Hamam, the Ottoman variation of the steam bath, is a time-held tradition of relaxation, rejuvenation and self-care. When it comes to using a Turkish bath, however, there are certain rules you should keep in mind to enjoy the experience with confidence.
For many a Turk, there is nothing more exhilarating, relaxing and nostalgic than a Turkish bath, referred to in Turkish as a “hamam.” However, as is often the case, there are a number of steadfast customs when it comes to the Turkish bath that may escape the newcomer and hence here is an insider’s guide on how to have the ultimate “hamam” experience in Turkey.
There are generally two alternatives in hamams, a private bath and a common bath used by multiple visitors. Many private Turkish bath services are given at luxurious hotels while hamams in the cities are open to the public. A private hamam experience starts with a warm pool that you can relax in. Later, clients wear a peştamal, a thin bath towel, and lie on the “göbek taşı,” a large marble stone. In many private hamams, a “tellak” – a young man or woman who helps wash clients by soaping and scrubbing their bodies – soaps you with natural Turkish soaps and later scrubs your body with a “kese” – a bath glove. Among the benefits of a kese massage includes the improvement in the regulation of blood circulation and helps you to adapt to external weather conditions more quickly.
In Turkish baths, we commonly use exquisite natural soaps which are famous for its smell and touch. Here are some natural soaps for your personal care. Just order and enjoy!