The history of steam bathing can be traced back as far as the ancient Greeks. It was subsequently adopted by the Romans, and in Turkey the steam bath or ‘hamam’ has survived thousands of years.
The practice spread into Europe but in early days the popularity of steam baths was limited by the technical problems of regulating the temperature.
Today, though, developments in steam generating technology have made it possible to install steam baths and now steam showers almost anywhere at a reasonable cost.
More and more home owners are switching on to the multiple benefits of home steam rooms as part of a regular wellness routine.
At the top end of the market, many architects and designers are automatically including steam as part of water experience into new-build and refurbishment projects, with swimming pools, spas, saunas and steam rooms integrated at planning level.
Typical homes can easily incorporate a steam room with space for two or more people, making the experience not only relaxing but involving the whole family in an invigorating or relaxing break together.
Where space is tight and cost an important factor, a steam facility can be incorporated into the space of a normal bathroom shower.
A steam bath, like a home sauna
, is designed to induce sweating, but with entirely different atmospheric conditions. The steam bath is not only relaxing and energy-renewing, but promotes health and beauty too.
Recommended for such conditions as bronchitis, catarrh, rheumatic complaints and joint pain, it is also beneficial, as a support measure, for people suffering from poor skin circulation, sleeping disorders and dry, chapped skin, among others.
The steam bath operates most effectively and comfortably at a temperature of between 43 deg C and 46 deg C, while the humidity is 100%. To be optimally effective, there must be an efficient steam generator, a precise control system and a steam-tight cabin.
Enjoyed correctly, a steam bath will help to overcome the stresses of everyday life, to relax and recover and to gain new strength and improve general physical and mental well being.
The heat helps the body to release endorphins, which are neuro-transmitters in the brain, helping to relieve pain and promote happiness and a feeling of well-being.
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