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Thunder Lodge Community Sweat

Sweat lodge ceremonies are about more than just sweating — they’re purification rituals used for a broad range of purposes, depending on the culture and the occasion. Most sweat lodge ceremonies practiced today are associated with Native American cultures, who use these ceremonies to give thanks, to heal, to seek wisdom, and to purify the mind, body, and soul.

Native American sweat ceremonies typically take place in domed, circular lodges, though some cultures use teepees, or even pits covered with branches or tree trunks. A fire is lit directly outside the lodge, tended by a highly trained firekeeper who heats the stones that are used to keep the lodge hot.The firekeeper places the stones in a hole in the center of the lodge, often adding tobacco, cedar, or sweetgrass. Every ceremony is different, depending on the traditions of the ceremony’s leader, but they can be held in silence, or accompanied by ritual drumming or chanting.

 It goes without saying that sweat lodges get hot—really hot. Most lodges stay at over 100 degrees (F) throughout the ceremony. If you’re considering taking part in a sweat, make sure to do your research first. Sweat lodges are different from  your sauna at the gym in two important ways. First, saunas are all about the heat, while sweat lodges are intensely spiritually focused. Second, while it’s not recommended to stay in a sauna for longer than 20-30 minutes, most sweat lodge ceremonies last several hours. 

The firekeeper also offers prayers while pouring water over the rocks to create thick steam.These ceremonies can be a profound spiritual experience, and the science of sweat lodges helps explain why. Research has shown that sustained heat releases the same endorphins as heavy physical activity, but without the burst of adrenaline that accompanies a challenging Ashtanga Vinyasa session, for example.

Sweat lodges can offer many benefits, but since they take place in such extreme heat, they’re not for everyone. Anyone with underlying health issues, especially illnesses affecting blood pressure or the respiratory system, should talk to a doctor before going on a sweat.

Even if you’re in perfect health, dehydration and heat exhaustion can be a real danger if not promptly recognized and treated. If you start to feel dizzy, weak, or faint, it’s 100% acceptable to ask for help and leave the lodge for a break.

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