"Different exercises, treatments, sauna improves blood circulation, establishing breathing, eliminate the excessive fullness, which contributes to overall improvement." Avicenna

The most ancient and effective way to restore the body's Arabs anciently considered pairing procedure hammam - Turkish or Arab bath.   In addition, the Muslim culture of the prosperity of the city was judged by the number of baths. Hamam is known not only anti-aging and wellness treatments, but also the uniqueness of your device. Turkish or Arab baths built on the principle of palm five paired with stone couches and stone basins for washing - "five fingers", with different temperature conditions, the sixth central premise - "palm" - octagonal very warm room with a hot stone sunbed or a platform in the middle, where do massage, and with benches along the walls. All the rooms had no windows in the walls and covered by a thick circular glass dome of the bath. Under the dome rising steam drips down, condenses and runs down the walls to the floor. Over time, a Turkish bath changes its appearance: the room became more spacious, the walls lined with decorative tiles.

Every self-respecting, Oriental woman necessarily once a week visiting a hammam. Women and girls come to the bath not only do a lot of beuty-treatments, manicures and pedicures to update, but also to communicate. In addition, a visit to the hamam was mandatory before the wedding. Pre-wedding ceremony started in the morning and ended late at night singing and talking for sorbet and coffee.

Bath procedures was made to devote a whole day. Begin the ritual in the not very hot room with hot stone couches. Progrevshis on the bed, go into the steam room. The temperature in the steam room hammam allows there is a long time without discomfort because the air there is much milder than in the sauna or a Russian bath. Due to the fact that the heat is transferred to the body abundant wet steam, sweat does not evaporate and is almost a natural thermoregulation of the skin does not work, but thanks to this exposure, the skin is perfectly prepared for cosmetic procedures.

Once the body is well warmed up and steamed to begin his duties banschitsa professional. Rubbing rough mitt of wool or linen removes dead cells from the skin, tones, stimulates blood circulation. Then, according to one tradition, the body of applied a mixture of black salt and pounded olives. The mixture is washed with soap and dip into the pool. As a result, the skin becomes smooth and delicate resilient. After these procedures, you can have a cup of herbal tea.

Traditional oriental massage

Most of the time in the Arab or Turkish bath, massage is given. First you pound on a warm rug with special devices - mhaaka - scrapers made of wood and bone. Prepared body massage hands, causing the body of pre-flavored oil. Masseur his weight falls on you, increasing the "twisting" of the joints. A specialist can get your knees or feet on the shoulder and the back of the oil slide down. Then he bends and twists the body can heel to hold 2-3 times along the spine.

The next step - the famous soap massage. From tight bag for you poured a special lather, the recipe is a closely guarded secret. After wash away the foam, you will get a brief respite - a cup of apple tea.

Now comes the final stage of the traditional oriental care - relaxing massage on the aromatic oils.

After visiting the hamam most effective body-shaping treatments, and beauty care. Turkish bath and traditional massage - an effective tool in the fight against cellulite.

Rules of conduct in the hammam

• In no amounts can not drink alcohol. In the context of the sauna if you drink an alcoholic beverage, the process of dehydration greatly enhanced.

• In the hammam you can not drink cold liquid, which is not cool, but on the contrary, leads to a slight fever.

• The Arab bath can not move abruptly - can be heated easily damaged muscle.

• Before entering the steam soak your feet in a basin of warm, then hot water. This change in temperature and exposure time needed to train the thermoregulatory system and prepare the body to extremes of temperature.

• If you outlasted in the steam room, you can improve their condition by drinking a cup of apple or quince beverage, warm rose water.

Hamam home

Some elements of the traditional oriental care can be done at home.

Salt scrub

In the East, a very popular massage salt scrub. Sea salt - the best exfoliator - removing dead skin cells, helps to soften the skin. To prepare this scrub, mix ½ cup of sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon almond oil and ½ teaspoon of olive oil. Mix the listed ingredients until smooth creamy mass. Apply scrub to wet skin: start with the legs and gradually go up. This will help stimulate circulation. But! Do not touch the chest and neck, as even the smallest salt can cause irritation to sensitive areas of the body. Knees, elbows, feet should be treated 1-2 times a week with salt scrub to prevent skin roughness. After the procedure rinse with salt water.

You can use the salt scrub and care of hands and nails. To do this, mix 1, 5 tablespoons fine sea salt and add a few drops of grape oil. Stir everything thoroughly until smooth paste. Rub hands salt scrub to light redness and tingling. Sea salt is very useful for nails, strengthens them and promotes growth.


Henna has degreasing, antiseptic, antifungal. It has a rejuvenating and soothing effect on the skin of the face and body. Cosmetic bath with henna help relieve irritation, skin cleansing and balancing the body. To prepare the masks and baths colorless henna is better to use to prevent staining of the skin.

Take 2 tablespoons colorless henna, dilute with vegetable powder with boiling water until creamy state. Cool slightly and apply to the skin. After 20 minutes, rinse with water. Before applying the mask hold the face a couple of minutes over the steam to reveal pores. Excellent aids in fat and problem skin. The mask is contraindicated in rosacea.

If you have problem skin of the body (especially the back), you can take a bath with henna. In an enamel bowl pour boiling water 1, 5 -2 cups of henna Stir and add the water.

For face and body will be useful and yoghurt care. To prepare the composition, take 5-6 tablespoons colorless henna and brew it with boiled water. Stir until creamy state. Add 2-3 teaspoons of yogurt and mix. Apply the product to face and body after 15-20 minutes rinse with water. Pre-need to take a hot bath or shower to warm up the body.

Invigorating tea after treatments

Apple tea

For the preparation of tea you need 1-2 teaspoons of high-quality black tea, ½ cup fresh apple juice, juice of half a lemon, apple is medium in size and 3-4 teaspoons of liquid honey. Brew black tea, add apple and lemon juice and honey. Apple cut into cubes and toss in your tea.

Quince tea

Tea is also necessary to take 1-2 teaspoons of high-quality black tea, 3-4 tablespoons apple quince jam, juice of half a lemon. Cut the apple into cubes and add to the tea.
Author: Inna Sedykh