The modern bathroom didn’t always exist as we know it. Thankfully, we can enjoy the pleasures of a modern bathroom, including luxurious steam showers and whirlpool bathtubs. Imagine having to set aside time to visit a public bathhouse or having to carry warm water to and dirty water from a freestanding bathtub. These practices may have seemed commonplace to our ancestors but would seem cumbersome and time consuming to people in the 21st century.

Originally, the only baths available to people were public baths that served entire villages of people. The purpose of these baths was for people to bathe before entering a sacred place and bathing was done to cleanse the body for religious reasons.

The Egyptians actually created shower rooms in which servants would pour water over people. Early forms of showers were thought to have been inspired by waterfalls in nature. The Greeks had a sewage system and used public shower rooms. The Greeks and the Romans created public bathhouses that were seats of socialization as well as a place to practice proper hygiene. The Romans constructed aqueducts that transported water into cities. Hot and cold water systems for indoor plumbing can be traced back to as early as the 15th century; however, indoor plumbing did not re-emerge into popularity until the 1850s.

Early forms of the modern showers were powered by hand pumps and appeared in the 18th century. They pumped water through a vessel above the user. The water would fall on the user and would be pumped back up and the same water would be used again. In the Victorian era, a technological problem stopped bathrooms from being more widespread: people needed a toilet that would flush water without letting sewage gases into the home.

The modern bathroom was popularized and required after urbanization and industrialization brought people closer together. In cities, people lived in tighter quarters and a solution was needed to deal with human waste; otherwise, disease would be rampant today in modern cities. In the 1920s, indoor bathrooms became required by code in homes in the United States.

Bathrooms still differ from region to region and from country to country. Bidets are popular in Europe but not in the United States. In the United States, public bathing is less common, while in Japan, people bathe in public in hot springs, sento and onsen.

Today, the bathroom comes in many forms and sizes. A full bathroom includes a shower, toilet and bathtub. A half bath includes a toilet and a sink; this is also known as a “powder room.” The terminology is not set in stone, but sometimes a bathroom with a shower and a toilet, but without a bathtub, is referred to as a three-quarter bathroom. There are bathrooms meant to serve an entire home and there are bathrooms that are only connected to specific rooms.

The bathroom has always served the primary need to providing a place for hygiene in an effort to prevent illness and disease. However, the modern bathroom is becoming more luxurious with spa features that were once only accessible by going to an actual spa or resort. People are more likely now to install steam showers, towel warmers, heated flooring and all the bells and whistles that make the bathroom a special space.

With 20% of people in the United States suffering from allergies, it’s no wonder we’re always looking for ways to treat them. Allergies occur when the body’s immune system is triggered by a substance, known as an allergen, and the body responds by producing antibodies. Oftentimes the allergen is not actually harmful. Different people are allergic to different things. While one person may love dogs, another person may not be able to stop sneezing around them. Living with allergies every day can be tough. Steam is an excellent treatment for allergies that you may have never thought of before.

Have you ever seen someone huddled under a towel and over a hot cup of water? That’s because they’re trying to inhale the steam from the small source of water and keep it close with the towel. Steam, like that produced within a steam shower, adds needed moisture back into the respiratory passages. This loosens mucus produced by allergic reactions that is attempting to decrease the dryness within the passages.

After inhaling steam, you will notice you are able to breathe better.  A steam shower is a convenient method of getting the steam you need to inhale to treat your allergies. It is much more convenient to take a steam shower twice a day than to huddle under a small towel over a small cup. Furthermore, the steam from the shower cleanses your body of the allergen particles that may still be in the air or on you from being outside. This is especially true for those who are allergic to plant materials and pollen.

With a steam shower, you will no longer need to purchase humidifiers, vaporizers, steam inhalers, etc. Humidity levels are high in a steam shower; it is not a dry environment like a sauna. In freestanding steam shower units on SteamShowersInc.com, you can sit back on a built-in seat above real wood flooring and relax while inhaling steam to relieve yourself of the congestion, itchy eyes, rash and/or hives, fatigue and sneezing that bother you when you have allergies.

Some steam shower models come with an aromatherapy system. This can be used to your advantage by adding essential oils to your shower that will further help you battle your allergies. Eucalyptus and peppermint oil are both essential oils that can help you feel better. Eucalyptus oil comes from a tree of the same name and has long been used to treat congestion.

Having allergies can feel like having a cold every day and can become a stressful occurrence. You don’t have to be a slave to your allergies.  A steam shower will help you relax and reduce stress, improve the body’s circulation, remove waste from the body and cleanse the skin better than a regular shower. Steam showers are also beneficial to those who suffer from asthma, bronchitis and to those who have a common cold or the flu. You can’t take away your allergies, but you can give yourself the tools you need to feel better.

Are you familiar with how to use the chromatherapy lighting in your steam shower? Chromatherapy is an alternative form of medicine in which colored lights are used to change a person’s psychological mood and/or promote healing in the body. Chromatherapy lighting in steam showers is an additional feature that enhances the relaxation and health benefits you get while showering with steam.

To use the chromatherapy light in your steam shower, simply press the chromatherapy light button on your control keypad. The color of the light will change each time you press the button. Once the light cycles through all of the colors, it will start circulating (or cycling through) all of the colors. Press the button one more time to turn off the chromatherapy light.

Your steam shower will go through the sequence of colors in the same order each time. The sequence will depend upon the steam shower model or bathtub model. Some of the settings are a combination of two colors so that you receive the chromatherapy benefits of each color simultaneously and some settings feature one single color at one time.

Examples of chromatherapy colored lights include:

Blue – Blue calms down the body and brings peace to a person. It slows down your heart rate and allows you to relax. Blue makes us think of the ocean and the sky around us, which relaxes us.

Purple – Purple encourages problem solving thinking and bolsters creativity in the mind. This is beneficial to creative types, such as authors and artists.

Red – Red brings out the energy in people, including their physical and mental strengths. It energizes the body and mind and stimulates the emotions and hunger. Your heart rate will speed up and you will feel more intense emotions.

Orange – While blue produces relaxation and red produces strong emotions, orange produces happiness in a person. It increases cheerfulness, increases levels of fun and can be used to treat depression and/or sadness.

During the Circulating phase, the lights will continuously cycle through the color sequence over and over so you will get all of the colors in one shower. After the Circulating phase is the Off phase, which powers off the chromatherapy lighting.

Note that this article is an overview of using the chromatherapy light in different steam showers and bathtubs on SteamShowersInc.com. We hope that this article encourages you to use this feature. Depending upon the model you choose, some of our products also feature aromatherapy systems. Aromatherapy is another form of alternative medicine in which different scents from essential oils are infused into the steam shower to promote different beneficial effects in the body and mind.

Imagine sitting on a built-in seat in your steam shower with the chromatherapy light overhead, body massage jets stimulating and massaging your muscles, a rainfall ceiling shower gently pouring over you and the music from your favorite FM radio station filtering in. This is the experience you can have with a steam shower unit.