One of my absolute favorite events during my trip with BlogTourNYC was actually the only thing on the agenda I was not looking forward to. When we were told to bring a bathing suit for an event courtesy of  Mr. Steam I will admit, I had some reservations. You see, I not a fan of the heat and I am also a bit claustrophobic so I assumed any kind of steam therapy would not be for me. I can’t believe how wrong (and misinformed) I was. It was AMAZING! Martha Orellana, VP of sales and Marketing for Mr. Steam arranged for our group to spend an afternoon at Aire Ancient Baths and in SoHo.

Linda Holt Photo We first met Martha at the Mr. Steam booth at the ICFF.  She is passionate about the benefits of steam to relieve stress, hydrate the skin, and remove toxins (and she has flawless glowing skin to back up her claim) . Listening to her speak and seeing a few of Mr. Steam’s new products I became intrigued and began to actually look forward to our upcoming trip to the spa (less the bathing suit part).

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Not only was the experience enjoyable… I LOVED it.  We descended down a candlelit staircase to a series of baths all of varying temperatures. Moving from warm to warmer baths and then cold and colder then back to warm was exhilarating and as Martha pointed out, also good for the metabolism. After one more plunge in a cool bath I hit the steam room. It was so relaxing, I felt like my body was melting into the cool stone bench. For someone who was originally somewhat anxious about the steam experience, I didn’t want to leave (nor did anyone else).  The steam was hot but not uncomfortably so and since the enclosure is glass I could see outside so there was no feeling of being trapped or claustrophobic. I felt like my body was being purified from the inside-out. In short, the experience completely changed my opinion about steam and all it’s benefits.

I had also assumed incorrectly that a steam shower would be tens of thousands of dollars…wrong! For several thousand dollars (less install) the steam experience can be had at home. We are planning on remodeling our master bathroom in a couple of years and I never would have imagined I am saying this but thanks to Mr. Steam, I am going to give serious thought to putting in a steam shower.

Check out this video from Mr. Steam if you want to get a “feeling” of what my experience was like.



I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you experienced steam, maybe at your gym or at a spa? Would you ever consider installing steam at home?

Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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