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WHY A MONKEY?
Ganban-yoku has ancient origins. Legend has it, a villager often saw Japanese snow monkeys resting on heated volcanic stones to heal their injuries and relax.
The townsfolk began to follow their healing practice and noticed the many benefits of the treatment. Currently, there are over 1,000 Ganban-yoku facilities in Japan. It is now recognized and loved as one of the most beneficial and popular thermal therapies for health and relaxation.
THE POWER OF NATURE - Origin of Ganban-yoku
Shown in the picture is Ganban-yoku in its natural state. It is a by-product of nature and has been utilized for many years.
More than 300,000 people take advantage of this natural thermal therapy each year in Japan to treat their bodies and minds.
The stones are formed over thousands of years, and naturally emit Far Infrared Rays (FIR) at room temperature.
When the stones are heated by hot spring pools underneath the ground, they emit a greater amount of FIR to help heat the body from deep within.
It has the ability to make somebody feel like a new person while inducing extreme relaxation at the same time.
Ganban-yoku in Nature
What are Far Infrared Rays?
Far Infrared Rays (FIR) are everywhere. They are the section of light invisible to the naked eye that warms your skin when the sun’s rays hit the body.
FIR can penetrate deep into the skin and can reach the most inner areas of the muscle, bones, and tissue providing a deep warmth. FIR does not include UV rays and is not harmful to human skin.
FIR are a safe and effective way to warm the human body; in the hospital FIR light is used in incubators to keep prematurely born babies warm.
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