Iraqis venture back to public steam baths

BATH MASSEUR, ISSA SAYING: "We start with this motion on the stomach, then we move to the chest, them we move to the sides and then the neck."

Location: Najaf, Iraq

Iraqis are returning to public steam baths to get a scrub and relax

Mehdi is a regular at the ‘Popular Hammam’

one of the two only traditional bathhouses still operating in Najaf

NAJAF RESIDENT, MEHDI, SAYING: "We used to come to the bath every week, every four or five days, the masseur would massage us and scrub us."