Steam Showers are the Future!
"Health" has become an increasingly used buzz word within the public eye - both towards our planet and our own personal health. Many fast food restaurants are fighting to keep a tight hold on public loyalty while levels of British obesity have quadrupled in the last 25 years. A recent £6million poll by Sport England, released in December 2006, found that half of the English nation do not exercise or participate in active recreation.
Whilst there is no substitute for healthy eating and regular exercise, steam shower enclosures are becoming increasingly popular as the designers of the bathrooms of the future try to cater for improved physical, mental and emotional health. A steam shower enclosure aims to do just that by bringing the benefits of a steam room into your own home.
So what are the main benefits of upgrading to a steam shower enclosure?
The optimum temperature for a steam shower session is between 43 - 46C. At these temperatures the body’s metabolism increases to regulate its core temperature. This process results in the consumption of energy, which can have the net result of burning many hundred kilocalories, similar to a long run.
Whilst rehydration will replenish most of the bodies lost weight with water, the energy lost can help with weight control.
To regulate an increased body temperature, blood vessels near to the skins surface dilate to allow the escape of heat. To cope with the body’s additional demand
for blood at these extremities, the heart increases its rate of blood flow. This process helps to flush out impurities that build up within the body whilst aiding with detoxification, metal excretion, cleansing and hydration of the skin. It has also been mentioned that this process can boost your immune system and promote antibody production whilst relieving inflammation and congestion.
The body has a greater capacity to withstand the high temperatures associated with a steam room or sauna whilst other viruses may be suppressed or reduced at these temperatures.
After returning home from a long, tiring day in the office it is desirable to unwind and relax. A steam shower can do just that by combining music (from the radio or an external CD/MP3 player) with sequential body and foot jets to give your back and feet that deserved massage. This cubical becomes a steamy oasis where the many showering and massage functions collide to invigorate the body.
Mental & Emotional Stimulation
You may be wondering how a shower could possibly aid your emotional state! In fact, a steam shower may come equipped with chromotherapy lighting where proponents believe that colour can balance emotional reaction in people.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants that have known effects on the body or health. These essential oils can be added to a steam session, helping to relax, stimulate, refresh, soothe, invigorate or perhaps help decrease inflammation
and congestion in the body (see our hay fever blog).
In the past, steam rooms were reserved for high class health spas and not available for your own home, so many people have never experienced a steam session.
With steam shower cubicles now becoming main stream, their price and availability have become accessible and a very real alternative to replace an existing shower unit.
A steam shower is a self enclosed cubicle so may have added benefits such as reducing substantial tiling costs.
Whilst the home spa facilities provided by a steam shower enclosure are becoming increasingly desirable, size limitations can impede in smaller bathrooms.
Typically, these cubicles will be upward in size of 900mm x 900mm x 2150mm. Furthermore, other users may require an additional pressurised pump to generate the optimum water supply that is often approximately 2.5 bar. Springwave supply high quality, affordable steam showers to upgrade most bathroom sizes and layouts.
Steam showers are rapidly becoming an affordable luxury and desirable replacement to a standard shower, bringing additional physical health, relaxation, mental and emotional benefits.
The Steam Shower is here to stay! So how steamy is your future going to be?