Stress Management Benefits of Hammam

Stress Management Benefits of Hammam

Beat stress with a Turkish hammam spa day!  

A traditional hammam spa Turkish bath is an excellent way to alleviate stress. Having a ‘spa day’ has become synonymous with self-care and personal wellbeing. Both Moroccan and Turkish hammam spa treatments provide a multitude of health benefits including stress reduction. Find out how a hammam spa experience can help you to cope better with stress by relieving physical tension and worry. 

Hammam For Holistic Health 

Stress can be triggered by a variety of negative circumstances, from money worries and work pressures to anxiety about health, feeling isolated from family, and uneasiness in a relationship. Even big issues like politics, the state of the economy, and climate change can trigger stress. It’s easy to pour a glass of wine or pop a pill thinking it will help lessen your stress, but there is a better, more holistic way to calm your mind and relax. 

One of the best ways to combat stress is by having a hammam spa massage! 

If you make hammam spa treatments part of your personal health care plan, you will be able to reduce and better manage your stress levels. All the elements of hammam, from the hammam hot scrub to the hammam foam massage, work together to help ease tension out of your body and put your mind at ease. Let’s go over why stress reduction should be included in your personal self-care activities. 

Why Is Stress Bad For Your Health? 

Stress can attack your whole body; it can hurt you physically, and it can disturb your thoughts and feelings. If you suffer from headaches, muscle tension, skin conditions like acne or eczema, hair thinning or hair loss, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression, and/or problems with sleeping, then stress is making its mark on you. 

It’s important to be able to identify how stress negatively impacts both the mind and the body. Knowing that some of your physical and mental problems are being caused by stress should help to motivate you to find healthy, holistic ways to combat stress in your life. 

How stress can impact your mental and emotional state: 

  • Mood swings, easily agitated
  • Panic attacks
  • Low self-esteem 
  • Depression
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Lack of focus, poor judgement
  • Racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying 

How stress can hurt your body: 

  • Inflammation in the body
  • Aches, pains, tense muscles
  • Upset stomach, diarrhoea, constipation
  • Chest pains, racing heartbeat 
  • Trouble sleeping, insomnia 
  • Skin issues like acne and eczema
  • Hair thinning, hair loss
  • Low energy, low immunity 

Rest assured, having some stress in your life is normal, but when it results in health issues that have a negative effect on your wellbeing it is time to take action and address the stressors in your life that are manageable. 

What Can A Hammam Spa Experience Offer? 

Hammam is the ultimate restorative and healing treatment. The Turkish hammam experience offers a holistic approach to coping with stress, as the rituals of hammam bathing connect the mind and the body through meditation and therapeutic touch. Both Turkish and Moroccan hammam spa treatments aim to address the source of the problem, not just the symptoms.  

Let’s touch on several benefits a hammam spa day offers in relation to some common symptoms of stress. Most of these benefits are immediate and will become more pronounced with recurring hammam treatments. 

  • Relaxation for body and mind – hammam rituals reduce stress, ease anxiety, release tension.  
  • Boost Immunity – all elements of hammam increase blood circulation and help to invigorate the immune system for better overall health.  
  • Better Sleep – hammam relaxes body and mind; tension is soothed away for a better night's sleep.  
  • Happy Heart – the steam and heat of hammam help to lower blood pressure and it’s good for slowing a racing heartbeat.  
  • Pain Relief – heat and massage soothe tense muscles and ease headache.
  • Clear Skin – the deep cleansing of hammam helps to eliminate acne and prevent breakouts. 

For more reasons to treat yourself to a hammam spa day see our full list of hammam health benefits!  

How does the heat of hammam help reduce stress?

The hammam steam room experience is good for heart health, blood circulation, immunity, and respiratory functioning. Hammam heat and stream help to lower blood pressure which takes physical stress off the heart. Heat increases blood flow by expanding blood vessels; increased blood circulation can help relax tight muscles and loosen a tense neck and shoulders. Steam inhalation helps to slow breathing, allowing for a more meditative state of being. The peace and tranquillity of a hammam steam room creates an opportunity for calm and quiet reflection; mediation is an effective way to reduce stress. Learn more about therapeutic heat treatments here.  

How does hammam bathing help lower stress levels?

Bathing to alleviate stress has always been a popular option. Soaking in a hot tub of water with bubbles is the epitome of stress relief! Submerging in water can reduce pain and inflammation as well as calm the nervous system. Hammam bathing has a long history of being able to reduce stress and anxiety. During Turkish hammam bathing there is body washing and scrubbing; this element of therapeutic touch helps to reduce the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Long-term stress and too much cortisol has a negative impact on health: it can cause depression, weight gain, memory problems, and even heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Hammam bathing and a good hammam hot scrub will help your body to release happy chemicals that make you feel good!   

Discover how you can be more happy with a hammam spa day! 

What are the stress reduction benefits of hammam massage?

Having a massage as part of your hammam spa treatment is part of the healing journey and a healthy holistic approach to stress reduction. Regular massage treatments are an ideal self-care activity to ease anxiety and tension. These days massage is considered part of integrative medicine that’s increasingly being offered along with standard medical treatments for a wide range of health conditions.

Este’s hammam massage Birmingham spa offers many wonderful treatments that can accompany your Turkish or Moroccan hammam experience. Este Spa & Hammam in Birmingham has an amazing selection of different massage treatments to help you reduce stress. Many options are available from traditional Swedish, Shiatsu and Thai massage to classic aromatherapy, stress relief and deep tissue therapies, plus a variety of popular Este Medical Group facial and body treatments. 

UK Este Spa & Hammam Coming Soon To Birmingham

Birmingham is the site of the new Este Spa & Hammam. Our hammam traditional luxury spa will feature both Moroccan and Turkish hammam treatments. If you’ve never experienced a hammam spa before, we invite you to read our Hammam Beginner’s Guide.

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