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Posted by Moroccan Essentials on 08/16/2019

Traditional Hammam Ritual

Traditional Hammam Ritual

Traditional Hammam Ritual (Treatment time 30 minutes)

 Routine check before treatment

• Water for the therapist (stay hydrated)

• Make sure the shower area & hammam is clean and ready for use

• Make sure water in the hammam is warm

• Check warm room & steam is  working before you take your guest through (NB Steam should not be on during the entire treatment)

• Therapists to cut & prepare fresh fruit before treatment. Therapists should know the names of the fruit and explain benefits to the guests (Bring out fruit & tea to the guest in the relaxation room at the end of the treatment)

 Set-up (for 1 guest)

• Treatment in progress on the door

• 1 glass of water for guest

• Enough towels in the basket ((note how many they should use?))

• Black soap

• Kessa

• Argan oil

• 2 x Hammam buckets and 1 hammam bowl (or use shower)

• 2 bowls for products

• 1x Robe for therapist

• 1x Robe for guest

• 1x Moroccan cloth for guest

• 2 x towels for face/head

 Inside the Hammam

• Make sure wall panels/all marble slabs are heated before treatment

• Turn on steam before treatment to start heating the area (Steam should not be on during the entire treatment)

• Keep the hammam on (while guest inside) to warm up their body

• Place 1 hammam bowl and a 2 buckets near washbasin

• 2 bowls for products consisting of:

    - 1 bowl for black soap

   - 1 bowl for argan oil

• 1 kessaper guest to scrub the body

• 1 small towel on top of table/slab - for resting guest head

• Follow the usual welcome procedure i.e “Welcome to Moroccan Essentials spa, my name is Sarah…” (refer to word document)

 From Outside to In Hammam

• Walk in to the hammam first, remember to close the door behind guest to keep heat in the hammam

• Is all jewellery in the bowl (apart from rings)

• Help guests with their gown & slippers, give a Moroccan cloth,

• Ask guest to follow you to the indoor hammam warm-area, explain shower & the hammam area

• Ask female guest if she is comfortable taking off her bikini top, advise she will get more out the treatment and it's a safe space,

• Give guest a Moroccan cloth (take off before ritual)

 The Hammam Ritual

• Ask guest to sit on heated bench, explain the warmth is preparing their skin for exfoliation

• Give glass of water, leave guest for 5 minutes to relax and get warm & sweaty

• Guide guest into the main hammam  (Steam in main hammam should be turned off at this point)

• Ask guest to remove Moroccan cloth & to lay on marble slab face down, their forehead resting on the towel

• Now open the taps (or shower) and fill 2 buckets with warm water

• 1st bucket pour water over guests body gently, start from feet (ask if the temperature is ok, adjust accordingly) continue up the legs, back, arms to shoulders, avoid head

• Repeat until bucket is empty, reach for the 2nd bucket & repeat. (The 1st bucket should go under running water to fill up, to save time)

 Black Soap Ritual

• Before applying, explain benefits of the black soap, apply all over the body in light effleurage movement, starting from the feet, legs, back, arms up to the neck

• Leave black soap on body for 5 minutes

• Use buckets water (or shower) wash off all traces of black soap


• Start from feet, legs, back, arms

• Wash off dead skin use buckets water (or shower)

• Ask them to sit up and turn over and lay on their back, ask if they need water

• Apply the same black soap ritual again for front of body,

• Wash off all black soap with buckets

• Exfoliate front of the body, start from feet, legs, stomach, chest, arms (avoid face and neck)

• Use buckets (or shower) wash off dead skin cells

 Final Bucket Rinse

• Ask guest if they want cool or hot water for 1 final bucket rinse (cool is advisable for good blood circulation and to balance out the heat from the body)

• Ask how the person feels

 End of Treatment

• Guide guest

• Give guest a robe, slippers and jewellery

• Guide them to the chill area for relaxation, tea & fruits

• Advise guest to book in for next treatment (refer to word document)

Offer homecare advise and product routine


Moroccan Essentialsprovide spa therapist training for the ancient hammam spa rituals, 2 days training, one day theory & one day practical work, 5 traditional journeys to choose from.

We supply a tailor-made holistic Moroccan Hammam products to your spas ambience, please contact: Sharifa email: spa@moroccanessentials.co.uk

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