The Turkish bath or steam bath is a moment of true relaxation and wellness. The Turkish bath offers the beneficial effects of steam, like skin purification and strengthening of the respiratory system, but is at the same time a chance to socialize, following the most true and ancient oriental tradition: in the past in fact this place had a very relevant social role and was a favourite meeting point.
The Turkish bath is maybe one of the oldest wellness treatments: traces of it are found in the history of the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans and later the Arabs, that resumed this tradition creating the hammam. This treatment is made in closed rooms, where the temperature rises to a maximum of 60°C, whereas the humidity level is very high, from 90% to 100%.
Compared to the Finnish sauna, perspiration is less intense and yet more abundant, since a Turkish bath session is longer than that of a Finnish sauna. Perspiration helps blood circulation and deep purification of the skin; it tones up your body, helps you relax and helps the nervous system fight everyday stress.
Usually a session is divided in two parts: first you enter in a room with a lot of steam and lie down for 15 minutes to improve blood circulation, then you get into a pool of fresh water. This process is repeated for a number of times, then you relax for 20 minutes and end the session with a massage.
You should avoid taking a Turkish bath if you suffer of heart or skin diseases.