Hammam

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What is a hammam treatment?

Rooted in tradition, a hammam, is a Middle Eastern wellbeing practice that dates back to the Roman and Byzantine eras and is essentially a steam bath experience that can be shared with other people.

Traditionally, they were public bathing facilities, health centres amongst the ancient Greeks and originating in Arabia. With variations most commonly including a Turkish Hammam, Turkish bath or a Moroccan Hammam, the principle is to offer cleansing, relaxing and restorative experience. A hammam bath is both a treatment in its own right as well as the perfect way to prepare the body for a spa therapy such as a massage or facial.

Today, many spas offer a variation on a hammam treatment, but often put their own twist on them. For example:

  • The Spa at Dolphin Square in central London, has a hammam that begins with a mint leaf foot ritual which adapts your body temperature for the steam room and starts the relaxation process. They recommend combining it with a treatment, for example applying a purifying rose scented rhassoul clay scrub to the face and body before giving you time to lie down on a heated bed in the steam room to relax and let the products work their magic in the heat.
  • The exquisitely beautiful Coach House Health Club and Spa at Beaverbrook also has their own variation of the traditional hammam in the form of their English Bath House.
  • Meanwhile at The Langley, they have a beautiful Elysium Luxury At Its Finest With Friends spa break, which includes a butler-led hammam enjoyed together as a group. Here you will be guided through the traditional journey of the cleanse with black soap, exfoliation with a kessa mitt, rhassoul lava clay hair treatment and a ceremonial misting of orange flower water. You will also have a small group personal training session in the beautiful Langley grounds, a one hour treatment journey experience each tailored to your individual needs and a Supreme Manicure or Pedicure.

Often combined with mud bath experiences, one of the lovely things about a hammam is that its shared practice and limited therapist input makes it perfect for enjoying with friends and partners, as well as being a gentle introduction to spa treatments for those who have not tried them before. Meanwhile, for seasoned spa goers, they invariably provide a central feature from which to make the most of your time in a spa.

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