for the Hammam effect; but before you reap the rewards of your expedition
into steaming rooms filled with buckets of scaling hot and screaming cold
water- which mixed together provide a soothing lukewarm - you must face
the Hammam rituals.
penetrate the succession of rooms and corridors which lead you to ultimate
warmth. On a busy day, you'll be careful not to stumble over tens of naked
bodies, scrubbing away at their skin, hair, or their neighbor's.
set up camp- laying out stool, buckets, mat and supplies . Sit and watch,
waiting for the heat to make way to your shivering body and slowly wrap
you in droplets of humidity and sweat.
once your skin has imbibed the welcome steam, start scrubbing- madly,
strongly, with passion. The skin won't leave unless you give it your best
shot. Around you, eyes are watching, making sure you perform the rituals
appropriately. If you don't , a 'Hammam woman' will soon be called to
the rescue, feeding you through the blades of her painfully strong strokes.
Even the most expert of Moroccan women need her help once in while- mostly
when it comes to cleaning their backs.