When you think of yourself in situations where you perspire and are drenched in sweat, you may have visions of being in the midst of an intense workout, getting your groove on to your favorite rhythms or maybe even being wrapped in a passionate lovemaking session. Well here’s another possible situation to throw into the mix; sitting in a 190 degree room with a group of health-conscious people with the intention of cleansing and de-stressing. This is what goes on at The Soul Sweat.
The Soul Sweat is described as a ‘Holistically healing spa experience’. It takes place in New York on the last Sunday of each month, in Philadelphia on the 3rd Sunday of each month and in Miami on the second Sunday of each month. The Soul Sweat is led and facilitated by elder Baaba Pa-Ur Tehuti Se Ptah. Pa-Ur says ‘The Soul Sweat was started over 20 years ago by Queen Afua and her husband Baaba Heru. We go through 4 rooms of healing, relaxation and stress reduction. Those rooms are the dry sauna, wet sauna, steam room and various pools including a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and cold plunge. We bring your body to life and quicken the spirit of health within you and make you smile.’
Sweating and sweat bathing, as it is sometimes called, has been proven to have benefits to overall health. Sweating allows the body to rid itself of toxins, various impurities and stress on a physical level and gets the internal organs functioning as if you were working out. Sweat bathing is not a replacement for exercise but can prove to be a helpful addition to your overall health regime.
On an emotional and spiritual level, sweat bathing assists in the releasing old feelings, sentiments and attitudes you may be harboring internally that are no longer serving your best interest. ‘It’s all about releasing,’ says Pa-Ur. ‘As soon as the sweat starts to come off the skin, I encourage the Soul Sweat participants to start letting go of all that baggage they are carrying. We hold on to stuff for so long. We’ve got to let that stuff go. Sweating assists in that process.’
Pa-Ur describes another benefit of the Soul Sweat experience. ‘Moving between hot and cold helps in the removal of blockages in the system and aids in overall stress reduction.’