In Turkish, this type of bath is called “Hamam” or “Hammam” and it is said that its origins date back to the Ottoman Empire. Although it was influenced by Greek and Roman bathhouses, they are different in the procedures and details. If you want to know how they differ, follow us as we will take you to experience a Turkish bath.
The area of a hamam bath is no different from an onsen, where there are separate male and female sections, and in most cases, there are separate entrances to prevent confusion. After unpacking and putting your clothes and belongings in the locker you have a choice of a full service with a therapist. The therapist will take you (in a bathrobe) into the Warm Room to sit and relax for a while. Then the therapist adjusts your body temperature, starting with taking a shower, washing your hair, and offering a towel for you to further clean yourselves. After about 15-20 minutes, it is time to be taken to the next room.
The Hot Room is an area for steam baths, soaking, exfoliating, massaging and facials. After the body is clean, the therapist will come to provide services according to the chosen package. The Hot Room will have marble floors, and there is a warm marble bench for lying down. The therapist will then begin exfoliating and massaging the body. This step is considered the ultimate in relaxation. Because the therapist will bring soap bubbles that have been beaten until they become soft and fine foam and apply them all over our bodies, before starting to massage through the soap bubbles until the time is up.