Hammam Experience

Hammam is an Arabic word used in Eastern culture for bath. The hammam was designed to contain steam. In ancient design steam would be fed into the room through small holes in the floor and rise throughout the room.

When inside a crystal steam room you can feel the moisture gathering on your skin. You will see it visibly bubble on your skin.  The water collects not only on your skin but on the surfaces as well. Like many bathing rooms, every surface is solid tile so it will not absorb the moisture. Water will drip from the ceiling and it is very warm but not hot enough to effect the integrity of the skin. I was immediately surprised to feel the water dripping onto my skin, fore I wasn’t prepared for it. (Photo Source)

The air is very think and you can feel the inside of your nose begin to change in sensitivity. I recommend first time visitors to take a cool towel with them to rest over their face. Leave enough room for our mouth and nose to inhale the steam. Inhaling the steam has many health benefits. I could feel a difference in my breath almost immediately. As I inhaled I felt a sense that more oxygen was entering my body then in a normal setting. I began to feel more energized and have a clear mind.

I had decided before entering the bath that I was going to go fully nude. Many of the women in the spa were nude as well and it was comfortable to expose my skin to the steam, to the water, to the wet heat. See, this is the biggest difference between a sauna and a steam room. Dry heat vs. wet heat. If you were to wear clothing I imagine your clothing would weigh you down after it became wet, you also want the sweat to be easily removed from your skin after the steam room.

At the Canyon Ranch Spa they have the crystal steam room available for our pleasure and relaxation. I won’t forget the experience. I recommend you take your large towel with you too! Lay down on top of the towel and allow your shoulders to fall against the tile and your feet to fall away from your center. You are opening up your body to receive the moisture in the steam through your lungs. The pores will expand and you will perspire toxins. The toxin may carry viruses but note that a virus can’t survive in heat over 98 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a great reason to utilize a steam room regularly. (Photo Source)

At the Canyon Ranch Spa they also utilize crystals in their steam environment. Many believe that crystals effect our ability to relax and meditate. I’m not sure if it was the steam, the crystal, the soft lighting or all of the above, but I was in a meditation mode. I stayed inside the environment as long as the towel over my face was still cool. It was around 15-20 minutes and then I felt a pull to exit the environment. Many of the specialists at the Spa recommended 15 minutes for each environment so maybe this was an influence. I jumped over to the tiled stalls adjacent to the crystal steam room to rinse the toxins from my body under their experiential rains. (Photo Source)

I dream about doing this again in my sleep! It left me feeling a euphoric feeling and peace in my mind.

Best Ever Day!!

Sincerely,

TheSpaBlogBoss

Side Note: This Hammam Experience post is not hosted or sponsored at this time. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider, but please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have not been compensated. Thank you!

Do as the Romans Did!

The Romans had just under 1000 communal baths! This means that people were very comfortable bathing in front of one another, never hesitating to be in the nude. As American’s we are taught at a young age to keep our bodies private. I think at a young age in Rome you would become accustomed to being naked during the appropriate times. Bathing is definitely an appropriate time!

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Many times the baths were used to socialize and meet new people too! Can you imagine dating like this, meeting your husband like this! Seems a bit strange, but it truly wasn’t! The largest communal bath held up to 3000 people. This just shocked me when I was gathering research about this art. Even some of the greatest business conversations of Rome were discussed during the relaxing baths.

My experience in the herbal laconium at the Canyon Ranch Spa wasn’t shocking or full of conversation. It was almost complete opposite. But my research led me to discover that the laconium was created to duplicate the Roman sauna. This is a shared space where the temperature is around 140 degrees Fahrenheit (65 degrees Celsius).

When you inhale the air you can smell the herbs. The air actually feels dry and helped me with some allergies I was experiencing. It doesn’t’ feel sweltering hot because the humidity is controlled at around 15-20%.

As a Floridian now, and a Hoosier (from Indiana) growing up, I realize how much the change in humidity makes the temperature feel. When the humidity is so low your body temperature doesn’t rise as fast. Inside the Herbal Laconium at the Canyon Ranch Spa, the air is heavy with a heral-infushed humidity

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In a laconium your body will actually be forced into a dry sweat. It feels absolutely amazing! When I entered into the room for the first time I thought the area to sit on was small and hard. Every surface was made of tile.

I did decided to entertain myself as the Roman’s did and went in the nude, so I brought a towel in with me to sit on. (This is highly recommended and a good practice I think.) This was better than sitting on the hard stone. Later I discovered that the room was intentionally designed this way. With surfaces covered in tile it was then easy to control the temperature of the surface. Just like when you enter into your friends fancy bathroom with the heated floors… This tile is thermostatically heated and the spa will control the temperature. As the heat rises through the tile it produces a cozy heat that flows from your feet up through your limbs and into your nose. It is delightful!

Best Ever Day!!

Sincerely,

TheSpaBlogBoss

Side Note: This Do as the Romans Did! post is not hosted or sponsored at this time. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider, but please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have not been compensated. Thank you!

Let’s Spa Together

Hello world!

Welcome to ASpaBlog! I am thrilled to share our first experience together through this platform. The goal of this blog  will be to share personal experiences I’ve had when visiting amazing spas!

Many times boss ladies, like myself, don’t take time for rest and relaxation. Before now I didn’t see the value in spending my time breathing in salt air or soaking in hot bubbly.

After this last week in Las Vegas my mind has totally altered towards a world of gratitude and appreciation for myself. Gratitude for the soul that I carry and the appreciation for the physical toll that working relentlessly has on my mind and body.

I enjoyed my spa stay at the CanyonRanch SpaClub at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas soooo much that I’m gong to share it with you!

Stay tuned for the first posts that will give you the inside details of what to expect and what you can’t miss out on!

Then I will be traveling to different Spas in the South Florida Area….

Sincerely,

TheSpaBlogBoss

Side Note: This Let’s Spa Together post is not hosted or sponsored at this time. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider, but please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have not been compensated. Thank you!