Since pre-Hispanic times the Temazcal, which consists in a steam room and purification rituals, have been part of the spiritual traditions for health and purification all over Mexico. Ancient cultures, including the Mayan culture, have always included the temazcal in their traditions and in some archaeological areas it’s still possible to see remains of ancient temazcals. In ancient times it was normal use that women recently after giving birth should undergo the temazcal post-purification in order to get “cleaned”.
The sauna of steam for the temazcal ritual is a kind of oval “oven” with enough space for several people. This steam oven symbolizes the womb of mother earth, and the spiritual part of the ritual works with the four elements: fire, water, earth and wind.
Traditionally, the shaman has been commissioned to do the “cleaning” of people through prayers, incense and touches with leaves and herbs, followed by the hot steam bath inside the temazcal and hereby achieving a purification and detox of body and soul.
The ritual is today still practiced according to the ancestral customs and there are temazcal places both in Cancun and Riviera Maya that offer the ritual to anyone interested. Even several of the gran resorts have their own temazcal as part of a spa.
You should consider this wonderful millennium experience to have a purification of body and mind. It will definitively allow you to enjoy your vacation in a renewed way with much more energy and wellbeing.
Ask the Amstar representative in your hotel who will gladly help you to locate a Temazcal/Spa and make reservation for the ritual and for your transportation, or contact us here.