A Turkish bath is a hot steam hydro-therapy treatment which has a miraculous effect on both the mental and physical state of everyone able to enjoy its benefits to the full. A Turkish bath is the perfect remedyfor stress and the uncomfortable physiological reactions it can provoke thanks to the soothing and all-round relaxing effect the hot steam has on both body and mind
A Turkish bath is the ideal antidote to all those tensions that build up over the working day, banishing every kind of stress.
The sense of wellbeing generated by the steam bath is not limited to the psyche. Here are just some of the good things your body can benefit from.
The first action of the heat is that it dilates the blood vessels which immediately improves the circulation, producing a positive tonic effect.
The pores in the skin also dilate making possible deep cleansing of the skin and thorough purification, all of which translates into softer, more elastic skin with a great glow. Alongside cell renewal the steam has a soothing effect on skin problems, reducing acne and dermatitis.
The beneficial properties of a Turkish bath can also help people suffering from localised aches and pains since better blood circulation carries more oxygen to damaged areas and inevitably brings about an immediate reduction in pain and more rapid healing.
Even the most stubborn colds can be resolved: the heat helps to decongest the mucous membranes and to loosen and expel excess mucus.
It should also be remembered that, among the other benefits of the hammam, the steam clears the respiratory tract, has a relaxing effect, stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation, oxygenating the tissues, which are thus more toned and compact.
Given all these advantages, it is clear to see why the Turkish bath has become an obligatory presence in wellness centres.
In recent years, however, the hammam has also attracted the attention of gyms and sports centres: there are in fact a number of particular benefits that make the steam bath particularly suitable for concluding sporting and training activities. Among these is the aforementioned strengthening of the cardiovascular system, which enables the heartbeat to be further trained. But the steam bath also helps to relax the muscles and naturally dispose of lactic acid, alleviating the feeling of fatigue and restoring the body after intense physical exertion.
There are a few golden rules that you have to follow to get maximum benefit from the Turkish bath.
First, you should experience the Hammam treatment by performing a cycle of activities that include steam bath, cold shower, and rest. Ideally, you should start by taking a steam bath for not longer than 20 minutes, preferably lying down or in a half sitting position, and covering up with towels made of breathable fabrics. You can reduce the amount of time you stay in the steam room if you feel that your blood pressure is raising or falling.
After the Hammam, the body has to be re-energised with a quick cold shower that helps tone up the tissues and restore the balance of the body after subjecting it to high temperatures and humidity. Then, you will relax for a few minutes, before repeating the hot-to-cold cycle.
To further enhance the benefits of the Turkish bath, you can combine the effects of steam with aromatherapy and colour light therapy. The essential oils and the colours used act on body and mind producing a triple regenerating, reinvigorating, and relaxing effect.
Although it has unquestionable benefits, the Hammam is not recommended for everyone. People who suffer from cardiovascular disorders, high or low blood pressure, and kidney or heart diseases, should avoid the Turkish bath or at least have a medical exam before undergoing this treatment.
While it is true that high temperatures and humidity have beneficial effects on the body, people who are more sensitive may experience fluctuating blood pressure levels which translate into dizzy spells and a throbbing pain around the temples.
Even the heavy sweating of the steam bath, which helps flush out impurities and toxins from the body, if not controlled can lead to dehydration. That is why it is good practice to reintegrate fluids after a session in the Hammam, by drinking water, fruit juices, or herbal teas.
Despite these contraindications, the Hammam is still a safe and natural wellness treatment that can ensure long-term health benefits, especially if the steam baths are repeated over time. A frequency of 2 sessions per week is the golden rule that allows you to enjoy all the benefits of the Turkish bath: A perfect way to nurture your body, mind, and soul.