Massage Marrakech – An Exotic Form of Relaxation

Massage Marrakech is about treating yourself to an exotic form of relaxation. The hammams that offer these massage services have long been a testament to this old age tradition that the people of Morocco and most Middle Eastern countries have to offer. There is one particular hammam in Marrakech that I know of that’s been around since the 1500’s and who claims to have served such notable personalities in history such as Florence Nightingale.

These bath houses are huge contributors to Marrakech tourism and is certainly one of the reasons people visit Marrakech today. That is of course aside from the Souks and Riads as well as the appeal of adventure travel that this small and ancient country in the African continent has to offer. Marrakech is a place full of wonders and each visit never ceases to amaze me.

I have been to Marrakech in Morocco twice and on both occasions, I made sure that I visited these hammams and indulged myself in this hygienic and relaxing ritual; massage included. Aside from your basic scrubbing and bath, these hammams also offer their own kind of massage. For those who are not familiar on how these Marrakech bathhouses operate, let me tell you a little bit of history how all these started.

A hammam or bath house was started by the Romans and later on refined by the Ottomans into the Turkish bath that it is famous for today. It was commonly patronized by the people in these areas including Marrakech since their houses lacked indoor plumbing. These ancient structures have evolved into a place of relaxation and a venue for the men and women to socialize aside from just places to clean themselves.

These traditions can still be experienced in many natural hot springs of Turkey, Tunisia, Spain, and Morocco. Before the massage, the procedure starts with a warm-up phase in a steam bath to ensure that the body and skin are well-supplied with blood after which you will be rubbed with black soap made of eucalyptus which is left on your body for around 15 minutes. There were basically three interior rooms that you will be led into.

First is the hot room for sweating in the steam, bathing and is where a traditional full body peeling is then carried out with a “Kese” (pronounced as keys), a glove made of raw silk, loofah or goat’s wool. This is rubbed over the entire body to remove dead skin cells. You would be surprised to see your dead skin literally fall off while you are being scrubbed meticulously.

The second room is the warm room for sitting and for the massage on the floor or on a marble slab. This is where you will be given a massage using fragrant Argan oil derived from the Argan tree which is endemic to the area. The Massage itself soothes your knotted muscles and I would swear it feels like your being run over by a friendly steam roller!

The masseur, whose name I now cannot recall, was exceptional! He told me he had been training on the job since he was a boy. It was undeniable that he had no formal education in physiology or physiotherapy but he definitely knew which muscles to squeeze, what to bend and stretch without pain while I lay face down on the marble slab. I guess you could attribute that to years of experience in giving a massage.

Common Mistakes in Real Estate Rehabbing

Exceeding the budget. This is one of the most common mistakes an investor makes. To avoid this, one should get an estimate from a reliable contractor. Once you get an estimate, calculate how much you are willing to spend on the project. If you cannot afford it, might as well not invest in it. Move on to another property.

Going over the top with the repairs. Make the property blend with the other houses in the neighborhood. If the community is a low-class type of area, do not make repairs same with upper-class houses.

Ensure that the important parts of the house are worked on efficiently.

Buying a property that has serious damages. Many properties are made to look as if there’s nothing wrong with it. If you do not have the eye to see serious damages such as on the foundation or roof, better hire a professional inspector to do it for you. Damages on the important parts of the house such as the foundation can cost you thousands of dollars.

Doing without termite inspection. This is the same with the one above. Hire an expert to search for termite infections. Termites are hard to spot at a glance so professional help is needed. Neglecting termite inspection might lead to some serious liability in the future.

Working without permit. Rehabbing properties needs permit. Your repairs would just go to waste if you do not have the proper permit because you won’t have the right to sell the property.

Sacrificing the quality of work in order to save money. Make sure that the repairs you’re going to make are done according to code. Careless repairs would just lead you to bigger liabilities and costs when a buyer complains about it. If you do not have enough knowledge and experience in making repairs, you might as well pay a professional to do it for you. This way you can be sure that everything is done accordingly. You will save more money if you invest in good service repairs.


Avoiding Pitfalls in Planning a Hair Transplant

Although many technical advances have been made in the field of surgical hair restoration over the past decade, particularly with the widespread adoption of follicular transplantation, many problems remain. The majority revolve around doctors recommending surgery for patients who are not good candidates. The most common reasons that patients should not proceed with surgery are that they are too young and that their hair loss pattern is too unpredictable. Young persons also have expectations that are typically too high – often demanding the density and hairline of a teenager. Many people who are in the early stages of hair loss should simply be treated with medications, rather than being rushed to go under the knife. And some patients are just not mature enough to make level-headed decisions when their problem is so emotional.

In general, the younger the patient, the more cautious the practitioner should be to operate, particularly if the patient has a family history of Norwood Class VII hair loss, or diffuse un-patterned alopecia.

Problems also occur when the doctor fails to adequately evaluate the patient’s donor hair supply and then does not have enough hair to accomplish the patient’s goals. Careful measurement of a patient’s density and other scalp characteristics will allow the surgeon to know exactly how much hair is available for transplantation and enable him/her to design a pattern for the restoration that can be achieved within those constraints.

In all of these situations, spending a little extra time listening to the patient’s concerns, examining the patient more carefully and then recommending a treatment plan that is consistent with what actually can be accomplished, will go a long way towards having satisfied patients. Unfortunately, scientific advances will improve only the technical aspects of the hair restoration process and will do little to insure that the procedure will be performed with the right planning or on the appropriate patient.

Five-year View

The improvement in surgical techniques that have enabled an ever increasing number of grafts to be placed into ever smaller recipient sites had nearly reached its limit and the limitations of the donor supply remain the major constraint for patients getting back a full head of hair. Despite the great initial enthusiasm of follicular unit extraction, a technique where hair can be harvested directly from the donor scalp (or even the body) without a linear scar, this procedure has added relatively little towards increasing the patient’s total hair supply available for a transplant. The major breakthrough will come when the donor supply can be expanded though cloning. Although some recent progress had been made in this area (particularly in animal models) the ability to clone human hair is at least 5 to 10 years away.

Key Issues

1. The greatest mistake a doctor can make when treating a patient with hair loss is to perform a hair transplant on a person that is too young, as expectations are generally very high and the pattern of future hair loss unpredictable.

2. Chronic sun exposure over one’s lifetime has a much more significant negative impact on the outcome of the hair transplant than peri-operative sun exposure.

3. A bleeding diathesis, significant enough to impact the surgery, can be generally picked up in the patient’s history; however OTC medications often go unreported (such as non-steroidals) and should be asked for specifically.

4. Depression is possibly the most common psychiatric disorder encountered in patient’s seeking hair transplantation, but it is also a common symptom of those persons experiencing hair loss. The doctor must differentiate between a reasonable emotional response to balding and a depression that requires psychiatric counseling.

5. In performing a hair transplant, the physician must balance the patient’s present and future needs for hair with the present and future availability of the donor supply. It is well known that one’s balding pattern progresses over time. What is less appreciated is that the donor zone may change as well.

6. The patient’s donor supply depends upon a number of factors including the physical dimensions of the permanent zone, scalp laxity, donor density, hair characteristics, and most importantly, the degree of miniaturization in the donor area – since this is a window into the future stability of the donor supply.

7. Patients with very loose scalps often heal with widened donor scars.

8. One should never assume that a person’s hair loss is stable. Hair loss tends to progress over time. Even patients who show a good response to finasteride will eventually lose more hair.

9. The position of the normal adult male hairline is approximately 1.5 cm above the upper brow crease. Avoid placing the newly transplanted hairline at the adolescent position, rather than one appropriate for an adult.

10. A way to avoid having a hair transplant with a look that is too thin is to limit the extent of coverage to the front and mid-scalp until an adequate donor supply and a limited balding pattern can be reasonably assured – an assurance that can only come after the patient ages. Until that time, it is best to avoid adding coverage to the crown.