Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Want to look 10 years younger?

The Hamman experience
If you have never had a proper Hammam before, I highly recommend that you treat yourself , and treat yourself soon..the first time I ever indulged was in Paris at The Medina at 45 rue Petit in the 19th Arrondisement. On a girly weekend, we spent one wet and grey Sunday afternoon being pampered in this female oasis of femininity and relaxation.
What usually happens is you strip off to your swimmers and make your way to the steam room, where you hang out with your friends. It's female only, but there are certain days when the Hammam is mixed as well. The atmosphere is very chilled out and all the women are chatting quietly among themselves. You then lather yourself up in the savon noir before getting scrubbed down by a fat Arabic woman with a scratchy mitten. This is followed by a dip in a cold pool ( aie aie aie!!) and then you are enveloped in a special body wrap called gassoul followed by a deep massage. There is a quiet room lit by candles where you can relax and unwind , drink your mint tea and nibble on your oriental bon bons.
Total and utter bliss.
And it doesn't break the bank either with prices Starting at 39 euros for a "forfait classique"..
I'm not exaggerating when I say that I felt and looked 10 years younger on exiting. I've tried a few here in Perpignan and the best, by far is A Fleur D'eau at 14 rue Alfred Rives. Jean Michel is the head dude here, a trained osteopath, he truly does have magic hands.
Another good reason to visit us here in Perpignan!!!! 

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