Ganbanyoku is a healing thermal treatment that according to legend came about when the curiosity of Japanese villagers was piqued by watching snow monkeys resting on heated volcanic stones to heal their injuries and relax. The perplexed villagers followed suit and noticed the healing properties of the hot stones and the rest, as they say, is history.
Fast forward to the present day, Ganbanyoku has since evolved and become recognised as a beneficial and natural healing therapy widely used in Japan.
Currently, there are more than 1,000 Ganbanyoku facilities throughout Japan, but thanks to Ganbanyoku Hot Stone Therapy located at Far East Plaza, you don’t need to invest in a pricey air ticket – instead a quick trip on the MRT is more than adequate.
The secret of Ganbanyoku is in the stones. The stones, formed over thousands of years, naturally emit Far Infrared Rays (FIR) at room temperature. When the stones are heated, they emit a greater amount of FIR which heats the body from deep within – causing it to perspire, detox and relax, thus helping to loosen tight muscles and joints.
If you think FIR sounds too woo-woo for your liking, you should know that Far Infrared Rays (FIR) exist all around us. FIR are basically waves of energy invisible to the naked eye, that penetrate the surface of the skin and warm the body.
The heat from FIR is able to penetrate deep into the skin and invigorate cells. The beneficial heat can even reach deep into the muscles, bones and tissue, providing warmth and healing.
The stones are specially imported from Japan and naturally emit FIR and negative ions. FIR gently and evenly warms the innermost parts of the body. When the body temperature rises in this manner, it creates an environment to help balance out the nervous system and hormones. It also helps to reduce joint pain, muscle stiffness, boost natural immune systems and improve overall bodily function.
Ganbanyoku therapy is suitable for children as young as 12 years old, to Senior Citizens. It can have tremendous effects on an elderly person’s overall well-being and vitality. Those who experience the therapy tend to become more alert, mobile and independent. It can also help to reduce pain and stiffness, improve energy levels and increase strength. Every session will benefit the heart and circulatory system as one’s metabolism is boosted by improved blood circulation.
Achieve improved health and wellness by soaking in the comfort and serene environment of Ganbanyoku!
Each Ganbanyoku session costs $20 and takes 60 minutes. The facilities are clean and spacious, with personal lockers, a spacious dressing room with toiletries and linen and two shower cubicles with shampoo and body wash all provided.
Ganbanyoku Hot Stone Therapy is located at 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #02-29, Singapore 228213. Tel. +65 62089357. To find out more, visit their website here.