For more than 10,000 years, humans have been using hot and warm air rooms as well as steam rooms and water baths for more for warming and cleaning the body and for ritual purposes as well as prophylactic and therapeutic reasons. Today, nothing has changed.
The Hamam was developed during the Ottoman Empire as a place of regeneration, contemplation and inner peace. The aim of the Hamam is the physical and spiritual cleaning, letting go of the daily thoughts, loosening of joints and muscles and mental regeneration. It is split into two areas: the sweat and cleaning area (60 - 90 min) and the resting area (60 - 90 min).
Covered in a Hamam towel (Pestemal), you enter the Sogukluk, a room with a temperature of about 35 °C. Here, you laddle warm water over yourself to slowly increase your temperature.
Then you move into the Harara, the main sweating room. Here the temperature is 45 °C and the sweat glands really get working.
In the Lif, the soap room, you will receive a traditional soap-foam massage from the bath attendant, the Tallak. The massage is performed on the "hot stone", polished slab of granite (used to be marble). Your head becomes fresh and clear, the reddended skin feels soft and silky - like a newborn.