chance to watch Mr.Steam: Our History? It's a 2:19 minute video that takes you through the evolution of the company behind Mr.Steam and SteamTherapy, tracing the beginnings of a deep desire to make wellness a way of life.
Are you dreaming of steam? Planning for a home steam shower is literally a dream when using the Virtual Spa from Mr.Steam.
The Virtual Spa is particularly helpful if selecting a steam shower seems daunting. It's an intuitive online tool that vastly simplifies steam generator sizing and offers details on specifications and pricing with just a few clicks of your mouse. The Virtual Spa from Mr.Steam is easy to navigate and use.
If you have asked questions about steam showers and steam shower generators on the SteamTherapy Blog, chances are that Dan Reinert shared his advice with you in response.
We recently caught up with Dan to ask him a few questions of our own.
Mr.Steam: Dan, tell us about yourself, your background and your role at Mr.Steam.
Dan: I started at Sussman (Sussman Automatic is the parent company of Mr. Steam) in our California location in Customer service. That was 1982.
Over time I was transferred to our corporate headquarters in New York and have evolved from handling service issues to working in sales management and product development, eventually becoming Vice President, where I now concentrate on sales for the Eastern United States and the export market. I also work closely with Martha Orellana to roll out the marketing goals and objectives for the division.
Ever wonder what bathroom designers have to say about creating a spa? Our friends at KBtribechat wondered, too, so they hosted a Twitter chat about "Creating the Ultimate Spa Bathroom" on July 23, 2014.
Here are highlights from this conversation about the ultimate in spa bathroom design. We've organized them around the seven questions asked during the chat and added observations from Mr.Steam.
Do you wish you had your very own steam shower to relax and de-stress in everyday? Do you yearn to transform your bathroom into your own personal version of the AIRE Ancient Baths in New York? There's a way, thanks to The Great TOH Giveaway sweepstakes from This Old House!
Yes, really! Mr.Steam is participating in the Great TOH Giveaway with two steam shower products (in the rules, look for prizes #38 and #39):
If you are a regular reader, you know that Mr.Steam celebrates wellness and the art of steamtherapy.
At the same time, Mr.Steam realizes that, despite the deep tradition and history of steam bathing around the world, some people don't have access to what's needed for a steam bath, let alone basic necessities such as a private space to call home or a front door that locks.
In this article, we celebrate members of the Modenus BlogTour community who do something about these basic issues on a regular basis in Guatemala. They remind us how the joys of wellness and steamtherapy come in different forms.
Have you ever attended ICFF, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair? It's a terrific source of contemporary design ideas to incorporate into your own bathroom design.
May 2014 marked the 26th year of ICFF. This year's fair ran from May 17 through May 20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. It also coincided with BlogTour NYC.
Do you know the difference between a steam shower and a sauna?
The terms “steam shower” and “sauna” are sometimes used interchangeably. The two systems are actually quite different from one another, both in the way they work and in the therapeutic benefits they provide.
Let's explore how steam showers and saunas differ from one another.
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