I'm glad to see such interest in this subject. With what happened a while back in Sedona, I can understand why some would call it crazy. I've been chomping at the bit to dispel some misconceptions. First of all I can tell you what sweat house IS NOT. It isn't a contest to see who can take the most punishment, or who can last the longest. That kind of behavior is extremely dangerous, physically and emotionally. Besides there was only One who could take the amount of punishment some say we deserve. But that's a different story altogether, and that is not what sweat is about anyway. It's not a gimmick or fad to loose weight, or otherwise alter your physical being other than detoxification. It certainly does not make you something that you aren't already. It won't turn you into a "super saint" or anything close. Enough of the things that it isn't. Here's what I understand it to be... from my experiences. I have been lucky and privileged enough to participate in well over one hundred sweats. Some people might say that I've cooked myself a little too much on one side but I don't think so. The last thing I will say about Sedona is this: First off that man took money from those people, thereby making HIMSELF responsible for their safety. His approach was completely, in my opinion, false and constructed on a lie. There is where all the trouble started... remember the circles? Anyhow enough of that, HE has HIMSELF to live with the rest of his days! Now let's get to some good news... Sweat house has been in human kinds culture from the beginning... or there abouts. Many different cultures have them, and are found all over the globe in one form or another. What I'll be discussing is the Navajo sweat. The main purpose of which is purification, supplication and prayer. One way it is used is for the detoxification of the body in preparation for a peyote meeting. In that case, special teas are brewed out of different desert plants to help with the flushing out through sweating. It's considered good to be as clean as possible when partaking in medicine.
Other ways it it used is for special prayers when somebody is having trouble, (health issues, or just something bothering somebody. You know, life problems.). That's when I have seen very special things happen that I'll discuss at a latter date.
Got to go for now... geogypsy just got home... I am what I am.