What should you know about Hammam ritual?
Hammam itself or the Turkish steam bath have their origins in the Roman thermal baths and occurred in the 7th century AD when the Muslim region was born. Because of religious and hygienic reasons the Moorish baths prefer hot and humid rooms with taps and running water, rather then bathing in pools. According to Moroccan traditions, the hammam was the first public place the mother visited within the first forty days after her baby was born.
Usually the Nafsa or the new mother got a hammam treatment together with the closing of the bones rituals on the third day after giving birth. It was held that the sooner and more often these ceremonies were performed after giving birth, the more efficient their healing effects were. Warm water and steam help relax and rejuvenate the body. Some traditional Moroccan midwives (quablas) offer the hammam treatment every other day in the first two weeks of the postpartum period. This is often held in a public hammam and is a perfect occasion to celebrate the new mother together with friends and relatives. If a public hammam is not available near the new mother’s house, the rituals can be performed in her home as well. The hammam treatment itself consists of gently washing and massaging the new mother’s body, using natural ingredients to beautify the skin and a Kessa glove to gently exfoliate it.
With the help of a few ingredients I can turn any bathroom into a luxury spa. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a bathtub, the shower will also do because you don’t have to be immersed in water. I rather use the method of pouring water over your body from a bowl, as in the Moorish baths.
For both the hammam and closing of the bones ritual we use a ceremonial tray which contains all the needed elements and some symbolic things too, like a candle. During the hammam treatment we combine different organic ingredients that I bought directly from Morocco to create wonderfully beautifying and scented skin masks. I also gently massage and exfoliate your body. Last but not least you can experience a womb steaming session with herbs that helps cleanse and heal your womb. The hammam ritual is a super pampering experience that helps the mother to feel loved, celebrated and important. It is food for the soul as well. Mothering the new mother is a great tool to fill her cup up so that she can give all the loving care for her newborn baby as well.
You can get the Closing of the Bones ceremony even 3 days after a vaginal delivery. If you had a C-section it’s worth waiting for about three months in order to make sure that healing is happening properly in the deeper tissues as well.
During the hammam you can wear a dark coloured (so that the henna doesn’t stain it) underwear or swim-suit as well or you can be without any of this, anyhow you feel comfortable. Since we leave the henna on your skin freshly mixed and only for a short period of time, it won’t stain your skin.
Ideally there is another adult in the house while we are doing the ritual so he or she can tend the baby and let you have a relaxing time. However, we can have a pause anytime if your little one needs you.
However, if you didn’t have the opportunity to get it after your baby was born it’s never too late to thank your body the enormous work and effort it did for you, your baby and your family. It is beneficial even 20-30 years after giving birth. You can experience the Closing of the Bones ritual in itself or together with the Hammam treatment. In itself it takes usually 1-1,5 hours, together with the hammam 2,5-3 hours.
If you want to have a magical and healing experience after the birth of your baby, contact me and we talk about the details!
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