Relax and take it easy
Temazcal, an Oaxaca expererience!
The Temazcal bath purifies your mind, body, and spirit in an extraordinary garden setting. Ancient ceremonies combine a cleansing sweat bath with herbs and flowers. Music and a soothing massage will renew and energize you.
The word Temazcal comes from the Nahuatl language used by the Aztecs: Temaz = bath and Calli = home. The ceremony offered was used by the Aztecs, Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Mayans, and other indigenous groups as a therapeutic and purifying ritual.
An adobe building set in an enchantingly beautiful garden holds the Temazcal bath chamber and an area for massage, meditation and rest afterwards. The special bath chamber is centrally heated by rocks. When boughs of herbs are laid over the hot rocks, and the rocks are doused with water, a richly scented steam begins the sweating process necessary to relax and purify the body and to release toxins (spoken of by the indigenous practitioners as excess “hot” and “cold” energies). The bath is attended closely by the temazcalera who assures that the steam is not too hot or cold, and that the proper herbs are used to treat specific complaints.
During the ceremony she may gently beat the bather’s body with the herbs and brush the steam around the head, encouraging deeper breathing and relaxation. A warm water bath may be given in the chamber, both to quickly cool the body or to encourage greater sweating.
You will exit the Temazcal after about 45 minutes, wrapped in a dry cotton sheet. The bather must then relax lying down, well covered, until all sweating has ceased and the body has dried on its own. During the relaxation period an indigenous massage is offered. Some bathers fall asleep during this wonderfully calming massage!
After the bath, you are encouraged to dress warmly, avoid drafts and enjoy the sense of well-being that comes from this unique spiritual experience.
Relive the traditional indigenous culture in an extraordinary manner. Experience our special combination of massage techniques, aroma therapy, celestial music and spiritual sensitivity. You will leave feeling relaxed and energized.
Mariana Emilia Arroyo Cabrera
Reforma 402, Centro
Oaxaca, Oax. Mexico,
Zip Code: 68000
Tel/Fax from Mexico: 01 (951) 516 1165
Tel/Fax from the USA: 011 52 (951) 516 1165