HAMMAM COMES FROM THE ARABIC WORD 'HAMMA', WHICH MEANS HOT WATER SOURCE.
A hammam, also called steam room is much like a sauna, and the two words often get used interchangeably. Strictly speaking, a steam room may not be quite as hot as a sauna, but it does have a lot more moisture involved. A sauna uses dry heat whereas a steam room uses moist heat. A sauna gets much hotter than a steam room, but not nearly as humid. Essentially we are talking about the benefits of sitting in a really hot and steamy room, usually with a temperature above 41 degrees Celsius and a humidity factor of 60-100 percent.