We’ve all done it – lingered in the shower, the bathtub, or the steam bath, not wanting to get out and face the chill of the bathroom or spa. We’ve let the water run, dreading the goose bumps on our skin, the tepid air that makes us shiver. And of course, we’ve wished for a way to extend the warmth as we stepped out onto the rug or the tiled floor.
Ah, steam—that limb-loosening, detoxifying, trance-inducing tonic for what ails you. You’ll find steam rooms in resorts, spas, community bath houses of all description, therapeutic centers, and increasingly in private homes. But where did the steam bath begin? When did humans start taking the vapors in earnest?
The healing potential of steam extends beyond mere relaxation. From helping to elevate mood to increasing metabolism, steam rooms have an important role to play in your overall wellness program.
Are you renovating or creating a brand new bathroom? It’s an exciting prospect. But have you considered how this space can age with you? How you can welcome family and visitors, young and old, and make sure that they, too, can enjoy it safely? That's where safe bathroom design comes in.
It’s hour two of the all-hands staff meeting. There’s a pause in the excitement as the IT guy is summoned to reboot PowerPoint yet again. Your shoulders still ache from that ill-advised third set of kettlebell deadlifts you had for lunch instead of the pasta puttanesca you really wanted. At this moment, you are staying alive for one reason and one reason only: the transcendently relaxing steam shower that awaits you at home.
You know this feeling: the complete satisfaction that washes over you when you realize that the investment you just made in your home, and yourself, is guaranteed by a company that has been earning customers trust for nearly 100 years.
You walk into a kitchen where cookies are baking, and suddenly you’re transported back to your grandmother’s kitchen. Or you catch a whiff of a certain perfume that makes you smile. It’s only later that you realize that the happy feeling was rooted in the memory of your prom date.
Don't you cherish a good night’s sleep? Like so many people, the stresses of life may not always allow you to get the quality of sleep you need. According to the National Institutes of Health, long-term stress or high levels of stress can lead to mental and physical health problems (that tension headache didn’t start the day with you). While ignoring your day-to-day responsibilities isn’t an option, there are ways to reduce stress and improve relaxation time with steam.
In romantic Tuscany, there lies a special thermal spa where visitors can indulge in the pleasures of steam. The Adler Thermae Spa & Relax Resort resides in the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, amid world-renowned wine and cuisine along the Mediterranean coast. For a dedicated seller of steam, it's the destination of a lifetime to experience firsthand the history of steambathing.
Now that you’ve chosen to indulge in the many benefits of steam — relief from stress and pain, increased flexibility and circulation, improved breathing and skin tone…just to name a few — it’s time to get down to details.
Specifically, the steamhead and where to place it in a steam shower.