Baby skin thanks to the traditional Georgian exfoliating method
18 December, 2018
Baby skin thanks to the traditional Georgian exfoliating method
During the cold season, there is no better place to go in Tbilisi to warm up and relax: a sulfur bath. A lot of them are located in the ancient district of Abanotubani. Under every domed brick roof hides a bath that only waits to be visited. According to the legend, it is here where the foundation of the city was laid. ‘Tbili’ in Georgian means ‘warm’, so the ‘warm place’.

The sulfur baths in Tbilisi are equally popular among tourists
as well as locals. A bath in the warm sulfurous water is believed to treat skin problems such as eczema and dry scalp. They are also said to help with arthritic joints, digestion problems and even insomnia.

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Inside a sulfur bath, photo courtesy: tripadviser.com


Kisa – the famous Georgian massage


However, when you visit one of the sulfur baths, you can expect more than just the healing warm water. Typically, you will also experience a traditional ‘kisa’. Alexander Dumas, the French author, wrote that after visiting the bath and having a Georgian kisa massage procedure, he felt such strength as if he could lift mountains over his shoulders.

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Lay down and get rejuvenated, photo courtesy: chreli-abano.ge

So what is it all about this mystical strength-giving massage? You will have to lie on a stone couch and the masseur or masseuse will suds up your chest with a bar soap first. Then comes the best part than is likely to hurt a little bit, but in a peculiar pleasant way. With a mitten, the kisa (also the name of the masseur who gives you the kisa) will vigorously rub your whole body with an exfoliating mitt. All your dead skin parts will bark.

After this, the kisa guy will cover you with a soapy mixture and rinse it off with a few buckets of hot water. A final plunge in the ice water and you fill rejuvenated – body, soul, and especially your skin.

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