Daily Pampering: Japanese-themed spa opens at Miyako Hybrid Hotel

There’s a new kind of relaxation sensation making its way to the U.S., and SpaRELAKEN at the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance, California, is prepping its pampering techniques.

spaRelaken opens at the hotel on June 27, 2010, as the first spa in the U.S. to feature the SGE ganban-yoku (or “bedrock bath”) treatment – a specialty of Japanese bathing culture that involves lying on a large bed comprised of ore mined from the mountains of Kyushu, Japan, known as “Super Growth Energy” stone.

The beds are placed low to the ground and located in a sauna-like steam room. When the stone beds are heated, the stones emit infrared rays as well as negative ions, which help heat the body and ignite the detoxification process through perspiration. The net effect is refreshment and relaxation, says the spa, as well as improved circulation and metabolism.

In addition to the bedrock baths, the spa features four treatment rooms, including one for couples’ treatments; separate areas for men and women to enjoy the dry sauna and deep Jacuzzi baths; and offers customized body treatments.

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