Posts Tagged ‘steam shower’

Steam Therapy: A Natural Way to Soothe a Nasty Cold or Flu

Monday, November 21st, 2011

sneezing man

‘Tis the season for many things; some good, some not so good. Of the latter, nasty, debilitating colds and flus that clog your sinuses and congest your chest are among the least desirable “gifts” of the season. For some, reaching for a few tablets of Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine, or other over-the-counter medication, is the first line of defense against unwanted cold or flu symptoms. However, in this day and age of progression towards more natural remedies, you always have the option of turning to the benefits of steam therapy to relieve the symptoms of your cold or flu.

Although steaming is a remedy that can be accomplished in the confines of a home bathroom steam shower, it is hardly a one that can be written off as an old wives tale. The benefits of a warm steam shower to someone who is suffering from a cold cannot be overstated; steam vapor that enters the lungs and the sinuses is the ultimate natural way to promote expectoration (coughing) and relax the breath. Congestion is caused by a combination of inflammation of the air passages in your lungs and build-up of phlegm in your chest. Steam relaxes and opens up these passages, allowing air to move more freely through them. Medical professionals typically recommend that you spend about 10 to 15 minutes in a steam shower, up to three times per day, when you have a cold or flu. Your children and toddlers with colds or flus can also benefit from a steam shower as long as you get into the steam shower with them to supervise. Additionally, both you and your children can benefit from aromatherapy essential oils introduced into the steam process; eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender and others specific oils can significantly help to boost the effectiveness of steam treatment. If you don’t have a steam shower in your home, you can try to steam in your regular shower, but unfortunately, a regular shower in lieu of a steam shower will not generate the same intensity of steam that a severe cold or flu requires. A company like ThermaSol, that’s been bringing steam showers into their customers’ homes for over 50 years, offers you leading steam technology and the only 100% digital networked steam systems in the world – the safest and most reliable steam technology. Boasting features like FastStart™ steam in seconds, and providing constant steam at a constant rate, a ThermaSol steam shower will provide you with a professional quality steam experience in the comfort of your own home.

Contracting a cold or flu can easily be the most dreadful experience you have all year. Incorporating steam therapy into your cold and flu relief regimen can go a long way towards helping you breathe easy and get well faster.

Melt Away Stress: Great Ideas for Transforming Your Bath into a Day Spa

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

According to the American Medical Association, 80 percent of all human illnesses are the result of stress. Yet, taking even one small step to reduce stress can have a hugely beneficial effect. Studies have found that altering the physical environment in your home can help improve emotional health. Few rooms offer the kind of opportunities to create a relaxing space than the master bath environment. The Talk Spas editorial team has come up with a few great ideas for transforming your bath environment into your own personal day spa, to help you go from stressed-out to stress-free.

1. “Naturalize” The Space – Wood and stone are the most prominent materials used in modern spa construction. Whether you choose a vanity made of wood, a countertop made of granite, or even porcelain made to mimic marble, such as Whitestone (RWS) tile from Hastings Tile & Bath, bringing natural materials indoors creates a sense of calm for the space.

Stone Look Tile

Whitestone (RWS) tile from Hastings Tile & Bath

2. Mood Lighting – Don’t be afraid to use lighting in unexpected ways in a spa bathroom. “Lighted wall panels built into the drywall, fiber optic lighting placed in the ceiling or flooring that gives the look of sparkling stars, and lighting that highlights or washes the wall are all great options,” says interior designer Jamie Beckwith. “Lighting can go from clean to sexy by the click of a switch, or preferably a dimmer.” CSL® (Creative Systems Lighting) offers several options for bath mood lighting: the concealed linear lighting of Invisizite Generation 2, LED Eco-Downlight, and Disc, with a double-LED lamp and wall/flush mount. (more…)

Home Steam: Wellness “Tourism” Without the High Prices

Thursday, November 10th, 2011
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ThermaSol steam shower with light and music system

We hear a lot about wellness tourism these days and people opting out of typical city or beach breaks. They are instead spending their time at spas, yoga retreats, and other places where they can improve the state of their mind, body, and spirit. With personal wellness increasingly becoming an important factor for individuals who desire to take responsibility for their own health, the wellness industry is booming. One of the great benefits of wellness tourism is that it can give people the tools to continue a program of wellness at home after their trip, without paying the high prices it typically costs to attend a spa or retreat for a week or more. One of the major changes people can make at home, to bring wellness into their lives, is to install a steam shower.

Steam showers are a direct extension of wellness tourism, as you can find them in spas and resorts all over the world. They offer individuals a number of short term and long term health benefits – best of all they only need to be used for 15 to 20 minutes a day. Taking a steam shower has been proven to aid in restful sleep and increase the length of REM cycles. Doctors often prescribe steam therapy as an alternative to sleeping pills. Over the course of many centuries, steam therapy has been used for the purposes of relaxation and to create a sense of well being. For people with conditions like anxiety and stress, they can reap great benefits from taking a steam shower. Steam showers induce sweating and therefore aid in the process of detoxification. Steam showers are also excellent for alleviating symptoms of the common cold by clearing nasal passages and reducing congestion.

Modern steam shower remote by ThermaSol

Modern steam shower remote by ThermaSol

For those who desire a quality steam shower in their home, a company like ThermaSol who has been in the steam shower business for 50 years, offers an unparalleled level of quality and design. As the leader in the steam shower industry, they offer customers the only 100% digital networked steam systems in the world – the safest and most reliable technology. They go the extra mile, offering customers a combination of quality and value, with standard features like: FastStart™ Technology, providing steam in seconds; whisper quiet functionality; constant steam at a constant rate, meaning no interruptions in steam; all metal controls with advanced PVD lifetime finishes; superior style, including matching controls, remotes and steamheads in traditional and contemporary styles; a lifetime warranty; and all the green benefits of steam.

The trend of wellness tourism has directly resulted in individuals becoming more health conscious in their own homes. With modern steam shower technology, they can maintain and improve their health without paying the high prices of professional services.

Steam for Sheen: Winning Spa Treatment for an Actor on the Edge

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

charlie_sheenActor Charlie Sheen, a three-time Emmy nominee, winner of a Bronze Wrangler Award in 1989 for Young Guns, and coiner of the popular phrase “winning”, has been getting plenty of press lately after his departure from hit show Two and a Half Men, and for waging a personal war against the show’s creator.

While there has been widespread speculation that substance abuse is involved in facilitating the actor’s seemingly disturbed and blatantly outrageous behavior, there is one thing that we know for sure: the man is tired and stressed. There is no doubt in our minds that Sheen could benefit from a relaxing steam shower. Just a half hour could do wonders, softening his edge, relaxing his mind, not to mention his tense muscles and clenched jaw. The shower itself would give him an opportunity to enter a place of tranquility and leave the loud and distracting world behind – if only for a brief time. Emerging with a renewed sense of calm, tiger blood gently pumping though his veins, Sheen could then face his detractors and competitors with a fresh perspective.

There’s no doubt that steam and Sheen is a winning combination.

goddess enjoying a steam shower

A goddess enjoying a steam shower

The above comments and statements about steam therapy have not been medically evaluated. You should always consult your physician before beginning any such therapies.

5 Reasons to Take a Steam Shower

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Steam Shower with Rain & Tile

Here are five reason why you might want to consider taking a relaxing steam shower today:

1) You’ll Look Better

Are there any people in the world who don’t wish they looked better? If there are, we don’t know them. Restoring vibrant complexion to your skin has never been easier than with a 20 to 30 minute foray into the steam shower. Steam penetrates the skin and opens up the pores, releasing dirt and grime and leaving you looking healthy and shiny. Take a steam bath once a day for two weeks any you’ll look so good that friends will be begging to know what your secret is.

2) You’ll Feel Good

When you really think about it, it’s pretty amazing the amount of abuse we put our bodies and minds through. We work too many hours, we strain our bodies and we ingest foods and drinks that do not facilitate optimal health. In a nutshell, we leave ourselves feeling depleted, unmotivated and lifeless. Entering a steam shower is the ultimate way to rejuvenate after an unforgiving day. It not only detoxifies you, but melts away your stress so you can feel good and emerge with a calm, renewed perspective.

3) You’ll Sleep Well

It’s a fact: poor sleep is linked to a myriad of health problems and can even lead to brain damage. People with stressful lives and pent up stress and anxiety can have trouble falling asleep and/or experience overall poor sleep quality. Rather than take potentially harmful medications that force you to rest, why not take a gentle, natural steam shower? Steam creates warmth in the body, which leads to a state of natural relaxation. A steam shower 15 minute before bed time can work wonders, allowing you to get a full night of deep rest.

4) You’ll Be On Your Way to Forming a Good Habit

How do you form a good habit? Make a concerted effort to do something every day for two weeks and it will then become an automated habit. Steam showering is not just something you do when you’re desperate for relaxation or stress relief; it’s a commitment and a lifestyle that brings long lasting health when engaged in regularly. So take your steam shower today, remember to do it tomorrow and the day after, and you’ll experience a whole new level of well being.

5) The World Could End at Any Moment

Scientists with the Russian space program are estimating the asteroid Apophis will collide with Earth in April of 2036. The ancient Mayans predicted that December 12, 2012 will be the end of the Earth. For all we know, there could be a doomsday prophecy that predicts tomorrow is the last day of civilization. We hate to be so pessimistic, but if you don’t take a steam shower today, you may never get another chance.

The above comments and statements about steam therapy have not been medically evaluated. You should always consult your physician before beginning any such therapies. The above comments about the world ending have also not been evaluated.

Breathe Easy: Steam Therapy for Sinuses

Friday, December 10th, 2010
Cold Season

Cold and Flu Season

It’s official – we are deep into the dreaded winter cold & flu season. Contracting a seasonal illness can result in what feels like endless bouts of sneezing, coughing and sinus congestion. Perhaps more than any other symptom, it’s clogged sinuses, resulting in the inability to properly breathe – and subsequently sinus headaches – that make our lives most miserable. With severe colds & flus sometimes taking weeks from which to fully recover, it can amount to long and uncomfortable stretches of anguish and suffering.

For some, the first choice of remedies is over-the-counter medications from the drug store. But much research has suggested that such medicines only mask and suppress symptoms, and some would argue that they contain too many ingredients that could potentially be harmful to the body. If antibiotics are required, visiting the doctor is a good option, though there still can be a lengthy recovery time with such medications, and not everyone is comfortable taking them. Drinking plenty of fluids, popping vitamins and taking herbs like Echinacea and Goldenseal can help shorten the duration of the illness, but they do not directly provide immediate relief for those stuffy, nagging sinuses.

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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!

Age is All the Rage

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

For so many Americans, the notion of “hopping into the tub” is much easier said than done. Those with arthritis, mobility limitations, or anyone who’s suffered from the sneaky side effects of aging (like that new pain in my back I felt this morning) know that your bathroom or home spa needs to be accessible. And thanks to a number of forward-thinking manufacturers, getting older doesn’t mean losing out on a luxurious bath experience.

Forget the days of the clinical, unappealing walk-in bath. It’s true – not that long ago, stylish options for walk-in tubs were nearly non-existent. But today, you can outfit your bathroom with a walk-in tub that doesn’t disrupt your home design. Like Maax Professional’s high-concept collection of ADA-compliant showers and tubs, all of which keep you comfortable and your bath beautiful. And just because you have a new tub doesn’t mean you need to change your design tactics – compliment the wall of your bath with tiled designs as you would with any other tub. Stylish, but most importantly, safe.

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Small Bath? No Problem.

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Let’s face it – unless you had the luxury of designing your home from the ground up, or spent a month brushing your teeth at the kitchen sink while construction workers knocked down walls and descended on your W.C., chances are your bathroom isn’t the biggest room in the house. But fear not – a petite loo just might be the perfect size for infusing a lot of luxury into a little space.

LAUFEN mimo

LAUFEN mimo compact bath collection

In any compact area, the most important consideration is to make sure that everything you fill a room with is more than just “occasionally” useful. So if you don’t find yourself lounging in a bubble bath three times a week, why not skip the tub basin and opt for a shower stall? Space-saving and efficient, a shower stall can be custom-fit to your bath’s dimensions, and immediately enhances the size of the room. Amp up the luxury by installing a steam shower – ThermaSol has revolutionary steam units designed for even the tiniest bathrooms – and your days of soaking in the tub will be a distant memory.

While you’re saving ground in the shower, why not really free up some floor space and go small with other elements for the bath? Manufacturers have taken note of the shrinking trend in bath design, and have crafted gorgeous collections with a diminutive take. The mimo collection by Laufen is short in stature but huge on style, with smaller-than-norm sinks and toilets that pack a punch without monopolizing square footage. And never fear – the difference in size of the scaled-down versions is virtually unnoticeable in everyday use.

But if you’re not yet ready for a big bath overhaul, your small space can still benefit from some spacious updates. Make things feel instantly open with a lighter wall color – bright yellows, soft greens, and pastel grays are my favorites in a tiny bath. Opt for open-air shelves or cabinets – it’ll give the illusion of a bigger room, and gives you easier access to your bath knickknacks. And remember to de-clutter! The more you organize, the more space there is for you. So don’t dismiss your small bath just yet! There’s a lot of luxury to be had in even the tiniest of spaces.

Transforming a Shower into a Spa with a Steam Shower

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
Signature Series- Conemporary Control and Steam Head

Signature Series- Conemporary Control and Steam Head

Home design magazines are filled with amazing bathrooms that have been transformed from utilitarian and functional to absolutely fabulous. Gone are the days of the “plain old” bath-and-shower combination, and these days the affluent and design savvy are turning their plain old shower into a luxurious two-person shower with all the extras, amenities and of course: steam.

According to cost vs value reports, bathroom renovations are one of the most cost effective home improvement projects you can undertake. According to the most recent reports by Hanley Wood, homeowners who remodel their bathrooms will still recoup 61 percent to 71 percent of the cost when they sell their homes in today’s still somewhat dreadful market. Now is the time to upgrade the bathroom with an amenity like steam so that you can enjoy the benefits of steam and enhance your overall lifestyle, while hoping the market picks up and your investment actually pays you back!

ThermaSol has a lifestyle brochure which helps consumers to build their ideal steam system for their home. The reader receives a lesson on the power of steam as illustrated by ancient cultures. They also learn the enhanced health benefits of steam therapy as well as specific essential oils which are believed to remedy certain ailments via in-shower aromatherapy. Color therapy and its invigorating and mood-enhancing benefits is also discussed.

Signature Series- Traditional Control and Steam Head

Signature Series- Traditional Control and Steam Head

Amenity Packages For Your Steam Shower!
The Signature Series steam shower control kit is a miniature command center that offers the user precise temperature adjustment, variable session times, sound system volume control, chromatherapy light type intensity and two user presets when used with the Serenity Light and Music System.

The Temp-Touch Series is ThermaSol’s baseline control that offers function for all of their steam bath generators as well as their in-shower Light and Music System. A bar graph details minimum and maximum temperature settings, volume, light type and intensity and there is a 45 minute default session setting.

ThermaSol’s new generation Serenity Light and Music System takes the steam experience to a whole new level. The system includes an all-in-one in-shower, high intensity full spectrum LED type light system for the ultimate in chromatherapy, as well as a high-performance speaker set. The system features built-in FM receiver and two additional input source interfaces. Composite component input can come from portable MP3 players, CDs, DVDs and televisions or just about any audio player device. All ThermaSol steam approved components are mounted behind a 10” diameter solid brass ceiling grill. Also included with the system is the optional RF 2.8 GHz hand-held remote, which is waterproof, durable, and extremely stylized to meet the most discerning consumer requirements. The remote offers complete control over all of the functions from inside the shower and comes in 14 matching finishes.

A Stylized Home Spa:
Both the Signature and Temp-Touch Series’ come in two styles: traditional and contemporary. The Traditional Series control and steamhead feature a beautifully sculpted bezel and match the traditional, classical and palatial trim designs offered by most fixture manufacturers. The Contemporary Series control and steamhead blend seamlessly with modern, Euro-style or transitional fixtures in the bathroom.

Groundbreaking Technology
In addition to the controls and matching steamhead fittings, ThermaSol now offers three specialized generators.  The SteamShower Classic Series features FastStart™ technology, which produces steam in seconds.  It also comes with a PowerFlush inner tank cleaning system that promotes decalcification, reduces sediment build-up and is activated at the generator.  The SteamShower AF Series has an AutoPower Flush inner tank cleaning system, in which all cycles can be activated through the actual shower and it also comes with FastStart™ technology.  Lastly, there is the ProSeries™ which features AutoPower Flush, FastStart™ technology, a custom-fit removable smitty pan and SmartSteam™ technology.  SmartSteam™ technology is the absolute latest in steam control by learning a user’s desired steam room temperature and maintaining it throughout the session with no annoying lags or bursts.

For more information visit www.thermasol.com


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