Our bodies are highly dependent on the strength of our immune system and the body’s ability to kill invading viruses when it comes to preventing colds and flu in the Fall en Winter season. One of the natural and very soothing remedies that can boost our immune system in this time of the year is – besides healthy food and nutrition, moderate exercise, enough sleep and relaxation – a well done Hammam treatment.
hammam treatment – cleansing & natural detoxification
It is one of the best cleansing en stress relieving therapies available. It stimulates the body’s natural detoxification and circulation process. The hot steam dilates the blood vessels, increases the circulation in the body and opens the skins pores so that it can release toxins through the body and sweat glands. A pleasant extra of the heat is the relaxation of the muscles and reduction of tension which is important because stress weakens the immune system as well. The Hammam also makes us breath better as it opens airways and has a cleansing and de-congesting effect on the sinuses and bronchial tubes. Last but not least aches and pains in the body and joints that often pop up in cold and rainy weather will also disappear, like snow in the sun.
hammam treatment – the authentic ritual
In the last ten years we have seen a rise of Hammam’s in the Western world. Unfortunately not all of them understand the Arabic rite of bathing and do not always deserve the label of Hammam. Make sure that you go to a Hammam where they practice the authentic ritual. It can of course be adjusted by some new modern local interpretations but it should always consist of a full-body scrub, bubbly soaping and a firm full body massage. The massage will keep your immune system in top shape; it is a great stress reliever and improves circulation of both blood and lymphatic fluid.
hammam treatment – powerful benefits
The powerful benefits of Hammam treatments were already described by the Persian philosopher Avicenna’s (980-1037 AD). He praised the Hammam for its healing, cleansing and purifying benefits, both on a spiritual and physical level. He emphasized the healing on the blood- and lymph circulation, breathing, neural system and the regulation of weight.
What not many know is that when Europe was still in its dark ages Arab & Muslim scientist developed brilliant rich personalized health care practices through diet, herbal medicine, hygiene, exercise, sleep, water therapy, cupping, body manipulation and more. In fact Arab Medicine deserves a profound place next to other ancient healing systems like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Professor Gery Bodeker says in Spafinders Trendreport 2015 that ‘The nutritional, healing and beauty traditions across Islamic cultures are the last, lost, great bodies of traditional health knowledge that must and will be discovered. We are just at the tip of the tip of the iceberg in uncovering the wealth of health resources that exist here’. We could not agree more.
• Great-Arab and Islamic Herbal Medicine| Bashar Saad & Omar Said
• Spafinder 365 Trendreport 2015
hammam treatment – in the netherlands
We are not short of Dutch spa’s and bathhouses offering hammam treatments. We have bundled a couple of them here below. Some very luxurious, some very private, some for ladies only. And one abroad: the Award winning Spa 2015 with the real deal hamam treatment, in Turkey. We would say: try one and enjoy!
DÜNYA HAMAM, EINDHOVEN
Men therapists performing the hamam ritual
HAMMAM AMSTERDAM, AMSTERDAM
Ladies only, in the old Amsterdam bath house
Naturally pure enjoyment
BADHUIS SCHOON, AMERSFOORT
Ladies only. Mix of Traditions
D-HOTEL MARIS, MARMARIS TURKEY
Condé Nast Award winning spa 2015
SAUNA LA FEMME, ALMERE
Ladies only. With friends or alone
SPA GOUDA, GOUDA
Warmth, water, cleansing & relaxation
AKASHA CONSERVATORIUM HOTEL, AMSTERDAM
Private Hammam for purifying scrubs and massages
SPA ZUIVER, AMSTERDAM
Focused on ultimate purity
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