Turkish Bath or Hammam- Retreat and relax

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Turkish Bath better known as hammam is the Turkish variant of roman style bath. It’s a method for deep cleansing and relaxation. Turkish bath is similar to that of a sauna but with a twist of ancient Greek and Roman bathing practices. The Turkish bath or hammam starts with relaxation in a warm and high temperature room that is heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air, allowing the bather to sweat heavily and freely.

Procedure: On entering the Turkish bath or Hammam, the first room is much like the changing room with wooden benches around the perimeter of the room, and hooks to hang your clothes while you are getting ready for the Turkish style bathing experience. There are ladies on duty as you enter and you will be given a black soap (olive oil soap) for exfoliation of the skin and a lava clay. Afterwards the scrubbing process will start. Moving on from the changing rooms, you will passed through huge tiled rooms with domed style ceilings filled with steam and shower panels and you have to recline all over the floors to receive steam and perspire. After performing a full body washes with a black soap and receiving a massage bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation and rejuvenation.

In Turkish baths mostly lining of the walls were tap with piping hot water from which we filled our buckets before retreating back to the mats. To start with slosh the water all over yourself, then you are covered in black soap and therapist penetrates the pores to remove excessive dead skin. In the hammam baths spa’s mostly conveys the atmosphere and magic of oriental bath, with a pleasurable relaxing atmosphere. It’s a very effective treatment with numerous healing and retreating properties. Traditionally, bathing sessions ends up with oriental pastries and mint tea.

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