Temazcal, a pre-Hispanic treatment for mind, body and soul


Temazcal (TEMAZCALLI; word of Nahuatl origin: ‘TEMAZ’ means steam and ‘CALLI’ means house) is a sauna treatment of pre-Hispanic origin which has gained popularity in recent years for its numerable health benefits. It is a physical, mental and spiritual experience where the powers of recovery and transformation have a very positive effect on the user.


In ancient times, Mayan and Aztec civilizations would use the temazcal as a cure to their ills and as prayer space where rituals and ceremonial elements were carried out. In this treatment the five senses and contact with nature play an important role in conjunction with sounds and meditations that help reactivate natural creativity and free emotions, increasing spirituality, and in the process assisting renovation, recovery and transformation.



The temazcal steam bath is a symbolic representation of body, soul and mother nature. The treatment takes place in a dome shaped room usually built with bricks, stones or clay with a space in the centre where hot stones are placed. Medicinal herbs are placed over these hot stones creating an aromatherapeutic atmosphere that begins the detoxification process through sweat.

The therapeutic benefits include:

  • Elimination of toxins
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Purification of the digestive system
  • Increased mobility
  • Purification of the respiratory system
  • Skin cleansing


The benefits are also reflected in the mind of the user. Each person is different, some experience a pleasant moment of meditation and reflection, others feel complete emotional and physical relaxation; but above all the main effect of this treatment is a higher sense of inner peace.


Once completed you may wish to refresh by taking a swim, or perhaps move on to another one of our spa treatments, or maybe just simply relax by the sea.


To try out this special pre-Hispanic treatment please contact one of our the spas: Oasishoteles.com/en/spa/sensoria/temazcal


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