The procedure of the Turkish bath is one that follows established sequences. Firstly it is important to heat the body, then to cleanse with vigorous scrubbing, followed by massage and manipulation of the muscles, a soap lathering, cleansing and rinsing.
In addition to the central heated octagonal marble block, which was traditionally the primary source of heating the room, steam vents fill the room with steam. This secondary source of heating and added steam generation increases the ability of the hot springs Hamam to detoxify and further aids in the cleansing process.
The Hamam method of heating, physical scrubbing with a loofah or mitt and relaxing is a thorough and active way to receive a spa treatment. It is as much about the cleansing of the physical body as the relaxation of the mind and muscles. This combination of cleaning, relaxing and massaging makes this one of the ultimate spa treatments. In conversation some people have described the process as a 'body facial'.
There are several options for the treatment starting with the choice of a self (or friend) administered scrubbing, a simple cleansing scrubbing treatment by a Hamam assistant, or a scrub followed by a massage. The scrub and massage can be performed either lying down on the centre stone or sitting up on the marble benches that surround the inside of the room. The focus of the treatment is not to inflict pain, which is often associated with the traditional Turkish bath, but to offer relaxation, cleansing, detoxification and enjoyment.
The Peninsula Hot Springs Hamam, like several in Turkey, is a mixed gender environment where bathers are required to be worn under the traditional wrap.
What to bring to a Hamam
To make the most of your experience, we recommend bringing or purchasing the following:
Olive or natural soap
Scrub glove or mitt (kese)
Bathing wrap (peshemal)
Water container for rinsing (tas)
Swimsuit and towel
Please note: when a therapist-assisted workshop is booked, all of the above elements are included (excepting a swimsuit).