an oasis of wellness and relaxation
turkish hamam, massage and fitness
At Sumahan Wellness our aim is to make you feel that little bit better when you leave us than before you arrived.
The Turkish Hamam within Sumahan Hotel in Istanbul is a deeply aesthetic way of keeping clean. Historically, it was at the center of Turkish culture and at Sumahan we have tried to capture the spirit and architecture of this ritual. It depends as much on the quality of light seeping through the domed ceiling, the echo of running water, the application of warmth and cool, the smooth feel of marble, as it does on soap.
Sumahan’s own private hamam polishes the ritual to a level of refinement hard to find elsewhere. Upon entering the Sumahan Wellness you are greeted by a marble fountain, fresh fruit, walnuts and dried apricots.
First, you wrap your body in a soft peştemal (towel). Your next step is into the hamam itself where you are enveloped by the heat of the hararet (warmth) under a traditional dome that bathes the Marmara marble floor in warm light.
The göbek taşı (a raised marble platform) centres the room where you can choose to cleanse yourself using one of the carved kurnas (basins) with an ornate copper tas (bowl). However, the ultimate indulgence is to enlist the services of our specially trained masseur or masseuse.
She will suds and exfoliate your whole body with a kese, the traditional rough cloth mitt. Following this deep-scrubbing and thorough washing, you will be treated to a professional foam massage, the kind that loosens your muscles as the hot waters continue running and steam rising. Now you are ready for soğukluk, the cooling-off section where you can lounge on a large divan listening to the soothing sounds of the marble fountain. Here you’ll sip a glass of cool water with fresh mint leaves and enjoy some healthy bites, while feeling refreshed by the scent of lavender cologne. Never was taking a bath so warm, so luxurious, so relaxing and so much fun.
OUR SAMPLE LIST OF SPECIAL MASSAGE TREATMENTS
This intensive, targeted treatment oxygenates and remineralizes the skin in order to specifically reduce the appearance of cellulite and redefine the contours of the body.
Localized massage treatments focus on certain problematic body areas such as head – neck, nape – shoulder – back, back – waist, arm and legs. This treatment is administered if a specific discomfort is identified or if recommended by a physician.
The most important feature of this aromatherapeutic massage performed using herbal essences and herbal oils, which are released through distillation in steam, is that the body fortifies its ability to heal itself. With the relaxing and rejuvenating effects of scents personalized for each guest, a Bali massage promotes both physiological and psychological well-being. If you want to spoil yourself, this is one of the best ways to do it.
Rhythmic, soothing hand movements relieve muscle tension and promote a peaceful sense of deep relaxation. Renowned massage that uses light to medium pressure.
Deep Tissue Massage
A strong total body massage to relieve body tensions resulting from sports and busy working days.
A Chinese - inspired reflexology massage, pressure is strategically applied to points on the feet to promote optimum health and well-being.
One of the most popular massages. It is applied with different natural aroma essences and oils. Depending on how you wish to feel after the treatment, the therapists offer five different kinds of oils.
(Rose oil – Lavender oil – Orange oil – Mint oil – Basilicum)
For those who wish to keep fit, we offer a well-lit environment with state of the art equipment; two Treadmills, a Recumbent Bicycle and an Arch Trainer all with individual television monitors. We also provide free-weights and space for yoga.