September 24


Moroccan Hammam (Spa) Step By Step

By Bewildered in Morocco

September 24, 2017

Discovering the Moroccan Hammam

When you visit Morocco, one culturally rich experience not to be missed is a visit to a traditional Moroccan hammam. This is not just a simple spa; it's a step outside the comfort zone for many, especially Europeans. I remember my first solo visit, feeling somewhat awkward and unsure, but it was a journey worth taking. So, to help the newcomers, let's dive into the Moroccan bath and hammam experience step by step!

Identifying a Popular Moroccan Hammam

How do you spot a genuine Moroccan hammam? Look for spacious venues with separate entrances marked 'femmes' (women) and 'hommes' (men). Traditional Moroccan hammams are usually adorned with tiles, both inside and out, signifying their authenticity.

Preparing for the Hammam: What You Need

Preparation can be confusing, as advice varies. However, for a true Moroccan bath experience, you'll need Savon Beldi (a unique Moroccan soap), a Kessa (scrubbing glove), towels, slippers, and Ghassoul (a Moroccan clay). For those concerned about hygiene, bring your own bucket and jug for showering. Choosing the right hammam is crucial too, with options ranging from popular, affordable ones to more upscale spa variants.

Step 1: Packing Essentials for Your Hammam Visit

Begin by gathering your hammam essentials: towels, change of clothes, slippers, shampoo, shower gel, Savon Beldi, and a scrubbing glove. These items are readily available in local markets or can be purchased directly at the hammam.

Step 2: Mentally Preparing for the Hammam

Embrace the experience with an open mind. Remember, the hammam is a judgment-free zone where people of all generations bathe together, from young daughters to great grandmothers.

Step 3: Entering the Hammam

Upon entering the hammam, you'll pay a small fee and then, in true Moroccan style, undress (keeping panties on). Leave your belongings with an attendant and receive your bathing essentials. For those desiring a scrub, inform the staff at the entrance.

Step 4: The Bathing Ritual Begins

In the showering room, start by lathering yourself with Savon Beldi before heading to the steam room. The hot room opens your pores, preparing you for the scrubbing that follows.

Step 5: The Gommage (Scrubbing) Experience

The gommage is a highlight of the Moroccan hammam experience. A skilled attendant scrubs your entire body, exfoliating and rejuvenating your skin in a process that is both thorough and invigorating.

Step 6: Rinsing and Relaxing

After the scrub, enjoy a thorough rinse and take your time applying hair conditioners, body masks, and clays like Ghassoul, another Moroccan beauty secret.

Step 7: Concluding the Hammam Ritual

Finally, pack up, tip the attendant appropriately for the scrubbing service, and dress. The hammam offers a range of products to enhance your experience, like aromatic black soaps with scents of eucalyptus, rose, or orange blossom.

Moroccan Hammam vs. Turkish Hammam

While Moroccan and Turkish hammams share similarities, the key difference lies in the seating arrangement – in Morocco, you sit on the floor, while in Turkey, benches are used.

Embracing the Moroccan Bath and Hammam Experience

The Moroccan hammam offers more than just a cleansing routine; it's a deeply cultural and relaxing experience. Whether you choose a traditional or a more luxurious hammam, each visit is a journey into the heart of Moroccan wellness culture.

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