Turkish bath: what it is and the health effects of this thousand-year-old ritual
The many wonderful benefits on the body and mind of one of the oldest healing treatments.
Easily found in most wellness and sports centre, the Turkish bath has its roots in the mists of time, a millenary ritual already in vogue among the ancient Romans, Greeks and Egyptians.
These civilisations already understood how the steam produced by high temperatures regenerated and invigorated the body and mind.
It was then the Arabs who resumed and developed this practice that, today, we also know as hamman.
But what is it, specifically? The Turkish bath is a hydrotherapy treatment carried out in an environment with a humidity that can reach up to 100% and a temperature that is around 50 degrees centigrade.
Usually, a path to follow is proposed: the first fifteen minutes are spent in the Calidarium, a heated room rich in steam, then a few minutes in the Tepidarium to reacclimatise and, finally, the Frigidarium where you immerse yourself in cold water for half a minute in order to tone the body.
Optionally, you can repeat the cycle or conclude with a relaxation phase thanks to a reactivating and relaxing essential oils massage.
The Turkish bath rooms are usually equipped with stone or marble benches where you can lie down or sit in complete relaxation to inhale the steam that acts on the lungs and, at the same time, promotes sweating and the expulsion of toxins.
The multiple positive effects of the Turkish bath
As mentioned, the Turkish bath brings numerous benefits to the body and psyche.
It is ideal for eliminating tension, insomnia and stress, improves circulation by promoting the dilation of blood vessels and lowering blood pressure in order to protect cardiovascular health, and helps reduce systemic inflammation.
But that’s not all. It brings a significant benefit to the skin thanks to a deep cleansing effect: the heat dilates the pores and the skin can get rid of harmful substances.
On an aesthetic level, even after a single session, the skin appears brighter, smoother, and rejuvenated and, after a series of treatments, comes to recover its natural elasticity: sweat stimulates cellular rejuvenation.
Furthermore, the Turkish bath has a draining, toning and relaxing effect, counteracts rheumatic pains and allows the regular functioning of the respiratory tract by dissolving congestion within the lungs and paranasal sinuses relieving disorders such as cough, irritated throat, headache and plugged nose, pollen allergies, rhinitis and recurrent sinusitis.
Even with all the advantages, it is good to remember that the Turkish bath, with its humidity and such high temperatures, is not recommended for subjects suffering from hypertension, circulatory, cardiovascular and renal problems.
In all cases, maximum attention should be given to hydration after a treatment to replenish fluids lost through sweating.
The millennial wellness ritual in the heart of Cagliari
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