What is a hammam ?
The Moroccan hammam is a wet steam bath. It is similar to a mix of Sauna and Traditional Spa. It can also be known as a Turkish bath or an Arabic bath. It consists of a bath house with three or four rooms (dry and steamed) to deeply cleanse the body and soul of toxins and stress and decorated in traditional Moroccan style. The first room at room temperature, the second a little warmer and the third very hot. In the hammam you can receive a traditional body treatment by a qualified person known as hammam ritual.
What are the benefits of hammam or steam bath?
The hammam is known for its therapeutic properties; Wet heat eliminates stress and toxins from the perspiration of the skin. In the hammam the pores are dilated by the effect of steam, allowing a deep cleansing of the skin preparing the skin for body treatment through the hammam ritual. It is a moment of rest, of relaxation and purification of the mind and body. A unique and indescribable experience. The benefits are immediate, one comes out relaxed and with skin as soft and shiny as The East silk.
History of the hammam
In its current form, the hammam was developed during the Ottoman Empire, from the Maghreb to the Middle East along with the expansion of Islam. Inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman baths is used for body hygiene, where an atmosphere of relaxation reigns.
The hammam in the world
We can find many hammam or steam baths throughout the Middle East and North Africa, from Egypt to Morocco. Because it plays an important cultural and social role as a place of assembly and purification. In addition, today, we can also find numerous Hammam or Spa in the Marroqui style in Europe, USA and in our country, Spain, which have acquired this bathroom model for its numerous benefits for the body and mind.
Hammam as a meeting point
In the old way, before going to the hammam, the Eastern women and men had to go to the souk (street market) to get their own bath products, such as: Kessa glove, beldi black soap, ghassoul clay… The hammam was not only a place for deep cleansing of toxins and daily stresses but was a meeting place where important decisions were often decided, such as wedding preparations or business. And they were separated by gender. Men and women in different rooms as inside the hammam they were partially or completely naked to enjoy even more of the liberating experience. Today, increasingly, we see a mixed gender hammam with swimwear as in a spa and all bathproducts are provided by the facilities for total enjoyment of the steam bath and hammam ritual.
Especially in Morocco, hammam is an important social phenomenon. The practice of hammam, black soap and kessa glove exfoliation is a real ritual, and all social classes, both rich and poor, men and women frequent this place weekly. It is still a meeting place among people where they can relax, talk about their things and spend a couple of hours pampering their body and mind.
What's a hammam like?
The hammam always consists of the following basic rooms: hot and dry room to start your journey and get used t
o the heat. Very hot steam room to sweat all the impurities,open the pores and receive the traditional treatment:
the hammam ritual. Rest room at room temperature to drink mint t
ea and relax. Optional: Massage room to relieve all stress and daily worries and deeply moisturize the skin
Hammam experience for tourists
The many benefits of a weekly hammam session are well known to the eastern community and increasingly, more and more Westerners join this hammam ritual.
Tour guides encourage tourists traveling to Morocco to visit traditional Moroccan baths as part of an authentic tourist experience in the country.
Hotels that cater to tourists have started to create their own hammam experience for customers, without the "hassle" of venturing into local cities. In the hammam – Spa offered in the hotels you will offer steam baths, the hammam ritual and include luxurious services such as massages with pure Argan oil. A unique experience that everyone should try at least once in a lifetime.
The ritual begins in a hot, dry room to get used to the heat. Followed by the hot steam room to sweat all the impurities and open the pores. After this, you receive the traditional body treatment of hammam by someone of the staff,known as hammam ritual. Start by applying a thin layer of black soap all over your body and then, after resting for about 5 to 10 minutes, rinse with plenty of water. The staff will exfoliate all your skin, peeling all your dead skin off your body with a kessa exfoliation glove. You will be surprised at the resulting dead skin left on the tile after treatment. And the skin will look incredibly soft and shiny like never before. Right after, you'll wash it with water and apply a Ghassoul clay purifying wrap that will absorb all impurities from your skin while mineralizing your skin with essential mineral elements. Discover all the benefits of this miraculous clay, Here.
Ending the hammam ritual in style
After finishing treatment you go to a break room to drink mint tea and relax.
And in the most luxurious hammam they will end the session rehydrating your skin with pure argan oil through a delicious massage to relieve you of all the stress and daily worries and deeply moisturize the skin. An incredibly delicious experience for the body and mind.
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