‘Compassion is a bridge between the client and the therapist. It can be argued that without compassion, no healing takes place. Not only is compassion a bridge, but it is also the container for the therapeutic relationship.’ ~ Susan Salvo
Rhapsody Hotel Spa
There can be no better way to start to your holiday that a full body scrub and Turkish bath to prepare your skin for the sunbathing to come. To add to the experience we also have a sauna to extract toxins from your body and a relaxation room to enjoy a fruit tea or juice.
Hamam – Turkish Bath
The hamam, or Turkish bath stands for far more than getting a leisurely bath. It is a rite and a ritual in which the elements are harnessed for the cleansing and purification of the body. Since it’s creation, the Turkish bath has been much more than just a place to cleanse the skin. It was intimately bound to everyday life, a place where people of every rank and class could go in freely. Women as well as men frequented the “hamam”, as the bath is known in Turkish, although of course, at separate hours.
There are many impressive examples of hamam architecture found in Istanbul, capital of the Ottoman Empire and former capital of the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines considered themselves the direct cultural and political successors to the Roman Empire, where public baths were a staple feature of the community. The Ottomans adopted and continued this practice when they conquered the Byzantines in 1450.
Visitors to the hamam enter the hot room where the body begins to sweat and release toxins. They will then be invited to lie on the hot marble table, known as the ‘göbektaşı’ and have all of the dead skin scrubbed from the body using a mit called a ‘kese’. Following this a soapy foam massage is given before dowsing the body in cool water. The refreshed visitors are then led to the cool room to allow the body to return to normal temperature and and let the relaxation further sink in.
The practise is still continued today and is a must have experience for anyone visiting Turkey. With the stresses of modern life a Hamam ritual is the perfect way to relax and purify the body, removing all physical and mental tension.
At our Spa the Hamam Ritual treatment takes between 30 mins to 60 mins depending on whether you wish to make use of the sauna or ‘hot room’ prior to entering into the Turkish Bath. Making use of the hot room prior to the exfoliating is advised as it will help to soften the skin and release more toxins, however the choice is left to you as the guest.