The Turkish Bath (Hammam) is a humid vapor bath at a high temperature that improves overall wellness and purifies your skin. Hammam is an Arab word meaning (hot bath” and it has really ancient origins. Greeks and Romans already practiced it but after the fall of the Roman Empire, the Arabs (mostly the Turks) modified it in a purification rite that was necessary to perform daily prayers. The traditional hammam happens in three different rooms: a lukewarm room, a hot one in which temperatures rise to 50°C and a cool one. From the initial “Istraha” welcoming room you access the warmer room which is heated up by vapor coming from the floor and it has cool water bowls to freshen up. After the vapor bath you go into the cool room called “Hammai” where you are massaged and exfoliated thanks to black soap and a horsehair glove. Nowadays you don’t need to go to a spa or a thermal centre to enjoy this kind of treatment but you can get a Turkish bath at home thanks to multifunction cabins that have vapor generators built in shower columns. These multifunction cabins are set by using a display that lets you adjust vapor intensity, switch on and off cabin’s light, pour water into the bowl to rinse or enable additional functions like the chromo or the aromatherapy.
Unlike the sauna, the Turkish bath uses water during the treatment. It has many advantages for the body hence the definition of “silent medicine”. First, the Turkish bath facilitates toxin and excessive liquids elimination thanks to transpiration induced by vapor and temperature. The high humidity rate vapor causes vasodilation and enables toxin elimination through the lungs and kidneys. The Turkish bath stimulates blood circulation, it relaxes muscles and psycho-physical tensions and reduces stress and tiredness. More, it cleanses deeply the skin and it cures and prevents cold and flu during winter. Considering the harsh temperature and humidity conditions, you better not use the Turkish bath for more than 20 minutes per session to avoid excessive thermal stress. At the end of the treatment you need to drink water or infusions to rehydrate. Just like the sauna, even the Turkish bath is not recommended to people with low or high blood pressure, people with cardiovascular conditions or kidney conditions or while pregnant or during the menstrual cycle. To enhance vapor bath effects, the brands in this sector introduced cabins with additional functions like chromotherapy, aromatherapy and music therapy. The Turkish baths for chromotherapy are equipped with LED lamps in different colors that are combined depending on the need. According to color therapy each color has a different wavelength and frequency that both influence our psyche. More, by special scented vapor generators you can get a Turkish bath for aromatherapy to recall pleasant emotions and to enhance relaxation. The most innovative models have a built-in audio system to let you listen to music to further improve your relaxation experience. Enriched with ultra-clear glass panes, wooden or acrylic stone external finishings, contemporary Turkish baths are stylish objects that turn your bathroom into a little spa.
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