Archive for June 11th, 2009

The Cultural Progression of the Spa

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Interior of the Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul

Interior of the Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul

The integration of a steam shower is one of the most popular luxury amenities to hit the housing industry. After all, it is a bathing ritual that has been historically practiced from Turkey to Russia, Finland and even by the American Indians.

The Turkish Steam Bath, or Hammam, serves as a social gathering place and ritual cleansing site, as well as an architectural structure. It is a cultural fusion of community, design and the art of relaxation. In a Turkish bath, one relaxes in a warm room and moves to a hotter room, before they conclude the ritual with a splash of cold water.

Similar to the Turkish Hammam, the Russian Banyas (steam houses) usually have three rooms: entrance room, steam room and washing room. The entrance room, called a predbannik or pre-bath, is a room in which to de-robe. Before bathers enter the steam room, a bucket of water is poured over heated rocks in the stove. Bathers often add aromatherapy scents to the water. The washing room features a hot water tap that uses water heated by the steam room stove, as well as a tap for cold water so that it can be mixed to a comfortable temperature for washing.

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New ThermaSol SteamSuite Series

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Steam Suite Plus Controls

Steam Suite Plus Controls

The new ThermaSol SteamSuite Basic Package and ThermaSol SteamSuite Plus Package are new to the market and are affordable steam shower systems that are designed to appeal to all homeowners. The Basic Package includes a Deluxe Steamhead, Time and Temperature Control, and five year “no questions asked” warranty. The price range is $1,099 – $1,760, depending on the size of the shower. The steam generator can be plumbed 50 feet away from the shower enclosure and the system ensures constant steam at a constant rate.

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