A traditional Turkish hammam, also known as a Turkish bath, is a centuries-old bathing and cleansing ritual deeply rooted in Turkish culture. It’s not just a cleansing activity; it’s a holistic and social experience that combines elements of physical and spiritual well-being. Here’s what a traditional Turkish hammam at Tattva Spa experience typically entails:
The hammam experience begins in a warm and humid room, known as the “sıcaklık” or “hararet.” This room is designed to prepare the body for the upcoming cleansing rituals. Visitors relax and adjust to the heat, allowing their pores to open.
2. Steam Bath:
The core of the hammam experience is the steam bath. The air in the steam room is infused with moisture, helping to soften the skin and open pores. This phase encourages sweating, promoting detoxification and purification of the skin.
After spending time in the steam room, visitors are traditionally scrubbed vigorously with a special exfoliating mitt called a “kese.” This process helps to remove dead skin cells, stimulate blood circulation, and leave the skin feeling incredibly smooth.
4. Soap Massage:
Following exfoliation, a soap massage is performed. A skilled masseur uses a soapy lather, typically created from olive oil soap, to massage and cleanse the body. This part of the experience is not only about cleanliness but also relaxation.
5. Cooling Down:
After the cleansing rituals, visitors move to a cooler room to relax and cool down. This phase is crucial for restoring the body’s temperature balance and preventing overheating.
6. Silent Relaxation:
At Tattva Spa, there is a designated silent relaxation room where visitors can lie down on heated marble slabs, allowing the body to fully absorb the benefits of the experience.
The traditional Turkish hammam experience is more than just a cleansing routine; it’s a sensory journey that promotes physical and mental well-being, while also serving as a cultural and social activity deeply ingrained in Turkish heritage.