♨Who We Are
The Healing Stone® is a Japanese day spa specializing in ganbanyoku (hot stone FIR sauna) and massage. We are a for women only service with a fresh and unique approach to health and beauty - employing a varied and customizable blend of ganbanyoku and therapeutic massage.
A visit to The Healing Stone® is like entering another world - a haven from the frenetic pace of daily life. A place to relax, self compose, recuperate and energize.
What’s so special about The Healing Stone®? We believe that the whole is far more than the sum of its parts. A massage can be great, but it is still just a massage. Combine that with the right environment and you get an “experience”.
♨"Massage" the Quintisential Beauty Treatment
At The Healing Stone®, massage is more than just a therapeutic treatment of pain or discomfort. We believe effective massage to be the quintessential beauty treatment. Beauty is more than just a layer of makeup. How we feel inside invariably shows on the outside. Our bodies and personas can be twisted and maligned by the presence of physical pain and discomfort. Relieving pain, and discomfort makes it easier for that inner beauty to shine through.
GANBANYOKU IN JAPAN
Some information on ganbanyoku:
- New Zealand Herald - Alternative therapies: Japanese monkeys knew about the health benefits of rocks
- The Wellness Blog - Ganbanyoku: Japanese Rock Beds and their Benefits
- Evolving Wellness - The Benefits of Black Silica & Ganbanyoku Rock Bathing
- Trends in Japan - STONE BATHS AND GERMANIUM SOAKS
- Mirai Clinical - What is Ganbanyoku?
- Report from the US National Center for Biotechnology Information - Effects of Stone Spa on Psychological States
♨How it Works
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. To learn more about Ganbanyoku:
♨the power of ganbanyoku
Ganbanyoku uses naturally generated FIR that deeply penetrates to the cellular level, causing blood capillaries to dilate, stimulating circulation, increasing metabolism between blood and tissue – promoting cell regeneration.
Our beds, lined with over a ton of Himalayan rock salt, infuse the air with negative ions. Calming, soothing and relaxing, all you need to do is lie down and let nature do its work.
- Helps clear skin & boosts collagen and elastin production
- Aids in detox – helps expel metabolic waste promoting healthy sweat
- Reduces stiffness – great for muscle relaxation and tissue repair
- Helps relieve swelling – good for oedema
- Stimulates blood circulation & boosts metabolism
- Helps regulate the autonomic nervous system
- Boosts the immune system & your general sense of well-being
If you are feeling lethargic and run down, or if you suffer from cold hands and feet, even in Summer, then ganbanyoku is for you.
♨how to Use Ganbanyoku
What To Bring?
Drink Lots of Fluids
Lie Down and Relax
Take A Break
Maximise the Benefit
♨why the special ganbanyoku wear?
The outfit we supply is specifically designed for ganbanyoku. The material protects the skin from direct contact with heated surfaces. At the same time the material acts like a wick sucking away your perspiration. It is light and comfortable and will make the experience so much better.
♨how to make the best of your time at the Healing Stone
Obviously we need to charge a fee for the use of the ganbanyoku and for our massage services however the rest of the facility is there for you to enjoy at your leisure. After your massage or ganbanyoku session, take a seat in the relaxation area, have some Japanese hojicha (roasted low caffeine tea), zone out, read a book or have a chat. We really do enjoy your company.
♨the secret of The Healing Stone®
Our specially made Ganbanyoku chamber uses natural lava rock as the source of FIR heat. Capped with over a ton of Himalayan rock salt, we combine the therapeutic power of natural FIR heat with the energizing and recuperative power of natural Himalayan salt.
Simply lie down and let nature do its work!