There was a time when the only way you could enjoy the relaxing and healthful benefits of a steam shower was to purchase a gym membership or visit a spa. Those public spaces were really the only venues able to afford the cost of installing a steam shower.
Lucky for us … and whether or not you have a gym membership or like to visit the spa … the price of purchasing, installing, and maintaining a steam shower has come down considerably. They are now extremely affordable. Who doesn’t want such a luxurious addition to their home bathroom? The concept of a home spa has been growing in popularity over the last decade. A steam shower is the ultimate in home spa treatment. Definitely consider adding one to your bathroom!
The question, though, is which steam shower is right for you? Because, as you may have already guessed, there are numerous options from which to choose.
The first consideration for most of us is budget. Although steam showers have come down in price, they’re not completely inexpensive. Individual models range in price depending on size and accessories. So, begin by deciding how much you’re able to comfortably spend, including the cost of installation. Then, go shopping!
How It Works
Basically, a steam shower is just a regular shower that’s completely enclosed. It has to be so that all the beneficial steam stays within the unit instead of escaping out into the bathroom. The steam generator (vital to the whole operation, of course!) heats water to a boil before releasing the steam. The beauty of the generator is that it requires very little water and takes just minutes to bring that water to the right temperature. Steam showers can actually help you reduce your overall water usage. How’s that for practical?! Most steam showers come equipped with a bench allowing you to relax and enjoy all those health benefits.
Ready-To-Go Or Custom-Made?
If your budget allows, consider having your steam shower custom designed. Then, the tiling you use in your shower can match the rest of the bathroom. Repeated design elements, like matching tiles or colors, help tie together all the elements in the bathroom. That design strategy also helps tie the look of the bathroom to the rest of the house.
If you’re not interested in diving into the whole custom-made scenario, you still have a lot of options. Typically, steam shower walls are made of acrylic and can be purchased in a few different colors. Choose the color that best matches your bathroom’s current color scheme and your bathroom will look amazing for a long time to come.
Choose Your Accessories
Of course, a steam shower doesn’t actually need any accessories to be a healthful and enjoyable experience. But, if you really want to deck out your home spa, then you should consider adding a few elements to round off the whole relaxing experience.
You can, for instance, have aromatherapy dispensers installed. These units will release your favorite scents while you enjoy the steam. Aromatherapy is used to hydrate and promote healthy skin. Some people also find that it improves their mood and general feelings of good health.
Chromatherapy, also called light therapy or color therapy, is a popular addition. Special chromatherapy lights dot the interior of the steam shower unit. These bulbs cycle through a rainbow of colors leaving you feeling refreshed and energized.
There are even more fun possible accessories to add to your steam shower treatment. Add in foot massagers, radio, iPod hookups, even hands-free telephones!
Even if you choose a ready-to-go unit, there are still so many ways to customize your steam shower and make it your own.
If you already own a steam shower, which accessories have you had installed?