Turkish Bath – Turkish Hamam

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Once upon a time, starts the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, complaining with the incurable longlasting headaches. The doctors of that time couldn’t find a remedy for the treatment of the illness.

One day a young man came with a solution which was hard to believe. The solution was a soap-massage in a Turkish bath .
Now and then ; complaining from body pains, long lasting headaches, giving up excess body-weight, desire for feeling fresh and young addresses you to a “Hamam” where you feel like a new-born person.

If you’re after the perfect tan, one of the best ways to start it off is with a trip to the traditional Turkish bath (known in Turkey as a ‘Hamam’). Here’s what to expect when you get into your local hamam. It is an experience that never ceases to give you enjoyment, not just because a Turkish Bath leaves you feeling “squeaky” clean, but because it is also something so different to back home.

Before the days when people had bathrooms in their homes- this was where all the locals went to not only get themselves cleaned up, but to meet all their neighbors and have a good old gossip. Once you go inside, you will be shown to some cubicles where you undress down to your swimsuit and wrap yopurself in the towel provided (called ‘pesternal’) and then proceed to a large, domed-shaped room called ‘gobek tasi’.

This room is completely lined with heated marble-floor, walls and bench seats with a large square marble ‘table’ in the middle of the bench-type seats are old-fashioned taps underneath each tap a saucepan-sized copper bowl. Everyone in the room will sit around and built up really good sweat- this is to soften your skin and open up all your pores.

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