Ganbanyoku (Gan-Ban-Yoku) means ‘stone bath’, or ‘stone sauna’ in Japanese. It is a method of cleansing and relaxation that involves lying down on a heated slab of rock that is embedded in the Ganbanyoku room floor (or on a Ganbanyoky bed) without using hot water. It is also referred to as “stone-bathing”, but there is no bathing or water involved. It has been very popular in Japan in the past few years, and word is now spreading to the rest of the world.
The Ganban (stone) used at stone-spa parlors contains a lot of minerals and emits far-infrared ray. At such places, the rock is heated up to about 40c (105F) and you spread a towel and lie on the rock for 15 minutes. After taking a break for 5 to 10 minutes, you will repeat the same set for 3~4 times.
The effects of Ganbanyoku use are numerous and both aesthetic and metabolic. The detoxification process improves general bodily functions, blood circulation, alleviates pain, jump-starts a flagging immune system, deodorizes, and yields visible skin improvement, lending one a healthy, robust aura. The treatment also improves basal metabolism, making the body more efficient in utilizing energy, resulting in sustainable weight-loss. Prolonged proper treatments have also revealed the undeniable anti-ageing benefits of Ganbanyoku.