Take the ultimate in relaxation to a whole new level.
Imagine sliding into a soothing whirlpool bath, bathed not only in the warm water, but in calming purple light. Or the refreshing zing of a spa bath with lemon-fresh bubbles and yellow light to help you rise and shine each morning.
Many cultures believe in the power of colour and it’s affect on our mood. We use it almost without thinking: bedrooms painted in softer, darker colours to aid relaxation, fast food restaurants in bright primary reds and yellows to make us eat up quickly, offices and company websites alike in business - blues and greys. But did you know the ancient Egyptians built solariums with coloured glass to bathe the occupant in coloured light? Medieval doctors believed wearing the right colours could help cure diseases, and Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe colour therapy today. Whatever the medical reality, colour can have a powerful effect on our mood and help to stimulate the senses or calm our thoughts.
Now you can bring luxurious chromotherapy to your own bathroom. Just dim your lights, maybe light a few candles and treat yourself to some, or all of the following:
Red - warm and primal, the colour of passion
Orange - the colour of the rising sun, the perfect wake up call
Yellow - the colour of the risen sun, the perfect energiser
Green - rediscover your connection to nature and the harmony in your universe
Blue - the colour of the infinite sky, dare to dream your dreams
Indigo - relaxing and soothing, the perfect colour for the end of a long week
Violet - the colour of mystery and your subconscious: reconnect with your inner self.
Our gorgeous chromotherapy light can be set to the colour of your choice, or left to gently cycle through the whole rainbow, bathing you in beautifully soft coloured light. They can be fitted to any bath before it leaves our showroom, or supplied separately to fit to your existing bath.
Don't just dream in colour: now you can bathe in it too.
Flood and water damage can take a lot of time and money to fix, ruining many things in your home. It can get into every room and on any floor including the basement, first floor, and even the second floor if the water level is high. Water damage can come from a variety of sources, from the outside or inside your house. Water can soak into walls, floors, and many other places which will cause damage to your possessions. There are a few tips to help you if it happens.
Flood damage requires removal of everything from the house to be cleaned and repaired. You will have to call your insurance company to have them put it on record and arrange for flood damage repair to pump, clean, and fix up your house. You will need to turn all the electricity off before re-entry to avoid electrocution hazards. Ensure that you have flood insurance included because some home owners insurance will not cover you.
Many people are unaware or misinformed of what their insurance covers, so research what you have and be sure. A huge tip for preparation is having a survival kit on hand at all times in case of disaster. Include necessities like bottled water, radio, batteries, blankets, extra clothes, lots of food, and flashlights. Have a charged cell phone with you at all times so you can get help. Flood and water damage can be catastrophic, but some preparation, insurance, and a dose of knowledge will help you get back on your feet quickly.
With water damage, it is the excess water that causes damage to your home and it can lower the value of your home. You need to know what to do if too much water gets into your home and how to deal with the damages. If a lot of water gets in, you will need to get everything out so that the water will not damage your property. If you have carpet in the room with water ingress, remove the carpet because water will lock in the fibres. Turn off the water to your home if the problem is a leak so that the problem can be fixed and no further damage is done.
If books, papers, or documents are water damaged, you may have to take them to professionals who are able to restore them for you. Do not try to repair them yourself, because you can do more damage to it, making it harder to fix. You will also have to turn off the water if the water is leaking from your pipes. If you have water damage, professional restorers will need to remove items from your home to replace them. They will also have to clean it before bacteria and mould can take hold.
Home owners in UK are increasingly looking to invest in steam cabin showers, because of their increased benefits of relaxation, hygiene and affordability. Steam shower cabinets are an enclosed structure, enabling the cabin to efficiently maintain heat.
Moist heat is considered therapeutic and has been used for healing for many years. Steam cabin showers use the same moist heat therapy, promoting good health, boosting the immune system and relieving muscle tension. It also benefits the user by bringing a youthful look to your skin.
When the body perspires, the perspiration carries toxins to the surface to be washed away. Dermatologists believe steam benefits the skin, giving a healthy, beautiful and glowing look.
Steam Shower Health Benefits
This page is designed to show how steam showers can benefit your health.
We all need water to survive and we know how important it is to our health, hygiene and our environment. Yet when we think of water, most of us automatically relate to it in its liquid form; the water we make coffee with, take a shower in, spray on the lawn and drink throughout the day. This fundamental element has the ability to transform into solid and liquid states and in each of these states, water fulfils different roles. One important role is water vapour or steam. Used for everything from powering engines to pressing clothes, steam also plays an important role in our health and relaxation. With a steam shower, we are now able to have the luxury of a spa in our home.
For thousands of years, cultures around the world have indulged in the soothing warmth of aromatic steam baths. Ancient Romans and Chinese were well known for creating elaborate baths. Steam baths have also become part of Native American cultures all the way from the Alaskan Eskimos to the land of the Mayans. These cultures used steam baths to clean the body, cure illness, rejuvenate tired muscles and provide a sense of spiritual identity. It wasn’t until the twentieth century that steam baths became a more common part of North American culture.
In the 1960s steam baths first appeared in large public facilities, such as private clubs and large health resorts. The benefits of steam showers, it seemed, were designated for those who had the money and resources to access the treatment. Later in the same century, steam showers increased in popularity drastically - to a point where taking a steam shower was part of regular health treatments and followed a daily workout at the club.
Over the past 10 years, steam showers have become a popular component in new home construction and bathroom renovations. With new developments in plumbing technology and products, steam showers are easy to install in almost any bathroom and have become an affordable private retreat. Steam showers can be used daily and provide numerous health and aesthetic benefits, and are a great way to have a steam treatment without the inconvenience and cost of going to the gym or spa.
A steam shower looks like a regular shower with the addition of sealed doors. With an optional bench seat, which is highly recommended, we are able to kick back and relax and enjoy our steam, rather than stand on tired restless feet. Steam showers can come pre-packaged from a factory or can be custom designed to fit a specific bathroom. In either case, the components will include a steam generator, steam outlet(s) and regular shower head(s). The steam generator houses the element that creates the heat necessary to produce steam. The steam then moves through the steam outlet in the shower wall and fills the shower area. The steam generator can be installed either in the bathroom vanity near the shower, under the floor, or in the bench seat. Custom showers should include a sloped ceiling to prevent condensation from dripping. Aesthetically, the unit is streamlined and well-finished. There is also a reduced risk of mould and mildew in these types of units because they are enclosed and designed to withstand the humidity produced.
In our custom steam shower we can either take a shower, have a steam or both at the same time. For days that we choose to have a regular shower, it’s pleasing to know that, with the custom sealed doors, we will be cosy and warm while lathering as the humidity from the shower will linger in the spa. The steam outlet operates on a timer and can include a small reservoir where essential oils, respiratory medications or perfume essences can be diffused. We all know that men and women enjoy showering at different temperatures, so why not splurge on a custom shower that will accommodate his and her temperatures at the same time? Custom steam showers can include a combination of adjustable shower heads, body sprays, hand sprays and steam outlets to keep both users happy and comfortable. Our custom steam shower can also be equipped with accessories such as a CD player, in shower speakers, steam free mirrors, mood lighting and remote control for heat, music and light.
Before making the decision to install a steam shower it is important to consider several factors. The space that we are going to use may indicate whether a factory unit or custom designed shower will accommodate our needs. The available hot water volume may have to be increased and the budget and décor selection will have to be reviewed.
A professional plumbing and heating firm will be able to assess which system will work best in our home and provide suggestions for custom spray systems, such as body sprays, overhead shower heads, hand sprays, and multi-directional shower heads. Once installed, our Springwave steam shower will require little maintenance. Regular cleaning is encouraged and periodic draining of the system and physical inspection of the electrical components are advised.
Steam showers are used around the world by professional massage therapists, chiropractors, coaches, estheticians and other health and beauty practitioners during treatments and therapies. In dry summers and cold winters, steam showers prevent the skin from becoming dehydrated and itchy. Steam showers provide a wet heat that is different from the dry heat created in a sauna. Steam showers open our pores so our skin can excrete toxins and dirt, increases blood circulation, and can help clear sinuses and nasal passages to help us breath more easily. It is especially helpful for those who suffer from asthma, bronchitis and allergies. Steam showers can also sooth tired and aching muscles. Additional benefits of steam showers include the following:
* Reducing stress
* Rejuvenating the skin
* Detoxify the body
* Increase metabolism
* Cardiovascular fitness
* Increased circulation
* Pain relief
* Enhancing the respiratory system
Given that the average adult spends approximately 5,475 minutes or 91.25 hours in the shower every year, making it a comfortable and relaxing experience can ensure that time is more enjoyable. Certainly, having a custom shower with all the bells and whistles is worth it and will make our daily ritual a personal retreat. With increasing demands on our time and growing stress factors in our lives, a steam shower can provide a quick and affordable escape from the day-to-day.
The ultimate reason for installing a steam shower in our home is to cleanse our body. However, the steam shower can also be used as an iron! Simply hang clothes in the shower, turn on the steam for 10 to 15 minutes, and clothes come out looking freshly ironed. My steam shower has been doing my ironing for years!
Note: Pregnant women and individuals with health concerns should always consult a medical physician before using a steam shower.