When a toddler is told he must take a bath, his reaction is often one of protest, although, once in the water, the toddler usually enjoys the experience. In fact, bathing has always been an essential activity for people, even if attitudes toward it have varied as much as the toddler’s. It’s considered both a private activity as well as a public one.
In the 3rd Century, bathing emporiums first came into fashion among the Greeks and Romans, who constructed large, costly bath houses, where they would be able to conduct business or socialize. Some baths had lecture halls, even art galleries and rooms for prayer and meditation. The bigger bath houses were a combination of healing, entertainment, social festivities, and physical fitness. Some of these houses were able to contain as many as 6,000 bathers at a time. These baths were everywhere that the Romans went, and one of the best examples is preserved in Bath, England . The Turks developed bath houses, too, very hot baths that became known as Turkish baths or steam baths.
Today, the steam bath has evolved. Instead of going to a huge, ornate building capable of containing 6,000 people, people will find that the steam bath has transformed into a steam shower , one that fits inside your own home, with seating for one or two people, depending on your preference.
Over the centuries, the public benefits of a sauna or steam bath has become one anyone can have for the price of an update to your home bathroom.