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We attended an amazing yoga retreat run by Rachel Zinman. This hotel is situated on the side of a mountain overlooking the bay of Aegialis. The beautiful settin...

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The medical benefits of the hammam date back to 200 B.C. when the father of medicine, Hippocrates, said, "Give me the power to create a fever and I shall cure any disease." Steam was the answer. 
The word hammam is an Arabic word meaning 'spreader of warmth'. This ritual goes back thousands of years to the Romans and Greeks who developed the communal bath as a social institution. Around 630 A.D., Mohammed after observing the Roman inspired baths of Syria, recommended 'sweat' baths, marking the beginning of the Islamic hammam. Believing that the heat of the hammam enhanced fertility and that the followers of faith should multiply, the hammam became an annex to the mosque, complying with Islamic laws of hygiene and purification.Much like the Roman baths before them, hammams became a place of rest as well as an important place to socialize. 

The hammam is far from new, but in recent years, its health benefits have gained increasing international attention. 
When it comes to relaxation and well-being, there are few treatments in the world as effective as the healing properties, warmth, and steam of a traditional hammam :
  • It optimizes the purification of the body by removing dirt in depth, present on both the epidermis and in the lungs. 
  • The pores allow the toxins released by the hot steam that causes sweating, which will effectively clean up the inside of the body. 
  • The surface of the skin is well rid of dead skin and dirt-encrusted and most thorough cleaning facilitates breathing in detoxifying the airways, releasing the sinus and having an effect on decongestion of the airways.
  • The warm moist air will also strengthen the heart through the effort it causes cardiovascular and skin become very gentle and flexible and being free from all impurities. 
  • It relaxes muscles
  • It promotes blood circulation, steam room can be a practice adopted by people who have problems. 
Visiting hammams can play an important part in the nutritional cleansing process, promoting weight loss, increased muscle mass, higher energy levels and mental clarity.
The holistic combination of hammam with measures like diet and exercise boosts he immune system and promote general well-being.

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