Behind the Curanderismo of Los Cabos

The Temazcal Ceremony at Jasha Spa (above) is set in the spa garden, and it uses local herbs to help create a sensory journey.

Stemming from the Spanish word curar,  meaning to heal, curanderismo is a traditional holistic approach to wellness and the healing of the mind, energy, and spirit. It is practiced throughout Mexico. Today, many spas in Los Cabos have brought in curanderos(as), or healers, to provide traditional healing for guests. 

The Intention ($290, 80 minutes) is an authentic Baja Mexican folk healing treatment available at Waldorf Astoria Spa at the newly rebranded Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal. Hand harvested organic blends of plants, flowers, and herbs that have been consecrated by curanderos(as) and shamans are part of this unique experience that includes an energy-cleansing ritual, craniosacral therapy, and Mexican folk healing massage.

A temazcalero(a) leads the contemporary Temazcal Ceremony ($90, 90 minutes) at Jasha Spa at the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa. This guided steam experience takes place in the spa garden and uses carefully selected local herbs. Guests are taken through a guided journey of discovery and rebirth with meditation or singing, depending on the specific group’s needs.

The Ancient Healing Treatment Consultation with Shaman ($451, 2 hours; $682, 3 hours) by One&Only Spa at One&Only Palmilla is led by resident shaman Raúl Retana, a member of the Mayan indigenous tribe of Sonora. He pairs a cleansing with sage smoke and herbs with a deep massage with traditional indigenous medicine and alternative therapies to provide for an emotional release, detoxification, and to help purify the mind. 

A complimentary addition to any massage, The Holistic Twilight Ceremony (30 minutes) at The Spa At Las Ventanas at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort, is an energy cleansing ritual performed with sage smoke and shaman prayers. Additionally, the spa’s Spiritual Chilam ($250, 1 hour 30 minutes) is an original treatment from the shamans of Baja, using meditation with crystals and stone to purify the spirit and soul.
 

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