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01st Jan 2024

All you need to know about the Hammam massage

Kat O'Connor

A brand new year is here and the only resolutions we’re interested in making are ones that are going to make us happier.

We’re over the dated trends that revolve around dieting and exercising. We’re leaving them behind and focusing on the ones that will make our lives better.

One thing we’re eager to do more of in 2024 is to fully embrace self-care. We’re not just talking about slapping a face mask on at home once a month. We’re talking about beauty and wellness treatments that are going to make our bodies feel good.

One thing you need to add to your list is the Hammam massage, which we were lucky to try out for the first time at The Heritage Hotel in Co. Laois.

But what exactly is the Hammam massage?

The Hammam is a treatment influenced by the bathing ritual of the Ottoman nations. You can relax on a warm plinth in absolute humidity, where steam and warmth help to open up the pores and prepare your skin for the exfoliating massage that follows.

After the ESPA Salt & Oil scrub, the therapist will give you a nourishing massage with an ESPA Body Oil of your choice. This 45-minute treatment helps to relieve muscle aches, promotes a sense of calm, and leaves your skin toned and moisturised.

The treatment costs €100 so it’s not something we could get done frequently, but you need to try it once in 2024.

Does the treatment work?

My body instantly felt so calm and relaxed after my treatment. Not only did my body feel free of knots of tension, but I also felt so mentally calm after it.

The team at The Spa at The Heritage couldn’t have been more helpful or welcoming. They told us so much about the treatments, and the facilities, and made us feel incredibly welcome.

As someone who feels constantly anxious, a day at The Heritage Spa was exactly what I needed. I carry so much tension in my shoulders and felt like a new person after my treatment. I was immediately relaxed as soon as I stepped into the treatment room, so much so that I nearly fell asleep.

The best thing about the Hamamm massage is you feel the effects for days after the treatment. I felt so much more comfortable in my own skin because my body wasn’t full of stress and tension.

The Heritage Spa Experience is an exhilarating blend of heating and cooling sensations, a 1-hour sensory journey that maximises the benefits of all the Spa facilities.

The team guides each guest through the extensive Thermal Suite with the ultimate aim of leaving the body feeling invigorated.

The hotel’s Health Club is next to the Spa, with leisure facilities and a 15-metre leisure pool and Jacuzzi. 

The Heritage has recently been awarded Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice award for 2023.