The tradition of the Japanese hot soak dates back to the 6th Century. The buddhist monks soaked as a purification ritual. In Japan, hot baths are used by virtually everyone, and it's often a family affair. The Japanese soak in still, hot water deep enough to reach the chin. Today the Japanese bath house is more like a modern day sauna or spa.
Our founder, James McFarland, had the opportunity to try a Furo almost 40 years ago. A friend had traveled to Japan and experienced the hot soak in person. He loved it so much that he decided to make his own version in the basement. Once James tried it, he was hooked. He made it his mission to tell everyone he met about this experience.
Soaking in a FuroHealth Hot Soaking tub is done just as it is in Japan. The water is clean, fresh, and still, with NO movement. The tub is filled up to the chin. When water is still and unmoving, there is no friction, which allows hotter temperatures to be tolerated. The user chooses the water temp, just like in a standard American bathtub. It is great for achy joints, arthritis, fibromyalgia symptoms, and back aches. It's great for the athlete, the overstressed, the health nut and the insomniac. Plus, it's just plain relaxing, soothing, and meditative to soak - shut out the world and escape the busyness of our fast-paced, 21st century lives.
This is what happens after you slowly sink into the still, hot water. The heat permeates the layers of the skin and traveled through the muscles, tissue and joints. Within 7 or 8 minutes, the heat soaks into the body's core. The hotter the water the faster and deeper it goes into the body. It penetrates the skin, the interstitial tissue, the muscles and the body water.
The heat now travels into our bones, stimulating an experience in the bone marrow with the response is a production of white corpuscles, the essence of our immune system.
Our joints expand from the heat also, and allow more fluid to flow into the joints to smooth out our movements, lubricate our joints, and bring in nutrients and oxygen to improve joint function.The heat expands the sweat glands, stimulating the removal of toxins and contaminants from the body.
The heat forces muscles to let go and get back to a relaxed state, thus reducing stress. To soak is to heal the body and the mind...but very few in the U.S. know about the power of hot water.