Steam Showers are known for their health benefits. Steamist provides all the equipment to create the ultimate spa at the comfort of your home, the TSSH shower valve allows you to digitally control the temperature and pressure of all the shower heads, all done seamlessly from the 550 control. The 550 pad sets time/temperature, chromatherapy lighting, aroma therapy pump and music system. Walk into your steam sauna, play your favorite tunes, set the mood right with the lighting system, bring aroma into the room at the touch of a button and end it all with a very relaxing bath at exactly the right temperature.
The Steamist SMP-10 Steam Generator is pictured above with the AromaSense Module and 550 Control.
This package was used to replace a twenty year old SM Steamist generator, the SMC-150 control was upgraded to the 550 Digital Control and the aromatherapy module was added. The 550 control comes with Wi-Fi feature built in so that you can have the time and date automatically updated, also you can control the steambath from your smartphone! The AromaSense pump will allow you to use two different scents, these choices can be controlled from the 550 pad along with intensity of the aroma. Steam Showers are no longer a commodity but a necessity, once you have enjoyed the health benefits of in home steam bathing a regular shower will feel incomplete without first taking a nice relaxing steam session.
Steam vs. Sauna:
This comparison comes up often while discussing options with my clients and I always say the best scenario is to have both if possible. The two rooms are very different and they both provide different health benefits. I would say one of the main benefits of a steam room is that it provides respiratory therapy. Studies done by PubMed Central have shown that kids with respiratory infections recovered more quickly after steam therapy than those who did not use steam therapy. The warm and humid environment aids in warming the mucous membrane, thus breaking up congestion in the sinuses and lungs. Steam rooms also offer other health benefits such as improved circulation, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, promoting skin health, prompt workout recovery, loosening joints and boosting the immune system. Sauna rooms on the other hand, do not offer the same type of respiratory therapy as steam rooms, but they do help relax and loosen stiff muscles, improve circulation, reduce stress, promote skin health and boost the immune system.
Why do I say you should have both?
Putting the numerous health benefits aside, steam and sauna rooms will provide very different feelings and experiences. Steam rooms will make you feel like you are in a stress melting cloud of a very humid ambiance, allowing you to put your whole day into perspective and giving you a clear mind for new great ideas. Saunas, along with the aromatic cedar, will make you feel like you are somewhere deep in the forest, while you see all the toxins leaving your body. The humidity will not condense body sweat and the dry heat will soothe achy muscles and joints. The next best thing is to have at least one! Either way it will make your life better :)