Definitions

 

Hammam, Arabic bath or Turkish bath …?

The word hammam (حمام) is an Arabic word that refers to both the institution and the beauty ritual that takes place there. The Hammam is a hot and humid steam bath in which we practice a series of precise and traditional treatments with natural products such as exfoliating glove called ‘Kiss’ or ‘Kessa’, the famous black soap made from olives, Rhassoul , the moroccan atlas rose blossom, orange flower blossom and the extraordinary and precious Argan oil …

The purpose of a Hammam is not only sweating. A traditional hammam include essentially the famous black soap scrub with the Kessa (Glove), followed by a session of lathering soap with Argan oil or Aleppo soap and possibly a full body wrap with Rhasoul, this mineralized volcanic clay from the atlas of Morocco, so nourishing, cleansing and moisturizing.

Body & Soul: The goals of a Hammam care are multiple. The combined properties of heat and humidity, black soap scrub with Kiss glove, Argan oil soap (Or Aleppo soap) and massage with Argan oil, allow an excellent breathing pores of the skin and relax the body and also the mind. We go to the Hammam for both an exceptional hygiene and for the peace and relaxation we feel after our visit.

In addition, a session in the Hammam may help you very well to stop flu, back pain, rheumatism or hunt.

The hammam is recommended after high muscle activity. It provides deep relaxation that will relax the muscles, relieve (Or even avoid) aches and ligament pain. The benefit in terms of recovery makes it advisable to training elite athletes. The Hammam brings a precious full body and mind relaxation that leads to a good night’s sleep.

In Sherazaad, a traditional Hammam session lasts a minimum of 60 minutes plus the time for your other cares and relaxation time. We therefore recommend you to unleash a half day to enjoy your Sherazaad Hammam journey.

At the end of your traditional Hammam session, sweat, dirt and dead skin will be things from the past and your skin turns pink and regains softness and extraordinary youthfullness.

If this is your first Hammam for ever, you will surely feel like say the majority of our clients ‘Real cleanness you have never experienced before …’!

 

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Glossary

Gant, Kiss or as Kessa : Originally from Arabic word ‘kiss’ which means small bag due to its small form open on one side to be able to slide a hand.

The Kiss is a little rough granulation tissue glove (Lower quality Kiss are too rough and abrasive).

Black soap : 100% natural product originally from Essaouira, city of Morocco.

The black soap comes in the form of a vegetable and oily paste without grain, made from olive oil and crushed olives and is used to prepare the skin for exfoliation.

It may be black or green or even appear in different colors depending on the oil and olives used in its composition (Black or green olives).

The black soap used at the Hammam is usually scented with eucalyptus, shown as the best friend of the lungs because of its relaxing and antiseptic properties. It can also be flavored with argan oil, atlas rose or orange blossom, but it is better to avoid these two last flavors because of their high prices so the risk of using synthetic chemical fragrances is higher in the market.

The black soap can be used on all skin types. As an exfoliater and a moisturizer, it softens and nourishes the skin deeply. The black soap does not foam but becomes creamy when it is wet. Combined with the action of the Kiss, the black soap can also be used as the basis for all body care, face and hands.

After the scrub, always nourish and moisturize your skin deeply. The best combination is a wrap Rhassoul, followed by argan oil or argan oil milk.

The Benefits of black soap are many:

– The soap is natural, safe and suitable for all skin types,

– It is rich with regenerative vitamin E,

– It removes dead skin and impurities from your skin and prepares it for deep hydration as well as the Rhassoul and/or argan oil,

– It leaves a silky smooth skin,

– It does not irritate the skin while stimulating it,

Rhassoul: Rassoul or Ghassoul. A natural mineral clay extracted only from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

It had been used by Moroccan women for centuries to gently cleanse and heal their skin and hair. Rhassoul is composed of silicon, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium and Pro-vitamin.

Rhassoul is an essential ingredient in the Hammam ritual as well as the black soap and the Kiss. Rhassoul is used as a mask for the face and body wrap. It softens the skin, reduces sebum secretions, rejuvenates the skin by exfoliating dead cells and rebalances its tightening pores.

Ideal for sensitive and allergic skin, it cleanses skin thoroughly and removes impurities and blackheads.

Argan Oil :

Argan oil comes from the endemic argan tree in Morocco, which grows wildly in and around the cities of Agadir and Essaouira. There is the edible Argan oil (Roasted) and cosmetic argan oil.

Rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and omega-6, it is mainly used for its cosmetic properties.

Argan oil has been used in cosmetic and aesthetic treatments for years that’s why its prices blowed up which opened the door to counterfeiting. The biggest brands of cosmetics and hairdressing worldwide companies are widely using Argan oil today.

The edible argan oil is darker and more pronounced because of the roasting taste. It is very nutritious and can be used as a regular oil to prepare food.

Cosmetic, natural and organic Argan oil, is lighter and can be used on skin and hair and has best action against eczema, skin dehydration and stretch marks. Argan oil has been used for centuries by Berber women in Morocco for its many properties.

Argan oil fights aging of the skin, nourishes and hydrate deeply. Argan oil can be used both as light massage on the face and as local application to specific areas of the dry body. Argan oil is considered non allergenic.

Aleppo soap : The Aleppo sap special recipe is the oldest known in the world dating back over 3000 years. Aleppo soap is cooked in a cauldron for three days and requires drying for 9 months. Originally from Aleppo in Syria, the recipe and way of manufacture had never changed since antiquity. It is composed mainly of olive oil and laurel bay. The doses start from 95% of olive oil and 5% of laurel oil up to 65% of olive oil and 35% of laurel oil for sensitive or sick skins (Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis …). Aleppo soap manufacturing is purely traditional and contains no synthetic product, no solvent, no dye, no fixative perfume and no derivative of animal fat.

Massage :

The word massage comes from the Arabic word ‘mass’ which means to touch lightly. Massage has been practiced in Hammam with two versions : ‘soft’ but also ‘strong’, which consists of bodily contortions designed to relax. The Hammam former masseur was once called a ‘Kassal’ or ‘Kessal’, an arabic word which literally means an ‘unbender’. There are still Kassal (Especially men) practicing this kind of ‘strong’ massage in Morocco, but offering this kind of massage to the fragile kind of humans we have become today, here in Canada and north America, would be unthinkable.