During a trip to Mexico we made an article for the Happinez about our Temazcal experience. A Temazcal is a sweat room of the natives of Meso America. In the old Meso America it was use as a healing ritual to cleanse the body ceremonial after a physical exercise like a battle or game. It was also used to improve the health, cure the sick or for women to prepare for labor.
The temazcal is usually a permanent structure, unlike sweat lodges in other regions. It is usually constructed from volcanic rock and cement and is usually a circular dome. To produce the heat, volcanic stones are heated. Volcanic stones are safe because they do not explode from the temperature. They are then placed in a pit located in the center or near a wall of the temazcal.