The origins of sand therapy or sand bath go back to ancient times. Ancient Greeks and Romans treated rheumatisms by immersing the patient’s body, from the chest to the feet, into hot sand. However, sand is also good for other problems.
Sand improves the signs and symptoms of rheumatisms and arthrosis. However, it also helps with the consolidation of fractures, speeds up healing of dislocations and sprains, relieves skin diseases and allergies, works on inflammations of the airways and works against osteoporosis.
Suffering from kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, hyper and hypotension, hyperthyroidism, varicose veins, for small children and pregnant women.
Sand has remarkable therapeutic proporties due to the different minerals of sand. From quartz to silicon and limestone, and residues of minerals that are present in sea water, such as sodium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, chlorine and calcium, which penetrate the body via osmosis. Sand baths (or sand therapy), combines the beneficial effects of heat with those of minerals. Very hot sand is used (48-60°C), but it does not burn the body and releases very gradually the heat, allowing the body’s pores to absorb it without undergoing excessive temperature changes. The average time of a session ranges from 20-40 minutes. Around fifteen sessions of sand therapy are normally prescribed, and can only be carried out during warm summer months, which is usually from May to the end of September.
After a shower the client lies on his/her back and is immersed into the sand, up to the chest, in a hole that is 20-30cm deep and 2m². Best time for a session is between 11 am and 4 pm, when the sun and benefits are at their strongest. The client will relax in a warm room while he/she is covered by a heavy sheet to sweat. Lastly, the client undergoes the recovery phase which consists of a shower and relaxing.