Although it might be a relatively new trend in luxury real estate, many of the wellness features found in today’s homes are inspired by ancient rituals from all parts of the world. After all, it should come as no surprise that humans have been embracing health and relaxation for centuries. Here are a few of today’s most coveted wellness features that come from across the globe.
Historically, Turkish-style baths, known as hammams, are public places where people can go for a cleansing steam bath. These days, however, plenty of luxury homeowners have built their own private hammams at home, often with authentic mosaic tiles and natural stone slabs, as well as hot and cold immersion pools. The enchanting aesthetic makes for a unique experience that’s sure to please those who seek to relax the mind and body.
There are many types of saunas found all over the world, but perhaps none is more prevalent than the Finnish sauna, which has been a part of their culture for thousands of years. Today, they are often built with cedar walls and benches, along with a wood stove used for heating a pile of rocks. Regularly using a sauna has been linked to myriad health benefits, including improved blood pressure and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, which could explain why so many luxury homes have one.
Himalayan salt rooms have become increasingly popular in hotels, resorts and private residences in recent years, but the practice of breathing salty air, known as halotherapy, has been around in Eastern Europe for over a century. From skin conditions to respiratory illnesses, this unique wellness treatment is believed to help with a wide variety of ailments, as well as reduce stress and anxiety.
When it’s time to unwind at the end of a long day, there’s nothing like taking a hot bath in a Japanese style tub, known as an ofuro. These deep, wooden tubs are not typically used for washing, which is why it’s customary to clean oneself before entering. Rather, they are part of a ritualistic practice that’s focused on promoting relaxation.