A steam shower is a small cabin or enclosure designed to contain heated water vapor that has been created using a humidifying steam generator.
A steam shower session can be a social affair if the enclosure sits more than one person. Steam showers combine the functionality of a standard
steam room with many additional features including a shower. Steam showers are designed for use in a bathroom. Therefore, many of them have been
packed out with features that enhance the standard showering experience, turning the bathroom into a mini spa.
Brief History of the Steam Shower
Steam showers are an adaptation of the steam room. Steam rooms can be traced back to the Roman times where the Romans would bathe in a sweat room
called a sudatorium. Around the same era, the Turks had their Turkish bath (the hammam), while the Russians caught hold of the concept and had their
own steam bath called the banya. The history of the sudatorium goes back to the ancient Greeks. With the evolution of technology, manufacturers
integrated the steam room and shower into a combination unit called a steam shower, designed for use in a bathroom.
Features of a Steam Shower
1.Music & Phone Connections – A function which allows the user to connect an external audio device (e.g. CD player, iPod, MP3 player, etc.) to the steam shower. The user can listen to their favourite music while showering.
Steam showers usually have a phone connection which enables the user to dial and answer calls while in the steam shower.
2.Handheld shower on slide rail – The same as a handheld shower on slide rail in a standard shower.
3.Overhead shower – Usually a static shower head, integrated in the roof of the steam shower unit. This usually gives the effect of falling rain as the surface area of the head is large, approximately six inches in diameter.
4.Body Jets – Steam showers often have body jets, enhancing the steam experience further. Typically ranging in number from 4 to 16+, the jets, acting as hydrotherapy treatment, spray water onto the muscles relaxing and stimulating them.
5.Digital control panel with remote control – Steam showers can have a digital control panel which will control most of the features within the unit. For example, it can control the overhead shower, the steam temperature and the radio function.
6.Thermostatic controller – A thermostatic valve controls the temperature of the shower water, preventing surges of hot and cold water.
7.Foot massage – A device, usually attached to the wall of the steam shower that can be placed on the floor to massage the feet. Water sprays up from the foot massage which massages the feet.
8.Steam generator with time and temperature settings – A steam generator acts like a kettle: it is the physical device which produces the steam.
Steam generators on residential steam showers usually range between 2-3KW. The higher the wattage of the steam generator, the faster the water will boil, therefore the faster the steam shower will fill with steam.
9.Aromatherapy – This feature uses a mechanism that allows the bather to add drops of essential oils to the steam outlet, steaming the aroma into the steam shower, improving the steam shower experience even more.
10.Radio and speaker – Operated from the control panel within the steam shower, the bather can listen to the radio, with a built in shower speaker.
11.Fluorescent overhead light – Usually a circular fluorescent light, the overhead light illuminates the steam shower, creating a fresh bright atmosphere.
Uses / Benefits:
Relaxes and loosens muscles by reducing the buildup of lactic acid and increasing muscle flexibility.
Oxidizes toxins so they can be eliminated through the skin, lungs, kidneys and colon.
Boosts blood circulation, helping injured muscles to repair quicker.
Stimulates vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels relieving pain and speeding the healing process.
Speeds up the metabolic processes of the inner organs and endocrine glands resulting in a loss of 200-450 calories in a 20-minute session.
Eliminates bacterial and viral infections of all kinds.
Better absorption of vitamins.
Far infrared radiation is used to penetrate deep into the joint and surrounding tissues which increases blood flow, reduces inflamation and decreases pain.