ANCIENT TERMAE ROMANE
Carved out of limestone rock thousands of years ago, the ANCIENT TERMAE ROMANAE are a ritual site. You will move through passages and cisterns in a place where time has been suspended, where the Medusa still wields her power, where sounds, colors and ancestral lights will take you back into the peace of the maternal womb.
In the apodyterium (dressing room), you will leave behind any object that may recall daily reality, and after having put it into a locker and wrapped yourself in a towel, you will prepare yourself to paticipate in an ancient ritual of meditation and purification.
The entrance will lead you into the anti-tepidarium (28°C/82.4°F). Here, after a warm shower, you will pay homage to the face of the Medusa and enter into the dry heat room (50°C/ 122°F), where you will remain from 10 to 15 minutes, with warm water ablutions to rid yourself of any tension, open your pores and wash away any impurities.
You will then descend into the round cistern of the tepidarium (30°C/86°F), and, still covered, you will lie on a lounger, abandoning yourself to the effects of the lighting and the sound of running water.
From here you will pass directly into the calidarium, or hammam (45°C/113°F – 100% humidity), where you will be immersed in a steam bath for 15 minutes. The heat will open your blood vessels, ease stress, and will leave you in a state of pleasant fatigue.
A new ablution, a brief pause for meditation on the stone benches or on the loungers of the tepidarium, and finally you will head back up to the natural swimming pool, the frigidarium (29°C/84.2°F). After drinking a hot herb tea and a glass of cool water flowing from the mouth of the Medusa, you will enter the pool for a tonifying swim into the bowels of the earth…
You may even repeat the path, but in the end you won’t be able to say how long the ritual has lasted, because time will have stopped… the minutes will have become moments, soft as silk.