Hammam bathing

Hammam, a mysterious and mystical sounding word. What exactly is behind it? A traditional bathing ceremony from Turkey with a high wellness factor. Immerse yourself, submerge and feel good is the motto here for relaxation for body and soul. Get involved in the fascinating bathing ceremony of the hammam and discover the wellness delight. With the bathing ritual of the hammam, everyday worries can quickly be thrown overboard and new strength can be recharged in peace and quiet. A combination of body cleansing, a steam bath, sensual scents and a soothing  massage await you . The hammam is not only a popular oasis of well-being on cold and rainy days. You can harmonize your own strength here at any time.

History of the Hammam

In the Islamic tradition, it is still common today to  regularly perform the Hammam bathing ceremony  at least once a week and before special holidays. The origin of the hammam culture can be found in the Orient and has developed over thousands of years. Anyone who travels to Anatolia can find the most beautiful and oldest bathhouses here.

Incidentally, a hammam is traditionally not only used to cleanse the body and relax, but also serves above all as a  communication meeting point. In a hammam you can clap and gossip in a relaxed atmosphere. This distinguishes the Turkish bathhouses from most hammam temples in Germany. Here they are above all places of rest.

A steam bath with history and fixed rituals

In the hammam, the central element of the ritual is water. Water and  wellness  are inseparable, both are a pleasure and a journey away from the  stressful  and hectic everyday life. Mountains of foam and pleasant, sensuous fragrances take you to the Orient and, above all, to pure relaxation. Before you start, you undress in the “Camekan”, the changing room, and wrap the “Pestemal”, a linen cloth, around your hips.

The complete wellness treatment is usually  carried out and accompanied by a  “Tellak” . A “Tellak” is a bath attendant who, however, is only allowed to adorn himself with this title after long experience and mastery of all Hammam rituals.

Hammam – the course of the bathing ceremony

And this is how the traditional bathing ceremony works:

  1. First, a bath or a  shower  is taken, which is used for pure cleansing. Clear water, without  soap , flows over the body to  wash away sweat  and body dirt.
  2. Now the visit to the steam bath awaits. This has a pleasant temperature of 45 °C. While the muscles relax, the skin pores open due to the heat. An ideal prerequisite for the later  peeling , which can show a more intensive effect.
  3. After about 10 to 15 minutes, let lukewarm water flow over your body and lather yourself up.
  4. Once again you go to the steam bath.
  5. Then you can lie down on a warm marble slab “Göbektasi”. With a special wash mitt, the “Kees”, the “Tellak” washes the body with professional massage techniques. Skin scales and deeper deposits can be completely removed, the skin is also supplied with blood and looks rosy and fresh. A skin like velvet and silk!
  6. Once again the entire body is wrapped in fragrant foam. The “Tellak” now starts with the Hammam massage. Each “Tellak” has its own and special handles. During the massage, it’s not difficult to just think about nothing and just concentrate on yourself.
  7. The massage ends with more warm water showers.
  8. In order to fully enjoy the entire ceremony, you should rest for a few minutes afterwards, lie down relaxed again and, if you like, you can   drink a delicious cup of tea .

Soothing massage and pure wellness

Curious about this type of massage and wellness? The traditional Turkish bathing ceremony is offered in many cities in Germany and has become an integral part of the wellness sector. Try it out and let the effect convince you!

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