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Freelance contributor Lucy Bailey sent us her tips on creating the perfect bathtime experience!

Having a bath is one of the most relaxing things that you can do at home. You can soak away the stresses and strains of the day, and indulge in a little me-time. The amazing acupuncture hydro-massage of a whirlpool bath is completely blissful and has some wonderful health benefits. It can help improve your circulation and ease away aches and pains. It’s a perfect way to wind down and soothe body and soul.

Turn your bathroom into a sanctuary

Having a bath isn’t just about getting clean, it’s about having some essential relaxation time. Run yourself a hot bubble bath, or turn on the whirlpool bath, pour yourself a drink, and enjoy soaking in the suds. Having an uninterrupted bath is the perfect way to wind down at the end of a long day. The bathroom is somewhere private, that you can transform into a safe sanctuary away from the world. Create some intimate lighting in your bathroom by lighting some scented candles. Your bathroom will feel like twilight, with a warm glow. A study has shown that certain smells can make you feel happy, and this is true of the candles scents you choose. For instance, lemon is a wonderful pick-me-up which improves mood. Lavender is another good choice, as it is known for having a natural calming effect and also helps with sleep problems.

Immerse yourself in sound

Playing music while you are in the bath relaxes mind and body. Studies have shown that the right kind of music can also reduce anxiety. Music that has a tempo of fewer than 60 beats per minute is good because it slows down the heart rate and reduces blood pressure, This will help you to feel tranquil and calm. Atmospheric music, such as sounds of the ocean or the rainforest is a good choice for bathtime. It can help your mind drift away and quieten thoughts. Waterproof Bluetooth speakers are available to purchase, so you can use them safely near the bathtub when you listen to music. Wonderboom, Bose, and Sony all make speakers that are suitable for use in the bathroom.

Just add bath oil

When you are soaking in the tub, adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil can make all the difference. The oil will help to moisturize the skin, keeping it soft, supple and feeling smooth. Many essential oils have medicinal properties too. Chamomile oil is great for relaxing the body and easing sore muscles. If you are trying to reduce anxiety and calm the mind, then bergamot oil is a good choice, it has a delicate fragrance and is really uplifting. Frankincense oil is often used in prayer and meditation, as it clears the mind and is good for focus and concentration. A few drops in the bath water is also good for colds and flu. It helps clear the chest and eases breathing.

 A blissful bath is all about indulging yourself in a little alone time. Light the candles, put on a little soothing music and settle into the warm, healing water.

Mar. 14

Show of hands… who doesn’t need a calendar to tell them it’s springtime? If you’re one of the many millions who suffer from springtime allergies, those itchy eyes and runny nose have been announcing the start of the new season already.

How do you find relief?

We here at Steam Showers Inc aren’t immune to allergies. Some of us would really love to stop and smell the flowers. If only!

So, we thought it would be in everyone’s best interest if we looked into how to relieve those allergy symptoms.

Here’s what we found.

  • Research out of the University of Florida found that taking certain probiotics help boost your own body’s defence mechanisms. The benefit is fewer allergy symptoms. Talk to your doctor about which probiotics might be right for you.
  • Nasal irrigation – as uncomfortable as that may sound – can clear nasal passages to the point where allergy symptoms won’t be as troublesome.
  • If you spend a lot of time indoors, then you will definitely want to invest in a HEPA filter. These marvels can draw in animal dander, pollen, and any other potentially allergy inducing particle floating through the air.
  • Some people have found that a regular visit to an acupuncturist is all that’s needed to get them through allergy season.
  • And yes, the steam shower is a big one in this department. Warm steam clears the sinuses, relaxes the body, and just makes you feel 100% better.

How do you deal with allergy symptoms?

Mar. 12

Your steam shower really does a lot for you. It’s there every single time you need an acupressure massage. It helps your skin stay clean, fresh, and hydrated. It can even switch between releasing steam (as a steam shower) or spraying water (as a regular shower) for those busy mornings.

It really is like having your own personal masseuse.

And I’m sure you’ve done your part in caring for your steam shower. you no doubt keep it sparkling clean, free of calcium and soap scum, and working at its best.

But, what do you do when it reaches the end of its life?

The first important point is that regular showers and steam showers have long lifespans. They will continue to function at their best for many decades to come. So, if you’re wondering whether or not to rip out your existing shower and replace it with a new one, consider first if there’s a way to refresh it.

Start with a really good top to bottom cleaning using a natural, gentle, citrus-based cleaner. Read more about our cleaning tips.

The next task is to flush out the steam generator and clean out the drain. Unless you’re a super handy do-it-yourselfer, I recommend hiring a professional to perform these jobs.

Once all the cleaning is done, consider updating the fixtures. Pick up a rainfall showerhead, if you don’t already have one. Pull out the tap and any other shower controls and replace them with the latest style – brass, chrome, or something completely different.

The final option is to pull out the old shower completely. Sometimes, you just have no other choice. If your shower is older than you are, or if you want to upgrade your regular shower to a pre-fabricated steam shower, then that’s the route you’ll have to go.

Choosing, measuring, and installing a new steam shower can be complicated if you’re not knowledgeable about plumbing, electrical, or general contracting. We always recommend hiring a professional to do this particular job.

Looking for help choosing the right steam shower? Give us a call!