Getting Steamy with Mr. Steam

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?

14 Responses to Getting Steamy with Mr. Steam
  1. kelly Reply

    Wow! Super nice. I would be not excited either if I were to bring a bathing suit! Sounds like you had such a great time. You deserve it all my friend!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kelly! It was a wonderful experience…in spite of the bathing suit!

  2. Livia Reply

    Hmmm… Mr. Steam received my attention… I am happy you had a good time Linda .

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Livia, it was really an amazing experience!

  3. Kathy Reply

    It was such a luxurious experience, Linda, and I’m grateful to have shared it with you!


    • Linda Holt Reply

      kathy, I wish I was there right now! It was so much fun.

  4. Jill Dippman Reply

    Linda, sounds like you had a wonderful time. Is a steam bath different than a sauna? I cannot tolerate saunas, they leave me too breathless.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Jill, the steam was completely different from the sauna. Sounds corny but it was like being wrapped in a warm moist cloud. Not at all like a sauna which I can’t tolerate either.

  5. Deborah Main Reply

    Linda, I can totally understand your reservation about hopping into a bathing suit on BlogTour AND the claustrophobia part. But sounds to me like it was an incredible experience!! Truthfully, I’ve never really been to a spa, but your post and the video makes me ready to install Mr. Steam in my own home ASAP! So glad it turned out to be fun for you!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Deborah, the steam part made the bathing suit part not so bad!We will have to meet and compare notes on NY one of these days.

  6. Mac Reply

    I’m all for hydrotherapy! Saunas make me feel hot and bothered, but I love to steam, it really feels purifying! Besides adding a pool and a jacuzzi to our outdoor area, we decided to have a steam room installed as well. And yes, we use it almost every weekend. About 6 people can sit in it comfortably, but we don’t share it often. It has speakers in it and when you press one of the buttons, it disperses Eucalyptus. Love it! Glad you were able to experience the steaming process, Linda!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Wow Mac, sounds like you have quite the Nirvana right at home!! Jealous!!

  7. Max Reply

    Oops! Just realized I made a typo. It should’ve been “Max” Let me know whenever you’re in Austin, you are welcome to try come and try it out! (TCE group)
    Btw, your Pinterest board on NY tickled the travel bug in my once again!
    I wanna go places!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Mac, Max, either way you are so lucky to have a steam system. It really opened a whole new world for me. I don’t know of anyone in my area who has one and now that I’ve experienced it I can’t image why not.

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