Hot Sands Therapy

Sand baths
biogenic carbonated

Porto Santo sand has been used for many years in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders (rheumatic and orthopedic diseases), such as: rheumatoid arthritis, arthrosis, gout, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia.

Porto Santo Sand is Biogenic Carbonated with physical, chemical and thermal properties. Flat sand, very fine and easy to adhere to the skin. Rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, sulfur, ESTRÔNCIO (natural anti-inflammatory), among others. Due to its composition, the sand can maintain high temperatures for a long time.

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The treatment

Hot Sand Baths in Porto Santo

It begins with the completion of a health questionnaire, blood pressure control and fluid intake. After this phase, patients are directed to the treatment area where, assisted by qualified personnel, they will do the sand treatment.

The treatment consists of covering the person with heated sand. In the sand bath the temperature of the sand is between 40-43ºC at the beginning of the treatment and, after 25-30 minutes (recommended time for the duration of the treatment) the temperature of the sand should be around 37-38ºC. For the sand to dissolve and release the minerals, allowing absorption through the skin, it needs an acid, which, in this case, is the PH of Sweat.

The break between sessions will be one hour, a break for relaxation, rebalancing body temperature and hydration through fluid intake. All the sand used in this therapy is kept under strict conditions of hygiene and
disinfection, permanently monitored in order to maintain the appropriate temperature and humidity.


At least 10 sand baths are recommended on consecutive days lasting 20-30 minutes each. Studies carried out, indicate that the beneficial effects begin to appear after the 5th day (10 sessions). Medical consultation (Optional). Users should bring swimming trunks (men) and a bikini (ladies), in order to maximize the area exposed to the sands. Bathrobe and slippers will be provided by the SPA.


Treatments are not recommended for people suffering from cardiovascular problems, low blood pressure, uncontrolled hypertension or hypotension, peripheral respiratory failure / varicose veins, renal failure, among others.

Scientific studies

Results scientifically proven through studies carried out by the University of Oslo (Norway) and the University of Aveiro (Portugal). Information based on studies carried out by Professor Celso Gomes and Eng. João Baptista, researchers at the GeoBioTec Research Unit of the Foundation for Science and Technology, University of Aveiro; provide a lot of information about the physical, chemical and thermal properties, relevant for therapeutic applications, of the biogenic carbonated sand that occurs on the island of Porto Santo.