How To Use A Hammam Or Turkish Bath
A Turkish bath or hammam is a damp variant of a sauna, where moist heat is supplied by steam. That is why people sweat less in a hammam than in a traditional sauna. Benefits of the steam bath include the elimination of toxins and fats and improving blood circulation, it also has relaxing properties. Formerly, especially in eastern countries, hammam buildings also had a social function as they served as meeting spots. So that you too can make use of all its advantages, at OneHowTo we explain how to use a hammam or Turkish bath.
First, we must know that in the Turkish bath or hammam there is no standard temperature, it can oscillate between 25 and 50 degrees celcius (77 and 122 degrees fahrenheit) depending on the height (20-25 degrees on the ground, at a meter and a half about 40 degrees and 50 degrees at the height of the head).
The relative humidity in a hammam is 99% making the atmosphere saturated with water vapor and, unlike the dry sauna, the sweating process is prevented.
Currently, heat is generated from hot water flowing through pipes in the walls of the room. In the past, a hammam or Turkish bath was a building which had several heated rooms prepared at different temperatures.
In the same way that happens when using a dry sauna, a Hammam is alternated with cold water baths and in specialized centers massage sessions are offered to enhance its relaxing effect. To install a hammam at home we recommend you consult with specialists.
If going to a Turkish public bath or hammam you should first consult the rules and restrictions of use, i.e. whether the use of swimwear is allowed, if the use of shoes is necessary, if the towels are included, etc.
Before and after you use a hammam or Turkish bath it will be necessary to hydrate by drinking lots of water and other liquids to offset the loss of water that will take place.
When you use a hammam or Turkish bath people with hypertension, cardiovascular disease or circulatory disorders should consult their doctor. Also, it should be noted that at first it may feel a little cramped inside. This is due to the breathing in of air heavily saturated with water vapor, we will have to wait for our body to get use to it.
The time you are expected to stay in a Hammam is of about 45 minutes to 1 hour. After this time you should wash your body, first with cold and with hot water later.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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