Steam Tent Canopy
Steam Tent Canopy
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Made out of recycled sailcloth called stamoid, a marine grade, waterproof and mildew resistant, vinyl-like fabric. The tent is six feet long and fits over standard massage tables. The tail at the end of the tent is a 16" diameter circular tube that fits around the steam pot. The steam rises through the tail and circulates the steam evenly inside the tent. The tent is foldable and fits into a carry bag. The bag, steampot, rods, online instructional dvd and manual are included. Handmade with care by a professional seamstress who is also a Massage Therapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner.
I (Karyn) have been using this steam tent for about 15 years now and it still looks brand new. My clients love it. I love it for myself. Anyone can use it. It's excellent for massage therapists and Ayurvedic practitioners who want to perform swedhana therapy. It's very low maintainence. I use an environment-friendly cleaning spray and sponge. Most times the tent doesn't touch the skin of the client, so there is no need to clean! It's easy to put over a client on the table and it is sturdy enough not to need velco for it to stay put. I have steamed men as tall as 6 ft 3" in this tent. Use it before or after your massage to melt toxins in your client's body, relax and soften their muscles and metabolize fat more quickly.
Charge an extra $25.00 to your typical massage fee when you include the steam tent as part of your therapy! It can also be a therapy all by itself.
The steampot is simple, effective, safe, but nothing fancy. Just turn it on high, put the tent sleever over it, wait 10 minutes and the steam will begin to fill the tent effortlessly without a fan. There is no need for a thermometer if you are monitering your client properly. If your client's nose and ears start to turn red, it's time to take them out! Always ask your client how they feel. The tent can instantly be lifted off the table and a rush of cool air will refresh your client immediately. You can pass a towel or sheet through the neck of the tent so they are draped properly before you remove the tent. Full instructions are in the online manual that it comes with, as well as the online DVD. The DVD demonstrates a dry skin brushing (garshana) prior to the steam therapy.
There is an infinite amount of possible therapies that can be done with this tent, anywhere from salt glows, mud wraps, body pastes, oil massage and more.
Add herbs and essential oils to the steampot for additional sensation and therapeutic effect! Ask us about our custom made table cover. It is made of the same fabric as the tent and will protect your linens and massage table from the steam. I have found that if you use it only a few times per week, you do not need the table cover. If you plan to use it all the time, you will need one. The table cover is $108 and is made with rounded edges that snuggly fit your table with a string adjuster. I will email you a secure order form should you wish to purchase the table cover.
Our tent is easy to put together when it arrives and easy to take apart if you want to travel with it. It comes in a variety of lovely colors as well. Allow 2-4 weeks for shipping as most of them are custom made with precision and care.
One year guarantee. After one year, we will do repairs if needed for a small fee if you pay shipping costs. Our canopies are made to last a lifetime. Return Policy: Customer agrees to pay "return" shipping costs and a 20% restocking fee.
Swedhana Therapy (aka Svedhana Therapy)
Definition: A healing therapy inducing sweat by heating the body’s core temperature. SAMA’s form of swedhana therapy uses a specially designed, portable tent canopy sauna that fits directly over the massage table. Swedhana Therapy is a form of thermo-therapy. In this case, we are using steam to induce perspiration and detoxification. Swedhana Therapy removes impurities and melts toxins within the body so that they move more readily into the gastrointestinal tract, supporting elimination. Prior to Swedhana Therapy, the client should receive oil massage or dry brushing. Lavender, lemon, amber, juniper and eucalyptus used in base of sesame oil are a safe choice. Swedhana Therapy ignites digestive fire, metabolic fire and the immune system of all the cells within the body. Swedhana Therapy brings deep relaxation, removes stress and crystallized negative emotions. Swedhana Therapy should be personalized according to the client’s emotional and physical current doshic constitution by a professional.
Five methods that facilitate swedhana:
1. Ushma Baspa (Steam) Use with: Eucalyptus, ginger, sandalwood, mint, herbal teas, herbal oils, sauna bath, steam box, steam tent.
2. Drava (Liquid) Examples: Hot tub, hot shower, hot mineral bath, pouring of warm oil, baking soda, ginger powder.
3. Tapas (Fire/heat) Examples: Hot Item, sitting near a fire, lying on hot sand, lying on hot rocks, hot stone therapy.
4. Upanaha (Poultice) Use with: Calamus root, hot black pepper, cloves, mustard seed, castor oil, maha herbal massage.
5. Anagni (Fireless) Examples: Warm closed rooms, warm clothes, warm blanket, rubbing/vibrator, fasting/thirsting, sunning, drinking hot teas, using hot herbs, induced fear/anger, running.
The most common use of swedhana is the steam tent. Herbs and detoxifying oils are used according to the person’s dosha. The herbs and oils should also be chosen to heighten the profuseness of swedan and at the same time, help balance the needs of the dosha of your client.
- Vata imbalances need: ginger
- Pitta imbalances need: sandalwood
- Kapha imbalances need: eucalyptus (tri-doshic)
Steam Swedhana lubricates the skin and is excellent for vata and kapha imbalances and is an effectively to lose excess fat and swelling. It is used to pacify pitta in moderation and with precautions.