Benefits of Hammam Spa
At Zakia's Morocco we want you to experience the benefits of the traditional Moroccan Hammam in your own home. We have included the very same luxury items used in the very best Hammam in Morocco. Here are just a few of the benefits of a Moroccan Hammam:
- Physical and emotional detox. - Reduce stress, anxiety and allow deep relaxation. You'll have more energy and feel balanced with your inner and outer self.
- Beautifying face and body - Take away dead skin from your body, unclog pores while eliminating toxins from the skin. This treatment benefits ailments such as Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema.
- Skin revitalizing - Provides essential vitamins and minerals and necessary hydration and moisturizing
- Anti-aging - Allow your whole body breath both inside and out. The hot steamy environment clears airways and pores alike and activates the blood circulation. Your skin will see improved tone, elasticity and firming.
- Muscle tension and Stress - It soothes muscles, aches, pains and rheumatism.
- Better sleep - Believe us - you will have the best night sleep of your life after having had a Hammam spa.
- Beautiful and healthy naturally - You will feel refreshed, revitalized, healthy and beautiful. All 100% naturally. No need for crazy expensive chemical peels, machines etc. This is the way we were meant to relax and recharge our mind, body and soul.
First, you may wonder what exactly is Hammam. Here is a bit of background. You will likely have heard of Turkish baths, Roman baths and even Sauna. Hammam is indeed another word for bath house. A Moroccan Hammam consists of a bathhouse with multiple rooms (dry and steamed) for cleaning the body and soul according to traditional ritual performed by another person. Heat has traditionally been provided by wood burning, but today's modern Hammam are often electric or gas heated.
Historically the first public bath was created by the Roman empire more than 2000 years ago. They allowed citizens to visit local bathhouse to cleanse themselves and keep good hygiene. The Romans being an intrepid lot left their marks throughout Europe, near east and northern Africa; just one of the traditions that remains today is the public bath house. Even more interesting has been the importance of religion in these areas and cleanliness was/is an important component of adhering to edicts of the Islamic faith; as such, many Hammam were to be found close to Mosques and local prayer centers. The Hammam became a gathering point where people of all social class would meet and converse. Always separated by gender these rituals are as popular today as in ancient times. As bath houses go, all participants are naked excepting the staff who are scantily clothed. Modern Hammam allow for bathing suits, but to truly experience Hammam one should consider leaving your inhibitions and clothing in the changing room. Moroccan Hammam always consists of the following basic rooms
|Moroccan “Beldi” Black Soap - It all starts with steam and heat. Prepare your skin with a hot, steamy bath or shower to open the pores. Apply evenly by massaging your skin with your hands or loofah. Leave for 5-10 minutes. Rinse.|
|Moroccan Kessa - rub energetically to remove dead skin, unwanted bacteria and toxins to open pores and stimulate lymph and circulatory systems. Dermatologists agree that regular exfoliation is the secret to glowing, healthy skin. Rinse (use weekly)|
|Ghassoul Clay - a local mineral clay extracted from the ancient Atlas Mountains. Mix with water for a smooth, silky paste. Apply to face and body. Feel the detoxing take eﬀect. Unique absorption properties help extract impurities and blackheads and leave your skin super fresh, clean and toned without a drying effect. Incredible hair mask too. (use weekly).|
|100% Pure, Organic Argan Oil - Finish with a luxurious Argan Oil massage. A rare and beautifying oil will moisturize and hydrate your skin for smooth, silky ﬁnish. Your skin (and hair) needs daily moisturizing to remain healthy and young looking. (use daily)|
One of the “must do in Morocco” is now a worldwide should definitely do. The many benefits of a weekly Hammam session are well known by the eastern community. Tourism guides encourage tourists to visit traditional Moroccan baths as part of their visits to the country. Although Hammam in certain communities are still widely used by locals, many of them have been subsumed by vibrant tourist economies that tout “Moroccan Turkish Baths” as part of an authentic tourist experience in the country. Hotels that cater to Westerners have begun creating their own Hammam experience for customers, without the "hassle" of venturing into local cities. Like the original Hammam experience, when visiting those institutions you should expect to indulge on average two to tree hours. The ritual consists of a body, and mind cleansing made by a trained staff. It's sometimes done by friends doing each other’s in community Hammam.
- The ritual starts by applying a thin layer of black soap all over your body then after resting for about 5 to 10 minutes.
- This is followed by rinsing with lots of water to ensure you are fully clean and rid of any excess black soap.
- The personnel will exfoliate your entire body with the famous Kessa exfoliating glove. This is an extraordinary experience that is partially painful and yet agreeable. All excess grime, impurities and dead skin is removed from the back and forth motions of the Kessa. You will be amazed by the resulting dead skin left on the tile after the treatment.
- Right after there is a purifying Ghassoul mask that will absorb all deep impurities from your skin while adding essential minerals to your skin.
- In the most luxurious hammams found often in hotels and "westernized" establishments they will finish the session with a wonderfully moisturizing Argan Oil massage. This helps re-hydrate your skin and leave you smoother than the smoothest baby's bottom!
- This is often followed with a refreshing mint tea and traditional Moroccan cakes and biscuits.
Your Hammam Home Spa Kit will provide everything you need to enjoy Hammam, but if you really want to experience the entire 2-3 hour ritual then go visit Morocco. It will change your life forever!