Iran with rich nature therapy resources has many hot springs and salt domes, but they are not the only nature therapy resources, even sand therapy in Iran may serve as an effective source of therapy and health. Even its imagination is strange, one lies down among sands, gravels, soil and sludge and release your pains to ground! Maybe one thinks that these strange treatments are only advertisement mottos for tourist attraction, but those who reviewed the historical background of these treatments say that treatment by sludge, sand and salt have been prevalent since long time ago in ancient countries. Here we introduce you two nature therapy resources in Iran about sand therapy, namely Rigan city and Rig mountain.
Rigan city a place of sand therapy
Sand therapy in Iran is one of traditional treatments which has been prevalent since long time ago. Rigan is a city in southeast Kerman province, Iran, which is located at 300 km of southeast of Kerman city.
The locals of this city used to go to highest sand hills of the region with beginning of spring and moderating of weather and used to lie down on the sands to heal their skin, joint and bone diseases.
The interesting point is that the hills with height of 75 m and area of 30 km square are among the highest hills of Iran which have healing sands. Today also this tradition continues in Rigan and in the seasons that it is not too hot, one can shelter in these healing and strange hills as nature therapy place. Another important point about Rigan is that training of flight of paragliding is also available on these sand hills. These hills serve as a good place for training and prevent the likelihood of getting damaged.
Rig Mountain, Tourism and Nature therapy together
Rig Mountain is considered as one of recreational and touristic places of Yazd province and Mehriz County. Every year, especially from March to September, due to its treatment features, it is welcomed by many tourists who may seek sand therapy in Iran.
Rig Mountain is known as one of recreational places of Mehriz County which is located at central part of Mehriz. This mountain is a heap of neat sand without soil which is located in the form of a very great hill near one of mountains of Mehriz city. Rig mountain is an outstanding region which provide creation of many people of region and children.
With beginning of spring, it welcomes a great amount of tourists. Kaboutarkhaneh tower (pigeon house tower) and Rig mountain water reservoir (Ab anbar) are among other tourism attractions of this region. These features provide a good venue for tourism and nature therapy.
Due to direct sunshine, the sands of this mountain get hot and due to sandy feature of the hill, hikers’ feet usually go by half to the sand, thus many people believe that the warmth of the sands heals leg and back muscular pains. Therefore many tourists use this region as a nature therapy resource.
Rig Mountain is developed over many years due to blowing of wind and accumulation of great heaps of sand along this mountain and now has turned into a recreational and sport place as well as a natural therapy place for youth and families and tourists.
With these two sand places in mind, and given that traditionally it is believed that hiking and walking on these warm sands can ward off muscular pain, Rigan city and Rig Mountain in Iran can serve as great resources for sand therapy in Iran.