Many of us do not need a reason to purchase a steam shower enclosure for our own home, as there are already many obvious explanations including health and relaxation benefits. One reason that may have already been overlooked by yourself and many others is how much financial gain you can get from installing a steam shower in your home. According to real estate experts, individuals who install steam showers or saunas can expect to gain back at least 5 times what you initially paid for it, increasing the overall value of your home.
The Cascade Duo – A popular 1200mm x 900mm corner model
In addition to this, having a steam shower or private home sauna immediately makes your home unique and compelling to buy. Luxury additions such as these are considered just that – Luxurious. If a potential buyer finds themselves torn between your home and another with very similar price tags, the inclusion of a sauna or steam room may be the exact thing that sways them towards you. Not only does it increase the overall value of your home, you improve the chances of selling your home quicker.
A typical freestanding steam shower enclosure combines standard showering features such as a shower head, with the added benefit of a steam generator. Users can then enjoy a 30 minute steam session followed by a cold invigorating shower to wash away all the toxins – All in the same space. There is no need to allocate the steam generator at another point in the house, as typically they are built onto the back of the unit itself. This results in a straightforward installation that’s completed at a fraction of the cost of a wet room.
Unlike a wet room, you dont’ need to worry about creating a water resistant enclosed area, inclusive of membrane and selective tiling. Furthermore, you need to ensure your door system is air tight to ensure that water and steam alike stays in the room. Creating a waterproof membrane can be quite costly, especially if not done correctly in the first place.
If you’re looking to add instant proven value to your home, consider the option of a steam shower enclosure when upgrading your bathroom. You’ll be benefitting both your body and your wallet.
It’s that time of year again – Quite the challenge if you ask me, but one that these folks take on board with great dedication. The concept – Stay in the sauna the longest and you win. Seems pretty simple really, but when you realise the temperatures they’re playing with, this is no relaxing endeavour. This is an event that works up a great deal of sweat whilst competitors simply sit still.
The 10th Annual Championship took place in Heinola, Finland, over the space of a weekend with 160 men and women from 23 countries pitting their wills against one another. It was to no surprise of the audience, to see the Finns dominate for the 10th year running.
Finnish born Timo Kaukonen won the men’s only event by lasting in the sauna for 3 minutes and 46 seconds. The women’s title was taken by Russian born Tatyana Arkhipenko with an impressive 3 minutes and 9 seconds.
Now you may be scoffing at those times, especially with my use of the word “impressive”. However, please take into account that the saunas they used were heated 110C with half of litre of water being poured onto the stones every 30 seconds! This makes it everything a relaxing sauna isn’t, which is normally heated to around 70-80c.
Organiser Ossi Arvela admits “It’s no fun after two or three minutes. It’s difficult to watch.”
Former President of the Philippines, Mr Joseph Estrada has revealed that the secret to his trouble free health has been due to his daily use of a sauna. Estrada claims that he doesn’t believe in skin care products, health supplements, surgery that defies ageing or sunblock. He states that his sauna health regime quite simply involves a 30 minute sauna session every single day, which he has kept strict to over the last 50 years.
“I don’t take vitamins, I just make sure I have my sauna once a day for 30 minutes. I’ve been doing it for 50 years and it’s the reason I don’t get sick,” said Estrada, at a television interview for THE STAR who at 72 claims that he in perfect health. After having a complete executive health check at the Cardinal Santos Hospital in San Juan City, Estrada requested that the results of the check-up be made public.
“The figures speak for themselves. You see, I’m pretty healthy” he declared with confidence. Besides from having recovered from osteoarthritis just over four years ago, where he underwent knee replacement surgery, Estrada’s records show just how well he has kept himself.
An individual instance such as this one is yet another testament to how remarkable using a sauna regularly can actually be for your health. With many different sauna options now easily accessible to the general public it seems that you can’t deny yourself this life luxury any longer.
With winter continuing strong and snow falling all around the UK, it’s important to not let your energy levels dip throughout the day. By maintaining certain aspects of your day to day life, you can ensure you feel good from morning until night. Below are a few of our top tips towards feeling great;
- Drink plenty of water – Two-thirds of the body is made from water, so it makes sense to ensure you’re well hydrated throughout the day. Joints, eyes and the digestive system are the first to benefit as the body works constantly to flush out toxins and other unwanted materials. Although we receive a lot of water from the food we eat, it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day, in many cases between 6 – 8 glasses. In you are participating in heavy exercise, sauna use, or similar you obviously need to compensate for increased water loss. If you feel that you are struggling to concentrate, thirsty or have dark coloured strong-smelling urine, there is a strong chance you may be dehydrated.
- Eat well – The importance of what we eat and when we eat can have a huge impact on how we feel throughout the day. Supplements should not be needed if you manage to maintain a healthy balanced diet, providing you’re fit and healthy, but sometimes individuals do not get the recommended daily vitamin intake. Vitamin C is important for maintaining a strong immune system.
- Exercise – When we do exercise, our bodies release endorphins, boosting metabolic rates and increasing our overall energy levels. One of the worst things an individual can do is avoid exercise when they are feeling tired.
- Sleep – The amount of sleep required can vary from person to person, with factors such as age and activity levels coming into play. The common requirement for most is between 7 – 8 hours per day, even though many of us fail to get even this. Try to familiarise your body with a routine, by going to bed a similar time each night. A good tip is to take a bath before bed allowing your mind to switch off from work or exercise. Ensure your bedroom is at the right temperature free from light, noise and other stimulants such as TV or computers.
- Relax – Stress and anxiety can cause fatigue on our bodies without us even knowing about it. Taking as little as 10 minutes of each day to clear your mind and relax the body can have substantial benefits on your health long term. Along with relaxing in the bath, utilise other means of relaxation such as having a massage or using a personal infrared sauna. All can help contribute in giving yourself a chance to relax.
Supermodel and singer, Kate Moss, has recently had an infrared sauna installed in her North London home reports suggest. Typically, singers and performing artists are encouraged to not use conventional saunas as there is danger of drying out the vocal chords. As we know, an infrared sauna operates at a lower environment temperature, so sitting inside the cabin is a relaxing “easy-breathe” experience that isn’t stressful on the body. A conventional sauna can sometimes prove to be a little too intense for some, making the infrared sauna the next best thing.
Moss has taken delivery of a “samarium”, which is a sauna that takes advantage of aromatherapy oils – her body will thank her for it!
Heat therapy has been used since Hippocratic times to treat varying ailments. Now the Saxion University of Applied Sciences has shown how patients suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) can benefit from infrared sauna treatment. The study conducted on 17 patients suffering with RA and 17 patients suffering with AS showed very positive results with a decrease in pain, stiffness and fatigue.
Joint with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Source: www.nih.gov)
During the infrared sauna treatment both pain and stiffness were significantly decreased. Importantly, the results were shown to be ‘statistically significant’. Furthermore, the infrared sauna treatment showed no adverse effects and did not exacerbate the disease. Other positive effects showed a lowering in blood pressure and weight loss.
Infrared saunas are compact, affordable and offer a practical option for whole body heat treatment within your own home. For more findings from this study please read the full article: http://www.divapor.com/sauna-articles/sauna-treatment-rheumatoid-arthritis.php