Global Wellness Day is right around the corner and what better way to treat yourself to a spa day. Something we've been loving is the Ganbanyoku or a hot stone spa which, according to Tokyo Weekender is the "hottest way to relax" in recent years. All you have to do is lie down and drift away as the perfectly hot slabs of stone warm your body up. Ganbanyoku has a long history and lore from centuries ago when Japanese villagers witnessed snow monkeys relaxing on hot volcanic stones for hours at a time. These stones are often made from black silica, granite, and other natural stones embedded with minerals. These stones also emit natural far-infared rays and negative ions that has metabolic affects on the body, which helps improve blood circulation and loosen muscular tension. These rays penetrate into the skin and stimulate our bodies at a cellular level. Plus, these stone slabs heat up to 104 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit that keep your perfectly cozy, while you break a gentle sweat.
Many benefits of the ganbanyoku include:
- lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- strengthened immune system
- detoxification and waste elimination
- relief from allergies, menstrual pain, rheumatism & arthritis, and diabetes
- a radiant glow to the skin
- better sleep and possible remedy to insomnia
- mood and anxiety therapy
The ganbanyoku is the perfect way to jumpstart your wellness journey. Imagine yourself on the warm sand at the beach and let your mind drift away. Just remember to keep yourself hydrated after a session!