The word, “hamam”, originating from the Arabic word hamma (“heating up”), means steam bath and is based on the heating of cold water. Baths served as health centres among the ancient Greeks and have been an important part of daily life in Istanbul since Roman and Byzantine times. Under the Romans, Byzantine baths were more than places to wash, but social clubs where people met their friends and conversed or argued over politics. In Central Asia, the Turkic people had steam baths, which they called “Manchu”. Bringing their Asian tradition with them, they merged it with the Roman bath culture they found in Anatolia, and a new synthesis was born, the “Turkish bath”. With their traditions, associated beliefs, and philosophy of life, baths became an institution, which spread throughout Anatolia. Although the Turkish bath employed the same kind of heating system as the earlier Roman one, it is dissimilar in many ways. The Turkish bath consists of three sections: the cool room (soğukluk), the tepidity room (ılıklık), and the hottest room (sıcaklık or harrare).
After the Turkish bath, special massage service waits you. Massage is generally considered part of complementary and integrative medicine. It´s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. So, Turkish bath and special massage services last for approximately 2 hours.