The humble bathroom has come a long way in recent years. Once considered a merely utilitarian space, the bathroom has evolved into a personal retreat that’s bigger and more luxurious than ever.
Today’s bathrooms provide a refuge from the stresses of daily life. As part of this trend, the demand for custom showering products has exploded over the past five years. More than simply getting clean, today’s showers have become customized personal retreats to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit with the power of water.
According to Keith Kometer of the Kohler Co., demand for showering products is soaring for two reasons: “First, consumers are looking for more therapy, more relaxation, a more versatile water experience; second, many consumers are interested in investing in something they use every day — or even two or three times a day,” he explains.
Among the options available to consumers are showers that deliver hydro-massage as well as showers that mimic the experience of a steam room at a health club or spa. In fact, that’s the whole idea — transforming a standard shower into one of life’s indulgences, a retreat that offers physical and emotional wholeness and balance.
While in the past, most home showers wouldn’t have been able to drive more than one showerhead, new technology can deliver and distribute water for a custom shower, which can contain multiple showerheads, body sprays or handshowers. New shower designs address the fact that not everyone is the same size by making their components adjustable.
Kohler’s studies show that both men and women are spending more time in a custom shower: Men spend three to five minutes per shower, while women take five to seven minutes. Many women use the handshower to rinse out long hair or to sit down to shave and rinse their legs.
“Sitting in the shower is another trend,” Kometer notes. “It combines the comfort of a bath with the versatility of the shower.”
To complete the home spa experience, consider adding steam to your shower. Steam has a way of slowing you down, and it promotes breathing and relaxation.