The healing properties of sand have been known since ancient Egyptian times. Gradually, this method of treatment became self-sustaining, enjoying more and more recognition and appreciation.
Professional warm sand baths in clinics and medical institutions
Sand baths can be made in professional medical rooms where the sand is artificially heated . Across the body blood circulation is activated, metabolism boosts, sweating becomes abundant. Heat also helps the muscles to relax. In addition, sand treatment removes the pain caused by degenerative joint diseases or osteoporosis. Sand therapy is very popular in many countries of the world as it is used in physical rehabilitation hospitals, ambulatory physical recovery centers, physiotherapy clinics and other medical institutions.
What type of sand?
There are different types of sand. The quartz sand is the most common. It has a yellowish-brown color. But there are also colored sands. On many beaches in the Caribbean, the sand is white and has remnants of dead marine life: shells or corals. The black sand gets its color from the lava found on some of the Canary Islands. The sand collected from the beach is subjected to a drying procedure before being heated to the required temperature. Generally, very hot sand (48-60 ° C) is used, but due to its characteristics, it does not burn the body as it gradually releases heat, allowing the pores of the body to absorb it.The average duration of a sand therapy session ranges from 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the type of sand used.
There are two types of sand therapy performed in medical institutions : general – when the body is covered entirely with hot sand, apart from the head, and local – when certain parts of the body are covered: hands, feet, lumbar region.
Sand therapy at home
Step 1 : One important remark before getting into more details is that this process requires some knowledge and effort. First, the sand must be properly prepared. For this you need:
1. Gather a few kg of sand (marine, river, or lake).
2. Remove the small pebbles, shells and mud.
3. Wash it in running, warm water.
4. Heat in the oven until it reaches a temperature of 120 ° C, stirring from time to time.
5. Cool the sand down and place it in a recipient for further use.
Domestic sand therapy is performed exclusively for local treatment ( e.g one hand, one foot etc) and two methods are used: local baths and local sand bags.
Step 2: Local sand baths
This procedure can be performed as it follows:
1. The previously prepared sand as mentioned is Step 1 is heated in the oven up to a temperature of 50 ° C.
2. Place the sand in a deep box or pot.
3. Cover the affected area ( e.g. the extremities of your hand or your foot) with 15-20 cm of sand and place a blanket over it.
4. After 20-30 minutes wash the sand off with lukewarm water.
You can repeat the procedure for 15 up to 30 times. After one or two consecutive days, a break must be made.
Also step 2: Local sand bags
1. The previously prepared sand as mentioned in Step 1 is heated in the oven up to a temperature of 50 ° C and poured into a bag (cotton, leather, etc.).
2. Apply the bag on the affected area .
4. Leave for 30-40 minutes.
You can repeat the procedure for 15 up to 20 times, best to be performed before going to sleep.
If you suffer from any acute illness, it is not recommended to use sand therapy. Sand therapy is contraindicated in the following cases: cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, various infections, endometriosis and mastopathy, oncological problems, various blood leakage (including menstruation), diabetes, hypertonia and hypotonia, ulcerative skin diseases and the list can go on.
Note: Before using the sand therapy, you must consult a therapist.