A warm and accommodating welcome to New Image Spa located at the prestigious Divi Village Resort in Aruba! In centuries past, the Hammam was known as the silent doctor, a place of cleansing and healing for both body and soul. This is the essence of New Image Spa, an exotic oasis where you can indulge yourself in traditional Middle Eastern treatments while your imagination takes you on a mystical journey into the past. New Image Spa has the first and only Hammam service in Aruba of which we are extremely proud to serve our esteemed local and tourist visitors since first opening our doors in January of 2013. East meets West only at New Image Spa.
What is a Hammam you may ask? A Hammam is a steam room, similar to a Turkish bath, which is gaining in popularity. It is a unique experience traditionally known to be the first phase of a breathtaking full service spa treatment infusing old world tradition with modern day spa services. Hammam, meaning “ritualistic bath,” is built upon the ancient philosophy of the traditional Turkish Baths which functioned as steam-filled grottos for segregated social gatherings and ritualized cleansing and purifying techniques among the elite. The steam session along with body exfoliation followed by massage is part of the authentic traditions of the Middle East. Old world traditions introduced into the new world will be your New Image Spa journey at Divi Village Resort in Aruba.
What does the Hammam experience entail? The Hammam ritual is rather simple, but it does involve several steps, all aimed at cleansing and relaxing.
1. Relax and prepare
As you enter New Image Spa, there are areas for changing and a place to have a cup of tea or a cold beverage before and after your session.
2. Adjust to the Warmth
Before you encounter water, the staff member will bring you to a transition area, where you receive your towels and adjust to the heat.
3. Full-Body Scrub and Soaping
From there you enter the Hammam (hot room), which houses the large marble belly or navel stone. Bathers, arranged on marble slabs around the fountain, alternate basking in the high humidity and being vigorously scrubbed by an attendant. Following the scrubbing, there is application of special soap (including shampoo if requested).
4. Sauna and Steam Cabin
After being scrubbed you can enter the Sauna or Steam Cabin to relax and open your skin pores. The ultimate effect of dry saunas and steam rooms is much the same. Both make you hot, induce sweating and increase heart rate. But there are sufficient differences to make people ask which is better in a contest between the sauna and the steam cabin. The effect of breathing dry sauna air or wet steam is very different for the respiratory system and the moisture effects skin very differently too. Steam rooms create very good respiratory conditions with the humidity level at 100%. People with coughs and lung problems sometimes use a steam room to soothe their respiratory systems. Steam rooms are also more hydrating for your skin than saunas. This is great for people with dry skin, who might suffer in a dry sauna. Some people find steam rooms stifling and think that the humid air is difficult to breathe. Steam rooms have a mystical quality, with the air shrouded in steam, while saunas are clean and clear enough that you could read a book if you wanted to. If you have greasy skin you might find that a dry sauna is better, because your pores may get blocked by moisture if you stay in the steam room too long. Before you enter the Hammam, you will have to fill in a questionnaire so the attendant can advise you on choosing between the sauna or steamer. This advice will be based on your respiratory health, skin type and personal preference. When it comes to sauna vs. steam room, both increase circulation to the surface of the skin and make you sweat, which can be a pleasant sensation and has proven benefits for cardiovascular health. Both can also promote a healthy and deep sleep. Other benefits you can only get from a steam room include clearing of throat-sinus-lung congestion, relief from dry throat and nasal passages, and relief from the discomfort of sinusitis. If your only intention is to sweat as much as possible, some people believe you sweat more in a dry sauna, so perhaps that would be the better choice.
5. Rinse and Massage
After coming from the Steamer or Sauna you will be rinsed by the attendant with cold water to close your skin pores and then you’ll be brought to a Massage room for a relaxing full body massage with special techniques to improve blood circulation, increase oxygen intake, and to eliminates toxins from your body. After this Hammam treatment you will come out feeling lighter and rejuvenated and will really feel like a new person.