“We work with four elements: air, water, fire and ground,” says Silvia of the traditional medicine. “Fire to heat the rocks, water to prepare the medicine tea, air is the steam, and the ground is at your feet.” It was a spiritual journey and one that I’d recommend (unless you’re pregnant, have a heart condition or blood pressure issues). I experienced clarity about my goals, and felt overwhelming positivity for the amount of love in my life. “The main purpose is to leave all of our concerns and discomforts inside the temazcal,” says Silvia. “At the end when you come out, it’s like you’re reborn.”

For what it’s worth: the intentions I set during the ceremony ended up manifesting in my life shortly after. How’s that for a reason to sweat? 

Just in case you need more convincing, check out 5 science-backed reasons why saunas are good for your health.

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