After thousands of years healing indigenous peoples, the ancient Mexican practice of Temazcal (temas’kal) is one of the latest manifestation of travelers seeking out authentic wellness offerings. What is a Temazcal? It’s an igloo-like structure, where a trained shaman connects people with forces of the physical and spiritual world. Performed at dusk, this ancient ceremony involves chants and meditation. Heated rocks are doused with herb-infused water to create an aromatic, healing steam. Then, Aloe Vera is applied to nourish the skin. After the sun sets, plunge into the sea where you are left feeling refreshed and at peace.
It’s a transformational mind-body experience. This is a prime example of how travelers are questing after more indigenous, intensive and “anthropological” spirituality at wellness resorts (rather than a generic variety). It’s getting a modern (but still authentic) spin at so many resorts in Mexico, like at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya and Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya in Cancun.
If you’re interested in experiencing a Traditional Temazcal steam room, check out this offer.