Luxuriate on Hakone volcanic rocks while your therapist loosens knotted muscles with our Ganbanyoku Detox Massage. The treatment is performed on a special heated rock bed called ganbanyoku. Although Ganbanyoku means “stone bathing” in Japanese, it is not technically a bath because there is no water involved. Instead, when heated to 49°C, these Hakone volcanic rocks bathe skin in far-infrared rays and negative ions to accelerate metabolism, boost the immune system and complexion, and lift spirits.
3 BENEFITS OF GANBANYOKU
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: As you relax in the gentle heat, your body is actually hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, and burning calories. It is said that 60 min of ganbanyoku treatment is the equivalent of running 15 km, burning about 1,500 calories.
MOOD LIFTING: You will feel much happier after ganbanyoku treatment, according to a Japanese study by Dr Shinya Hayasaka. 68 female volunteers participated in the study. Six factors relating to mood were measured: Depression and anxiety decreased significantly, showing an improvement in mood after treatment.
DETOX: You are encouraged not to shower within 2 hours after the treatment for best results. The sweat from ganbanyoku is a different type of perspiration from your usual exercise or under the hot sun. Unlike ordinary sweat, which is sticky and has an odour, this feels more as if someone has poured hot water over me. Dr Tsuneaki Gomi, a Japanese physician, has found that during ganbanyoku, sweat is actually released from your sebum glands and not your usual sweat-producing glands. It can be said that the sweat is as clean as face lotion and is 100% customised lotion for you only.
*These findings on the benefits of Ganbanyoku are based on studies published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Japan Times and Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.
ISN’T THIS THE SAME AS A SAUNA?
Unlike the physical challenge of staying in a sauna, the heat is tolerable; it is actually quite comforting and deeply relaxing. You can easily fall asleep enveloped in the comfort of a warm rock for hours without feeling sick. As you doze off, you are surprised to wake up, literally dripping with sweat. In a recent study, it was discovered that the sweat of people using a conventional sauna was found to be 95 to 97% water, while the sweat of those using ganbanyoku was 80 to 85% water with non-water portion principally cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia, and uric acid. This result has certainly revealed the undeniable detoxification effects of ganbanyoku.
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For those who like heated therapies, this could be a more soothing alternative to steamy saunas because the latter can be quite suffocating. Imagine a cross between a sauna and having a rejuvenating body massage. It’s perfect for easing body aches and promoting much-needed relaxation.