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Temazcal is a traditional Mexican sweat bath originated as far back as the Aztecs. Intended for medicinal purposes, the Temazcal (literally translating to "bath house" in the native Nahuatl language) is an igloo-like hut with volcanic rock placed at the center. Individuals or, more typically, groups of people gather inside and seal the hut closed. The rocks are heated, then drizzled with water to create an intense steam. Herbs are also thrown onto the rock to create a therapeutic steam that, traditionally, was thought to help ease a variety of ailments including child birth pains. Other potential health benefits include detoxification, release of muscle tension and release of stress and negative energy. Among the most unique treatments Pacifica offers is its signature beachside Temazcal treatment, a spa ritual inspired by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica offers guests this authentic ritual in a traditionally built Temazcal or "house of heat," right on the property. This exclusive treatment is experienced in a small group and lead by a spiritual shaman. The purpose of the process is to enable participants to experience direct contact with nature. Instrumental sounds and songs help to unblock the natural creativity within and liberate the senses and emotions, enhancing the focus of one's spirituality. The Temazcal ceremonies normally take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There are cases when the ceremony can occur on other days, for instance if it was not held on one of the aforementioned days. The goal is to host the ceremony about every 3 days. The ceremony has a duration time of 2 hours, the people stay in the Temazcal for 1 hour. It's for a total of 12 people and a minimum of 2 people per session. It has a cost of $135 dollars, plus 16% taxes and 3% service, giving a total of $160.69 dollars.
Important Things To Know Before Attending The Ceremony: - Drink large amounts of water before the Temazcal ceremony. - Plan your schedule so that your food is already digested before the ceremony. - Do not take alcoholic drinks or drugs prior to the ceremony. The Temazcal has a moderate temperature according to what people can tolerate, however the "shaman" constantly asks how are you feeling during the session. For this reason, the treatment is not recommended for those with claustrophobia, hypertension, diabetes or cardiac conditions. Under these conditions it is recommended not to take the Temazcal to prevent any incidents. About Jose Alberto Miranda Morales - Shaman Alberto Miranda is the current shaman for the Temazcal Rituals at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. His joy and love for this practice started about 10 years ago, seeking for a purpose and meaning in life he found a Pray & Life Workshop, starting as a participant, and turning into the leader of the group a year later. A year after this he found harmony and peace practicing Yoga, and he's been learning more about Yoga since he started working with Pueblo Bonito Group. 4 year ago Alberto met a person from a Native Tribe called "Concheros", this person introduced him to the practice of this natural and healing steam bath and meditation ritual. This is when he decided to become a shaman and studied in Mexico City. Today he's the shaman in charge leading all the Temazcal Ceremonies in Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. To make a reservation for the Temazcal treatment please contact the Spa Reception. Phone: 01-624-142-9696 Ext. 691 / 693