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State-of-the-Art Steam

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

State-of-the-art Steam

Steam Shower ControlGone are the days of dial-up and black and white television. Consumers have moved on to the faster, more efficient, and more effective ways of the digital age where modern acronyms like HDTV and DSL are household names. Today, all parts of the living space are getting technological makeovers. ThermaSol is ahead of the curve in the bathroom with the only 100% digital Steam Shower System available on the market today. The upgrade wasn’t easy, and ThermaSol dedicated three years of intense engineering to revamp the products in their steam program; bringing every aspect of their Steam Shower to the digital era by incorporating 100% solid-state digital technology.

Steam ShowerAll other steam bath manufacturers use the decades-old analog technology. Analog steam shower systems operate via a unidirectional analog command where an electronic pulse is sent through telephone-style cables to the generator in order to command functions. Any added features like a music-system or lights must be run independently of an analog steam unit and requires an extra cable or cables. With no communication network in place to verify what the specific pulse is, the opportunities for error are endless. The system is also susceptible to uncontrollable influences like voltage spikes or lightning. This can cause the generator to activate and run; which can cause the destruction of a home’s interior and more.

ThermaSol’s 100% digital Steam Shower System provides the only networked system that contains 100% digital communication technology. Everything connected receives and transmits information to ensure that there are no reading errors as to what the command is. Expandability is also easy; features like the Serenity Light & Music System, and the Easy Start Control can be added by simply plugging them into the equipment, and will be detected by the controls to operate accordingly. With a ThermaSol 100% digital Steam Shower System, the bath is an oasis where luxury incorporates the most advanced technology; insuring reliability, convenience and safety.

Is it a Good Time for a Bathroom Remodel?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Believe it or not, now might actually be a good time for upgrading your master bathroom and creating a luxurious oasis in your home. The obvious reason that this is a good idea is because if you do it now, then you will be able to enjoy your new bathroom for years to come. If you do it today you will get more enjoyment out of it than if you did it next year.

A less obvious reason is that a mid-range to high-end bathroom remodel projects might just be a great place for investment in your home if you are looking to improve the resale value. Although Remodel Magazine is predicting in their Cost vs. Value Report for 2009-2010 that the value of remodeling a bathroom will not recoup as much of the costs as other renovations, even they admit that despite falling home prices pushing the value of remodeling investments down for the fourth consecutive year, small-scale projects and replacements may be leading the way to recovery.

For a full mid-range or high-end bathroom remodel  you are likely to recoup around 75% of the job’s cost if you hire an architect or designer and let the professionals handle the entire project. That’s pretty good for a more-or-less hassle free remodel, considering the enjoyment you’ll receive from having a magnificent new bathroom will surely be worth the 25% of the costs. If you do the work yourself your costs may be decreased, but you may not recoup as much of  the work done as you would if a professional had handled the job.

It is also interesting to note that just a year ago the remodel of an upscale bathroom was on an upward trend, despite the housing crisis. We think that in the next year or two buyers will really be analyzing the enjoyment and the carbon footprint that a house brings, valuing these criteria much higher than just the typical luxury renovations.

Upscale Project Projections

Upscale Project Projections

The enjoyment that one receives from a spa-like bathroom continues to gain in popularity as spas and spa services continue to spread to new markets. A more luxurious bathroom is definitely a major selling point in homes today, and we see this trend continuing as people not only want luxury in their homes, but they also want to pamper themselves at home.

One way people are increasing the value of their homes, while creating their own home spa is by installing a luxury steam shower during their remodel. In a recent episode of the HGTV show “Bang for your Buck” a homeowner blew the designer away with his new luxury steam shower, complete with ThermaSol’s Serenity Light & Music system. (You can view the HD Video here).

Bang for your buck video

Bang for your buck video

One thing to consider before you decide on turning your average bathroom into a magnificent home spa is whether or not you really want to spend the money on this renovation. A typical, mid-range bathroom remodel will cost you around $17,000, while a high end bathroom remodel will be closer to $50,000. You will also need to look closely at your house and make sure that there’s nothing else more urgent that could use this investment. It doesn’t make any sense to spend this kind of money on a bathroom remodel if you are going to need a new boiler or roof in the next few years. Lastly, no one knows exactly what is going to happen in the housing market in the future, so your guess is as good as anyone’s. That being said, if you plan to spend at least the next 5-10 years in your home, have the money and don’t have any other urgent projects that need to be completed why not treat yourself to a luxurious home spa remodel!

Hammam at the Palms Place Hotel

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I recently got back from a mini Vegas vacation and had a wonderful time. I stayed at the Palms Place Hotel & Spa for the second time in a row and think I have a new favorite Vegas Spa as well. While all the amenities at the Spa are very nice, the Hammam is absolutely exquisite. The Hammam encompasses the age old traditions of Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco and Spain, and combines these traditional elements with a magnificent and innovative use of design and technology.

The Hammam is coed, which makes it the perfect for couples to relax together in a very romantic and sexy environment. Hammams also have a long cultural history of serving as a ritual cleansing experience and typical place for a social gathering. I can totally picture partaking in this Hammam with a larger group of friends, then jumping in the cold pool and going back into the Hammam, all the while having a great time.

Although the steam bath generator did have to turn on from time to time, instead of the typical sound of a generator turning on, the steam shower generator sounded like waves at the ocean! This was very reassuring and relaxing as I know that some steam showers sound like a jackhammer when they turn on and I was worried about that ruining my experience.

If you’re ever in Las Vegas and want to experience an excellent Hammam that is full of curves, with sexy lighting, cool mosaic-tiled booth benches and slabs, the Palms Place Hammam will provide you with exquisite, healthy entertainment!

Visit the Palms Place for more information at: www.PalmsPlace.com

Palms Place Hammam

Palms Place Hammam

Palms Place Hammam

Palms Place Hammam

Palms Place Hammam

Palms Place Hammam

All images courtesy of www.PalmsPlace.com

What is Balneotherapy?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Healthy WaterThe term balneotherapy refers to any spa treatment that you might get that is associated with water, assuming there is a medical benefit to the treatment. This means that the term “balneotherapy” is generally applied to everything that we usually experience during our spa treatments, since the majority of spa treatments do have mental and physical health benefits.

Everything you do while your at the spa, that has a medical benefit and involves water, from drinking water at the spa, to soaking or taking a steam bath all fall under the umbrella of balneotherapy. It even encompasses various kinds of mud and sand facials that are used in spa treatments. The only time you wouldn’t lump a spa treatment into this category is if the treatment is for entertainment value only or if it does not involve some type of water or liquid. This means that nearly all spa treatments are also known as balneotherapy.

Balneotherapy can be used to treat a variety of illnesses and ailments. The most serious illnesses that use balneotherapy to relieve symptoms include cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety, insomnia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, spinal cord injury, spasticity, stroke, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, lichen planus and scleroderma. Other benefits from balneotherapy treatments include the reduction of pain, acceleration of collateral blood circulation, elevation of cellular fluids, relaxation of muscles as well as numerous healing benefits from the absorption of minerals and botanical substances.

Many spas in resort towns base their treatments on their local thermal or mineral water which they use for their treatments as they offer an additional health benefit due to their mineral rich makeups. The belief in the holistic and medical powers of mineral water goes back to prehistoric times and are popular world-wide, but are especially popular in Europe and Japan.

Some typical minerals that can be absorbed through spa treatments include: silica, sulfur, selenium, radium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, lithium, potassium, manganese, bromine, and iodine. Some typical herbs that are used in balneotherapy include rose buds, lavender, peppermint, strawberry leafs, Clary, tea leafs, rosemary, raspberry leaf, orange petals, orange peels, lemon grass, chamomile, rosemary, sage, rose hips and more.

Balneotherapy isn’t just an age old theory and therapy, but one that focuses on alternative medicine, health and wellness benefits. So next time you go to the spa, take comfort in the fact that while it might be extremely enjoyable, it is also good for you and part of a larger category of therapy known as balneotherapy.

Things To Consider Before Installing A Steam Shower

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The bathroom that you are planning on installing the steam shower in should be in good shape. You don’t want to spend money on a luxury item such as a steam shower if your bathroom already needs work. You’re better off investing the money into fixing up your bathroom.

Make sure your current bathroom fan is vented directly to the outdoors, and that it is big enough to move enough air to displace the steam from your steam shower. If your contractor thinks the fan is too small, then make sure to install a larger one.

Make sure you have a suitable location to install the steam generator, so that it will function properly and meet local codes. You’ll need an area where electrical and plumbing lines can be run to and from the unit and where you can get access to the steam unit itself. Most steam generators are fairly small, about 1 foot wide by 2 feet long, so finding a good installation space is usually not an issue.

You will need to install a “steam door” which is a special glass shower door that can completely seals the opening around the tub/shower area so the steam cannot escape. Depending on your setup, this door may have to be custom built, which may add even more money to an already expensive job.

Steam Shower

Steam Shower

How To Size A Steam Shower Generator

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

This post provided by ThermaSol Steam Showers

There are 2 methods for sizing generators:

Non-ThermaSol Steam Generator Sizing Method:
If you have ever bought a steam generator that was not a ThermaSol then you are well aware of the “formula”:

Provide Length x Width x Height of the room.
Adjustment to room volume for: natural Stones: natural marble, stone, shale, glass block or concrete. Multiply by X.
Ceramic or porcelain tile on cement board or mortar board. Multiply by Y.
Number of glass panels. Add X %.
Any windows or sky lights? Multiply by X.
Then add for outside walls, how many? Add Y for one, Z for 2 etc.
Add X % for ceiling height.
Now calculate your adjusted cubic footage.

After completing this formula that is the equivalent of filling out a “tax return”, chances for error are great and if you have a problem that the generator is not making enough steam, it’s your fault! And, as one of the steam shower manufacturer says… even if you did everything as requested, it’s only a recommendation and if it’s not correct it’s your fault. Other steam shower companies want you to physically send them the plans!

ThermaSol Sizing Method:
Simple Sizing: Length x Width x Height = Cubic Footage; then choose your unit from the Price Schedule.

Summary:
ThermaSol’s sizing method offers multiple advantages:

1. Simple and can be sized by anyone. (no complicated tax return formula)
2. Little chance to select the wrong generator size. (great potential for error with competitive sizing, and it’s your problem)
3. With a ThermaSol brand steam shower generator you can still buy the correct unit even if you haven’t chosen wall materials. (cannot be done by the competitors; they must know material to size the unit)
4. If you choose a type of tile and then change their mind, it’s no problem. (competitors unit will not be sufficient if they change to a more porous material; huge problem)
5. ThermaSol generator number provides added assurance since the number tells you how many cubic feet it does. (A Pro 240 does 240 cubic feet, a Pro 650 does 650 cubic feet, etc.)
5. For peace of mind there is only one sizing method that makes sense: Simple Sizing by ThermaSol.

ThermaSol, the choice of professionals worldwide since 1958.

Vintage Pictures of People Enjoying Steambaths

Friday, December 4th, 2009

For more vintage pictures of people enjoying steambaths take a look at our Steamy Vintage Steam Shower Pictures.

All images provided by ThermaSol Steambaths

Click on any image for a larger version:

Vintage Steambath

Vintage Steambath

Yellow Steambath

Yellow Steambath

ThermaSol Steambath

ThermaSol Steambath

Black and White Steambath

Black and White Steambath

Steam Shower Warranties – What you need to know

Monday, November 30th, 2009

This post provided by ThermaSol Steam Showers –ThermaSol.com

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One Steam Shower Manufacturer’s Warranty:
– 1 year on controls and cables; at their place of choice. After the first year the customer is responsible for parts and labor on controls and cables.

– 5 years on generators for material defect; at their place of choice. After 5 years the customer pays for parts and labor on their generator.

– Warranty is non-transferable.

Another Steam Shower Manufacturer’s Warranty:
– 5 years on working components for material defect.

– The first 2 years of the 5 they cover labor.

– They claim they are the only company to cover poor water quality; covered for 5 years.

– Exceedingly inaccurate.

ThermaSol Warranty:
– Dependent on model you receive 2 or 3 year in-home coverage, parts & labor for material defect.

– Lifetime parts & labor warranty at factory; no questions, no exclusions! Yes, not even water quality!

– Warranty is transferable should you sell your home.

Summary:

ThermaSol offers immeasurable advantages unavailable from others:

  1. A lifetime of coverage; no questions, no worries. (Superior to 1, 2 or 5 year warranties)
  2. Labor & parts coverage for a lifetime; no exclusions or questions. (Unavailable from competitors)
  3. Warranty covers whatever has failed on the unit including items that fail from poor water quality; for a lifetime. (Unavailable from competitors)
  4. Transferable should you sell your home.
  5. Which would you choose; after 5 years no commitment from the manufacturer or coverage for parts & labor for a lifetime from ThermaSol?

PowerFlush Feature On Your Steam Shower

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

This post provided by ThermaSol Steam Showers –ThermaSol.com

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Inner-tank maintenance; are you aware that there is only one system that actually works?  PowerFlush is standard on all ThermaSol generators, it is the only bona fide inner-tank cleaning system.

Other Steam Showers:
These steam shower manufacturers have terms such as “Flushing System” sound good but the reality unfortunately does not live up to the verbage. Each of the competitors use inaffective gravity drains whether manual or auto. The water within the tank is released and drained via gravity, nothing more.

Imagine a pot with a 1/2 inch drain hole at the bottom. Pour some Corn Flakes to cover the bottom of the pot then add water or milk filling half the pot. Let it sit over night. The next day remove the drain plug. What happens? The water or milk will slowly find its way through the Corn Flakes and drip out virtually leaving all the corn flakes in the pot. This analogy demonstrates the system used to try and clean the inner-tank in competitive generators. Unfortunately gravity alone doesn’t suffice.

ThermaSol Steam Shower Generator Method:
PowerFlush, was specifically designed to purge calcification build-up from the inner-tank. This unique system uses a combination of household water-line pressure (40 to 80 lbs) and specially designed inner-tank “speed slots” to increase the water pressure. This water pressure effectively sweeps the bottom of the tank removing build-up.

Picture the same pot but rather than just having a drain plug it was used as a water inlet. Now, instead of draining the tank via gravity you PowerFlush the Corn Flakes from the bottom of the tank, and out the top. There would be a compelling difference in the amount of Corn Flakes removed when using pressure rather than gravity.

Summary:
1. To remove sediment from the tank it requires pressure. (gravity alone does not work)
2. PowerFlush increases the lifespan of your generator. (your personal maintenance man)
3. By using the drain as a water inlet you’re no longer required to plumb it to a drain. (installation savings, only from ThermaSol)
4. There is only one effective inner-tank cleaning system, PowerFlush.

ThermaSol, the choice of professionals worldwide since 1958.

Luxurious Spa Gifts

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

There are a number of amazing spa gifts you can get for your friends and family this year, but if you’re looking to go the extra mile by shelling out the big bucks you might consider one of these luxurious spa gifts:

1. Crystal Massage Therapy: For centuries people have worn crystal and jade because of the belief that they contained healing properties. These treatments are widespread across Asia and are spreading into Europe and western society. Although there is no medical proof that crystals, diamonds or jade hold any healing benefits, if the person that you are giving this gift to believes that they do have healing benefits, then it’s as good as if they have been proven by the medical society. You can purchase these services at a number of high end spas, including the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, Twelve Apostles Hotel and Sanctuary Spa in Cape Town and Twelve Apostles Hotel and Sanctuary Spa in Cape Town. Read more about Crystal Massage Therapy here.

Crystal Massage

Crystal Massage

2. Gold Facial: The 24 Karat Gold Facial has become more and more popular in the past decade, because of it’s ability to reduce file lines on the face and to prevent aging. This treatment is only available at a handful of spas and beauty centers in the country, including the Veronica Spa in Malibu California, where they use 24 Karat Gold, Gama PGA and Nano Mist technology to help lighten, brighten and hydrate your skin to leave it firmer and younger feeling. The Willow Stream Spa At Fairmont Newport Beach also offers a gold facial using the same technique as the Veronica Spa. Read more about gold facials here.

Gold Facial

Gold Facial

3. Luxury Spa Retreat: Who wouldn’t want to get away from it all, to have nothing to worry about but relaxing and enjoying high end treatments and services? There are hundreds, if not thousands of luxury spas in the country, all which offer nothing but the highest level of service with their luxury treatments. You can find a full, complete list of luxury spas in the US through the use of Spa Finder’s search tool.

Two Bunch Palms Resort

Two Bunch Palms Resort

4. Installation of a Steam Shower – The ultimate spa gift is having your own luxury steam shower. A steam shower will bring with it an added luxury that will not only increase the value of your home, but also increase your enjoyment and add endless home spa options to your home relaxation. Steam showers can be affordable, but make sure to have the pros install it if you don’t trust yourself with the installation because no gift should turn into a project gone wrong.

Steam Shower

Steam Shower


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