We live in an era that puts a lot of demands on our physical and mental health. Getting through to the other side of a worldwide pandemic took a lot out of folks, and for many people it was hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle without access to gyms, parks, salons and entertainment venues. Now that things have opened up again it’s time to reestablish a healthy lifestyle that takes care of body and mind.
It’s time to get inspired by healthy living — as the saying goes, ‘health is wealth’!
And there are many sensible routes to good health: stay hydrated, eat whole foods, don’t consume too much alcohol, exercise or stretch daily, avoid stressful situations, and the most important and sensible thing to do is check-in with your body and see what needs immediate attention.
Here’s a checklist of health concerns that can be improved or eliminated through regular hammam bath treatments. Take a look at some common physical and mental challenges that hammam treatments can better.
You might be surprised to find out that Moroccan and Turkish hammam spa treatments can help with all of the concerns listed above.
Let’s take skin issues for instance: hammam bathing is ideal for deep skin cleaning and improving skin texture. A hammam treatment starts in a steam room, and takes you through a purifying ritual that includes full body exfoliation, washing and in many cases a massage.
The high humidity of hammam and the steam opens the pores and prepares the skin for a deep clean. During a Moroccan and Turkish hammam treatment a combination of soaps and topical applications, as well as special scrubbing mitts, all work together to provide the best head to toe skin care you could ever hope for.
Turkish hammam bathing is excellent for hydration, clearing up acne, exfoliating away dry skin, and the elimination of excess surface oils. After a hammam treatment the skin’s surface is smoother and softer, looks brighter and you will feel lighter all over!
Moroccan hammam treatments are ideal for treating acne and oily skin through the application of topical body masks with ingredients that purify and detox.
Either way, both Turkish and Moroccan hammam are excellent at improving the appearance, texture and feel of your skin. You can’t just take care of the skin on your face, you need to think of your whole body, especially as you get older. Head to toe skin care is best supported by the hammam experience.
There are a few differences between Turkish and Moroccan hammam that might influence which spa day treatment you book, so have a read here.
The checklist we provided above doesn’t even fully cover all the health concerns that Turkish hammam can improve and alleviate. Hammam can also help with poor digestion, blood pressure and heart rate, lowering cortisol (the stress hormone), and respiratory issues. And you wonder why doctors aren’t prescribing hammam treatments for everyone!
The key to the steam room’s unique health benefits is the humidity. Moist heat can improve circulation to the extremities, which is beneficial for lower blood pressure and a healthy heart (relaxing in a steam room is good for the heart rate). Steam room relaxation also helps to decrease the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol. The hammam steam room environment warms the mucous membranes in the body and facilitates deep breathing, as a result a hammam treatment can help to alleviate congestion inside the sinuses and lungs, therefore being a sensible health choice for improving cold and allergy symptoms and respiratory infections. And of course steam promotes skin health, which is vital as our skin is the human body’s biggest organ. It’s important to keep it clean and healthy so it can breathe efficiently and help the body eliminate toxins.
And let’s not forget that the full body exfoliation and hammam washing rituals are also excellent for skin health and taking care of internal issues. All of these concerns — poor circulation, dehydration, sore joints, tense muscles, aches and pains, feeling run-down and ill — can be sorted with regular hammam spa treatments.
Mental matters are just as important to address as physical ones. Who hasn’t taken a ‘mental health day’ — right! Letting stress and depression get the better of you can have a negative impact on physical health.
We can happily tell you that booking a hammam spa day is the best happiness hack you can do for yourself. Hammam bathing rituals are both meditative and sensory: the steam room experience gets your brain to release the happiness chemicals dopamine and serotonin.
The therapeutic touch of a hammam body scrub, foam bubble wash and massage all help to release oxytocin and endorphins. These happy hormones lower blood pressure and heart rate, as well as calm the nervous system.
Icky issues like stress, anxiety, insomnia, brain fog, and depression will start to fade with regular hammam treatments.
Find out how to ‘hack happiness’ with a Hammam Spa Day here!
Both Turkish and Moroccan hammam treatments have well established benefits for body and mind. Making hammam part of your personal health regime will result in you feeling and looking better.
If you are fortunate enough to have a spa and hammam near you, it’s beneficial to make regular visits, as hammam treatments are proven to have a positive effect on overall health.
With this new spa opening, there will be hundreds of days available to institute a targeted health care routine that puts your physical and mental health first.
Este Spa & Hammam bath treatments will be imbued with the tradition of Turkish hammam and at the same time be a distinctly modern expression of ancient hammam bath rituals. Expected to be one of the largest spas in the country, Este Spa & Hammam will feature 30 clinic rooms and 30 spa rooms as well as steam room facilities.
Este has designed a health-focused menu of skincare treatments — from Turkish and Moroccan bath experiences, classic Swedish, Shiatsu and Banya massage to Ayurveda, aroma and deep tissue therapies.
For the full list of Este Spa & Hammam services see our spa menu.
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