How to take a Turkish bath

Our need for relaxation and calm, typical of today’s society, is achieved in the heat of the Hammam. There is no right time to take a Turkish bath, it is up to you. It is, however, a good idea to follow some suggestions. Unlike the sauna, humidity in a Turkish bath is around 100% and the temperature goes from 25 to 50 °C, rising upwards from the floor.

The temperature is lower than in a sauna but given that you stay in a Turkish bath longer, you sweat a lot more. Due to the lower temperatures and the increased amount of steam, Hammam cabins do not have wooden interiors but are covered in ceramics or tiles like normal bathrooms.

The procedure for a Turkish bath is similar to that for a sauna.

Here is how to take a Hammam and
get maximum benefits from a Turkish bath.

Before entering the Hammam, it is a good idea to drink a glass of water or a herbal tea to avoid dehydration. Next have a warm shower, washing yourself thoroughly with soap and then drying off well.

We recommend a foot-bath to warm up your extremities.

Stage one
(warming up)

The first stage (warming up) usually lasts from 15 to 20 minutes. You should either sit or recline in the Turkish bath, naked or wearing a towel in either terry or other breathable fabrics. As well as benefitting from the steam, you can also enjoy aromatherapy using essential oils to reawaken, refresh, stimulate or relax. Colour therapy also has beneficial effects on your mind and body. Upon exiting, have a cool shower and lie down to relax for a couple of minutes.

Exit the Hammam immediately if you feel at all unwell or if you have a throbbing in your temples, an indication of excessive change in your blood pressure.

Stage two
(cooling down)

Stage two (cooling down) consists of a quick cold bath or shower to invigorate the body.

Stage three

The third stage involves another Turkish bath - cold shower cycle.

Again, at the end of the first two stages, the best thing would be to relax for at least a quarter of an hour, with a gentle relaxing massage if possible.

It is important to replace lost liquids by drinking water, fruit juice or herbal tea. Again, taking a Turkish bath on an empty stomach or when you are excessively full is not recommended, just have a fresh, light snack beforehand.

As a general rule, take the same precautions recommended for the sauna, namely, anyone who suffers from cardiovascular conditions, excessively high or low blood pressure, kidney or heart problems should avoid the Turkish bath. We recommend everyone has a medical check-up before entering the Hammam.