The importance of bathing and cleaning one's body has not always been a top priority. In today's society it is second nature to clean and look after our self, but looking back in history people had many different ideas, such as Napoleon. Napoleon for no apparent reason actually wave strict instructions that has wife was not to take a bath until they were together again and this was for a period around a week.
Western nations are renamed for their cleanliness to such an abundance that the daily bath is almost a ritual. However the Americans are said to prefer the refreshing element of the shower in preference to the bath, whereas Europeans have the preference towards taking a relaxing bath. Research shows that despite the idea of the shower is not a new concept, Europeans preference for bathing comes through an extended history in communal washing. The idea of the shower came through humans washing and bathing in waterfalls. The cascading element of the water falling on the body was found to help rub the dirt and grime off the body a lot easier than the bath and also offered a much more refreshing sensation.
The whole concept of the water falling against the body combined with applying soap was really a useful aspect in washing and so people discovered methods that would replicate this effect. At first it was a bucket used to pour the water from above the head and over the body, but this method would become incredibly tiring having to fill the bucket and then continuously lift it above the head. So as time went by people began inventing different methods of giving the ability of simulating the water fall effect. It was not until 1810 that the first ever bathroom shower came in to existence which was designed for the English Regency.
This elaborate contraption featured a hidden water tank, a sink and drainer and 10 foot ofoles, this was then attached to a pump mechanism under the sink and this would then force water in to the top tank which would then allow the water to flow of the users head.
The shower design we know of today did not come in to service until the late 1800's. This was mainly due to manufacturers realizing the convenience of the design and which then became combined with plumbing to make the shower a house hold revelation.