Posts Tagged ‘Home Spa’

Mod Squad: Modular Home Saunas

Friday, October 15th, 2010
Modular Sauna Room

ThermaSol Modular Sauna Room

There’s a reason every woman loves a little black dress. Because no matter what the occasion, all it takes are a few accessories to completely transform a look – no assembly required. So wouldn’t it be nice if we could do the same thing with our bathrooms?

Turns out, modular is in. And bath companies are quickly rising to the challenge, providing spa fixtures for the home that can be implemented with little disruption, and can turn your bath into an entirely new environment within hours. Steam showers and saunas have cemented themselves as the standard fixture in the new modular bath – simple to install, easily customizable, and an addition that provides luxury and comfort by enhancing your existing bath.

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Spic-and-Span-and-Spa

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

They say cleanliness is next to spa-liness, right? (Oh wait…that might not be the saying after all.) Well, regardless of the actual phrase, this one’s true too. The time you spend in a spa should be as clean as possible. After all, no one wants their pores open to the world in an environment that’s less than spic-and-span. This explains why so many people are opting to install home spas over renewing their memberships to outside organizations, where luxury might run high, but so does the germ factor. So to keep your home spa running shipshape and sanitary, we have some squeaky clean tips.

Clean from within. When designing your home spa, choose elements that keep things clean from the inside – like a ThermaSol steam shower with PowerFlush technology, an inner-tank cleaning system you can activate from an in-shower control, to keep things clean while you steam. When the cleaning happens from the inside, all you have to worry about is the surface stuff!

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The Spa Front And Center

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Sometimes, doesn’t it seem like everything is changing? We watch television on our computers, check stock quotes from our pocket, and eat desserts with weird things…like bacon. Turns out, the structure of our homes is changing as well, and that which was once hidden from sight has now assumed a starring role under our roofs. Like the home spa – a feature once evicted to the basement, tucked away in a bathroom, or, even banished to the outdoors – is now taking its rightful place front and center for all to access.

Good design trends deserve most of the credit for the public emergence of the home spa. Tacky wood paneled saunas have been usurped by stunning, modern steam shower stalls, adorned with gorgeous glass fronts and laden with up-to-the-minute perks. Sleek digital control panels that manipulate everything from time and temperature to light, sound, and aromatherapy have replaced outdated thermostats and unappealing switches. (And by the way, when did you ever have aromatherapy in your sauna?) Now styled with an architectural eye, the home spa has truly gone from a thing of utility to thing of beauty – and it’s time to show it off!

home spa

Home Spa

A shift in the way we entertain is also responsible for the home spa’s – literal – newfound prominence. The steam shower is the new swimming pool – infinitely easier to maintain, but still the perfect centerpiece to share with company (and won’t monopolize square footage in your backyard). And the centralization of our lives (which now revolve around an all-purpose kitchen-family-room-media-center hub in the middle of our homes) has encouraged general domestic transparency, which isn’t good news for that old hot tub out in the shed. Bringing the home spa into the main of the house is just another step in organizing our homes around our priorities – comfort, luxury, health, and togetherness.

So don’t shy away from bringing relaxation to the forefront! Show off your home spa like the star it is, and embrace both its powers of health and happiness and its aesthetics. By the way, has anyone seen my laundry room??

State of the Spa Address

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
Rejuvinating in the Spa

Rejuvenating in the Spa

To all our Talk Spas readers; we are here today to address the spa fanatics, members of the spa industry as well as the home spa enthusiasts of the world to let you know that the spa is here to stay. In the past year we may have not seen the spa industry or the number of home spa projects grow in number, but we did see the diversity in services and product offerings expand to a new high. Out of nowhere new markets have become much larger than before for the spa industry, including Medical Spas, Pet Spas, Teen Spas and even Baby Spas. In the past year, outrageous, amazing and extremely expensive spa treatments had their day in the limelight, while more custom, personal and home based spa services have continued to increase in popularity.

Las Vegas continues to be a hotbed for amazing new spas and more and more people are now using the quality of the spa amenities to choose their next resort or cruise vacation. While destination spas are still very popular, the home spa and more specifically the inclusion of a luxury steam shower with advanced technological systems continue to increase home values in these tough times.

Make no doubt that times are still tough for the spa industry as we have seen many close their doors and go bankrupt, but be clear that the surviving day spas, spa product manufacturers and resorts will come out of this downturn stronger than ever before. People across the world are beginning to re-discover how and why it is so important to treat your mind and body to spa treatments that provide relaxation that ultimately improves your overall health and well being. We can assure you that even if the tough times are not yet behind us, the light is visible at the end of the tunnel, and the light will please your senses and rejuvenate your body and soul.

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Top 10 Home Spa Treatments

Thursday, 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

Adding a Steam Shower to Your Home Spa

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

One of the best things to incorporate into your home spa is a steam shower. A steam shower will allow you to steam away your stress and anxiety.  Even though the Home Spa has become increasingly luxurious and exclusive, they don’t always have to be. Even back in Roman times, people relied on steam baths as a way to relax, unwind and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Now, nearly everyone can have their own steam shower added to their home spa as they are becoming much more affordable. One such steam shower is the SteamSuite Series by Thermasol. (Visit the SteamSuite website at www.SteamSuite.com or ThermaSol at www.ThermaSol.com).

Steam showers have always been the must have amenity of the luxury bathroom and price points have kept many homeowners from incorporating a steam element into their own shower, despite their track record of promoting wellness, relaxation, rejuvenation and removing toxins from the body.  Now you can purchase a ThermaSol SteamSuite Basic Package for as little as $894. These new and affordable steam shower systems will surely appeal to homeowners who are looking to improve their master bath or home spa.

To install a steam shower system all you have to do is put your generator somewhere, whether it be under the vanity, in a closet, or even in the basement; then run your lines to the shower where you will install the steam shower controls and steam head. Here is a basic diagram that shows the basics of the installation. (More installation information here: Installing a Steam Shower).

steam-shower-installation

A steam shower is very easy to use and only requires you push a simple button to activate the steam. Once you push the steam shower button you will have steam in seconds, and there are even additional features and products you can get for your steam shower such as a music and light chromatherapy system or aromatherapy scents designed specifically for your steam shower head.  It’s no wonder why steam showers are becoming so popular in the home bathroom.

How To Transform the Average Bathroom into a Luxurious Spa Retreat

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Looking to take your master bath to the next level of luxury? Want to know how to transform your dull bathroom into a peaceful oasis? Below, we list a few ways to take your bathroom from drab to fab.

  • Install a Steam Shower- This might sound like a big project, but you’d be surprised at how much of a transformation your bathroom will go through if you rip out your old, dated shower stall and install a new, luxurious shower enclosure complete with your favorite tile and of course the added luxury of a steam shower generator. Visit www.ThermaSol.com for more information and for all your steam shower needs.

steam-shower

  • Update your Fixtures – Just updating your showerhead and faucet can take your bathroom from a 5 or a 6 to a 9 or a 10. Choose whatever fixtures fit your style from contemporary to traditional to Old English Country. If you really want to take your bath to the next level you can even invest in a faucet complete with Lalique Cristal as seen in the Lalique Collection by THG: View Lalique Collection Here. Be forewarned, however, as these faucets can cost as much as $15,000 a piece (no one said luxury was cheap!)

thg-lalique

  • Install a Sauna – As with a steam shower, installing a sauna may be a major project depending on what you’re looking for, but just imagine having your own indoor sauna. Those with a good amount of square footage can build their sauna into the bathroom itself or they can install a modular sauna room. Below are some ThermaSol saunas. Find more information about installing a new sauna on their website www.ThermaSol.com

sauna

modular-sauna

  • Replace your Toilet – It may sound silly to think that something as simple as a new toilet could make your bathroom feel more luxurious, but it can. The great thing about new toilets is that they are much more water efficient and eco-friendly than older models. The Caroma dual flush toilet (pictured below) saves the average U.S. household about 25 gallons of water per day. The Brisbane toilet is also pictured below: www.CaromaUSA.com

caroma-toilet

  • Add a Bidet – Although the bidet is not a common thing to see in an American bathroom, just the fact that you have one will bring your bathroom up a notch in the luxury department. The ILBAGNOALESSI One Bidet by Laufen is guaranteed to bring a new sense of style to your bathroom.

toilet-bidet

  • Use Decorative Hardware – Consider purchasing decorative accessories in a fun new finish like oil-rubbed bronze or antique copper. A stylized soap dispenser, cabinet pull, towel rack, robe hook, and even a toilet flush lever can make a big difference.

towel-rack

Basics of Designing A Home Spa

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Today’s bathrooms are becoming a place that homeowners are using as their own private retreat, where the only rules are the rules of relaxation. The days of the utilitarian bathroom are in the past, and now bathrooms are being transformed into a destination spot where one can go to treat themselves to the home spa.

Many of the features that are being included in the home spa have been inspired from day spas and spa resorts, as explained in the article: New Bathrooms take Cues From the Spa, but in this segment we will look more closely at some of the intricate details that go into designing a home spa.

Steam Shower

Steam Shower

One of the main things that home owners are using to create a home spa is of course the Steam Shower. The steam shower is such a beautiful luxury to have in the home. Homeowners are justifying this purchase by equating how much each steam bath would cost if they were to use one in a paid spa. By using your own steam shower just once a week, it would pay for itself in a matter of a few months if you are an avid spa enthusiast.

Another hot item that has really become popular in the past few years is the rain shower. This JACLO shower head produces both a rain shower and waterfall shower for double the pleasure. The sensation you get from a beautiful rain shower is unlike any other shower experience, and this is why it has become so popular as of late.

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Master Bathroom Remodel in Simi Valley California

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Here is an excellent project that was sent by a Talk Spas visitor that shows their Steam Shower with bench seat built in, vanity, whirlpool tub, tile job and more. Click any picture to see a larger version!

Steam Shower

Steam Shower

Built In Shelves

Built In Shelves

Shower Controls

Shower Controls

Whirlpool Tub

Whirlpool Tub

Vanity & Sinks

Vanity & Sinks

New Vanity & Sinks

New Vanity & Sinks

His & Her Vanity and Sinks

His & Her Vanity

Steam Shower

Steam Shower

Master Bath Project

Master Bath Project

Elements of the Stylish Home Spa

Friday, June 26th, 2009
Spa-Like Shower

Spa-Like Shower

Aside from an exotic array of treatments, therapies and fitness sessions – influenced by everything from cutting-edge medicinal studies to far-off foreign cultures – spa-goers make repeat visits to a specific spa for its soothing ambiance. Today  spa enthusiasts are looking at their spa’s décor and trying to recreate these stylish designs in their own home as previously described in the article:  “New Bathrooms Take Cues From Spas“.  Just as resort and day spa owners ensure that their retreat is a stylish and soothing sanctuary, home owners are now doing the same with their own bathrooms, transforming them into their own amazing home spa. With spa architecture and décor ranging from cool and classical to modern and minimalist, there are several must-have furnishings that bring design and functionality full circle.

The Immersive Shower Experience: When you are planning out your own home spa, you should expect a powerful shower with jets galore. JACLO® creates custom shower environments that feature body jets, hand showers, rain bars and large rain canopy shower heads.

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