TREATMENT FOR MIND, BODY & SOUL
Experience The Comforts Of A Sauna & Turkish Bath
The next best thing to an exotic holiday and to de-stress yourself from life’s anxiety – a totally self-indulgent experience – is to visit a Sauna or Turkish Bath. I’ve been visiting the Sauna since the age of 19 and would recommend it to everyone. Most Saunas have mixed sessions or if you prefer, you can attend just male or female days depending on the programme. For you first timers, here’s what to do.
WHAT TO BRING:
* Two towels – one for drying your hair and the other for your body
* Grip/Shower Shoes – a good hygiene factor and it’s safer to have grip shoes
* Swimming Costume/Bikini/Swimming Trunks – for mixed sessions
* Shampoo/Conditioner – you will find that a conditioner works wonders on making your hair soft and silky with the combination of the heat
* Lavender Oil / Olibas Oil – for a bit of aroma-therapy, a few drops on a face cloth used for this purpose will, when you inhale the oils, clear sinus etc. – (ask others present if it is all right to use the oils, out of politeness)
* Two Face cloths – for scrubbing your face, body and general use
* Louver Brush for washing – I find the ones with a long handle are very good for reaching your back
* Shower Gel / Liquid Soap
* Fruit Salad & Mineral Water – one can get a bit peckish so, it’s advisable to bring some fresh fruit or bowl of fruit salad and mineral water – this enables you to detox at the same time
Always shower first then enter Steam Room and try to relax. If this is your first visit, stay for no more than ten minutes or when you feel comfortable to leave. Shower again then lay in the rest area or continue with the above sequence for as many times as you are able to.
This is not steam but dry heat from ‘hot coals’ where you sit on wooden benches. For comfort, you can place a towel on the bench and always shower first. This room is much dryer than the Steam Room so, apply baby oil or coconut oil to protect your skin.
The Turkish Bath started years ago, originating in the famous baths of the Roman Era which, were adapted and developed in Islamic countries to promote health, relaxation and cleanliness. In England, public baths were common during the Roman occupation and came back into favour as the returning Crusaders brought back with them the delights of Eastern bathing. This is my favourite as it has a much stronger steam than the Sauna. Start with a cool shower to open your pores and then sit in this steamy room. Stay as long as you like but ensure that you are feeling comfortable at all times. Afterwards, if you can face it, try the ‘icy plunge pool’! Then take a trip to the ‘hot rooms’ and stay as long as you feel comfortable.
Take another cold plunge or shower. Then sit in the hottest room of all and stay as long as you can manage. Take a cold shower to bring your body temperature down. Now it’s time for the ‘body shampoo’ (if you have taken this option). Shower off, then sit in one of the rest rooms, stay until your body has adjusted back to its normal temperature.
On site, you will find masseurs who will give body scrubs and massages. This is a place that’s very peaceful and quiet. I warn you, tranquillity is taken very seriously (no mobile phones or other distractions are allowed)!
You can benefit even more by totally indulging in yourself – so give it all you’ve got – a facial, foot massage, simple exercise, sleep mask – this is your time – when you get home, just sleep!