Posts Tagged ‘Sauna’

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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Wet Heat vs. Dry Heat

Monday, September 13th, 2010

For as long as man has roamed the earth, we’ve contended with substantial debates. Chocolate vs. vanilla, toilet paper rolled in vs. out…and, of most significance in the spa world – wet heat vs. dry heat. The battle between the sauna and the steam shower is strong, with powerful arguments advocating both sides. So who’s the winner? Let’s take a look…

Steam Shower

Steam Shower

There’s no one who will disagree with the fact that heat is good for the body. So whether you opt for dry heat or wet heat, you and your skin will benefit from the effects of increased temperature. And for many, these high temperatures are precisely why some opt for a sauna over a steam shower, as the thermostat of a dry heat sauna can be set to extraordinarily high temperatures, sometimes exceeding 150 degrees Fahrenheit. But apart from being able to push the temperature to such extremes, saunas offer few other benefits that differentiate them from steam showers. For those who use heat for respiratory relief, steam showers take the cake. Dry heat can irritate the membranes of the nose and lungs, actually making breathing more difficult, when compared to the soothing moisture generated by a steam shower. Skin also loves the magic of wet heat over the draining effects of a sauna. Steam showers infuse our skin with the moisture it craves, and encourages perspiration – great for health and the health of your skin. The low humidity of a sauna might seem more soothing, but the lack of moisture siphons essential water from the skin, and prevents pores from opening as readily as in a wet heat environment.

Of course, the decision to “steam” or to “bake” is a personal choice. But if you’re hoping to get the most out of your spa session (and want to take advantage of the health benefits of heat), I call this debate in favor of Wet Heat…and your skin will too!

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??

Steam Shower, Sauna or Hot Tub?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Steam showers, hot tubs and saunas can provide excellent ways to relax without leaving the comfort of your own home. Using a steam shower, hot tub or sauna on a regular basis can even help improve your health and feel better, improving your overall wellness. But what is the best for you?

If you are looking for weight-loss effects then you should consider a steam shower or sauna. If you regularly use your steam shower or sauna for 20 minutes a day you will get the same metabolic effect as if you had gone on a short walk. While it is thought that you will also burn calories in a hot tub due to the increase in body temperature, you will not sweat as much as you would if you were in a steam shower or sauna. Keep in mind that you will be much better off if you exercise AND take a steam shower or sauna. Learn more from our Steam Shower Diet post: Steam Shower Diet.

Sweating will also help to cleanse the skin of impurities. While a hot tub might have the same effects, your face, the most important place where you would want to lose impurities, will not sweat as much as if you were in a steam shower or sauna.

If you have sleeping problems all three will help you, but the American Sleep Association recommends soaking in a hot tub for 15-20 minutes at least 2 hours before bed at 102-104 degrees.  As your body cools, you’ll be ready for a deep relaxing sleep.

The steam from a steam shower will surely help you if you have respiratory problems such as asthma, chest congestion or bronchitis, where the sauna and hot tub will not be as helpful because of the lack of steam.

If you are one that works out often, or is sore a lot, then a hot tub is recommended to soothe aching muscles, although a steam shower will also help your body aches and pains and shorten your recovery time as well.

If you have plenty of indoor space, and don’t want to do an entire build or large remodel of your bathroom you can install a steam shower without having to build a whole new bathroom. If you were to build a sauna you would have much more work to create the enclosure.

If you prefer to use outdoor space, then a hot tub is the easiest to install, as there is little to no building required. If you want an outdoor, modular sauna or steam shower you will have to build or purchase an enclosure, plus the steam generator or sauna heater.

This is a large purchase no matter how you look at it. In order to choose the best thing for your home spa, you really need to closely examine your lifestyle, as well as the benefits you would receive from each. If you have a favorite spa activity, make sure to think about what you would really use the most, like if the seasons will limit your use or if you would use the home spa addition to entertain.

If You Can Dream It

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

This post provided by ThermaSol Steam Showers –ThermaSol.com

When it comes to your home spa, the best thing about it is that there’s no one “best thing.” There are about a million! The convenience, the comfort, the value, the privacy…I dare you to find a downside.

But for me, the ultimate best thing about having a home spa is what I consider the most important quality of any big investment: customization. And there’s nothing more perfect to make your own than your home spa. You want to be surrounded by elements that fit into the unique shape and design of your home, not everyone else’s.

ThermaSol’s steamshowers (http://www.thermasol.com) are about as custom as you can get in your home spa. Entering your home spa’s dimensions in their “Build Your Own Steamshower” online tool generates a base product recommendation for a steamshower unit. From there, the rest is up to you. And I’m not just talking about colors, either! (Although with 14 different finishes available on their control systems, from Polished Chrome to Black Nickel, they pretty much run the gamut of metallic and matte options.) From the light & music packages (all of which incorporate their signature No-Touch In-Shower steamhead and aromatherapy oils) to the temperature control units, the steamshower that you dream of is the steamshower you can have.

Steam Shower

Steam Shower

Already have the steamshower and want to turn up the heat? ThermaSol also offers a line of custom cut saunas, featuring their exclusive Finnish heater and western red cedar fit to order. All you provide is the floor! And like their steamshowers, ThermaSol’s saunas are designed to fit into any specific space. (All I hear is “So long basement game room…”)

Your home spa is all about you – and it should only include elements designed for your space. Whether structural or aesthetic, it’s the custom touches that will make your home spa experience all the most amazing.

The Biggest Sauna in the World

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The Biggest Sauna in the World: Therme Erding

Ouside view of Largest Sauna in the World

Ouside view of Largest Sauna in the World

Therme Erding, just north of Munich, was voted Germany’s best sauna in the online sauna guide. This unique spa features 18 saunas with different themes and temperatures spanning from 95 degrees Fahrenheit to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. They offer a rose sauna and citrus scented sauna for aromatherapy as well as a mediation sauna. There is even a Finnish log cabin sauna with kelo wood walls and a fireplace. Plenty of showers and cold bathtubs help to cool visitors off after all the heat and steam treatments. One shower is in the shape of a 15 foot tall bundle of calla lilies and spouts 80 gallons of water.

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