Posts Tagged ‘steam technology’

Ceremonial Steam: Native Sweat Lodges

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
Sweat Lodge

Hupa Native American Sweat Lodge

Long before modern bath environments offered high-technology steam generators and fixtures, Native American and other native cultures utilized the powerful effects of steam, which they generated in sweat lodges. Native American sweat lodges were typically dome-shaped, circular and built low to the ground. They were made from “living” materials including tree branches and animal skins, and as a result the structures were believed to possess spiritual significance.

In order to power the steam generation within the sweat lodge, rocks were heated up outside, in fire pits, to extremely high degrees. Transported into the sweat lodge utilizing shovels, they were then placed into a pit dugout in the center. The ceremony leader would pour water on the hot rocks, creating steam, elevating the internal temperature of the sweat lodge, and causing participants to sweat. Often traditionally used plants such as sage were placed on the rocks prior to pouring water, adding an aroma and essence to the steam and aiding in purification.
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Tech-spa-logy: Embracing Technology in the Spa

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
ThermaSol Digital Controls

Steam Shower Digital Controls

In the recent history of technology, we’ve all seen a slew of gadgets come across our plates. iPods, iPads, iPhones, laptops, desktops, flatscreens, widescreens – all intended to grant us greater freedom, ease of use, increased flexibility, and the luxury of getting exactly what we want when we want it, without compromise. And while electronics manufacturers have been busy upping the ante in the world of computers, gaming, and television, advanced technology has also been making its way into the spa world.

When it comes to the home spa experience, the leader-by-a-longshot in technology integration is steam shower pro ThermaSol. In fact, they’ve done to the home steam shower what DVR did to television – made it advanced, on-demand, fluid, and infused with unlimited possibilities. What makes ThermaSol’s technology integration so unique amongst other brands is their 100% fully networked digital technology. Even though other manufacturers boast digital controllers, their infrastructure is still analog – which is about as productive and advanced as having a dial-up connection while everyone else has high-speed internet.

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