This guest blog is written by Hannah West at Modernize.
Though steam showers have only become a popular aspect of home design in the last decade, they have been used for thousands of years as a way to cleanse, relax, and improve both physical and mental health. Steam showers are hardly a new idea, but innovation has paved the way for their transition into private homes, making them the latest trend in bathroom design and renovation. Nowadays, you don’t need to work out at a gym, visit a spa, or join a club to enjoy the benefits of a steam shower–you can install one where you live somewhat easily and affordably.
It’s no mystery why steam showers are a hot trend in bathroom design. With the stressful, harried lives we live, it only makes sense that an opportunity to relax and soothe our daily worries in the comfort of our homes would be in high demand. But let’s explore other reasons why steam showers have gained so much traction recently.
Unlike a regular shower that might come standard in your home, a steam shower is practically a separate room within a room–your own private oasis. Stepping into a steam shower is like stepping into your own spa, complete with a comfortable bench perfect for relaxing. While even the most basic steam shower is luxurious, you can add extra features such as aromatherapy or soothing lighting for a more complete spa experience. While many steam showers can double as regular showers for when you need to get out the door quickly, you’ll want to wake up extra early to give yourself as much time as possible to enjoy your private little paradise.
You’ve probably already heard about one or two ways that steam showers can improve your health. You may have a friend who swears it relieves the pain of sore and tired muscles, or a relative who uses steam showers to clear sinus congestion. But you may not know that the health benefits to regularly using a steam shower are practically innumerable. It can ease the anxiety you feel in both your mind and your muscles after a long day at work; it can help purge your body of harmful toxins; it can improve your metabolism and even refresh your skin.
A steam shower in your home also offers the daily opportunity to put away your phone, shut out all the external stimuli, and fully steep yourself in solitude and thought. Rather than hopping out of a quick shower feeling rushed, you’ll step out feeling like refreshed, calm, and ready for the day.
You may have heard the health benefits discussed so frequently that you haven’t had a chance to learn about the other positive aspects–chiefly, the efficiency of steam showers. A steam shower requires much less water than your everyday shower or bath. In fact, a 20-minute steam only requires two gallons of water. So while you luxuriate in your stress-relieving steaming experience, you can have one less thing on your mind. With the stress of our lives leading to an increased need for pampering, the steam shower is a much sought-after indulgence that can improve your quality of life.
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