A Time-Line of the History of the Steam Room
Thermae; Ancient Rome Steam Bath
A steam room is a heated, enclosed room to relax and detoxify your body and mind. Steam bathing is an ancient practice that was first made famous by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Roman Steam Bath
Its origin dates back to the Roman baths, which began during the height of the Roman Empire. Bathhouses were an integral part of the Rome citizens' culture. It was part of their daily activities. The communal bathhouses were known as "Thermae" they were available in some temples such as The Imperial Fora. Thermae was the perfect place to seal business deals.
Otherwise, the private bathhouses were known as "balneum."These small bathhouses were open to the Rome citizens for a fee. The largest balneum founded is the Baths of Diocletian, which could hold up to 3,000 bathers.
Greek ancient bath
According to Françoise de Bonneville, the history of public baths begins in Greece in the sixth century B.C. The Greek's original form of bathing consisted of a quick plunge into the icy water. Then, Sparta citizens came out with the idea of a hot-air bath (Laconica). And with Laconica, it came to the idea of a spa along with public bathing. They heated their bath in 2 different ways.
1. Direct coal-burning fires
2. The hot rock method, which consists of heating rocks in another room and bringing them inside the bath
turkish bath house
The Ancient Turkish Bath, also known as "Hammam." Muslim bathhouses or hammams are historically found across the Middle East, North Africa, Islamic Spain and Portugal), Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and Central and Eastern Europe under Ottoman rule.
By the mid 19th Century, Turkish baths were introduced to Britain by the diplomat David Urquhart. Over the next 150 years, more than 600 Turkish baths opened in Britain, and the first Turkish bath opened in the USA in 1863.
modern steam room
With the technological advancements, steam equipment appears from steam generators and commercial steam room lights to innovative steam room ideas promoting the acquisition of steam rooms in commercial environments such as gyms, fitness centers, hotels, resorts, and spas.