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Thursday 21 March 2013

Steam Showers – Therapeutic, Beautiful, and Energy Efficient!

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Steam Showers – Therapeutic, Beautiful, and Energy Efficient!

Have you ever considered converting your tub or existing shower to a steam shower?  Regardless of whether you answered yes or no, we want to inform you about the benefits of having a steam shower in your home. 

First and foremost steam showers are incredibly therapeutic.  There are many benefits of steam that many people don’t about.  Steam helps relax and soothe muscles, provides relief from respiratory and circulatory problems, hydrates skin, and helps prevent skin conditions (Steamist). Many steam shower manufacturers provide in-shower system options that are beneficial to your health.  We already discussed hydrotherapy, the healing power of steam and vapor, but two other therapies include: chromatherapy and aromatherapy.  As many of you know already, aromatherapy is the use of oils to stimulate our sense of smell and absorb into our skin.  The oils come from natural plants and flowers and include: rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, jasmine, and chamomile (ThermaSol). Chromatherapy uses color and light to balance the body’s energy.  It is known that certain colors evoke specific emotions (ie. Green creates a feeling of harmony while violet soothes us). For more details about these healing techniques visit http://www.thermasol.com/.

As obvious as this might be, steam showers conserve more water than the regular shower or bath.  A lot more! A 20 minute steam bath uses only two gallons of water, while a regular shower consumes 40 gallons of water.  The steam generator starts creating steam within seconds, which decreases electricity usage as well.
Steam showers typically feature tile products, making them very visually appealing even when they’re not being used.  Because of the steam vapors, natural stone is not recommended for use in this type of shower.  However, porcelain and ceramic tile is acceptable as long as the product is neither glazed nor polished. A porcelain tile with a high slip resistance rating will be the best choice in the long run.  Whichever product you decide to go with, double-check manufacturer recommendations for shower use. 
 
Sources: http://www.steamist.com/, http://www.daltile.com/information/factors-to-consider, and http://www.thermasol.com/. 

Picture sources: http://www.houzz.com/photos/1994893/Transitional-Master-Bath-contemporary-bathroom-chicago and http://www.houzz.com/photos/696429/Lake-Minnewashta-Remodel-traditional-bathroom-minneapolis