Hammam Baths Athens

It is not the first time I visit Hammam Baths.

It is one of those pleasures that I love to offer myself, whenever I find it hard to relax.

Although nowadays, we believe bathing is an intimate activity, the public baths, starting as early as Neolithic Ages, used to play a central role in health. Those places also served as meeting hubs, as social platforms for people.

The tradition has changed over the years and the ritual of hammam baths has adapted to evolving cultures.

Contemporary lifestyle, as hectic as it may be, calls from time to time, for moments of serenity and tension release.

Contemporary lifestyle calls for quick escapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ritual

A visit to the Hammam Baths Athens, is one of my most beloved rituals that help me bring back balance in my everyday life. Priorities can get tricky!

Off we go, for a warm afternoon that promises to turn my body and mind, lighter. It all starts in the warm room, right on the hot marble. Well, I first put on the typical cloth and the traditional wooden clogs to enter the area, but the warm room is where the actual ritual begins!

I find myself in the hammam lounge, on the heated marble. Right in the middle, the “göbektaşı“, a round central platform invites me to lie down, close my eyes, sweat and get prepared for the wash!

I Lean against the wall and douse myself with plenty of water from the marble basins, aside.

The more one relaxes, the easier gravity takes over and that’s when magic happens.

The breath is longer, calmer, the senses are stimulated, and the body is “wide open”.

 

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Sluiced with tepid water.

The professional masseur shepherds me into the hammam massage space.

Next second; I am getting sluiced with tepid water. The feel, the sound, a delicious experience!

A deep exfoliating scrub, with the help of a single use typical “kese”, takes place, celebrating the pureness of natural olive oil.

My attendant performs a whole body and head, hands on treatment. The foam is being worked into every inch of me, I feel like having the best bubble bath of my life, without even having the bath! Something you can’t actually see, is flowing.

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I'm Feeling Fine.

I allow myself some retreat time in the lounge.

I hang around; have a tea; read a book; eat a rahat hulkum; and then leave the place, oozing with a sense of well being.

And I’m feeling fine!

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