More and more people are installing a steam bath in their home to enjoy the benefits of the steam bath. Whether you want to improve the appearance of your skin, stimulate your nervous system, humidify your breath ways or simply have a space to relax, the Turkish bath is the ally you need.
The history of the Turkish bath dates back to some of the most important civilizations of the last 20 centuries, traveling the planet from end to end and surviving the fall of the Roman Empire, religious wars and modern society as we know it today. And it is precisely from the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century that steam baths’ popularity skyrocketed in the West, causing many people to restore ancient baths or export this type of bath to countries where they had never seen it before.
A swimming pool with Turkish bath allows us to have a small spa at home available every day. It is an amazing way to take care of our health and it has been with us for more than 2,000 years, as the origin of the Turkish bath is closely linked to the Roman baths.
The origin of the Turkish bath
The Roman baths were one of the most important rooms for society at the time, and played a fundamental role in social interactions between members of the Roman community. If at first they were born as a building associated with the Greek gymnasium, it did not take long for them to become independent and grow to include cold pools, with hot, warm water or even steam baths.
Going to a Roman bath was not only for hygiene purposes, but rather the population used them to relax, enjoy massages with essential oils and to make the most of the health benefits of steam baths. During these baths, commercial deals were closed, the news of the day was commented and political struggles were forged in the intimacy that only this type of setting could offer its visitors.
The Turkish baths emerged from the Roman baths and their popularity was such that they reached the medieval Islamic society, surviving the religious conflicts, the Ottoman Empire and later increasing great popularity in the United States and Europe from the 18th century, even reaching for the first time distant countries like New Zealand or Australia.
Benefits of the Turkish bath
The benefits of Turkish bath are many and cover a large number of pathologies. Based on the fact that the combination of heat and humidity already activates our body at all levels (cardio-respiratory, stimulates the nervous system and even influences the hormonal balance), the properties of the Turkish bath or hammam make it one of the most desired elements in a spa.
The steam bath has the particularity that it is at a lower temperature than the dry sauna, making it easier to tolerate for people who have never tried this type of treatment. The change of temperature is less intense for our body and favours stress relief.
A Turkish bath softens the skin, cleans the pores and fights acne; relieves menstruation symptoms and reduces pain; improves the oxygen exchange process and has a relieving expectorant effect on people with breathing problems. It is a type of treatment that has beneficial effects both aesthetically and for our health, so its advantages attract all kinds of people.
Another of the most popular properties of the Turkish bath is that, combined with a massage, it enhances the relaxing effect of the treatment both on a muscular and mental level, and it even has a positive effect on our hormone levels.
If you want to take care of your health and enjoy the experience of having a spa at home, installing a Turkish bath or hammam is a choice that never fails. On the one hand, you will take care of yourself and the people you love the most and, on the other, you will turn your pool space into a private luxury spa.