#8. The Mayans used saunas
An important purification element to the ancient Maya was the sweat bath, or zumbul-ché. Similar to a modern day sauna. Sweat baths were constructed of stone walls and ceilings, with a small opening in the top of the ceiling. Water poured onto the hot rocks in the room created steam, offering a setting in which to sweat out impurities. Sweat baths were used for a range of conditions and situations. New mothers who had a child would seek revitalization in them, while individuals who were sick could find healing power in sweating. Maya kings visit the sweat baths, because it left them feeling refreshed and cleaner.