A Turkish bath is called a hamam. It usually includes massage and tea bar. Some hamams in Istanbul are over 250 years
old and some upscale hotels there also offer a Turkish bath experience.
Working Up A Sweat In a Turkish Bath
You're taken to a warm, humid room with a raised stone platform (goebektas) in the center, surrounded by bathing alcoves, in pretty colored quartz tiles. The tiles remove static electricity from the air, and help to relax the mind and body. The light, diffused through glass in the ceiling is soft and relaxing. You lay or sit on the platform, which is heated, and work up a sweat. The attendant then leads you to one of the basins, and you're scrubbed cleaner than you ever have been, and again. She uses a coarse mitt to remove layers of dead skin, then comes the soap. She uses a lacy cloth, like an icing bag, and blows through it to create bubbles so you're covered from head to toe with white frothy bubbles. For the massage you go back to the stone platform, and it might be a bit rougher than a traditional Swedish massage. After the massage you are handed towels and then taken to the cool room to cool down and drink tea.
Health Benefits of Turkish Baths
Scrubbing with a loofah or exfoliating gloves immediately after steaming will remove any dead, dry skin which has accumulated, leaving skin glowing, smooth, and soft.