How hot is Turkish Hammam?

The Turkish hammam, where heat and high humidity combine, gives a person the opportunity to have a real physical and mental relaxation on a hot stone. The rooms in the Turkish hammam are covered with stone tiles, there are marble benches along the walls, and a warm marble slab is located in the middle. At the same time the environment is filled with aromatic oils. Eucalyptus and mint are usually used for aroma.

The Turkish hammam is usually in the range of 40 to 50 degrees Celsius. The humidity in the steam room reaches 100% but oddly it is easily tolerable. Hammam saturates the body with moisture, gently opens the pores, allows tired lungs to "breathe" and literally "washes" the whole body. And the traditional procedures really makes you feel like you are in heaven. The temperature level and humidity ratio in Turkish hammams also relaxes the muscles and create a feeling of comfort in the body. Therefore, the Turkish hammam is seen as a remedy for many health problems, especially stress.

Other benefits of the temperature in the bath can be listed as follows:

  • By increasing oxygen intake in the lungs, the bath helps the bronchial system as well. 
  • Opening the airways helps to relieve congestion, curing colds, sinusitis and coughing attacks.
  • It relaxes the nervous system, helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
  • The high-temperature steam expands the pores of the skin, making the skin smoother and softer.
  • Toxins are excreted with sweat.
  • Heat accelerates metabolic functions, increases heart rate and stimulates the nervous and hormonal system, allowing the person feel better.
  • It softens the hair by purifying the hair and scalp.
  • Relieves the symptoms of menstruation with heat.
  • Cleanses pimples that appear in adolescence, purifies the skin.
  • A massage service is also offered to make the person feel relaxed. All Turkish hammams have expert masseuses and masseurs who provide their services exclusively with an additional cost to the entrance fee.

The Turkish bath also appeals to your 5 senses:

Sense of smell: The aroma of natural essences and soaps spreads throughout the hammam and mixes with the water vapor that fills the rooms of the hammam.
Hearing: The sound of water falling from the ceiling, fountains and droplets creates a pleasant music to the ear.
Sight: Enjoy the architectural monuments in the hammam. Baths are generally places of historical interest with their vaulted ceilings, columns, mosaics and marbles.
Touch: Immerse yourself in the experience and hands of a masseuse and let a warm marble caressing your body soothe you.
Taste: Calm your body with a delicious apple tea.

What Aroma is Used in the Turkish Hammam?

Mint oil is usually used to create a more invigorating atmosphere in the Turkish hammam.

Is There a Back Massage at the Turkish Hammam?

Yes, almost all Turkish baths offer back massage services. Back massage increases blood flow to the skin and muscles. It helps to relieve pain and stiffness. It can also help prevent wounds. Back massage applies pressure to some parts of the back relieving and relaxing the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Back massage is an ideal application especially for headaches, neck and upper back pain. At the same time, having a back massage helps to improve the quality of sleep and reduces the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.

What to Do Before Hammam Session?

Before going to the hammam, you should have epilation done throughout your body. In addition, don't forget to put your own shampoo and conditioner, moisturizer, comb or other hair products and spare clothes in a small bag.