skincare & beauty

What is a Hammam and What Are The Benefits?

9/5/2018 12:00:00 AM

The benefits of steam baths have been known for a long, long time. The Greeks and Romans knew the benefits of spending time in hot and humid rooms and based their cultures around the bathhouse. In fact, most cultures have used steam and heat for health benefits, enjoyment and sometimes spiritual experiences.

The Turkish hammam has many wonderful properties, and once you try it you may just become a disciple of this ancient practice.

A Quick Guide To Hammam

Although hammam sounds exotic it is in fact just a simple variation on the traditional steam bath experience with a massage element. However, it is vigorous. In fact, that might be putting it mildly.

After having some time to acclimatise to the heat in a warm area, you’ll be moved into a hot room to work up a sweat. This opens up the pores and helps draw impurities out of the skin.

You’ll then be doused in water to cleanse the body before you’re coated in a black soap called Savon Noir. This is made of olives, usually with the addition of eucalyptus for its antiseptic properties, and is applied liberally to your body where it penetrates the pores and exfoliates the skin.

After the Savon Noir has been left to soak for a while you enter the last phase of the hammam. Your tellak will then take a coarse fabric glove and scrub your body. And when we say scrub, we mean scrub. If you thought your Nan was rough with the flannel when you were little, think again.

After the Savon Noir has been cleaned off your skin will be tingling from head to toe and able to relax for a while.


The Benefits Of Hammam

The primary benefit of hammam is that it cleans your pores of impurities and sloughs off dead skin. This reveals the fresh smoother skin beneath, and the increase in blood flow from the massage aspect will give you a healthy glow. Other benefits of hammam include:

  • Muscle relaxation

  • Pain relief

  • Respiratory benefits

And of course, it’s also a rejuvenating experience, leaving you feeling refreshed inside and out. Click here to find out more about hammam.  

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