Home is where stress dissolves and joy begins. When we close the door behind us at the end of the day, we enter our own domain, our shelter, our oasis. With that in mind, why not take the “little slice of heaven” concept one step further?
With the right elements, proper waterproofing measures and top-notch installation, a shower can be transformed into a spa-worthy steam room that will transport you to another state of mind. Surprisingly, not much space is required; but of course, the more you have to work with, the more options you’ll have when selecting special features. Curved, tiled loungers can be directly incorporated into the design to allow for maximum comfort. As with the alternative bench seats, a means of warming the surface must be considered, either with a built-in heater or through exposure to the warm water provided by the shower spray.
Accommodate more than one person at a time in your custom steam room with multiple benches, matching loungers or even tiered seating. Whether you indulge solo or with a partner, the simple flip of a switch allows you to summon a virtual wall of fog in which to disappear.
One beautiful but perhaps unexpected way to modify your mood while spending time in your home spa is through the use of chromotherapy, also known as color therapy. The restorative properties of color have been studied for ages by healers in the Far East. Each hue is thought to address a different part of the body, with the key goal of achieving balance and harmony across the spectrum.
When implemented in an environment like a steam room, the impact is quite dramatic. Even in the shower or tub, the use of colorful, low-voltage LED lights can markedly affect your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Blue and green have proven to be calm and restful – perfect for the weekend, while a glow of red or pink can invigorate and energize on a Monday morning. Explore the different options that are available. It’s possible to select a package that includes a wide variety of colors, different modes of change and even brightness settings. Don’t underestimate the power of chromotherapy to enhance the overall effect.
Treat yourself to luxury hotel-quality amenities in your own home. Bath towels and other items can be stored in a custom-built warming drawer to bring them to a nice, toasty temperature before use. Imagine hopping out of the tub or shower and immediately wrapping yourself up in a warm, cozy robe. With a variety of cabinet styles to choose from, these drawers can seamlessly integrate into your existing bath design. As with delightfully heated tile floors, a feature like this provides a secondary source of soothing, radiant heat on chilly mornings and in brisk evenings.
The notion of whiling away some “me” time in the bath is nothing new in terms of relaxation methods. Taking the plunge one step further is an ofuro, or Japanese soaking tub. Designed to simulate unwinding in a natural, hot spring – a practice performed the world over to purify the mind and the body – an ofuro is not your ordinary tub. With accommodating, built-in seating, it is also meant to immerse the user in hot water up to the chin, for complete envelopment. This technique is intended as a sort of ritual, effectively causing stress, aches and tension to gently melt away.
Traditionally, the tubs are constructed of hinoki (cypress) wood, but cedar and teak are also commonly used. In the case of hinoki and cedar, the benefit of scent is added to the equation. Exposure to hot water pulls delicate notes of lemon and ginger from the former, while the latter has a pleasantly sweet scent. Both help introduce an element of aromatherapy to the already comforting experience.
There are some truly magnificent products and features available that can transform a master bath into the ideal retreat. Elevate things to the next level and create a five-star spa experience for yourself conveniently at home.