Top 5 Spa Back Treatments

November 12th, 2009

Many of us have had to battle with back pain and headaches due to back and neck issues. We have tried many different techniques and treatments, but one treatment still remains the most effective and safe in our minds. Take a look at our list of the top treatments to find out which one is our favorite!

Note: We are not medical professionals and this article is simply an opinion piece, and not to be taken as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using any of these treatments.

5. Chiropractic Adjustments – Many people swear by the relief they receive from Chiropractic Treatments. Personally, however, we are not necessarily fans of this practice, as it is the only really invasive treatment on the list (besides perhaps acupuncture). We feel that we owe it to our readers to include it though, because if all of the other options on this list have been exhausted then it is worth a shot and may work for you.

4. Somatic Exercises- Somatic Exercises, Hanna Somatics or Somatic Education are all a type of treatment that has been generally used to help people who have back, neck or head pain due to accidents.  We feel that this therapy and education should not be limited to those who have chronic pain, but also those who are looking to improve their health. The practice is fairly complex, but put simply it is a way to renew the control of your muscles through use of the voluntary motor system to alleviate pain. Typically one would receive hands on education and training to teach this method, but there are also books and CD’s that help teach how to relieve and heal through this process where people learn to recapture control of their muscles and movements. The brain is the control center for your muscles, so through this process you learn how to unlearn familiar tension habits and unhealthy muscle movements.

3. Swedish, Thai & Deep Tissue Massages – New studies have shown that weekly deep tissue massages have drastically reduced back pain for people who suffer from chronic lower back pain. This is not a new idea, and many doctors have prescribed massage as a treatment for back pain, now the studies are showing that this treatment is proven to be effective.

2. Acupuncture – According to a new study, Acupuncture, the ancient procedure of inserting and manipulating filiform needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes, may be better for relieving back pain then medications or physical therapy. The study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine this past summer and shows how men and women with chronic low back pain who had never had acupuncture before improved greatly compared to the group who didn’t have Acupuncture, or Acupuncture like techniques.

1. Craniosacral Therapy aka Cranial Osteopathy or Craniosacral Therapy- This treatment is an alternative form of medical therapy that is much more popular in Europe and often performed by doctors (osteopaths) as well as by massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. A session begins with the patient laying on their back while the therapist or doctor places their hands on the hands or feet of the patient and begins massaging softly. The doctor then moves to the head of the patient, and massages the back of the skull, relieving any restrictions of the nerve passages and allowing the cerebrospinal fluid to flow back into the spinal cord and be recirculated back through your nervous system. The doctor then works their way all the way down your body, performing this light massage on all of your nerve passages and spinal cord, ensuring that your entire nervous system is replenished and recirculated throughout your body.

Although this treatment is still looked at with speculation, we have personally undergone this treatment and feel it is the best type of treatment when compared with all others. The first time you have the treatment, you feel as though you are floating on your back on the massage table, as all the restrictions in your nervous system are released. It is thought that the body carries stresses in the nervous system from as far back as your birth, causing health problems down the road. This treatment is extremely successful the first time you have it done, but the more often you go the less of an impact the treatment has on your body as your nervous system is not as out of whack the more times you have the treatment. Regardless, we highly recommend this treatment and hope that it helps many of you out there that have back pain, or even just feel out-of-whack.

The Evolution of the Spa

November 11th, 2009

 

Antient Bath House

Ancient Bath House

Circa 1700 B.C. – The first mention of a bath dates all the way back to the time of Greek mythology, when the King of Crete built his exquisite palace of Knossos. In this palace, large bathtubs were built, and are the first we see of the tub in history. The bath then became famous due to this myth because it is said that it ended up being the place where the King was killed when the daughter of Cocalus, king of Agrigentum, poured boiling water over him while he was taking a bath.

836 B.C. – A spring is said to be discovered by the British king Bladud in Bath, England. It is often thought that this is the first use of the word “Bath” and is most likely the first indication of a hot spring bath in history. The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level.  The story of these baths was embellished to say that the spring had cured Bladud and his herd of pigs of leprosy through wallowing in the warm mud.

Circa 400 B.C. – It was during this time that in ancient Greece, a little city existed named Epidaurus. It was here that Asclepius, the most important healer god of antiquity, brought prosperity to the city, and with this prosperity large public baths were constructed, among other public monuments.

25 B.C – Emperor Agrippa opened  the first imperial thermae in Rome, with pools, steam rooms, grand halls and libraries.

737 A.D. – Japan’s first onsen (hot spring) complex opens near Izumo. It took centuries before this concept was combined with Japanese traditional inns called ryokan. Today there are more than 2,500 onsen sites that offer their visitors an escape from the daily stresses of life.

1000 A.D. – This was the first appearance of the Finnish Sauna, with saunas appearing along the Baltic, where it was said that pin tar, wine and saunas could cure any illness. Even today many Finns still subscribe to some version of this prescription.

1350 A.D. – It was during the bubonic plague that public baths were shut down throughout Europe to prevent spread of the plague.

 

Interior of the Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul

Interior of the Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul

1556 A.D. – The baths of Roxelana, the grandest of the Ottoman Empire, open a Hammam near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The Hammam contained huge domed steam rooms, private washing alcoves and a central massage platform, similar to a Roman bath, but designed to shut out the outside world. Photo Credit: http://www.cagalogluhamami.com.tr

1700’s – During the 1700’s Bath, England became “the premier resort of frivolity and fashion”. It was during the medieval times that Bath fell into disrepair, but during this time period the architect John Woods and his son completely made over the town as a grand Georgian showcase.

1830’s- 1950 – During the Victorian Age Saratoga Springs, New York uses their natural, carbonated mineral waters and luxe hotels to attract luminaries such as Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe and President William Taft. Horse racing and gambling also arrive in Saratoga, and then in the early 1900’s the invention of the automobile allows the wealthy to venture to Saratoga to enjoy the spa town.

1910 – In the 10’s the concept of the day spa was introduced to American women by Elizabeth Arden when she unveiled the Red Door Salon on Fifth Avenue.

1918 – Budapest’s Gellert Baths open and the city becomes Europe’s spa capital. Though Budapest has more than 100 baths and pools, Gellert with it’s amazing Art Nouveau architecture and Turkish inspired thermal pools becomes the place to go.

 

Two Bunch Palms

Two Bunch Palms

1940 – It was around 1940 that destination spas begin to open up in part because of the opening of Rancho La Puerta by Deborah Szekely in Baja California, Mexico. In 1958 Szekely unveiled her Japanese inspired Golden Door Spa in California, which had a more personalized approach to weight loss and fitness, later introducing Jane Fonda to aerobics.

1940’s – The hot springs in the desert of Two Bunch Palms, California becomes a popular hangout for Al Capone who built a hideout here in the 1920’s.  The restaurant and spa become a front for a casino and brothel, and in the 60’s the spa becomes legitimate and lures in Hollywood types. Picture of Palm Springs present day. Photo credit from http://www.twobunchpalms.com/

1957 – Vitabath introduces Original Spring Green Gelee as the first premium, luxury product for the bath and shower.

1958 – In 1958 David Altman designed, built and installed the first minielectric steam bath for home use. The word spread slowly amongst the affluent about this new home amenity. ThermaSol, the company that was founded by David Altman is now the leading manufacturer of Steam Showers.

1970 – The Home Spa becomes more and more popular as Roy Jacuzzi builds on the success of his indoor Jacuzzi bath by unveiling his Whirlpool Spa.

1974 – The fitness spa becomes more popular as the Ashram, in the Santa Monica mountains becomes the first fitness spa designed to provide extremely strenuous exercise with yoga sessions and vegetarian cuisine.

1986 – Spafinder begins as a small travel agency specializing in booking spa vacations, which at the time was a small niche for a travel agency.

1995 – High-end hotels answer the call to add spas to their list of amenities.

 

Medical Spa

Medical Spa

1996 – Bliss helps the day spa phenomenon hit a peak, combining details like turkey feathers and Mongolia lamb’s wool ottomans with their excellent treatments.

1997 – As plastic surgery and botox becomes more popular, dermatologists, surgeons and facial specialists join up to provide Medical Spas.

1999 – This was the first year that the spa industry overtook the amount earned by the ski industry with $5.3 billion in spa services.

2000 – Simultaneous treatments are added to many spa menus so spa-goers can receive a facial and a pedicure/manicure at the same time to save time.

2001 – Interiors of spas become calm and soothing with minimalist designs. Spas begin to hide product, increase privacy and provide private showers.

Future of Spa – The future of spas is uncertain, but it appears that as home spas become more and more popular, the service of having the spas come to you will be the next big step in spas. Soon spas will come directly to your house, as we are seeing with more and more spas offering a “Home Spa Party” package, or in-house treatments. Another example of this can be seen in the plans by the Porta-Spa company, which builds spas for their clientele. Soon Porta-Spa will be offering a Roman decadenza, Japanese grotto or a prefab spa which will be delivered to your home, complete with an aesthetian who will provide your treatments for the day when you purchase a spa.

SmartSteam – Most desired feature in steam bath generators

November 10th, 2009

This post provided by ThermaSol Steam Showers –ThermaSol.com

 

Patented Smart Steam is the ultimate in temperature control; only available from ThermaSol.

How it works:

 

Smart Steam produces the precise volume of steam required to maintain your desired room temperature while conserving energy and providing a quiet relaxed experience. This is accomplished by metering the output of power; the unit only uses enough power to support your requested temperature; no more, no less. For example: if you have a 10 kW generator and you set the temperature at 100 degrees it will use all 10 kW to get to your set temperature but to maintain your temperature it will scale back the power to only what is needed; perhaps 3kw thereby saving energy. A truly green feature. Smart Steam, the “cruise control” of steam bathing is standard on ThermaSol’s Pro Series generators.

Other Steam Showers:

 

Competitive generators turn on and off to maintain the set temperature, and use plenty of energy in doing so. Additionally, this old method creates both an overshoot in room temperature (a room that is too hot & uncomfortable) and an undershoot (a room too cold & uncomfortable). The old method works but it is akin to driving your car with either full gas or full brakes. By turning the unit on and off to maintain temperature you also add a noise factor not found in Pro Series generators.

Summary:

 

Smart Steam is patented worldwide; only available from ThermaSol.

1. Unmatched in providing uniform temperature; the most enjoyable steam bath available. (never too hot or cold)

2. Quiet as a church mouse. (unlike competitive units it is not continually turning on & off)

3. The most efficient use of energy of any generator. (Patented, hence found nowhere else)

4. Exceedingly reliable since you are not taxing the generator by constantly ramping up and ramping down.

5. ThermaSol Pro Series; your Passport to relaxation!

ThermaSol, the choice of professionals worldwide since 1958.

Easy Ways To Stay Healthy & Look Younger Longer

November 9th, 2009

BeautyWe all love going to the spa as often as possible, but those age defying treatments are not free so they can soak up your spa funds, as well as your time. There are plenty of things you can do everyday that will help you look and feel younger and healthier. The first thing you can do is moisturize your skin as often as possible. If you moisturize your skin daily or even a few times a day, you will lock in moisture, and alleviate dryness and potential future dryness, itchiness and rashes. To soothe your skin you can use the less expensive moisturizer as long as you apply often. Apply the moisturizer to your face, hands, feet and elbows in order to preserve your skin, keeping it moisturized and looking young.

When you are enjoying a long soak, hot tub or sauna make sure to hydrate yourself. We love the spa, but if you don’t replenish the life blood of your body, water, then you will shrivel up like a dried out raisin. Most people should be drinking at least a few liters of water a day, but to check exactly how much water you should be drinking you can use this excellent water calculator: Click Here For Calculator

In addition to drinking water, you can also drink apple juice for the added benefit of lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Tom Shea, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts feels that there might be a connection in an unknown component of apple juice which may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Apple juice also has a high level of water, and plenty of vitamins and minerals that are also good for your health, so it can’t hurt!

We all love to tan, but the truth of the matter is that it ages your skin, and those that use tanning beds develop skin cancers easier. Natural sunlight is good for you, so if you can find a happy medium between tanning in the sun and self-browning creams, your skin will thank you. The key is to tan in the sun without getting too much sun, and then use self-browning creams to attain that darker brown color. By using this technique your skin will stay looking younger longer, and you will be reducing your risk of skin cancer.

Stress is a leading factor in premature aging, as well as a leading factor in health problems. I know it’s hard, but you’ve got to find a way to relax, and relieve the stress in your life. There are tons of suggestions and ways you can relax, such as through the use of chromatherapy, aromatherapy, Thalassotherpy, sound therapy and much more.

If you are married or in a committed relationship where you cause each other, and also share stress, try relaxing and engaging in relaxation techniques together so that you have this time to bond. In addition to growing closer in moments of relaxation, you will also double the benefits you receive from reducing the stress in your life, causing the stress you cause each other to also be reduced.

If your life is stressful because you don’t even have a second to relax, then you can try chewing gum. It sounds silly, but chewing gum can reduce stress and improve overall performance, leaving you with more time to relax. According to a new study, those who chewed  gum while performing a stress test produced 16% less of the stress causing hormone cortisol. Chewing gum also boosts the blood flow to the jaw and possibly the brain, helping your mental sharpness while leaving you less stressed.

We hope these tips were helpful and will give you a starting point to begin to improve your health and keep you looking younger longer. Until the next time, stay young and healthy!

Whisper Quiet Versus Potential Water Hammer?

November 6th, 2009

This post provided by ThermaSol Steam Showers – www.ThermaSol.com

Other Steam Shower Systems:

Other steam shower systems use a probe, circuit board and a solenoid valve to replace the water in their tank. The system is complicated however it is functional but one of the most alarming issues is the potential water hammer that most certainly would take away from the relaxation that a steam bath provides. If you’ve ever had a water hammer issue in your home you know it is irritating but can you imagine it happening each time the solenoid opens to refill the water while trying to relax in your steam bath?

ThermaSol Steam Shower System:
Since ThermaSol units do not use a solenoid valve to replace the water boiled away there is no potential for water hammer, none. This allows the steam bath experience to be what it was designed to be; a relaxing getaway that allows you to rejuvenate from the daily pressures we face in a world that appears to move faster every day.

Summary: ThermaSol generators stand alone for their quiet efficiency.
1. No solenoid valves to replace the water thereby eliminating any potential for water hammer.
2. There is nothing in a ThermaSol generator to take away from the relaxing, rejuvenating experience; whisper quiet.

Top 10 Home Spa Treatments

November 5th, 2009

Body WrapHere are a few treatments you can do at home while you’re enjoying a nice relaxing home spa day.

10. Brown Sugar Facial Scrub – For this home spa treatment mix 2 tablespoons of ground oats, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of aloe Vera and 1 tablespoons of lemon juice. Smooth the scrub all over your face and leave on for at least 2 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

9. Home Lip Treatment – Add 1 tablespoon of aloe Vera gel, 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon petroleum jelly, and a few drops of vitamin E oil in a bowl and microwave on low power. Mix and let cool before applying to your lips.

8. Homemade Bath Salts – Mix 1 cup of Epsom salts and 1 cup sea salt. Then in another bowl mix 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon mineral oil.  Combine the salts with the vanilla & oil mixture and add desired amount to your bath. Store extra in an air tight glass jar or storage container for future use.

7. Pumpkin Mask Pumpkins contain excellent antioxidants and exfoliating elements. Make a mask by following the instructions in this past blog post.

6. Natural Honey Conditioner Treatment – This treatment is perfect for those of us with dry hair that has been exposed to far to many chemicals over the years. Click for recipes.

5. Hand & Foot Moisturizing Treatment- Now this might sound overly simple, but this is a great treatment for dry hands and feet: Heat up some socks and then drench them in moisturizing lotion. Put the socks on and leave them for at least ten minutes.

4. Homemade Body Oil – For your own body oil concoction, first add 8 oz of oil with your choice of oil such as Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Apricot Oil or Avocado Oil. Add 1/8 of a teaspoon of each: Fennel, Lemongrass and Juniper. Apply the oil to your body, massaging into sore areas if needed. Apply after a shower for maximum moisturizing effects, leaving your body feeling great with a fresh, beautiful scent.

3. Home Body WrapDid you know you can make your own wrap at home?  Heat up 3 cups of water (spring, purified, or distilled) and dissolve 1 cup of salts (mineral, Epsom, sea), ½ cup aloe vera and/or herbs, 3 tablespoons oil (shea, olive, sunflower).  Once everything has dissolved and has cooled down so it is warm to the touch, soak some towels or ace bandages in the mixture and wrap your body loose enough so that you don’t cut off your circulation. Then wrap yourself in a large body towel, plastic suit, or blanket for 30-60 minutes. Change up the herbs, oils, salts, and experiment with other materials, like clay, mud, and seaweed for a unique experience! Read more about home body wraps here.

2. Pumpkin Body Scrub – Mix 1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon in a bowl. Use a washcloth to scrub your body in a circular motion while in the shower, then rinse with warm water.

1. Home Spa Cocktail Treatment- While we don’t condone the use of alcohol to relieve the stress from your problems, it sure does help you relax when you’re having a home spa day! Find some of our favorite spa cocktail recipes here.

1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Digital vs. Analog Steam Shower Technology

November 4th, 2009

This post provided by ThermaSol Steam Showers – www.ThermaSol.com

The differences between digital technology, and analog systems is comparable to going from a dial-up connection to DSL or from a black & white television to HDTV. ThermaSol steam showers are all made with 100% digital technology. They spent 33 months making all of their steam shower systems digital, back in October of 2007.  Every aspect of these steam programs was changed, and now all steam showers are updated with the latest in technology.

Analog Steam Shower Systems:

Old analog technology is what each of the present steam bath manufacturer’s use, and have since they founded their companies. They do have digital controls available; however, but all the commands are done via unidirectional analog command. An electronic pulse is sent through telephone style cables to the generator to command functions. It is an inferior system since the generator can only respond to a single pulse. There is no communication network to verify what the specific pulse is and the opportunities for error are endless so there are often cases where a steam generator will run for weeks, causing the destruction of a home’s drywall and more.

Digital Steam Shower Systems:

The complete 100% digital ThermaSol line was introduced in October of 2007. Today it provides the only networked system that contains 100% digital communication technology. The system protocol is such that everything connected not only receives information, it also transmits the information to ensure there can be no reading error as to what the command is. The network technology allows plug & play expansion so that you can plug in any component to the system and it is immediately recognized and joins the “family” discussion ensuring here-to-fore unparelled reliability. There is never a concern that a voltage spike, frayed cable or other outside influence will send a generator into a function that could be destructive.

Summary of Digital Technology :

  1. Plug & play expandability. (not a hodge podge of unrelated components hoping to work together)
  2. Most importantly, reliability beyond compare. (used by virtually every major industry; also known as CAN bus technology)
  3. Safety beyond compare. (peace of mind, no chance of a “run-a-way generator”)
  4. A solid foundation providing a platform for the latest innovations.
  5. Used in a myriad of applications including factory automation, building automation, aircraft and aerospace as well as in cars, trucks and buses.

Giving the Gift of Spa – Top 10 Spa Gifts

November 3rd, 2009

Now that Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving looms on the horizon, now might be a good time to start thinking about gifts for the holidays. There are different levels of spa treats you can give to your friends, family or loved ones, depending on how much spa you want to dish out. Here is a top ten list of spa gifts you can start to think about for the holidays!

Boon Flow10. Scented Bath Candles -Scented candles are a nice gesture for a friend or relative that you know will enjoy them while soaking in the bath. Be careful as to who you give this gift too though, as it could appear as a very generic gift for someone that wouldn’t typically enjoy this gift.

9. Bubble Bath DispenserOur favorite bubble bath dispenser is the Boon Flow bubble bath dispenser which also serves as a faucet protector for the kids. This is a great gift that I’m sure your recipient will have never heard of and will enjoy for years to come. Perfect for the bubble bath lover of course!   One of our editors just purchased this product and has told us that this bubble bath dispenser does not produce good bubbles, but it is good as a faucet protector for the kids. 

hydrosol-aromatherapy8. Aromatherapy Hydrosols and Essential Oils – Hydrosols and Essential oils are perfect for those that have a steam shower, or that are serious about relaxing in their bathtub or home spa. This is great gift for a loved one, because then you can actually hand deliver the treatment in a sweet way by drawing the tub for your loved one, starting the steam shower, spraying the hydrosol mist or dripping the essential oils on the steam shower head. Take this gift to the next level by following through and setting your loved one up with a romantic time for relaxation.

7. Thermal Spa Bath Mat – This is another excellent gift for someone that loves to be in the tub. If someone you know spends a lot of time soaking, then let them take their soak to the next level with this Thermal Spa Bath Mat. This gift has an a adjustable neck massager pad, dual back massager, footrest with bubbles, vibration, massage and rotating rollers for sore achy feet, soft, comfortable padding throughout, allover bubbling action with level selector and comes with a remote control.

ugg-slippers6. Slippers -Buying that special someone a new set of very nice slippers is an amazing gift that they can use when indulging in a home spa. This is one gift that you absolutely cannot cheap out on however, because there’s nothing worse than a pair of cheap slippers that only last a month, or worse yet, are never ever comfortable. We recommend a pair of Ugg designer slippers that typically cost around $100 a pair. When you are picking out this gift, make sure you choose between slippers that will be used at home vs. slippers that will be used out, at a day spa.

5. Bath Robe – A nice, new robe can be expensive, but if you really want to give someone something that they would never spend money on for themselves, then a new robe might just be perfect. This is another item you cannot cheap out on, because there is nothing worse than a cheap robe. You will have to spend at least $100 for a good quality robe, and really nice, designer robes are more around $300-500. Robes are perfect gifts for those that like to relax at home and for those that spend a lot of the time in the home spa or master bath.

4. Day Spa Gift Certificate – Now this may seem like a very generic spa gift, but if you get someone a $100-$200 gift certificate to an amazing, high-end spa that is known for its architectural values, treatments and customer service… your gift will be well received. Make sure you don’t just get a gift certificate from some place down the road, and really research the best spas in and around. Nothing is better than sending someone to a swanky, luxury spa that they would normally never get to experience.

girls in sauna3. Spa Party – Most spas now have “Day Spa Party” packages that allow you to buy a gift for one or two people that will also allow them to bring a friend or two. Enjoying the spa with friends or loved ones is a great way to experience a new spa, and the same rules apply from the Day Spa Gift Certificate, make sure it’s a good spa that will leave them with a long lasting memory of delight. You can also have the spa party at home by having the equivalent of a catered “home spa party”. Both of these options will cost you a pretty penny, but are quite the spa experience that will not soon be forgotten.

ThermasolControl2. Hot Tub – Expanding your home spa is not a trivial task, nor is it easy on the wallet but if you’ve just had a major anniversary or are looking to improve your indoor or outdoor space or the retail value of your home, then a new Hot Tub might just be the perfect gift. Picture whether or not many romantic nights will be had in the hot tub before you decide to purchase one, as there’s nothing worse than an expensive gift like a hot tub that never gets used.

1. 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.

What is Thalassotherapy?

November 2nd, 2009

The word “Thalassotherapy” comes from the Greek word thalassa, meaning “sea”, which is a type of medical and therapeutic use of sea water and the ocean’s organic byproducts and vegetation such as algae, seaweed or alluvial mud.   The organic properties of seawater are believed to have beneficial effects on the pores of the skin, as well as restoring natural minerals to your body through osmosis. While the therapy is relatively new to the US, the idea of Thalassotherapy is ancient, although the term and therapy itself was discovered in France during the 19th century.

The elements that are used in this type of therapy are as old as the sea. Such elements include magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodide which are all found in seawater and are all absorbed by the skin in showers of warmed seawater, sea mud or algae facials or even a sea fog mist or fog as an inhalent.

There are not many Thalassotherapy spas in the US, but many spas offer a few services such as a seeweed wrap or salt water soak. The Gurney Inn & Spa in Montauk is a true thalassotherapy spa located in New York and has a huge menu of thalassotherapy treatments. These treatments range from everything from Active Green Argilite Mud Therapy, Marine Kur Therapy, Salt Water Massage, Sea Water Herbal Bath to an Algae Slimming Bath and more.

The Cal-a-Vie spa in Vista California offers a Seaweed Wrap which is 105 minutes long and costs $275. This is a signature, 3-phase treatment that begins with a gentle exfoliation made of roots, herbs, minerals and mud devised in
ancient India. Next a nutrient-rich mixture of freeze-dried seaweed, algae and bentonite are appiled before you are wrapped in a warm cocoon of thermal blankets to stimulate tissue toxin release as your face and scalp are soothingly massaged.

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The Luxury Steam Shower

November 1st, 2009

ThermasolControlSince the inception of the basic shower, major advancements have been made in showers and now we are at the point where your household shower can also be a steam shower. Modern steam shower generators are so technologically advanced that they don’t even need to be installed in the bathroom, they can be placed in the basement or a closet, and then the steam can be run to the bathroom.

This luxury is now affordable for nearly all homeowners, with ThermaSol now producing affordable steam shower generators that start at around $850 for SteamSuite models. The extremely high-end, residential steam generators will cost you around $4500, but these generators are able to provide steam for a 1150 cubic foot steam room (a steam room that measures 7 feet tall x 12 feet wide x 13.5 feet long!).

Adding amenities to your steam shower is a great way to make your steam shower even more luxurious. Adding an aromatherapy steam shower head, chromatherapy light system, music system, waterproof telephone or TV makes your steam shower even more luxurious than you could imagine.

The decor for your steam room can be designed for any style or design. You can create a simple, traditional steam shower enclosure that will blend with traditional motifs, or you can create a modern, cutting edge design with tinted or colored glass, black stone or tile with modern lighting and decor.

Some of the steam shower features and add-ons you should keep an eye out for include the FastStart feature that will provide you with steam in seconds; manual or automatic PowerFlush; SmartSteam which is a technology that helps save energy through internal temperature program controls; LED touch screen steam shower and remote controls; steam shower speakers; light and music systems or even built in FM radios, input sources for MP3 players, CDs, DVDs, TV, or satellite radio.

These impressive features, added with the affordable cost of the steam showers make upgrading to a steam shower a no brainer if you are remodeling or outfitting a new bathroom. A steam shower will certainly be a luxury you won’t soon regret!


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