Ok, fine. Your steam shower is not some time machine in disguise. If you step into it today, you will not be transported physically through time and space in the style of Doctor Who and his trusty Tardis.
But, you will be transported … to your happy place!
Before you set off on your journey, I wanted to give you a little run down on why steam bathing – and now steam showers – have remained so popular throughout human history. You know why you love your steam shower. Well, you’re not alone.
We can thank the Ancient Romans for our modern saunas, spas, and steam showers. They were a people who just loved of bathing and socializing. Throughout Rome, structures were built directly over geothermal hot springs. Everyone could attend these baths, and everyone did. It didn’t matter if a high-placed government official was in the room along with an average worker. Everyone relaxed and exchanged pleasant conversation together.
As the Roman Empire fell, so did people’s interest in bathing. Steam bathing came to be seen as improper and unnecessary. Unfortunately for those living in Europe in the Middle Ages, one particular event changed everything. The event? The Bubonic Plague, otherwise known as The Black Death. The bacteria swept through Europe wiping out somewhere between 30% to 60% of the total population.
As communities recovered, people returned to steam bathing. Technology and ideas converged to produce pipes and pumps that would transport hot water to and from bathing rooms.
Cleanliness and health remain intertwined. Today, modern steam showers have elevated those two necessities with the addition of aromatherapy dispensers, chromatherapy lights, music in the shower, and so many other little spa-like luxuries.
Find out more: Shower History
So, the next time you step into your steam shower, give a nod to those Ancient Romans and their love of fun and relaxation.