A day at the beach would never be boring with all these fun things to do: Sun bathing, sandcastling, swimming, surfing, volleyballing…. However, if sand bathing has yet on your list, it really deserves your consideration. It’s fun—and good to your health!
Sand bathing has a long history of being a medical treatment that uses natural conditions to treat illnesses in China. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), sand bathing is an energetic medical practice designed primarily to trigger intense perspiration, which helps enhance the overall functions of our organs by stimulating the circulatory system, metabolism, and growth. It has effects on skin, joints, heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and body weight.
First, sand bathing provides strong stimulation to the skin. In addition to the high temperature, skin is stimulated by the density and rough sand grains themselves. Moreover, because sand increases body resistance, buried in a sand bath to certain extent receives the benefits as much as having a massage therapy.
Second, since sand holds in heat and increases body temperature that helps improve blood circulation, sand bathing works wonder for bruise, eczema, arthritis, neuralgia, neuritis, convulsion, and paralysis. In fact, in a medical study about the effects of sand bathing in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, 21 of 30 rheumatoid arthritis patients’ joint pain was relieved significantly after being treated by sequential sand bathing for 15 days.
In effect, the radioactivity of the sun, the sun’s impact on the sand, the presence of hot salt from sea water, and the stimulating hot sand grains, all these attributes combined together make this solar-heated sand bathing health beneficial.
So, can’t wait to bury your pain in a sand bath? Follow this steps next time when you hit the beach.
- Choose a location and create a sand pile of about 1 foot/30 cm in height.
- Take the bath when the sand warms up to 113ºF/45ºC to 131ºF/55ºC.
- Cover all parts in poor health with sand. For limbs and joints, cover as much sand as you like.
- Cover the chest and stomach area with a thin layer of sand. Yet, leave the heart uncovered.
- Stay in sand bath for 20 to 30 minutes for adults, and 10 to 15 minutes for children. However, end the bath whenever you have a fast heartbeat or pulse, or feel a weightiness to the head.
- For purpose of treating the above illnesses, you may take the sand bath daily or every other day for 12 to 20 procedures.