Did You Know? The Mayans Used Saunas For Health Benefits
An important purification element to the ancient Maya was the sweat bath, or zumpul-ché. Similar to a modern day sauna, sweat baths were constructed of stone walls and ceilings, with a small opening in the top of the ceiling. Water poured onto the hot rocks in the room created steam, offering a setting in which to sweat out impurities. Sweat baths were used for a range of conditions and situations. New mothers who had recently given birth would seek revitalization in them, while individuals who were sick could use sweat for healing. Mayan kings made a habit out of visiting the sweat baths as well because it left them feeling refreshed and, as they believed, cleaner.
Ancient technique? Ancient rituals? Will they work for you? There are hundreds of documented studies on the healing properties of hyperthermia-immersion in high heat for health. What modern technology has added to the idea of sweat for health is the ability to study the results-not take them on faith. And, of course, the convenience of having one at home that’s ready anytime you are!