Examples of Ganbanyoku Around The World
Ganbanyoku is a kind of thermal relaxation therapy that originated in Japan. Ganbanyoku rooms come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, themes and configurations but all share a common function. They all employ stone beds made of volcanic rock with strong therapeutic properties. When heated the rocks emit far infrared heat and negative ions which have been found to be highly beneficial to our health and wellbeing.
At the end of a typical ganbanyoku session you will feel relaxed and refreshed. Externally you will also notice a difference, your skin will glow, feeling smooth and rejuvenated. In addition to the health benefits, it has a well documented impact on mental state: relieving stress, alleviating anxiety and improving mood (see report from the US National Center for Biotechnology Information).
Ganbanyoku are unique, therapeutically proven, aesthetically pleasing, simple to operate and cost effective.
How it Works
A ganbanyoku facility has one or more beds made from volcanic rock. The room temperature is maintained around 40°C with low humidity. The rock beds are warmed to about 48°C, causing them to emit far infrared heat and generate negative ions.
The user, wearing special ganbanyoku clothes and using a towel sheet, lies directly on the rock bed, rotating occasionally to ensure total coverage front and back.
The far infrared heat penetrates deep beneath the skin surface, it stimulates water molecules and triggers a process called vibrational resonance. Toxins are flushed out of fat cells; blood circulation improves and metabolism increases. As the body warms up, sweat glands perspire profusely cleansing the body. The process causes the sebaceous glands to secrete copious amounts of sebum that helps restore, condition and protect the skin.
The profusion of negative ions amplifies the healing effect and helps reduce stress by inducing a heightened sense of relaxation. Negative ions are odourless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments. Think mountains, waterfalls, and beaches. Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost energy.