City Living: Life’s a beach! Ganbanyoku (Rock Bathing)

You’re on the beach. The heat from the hot sand wraps your
body in a warm embrace. We all deserve a little escape from the daily grind, but you don’t have to travel to the Caribbean to get it. 
Ganbanyoku (rock bathing) is one of the hottest Japanese spa trends. With over 4,000 rock bathing spas in Japan alone, we thought it was time to investigate this wellness trend. 

We visited Iyashi Bedrock Spa, located in uptown Toronto, which is the first of its kind in North America and the only place you can experience rock bathing in our fair city. 

Inside the The Traditional Suite at Iyashi Bedrock Spa. There are 17 glorious beds. You can also book the Deluxe Suite which offers a more intimate experience with just 4 beds (couples retreat?). 

The secret to the hot hot heat is in the black silica stones. They provide two main activities Far Infrared Rays (FIR) and Negative Ions. Basically, the rays from the stones detox your body and provide benefits that include anti-aging, pain relief from conditions such as arthritis and of course, you will sweat out tons of calories. 

If you’re not a fan of saunas and hot yoga, you may want to consider rock bathing. We tried the hot yin yoga. A slow yoga practice, all of the moves are done in a sitting or laying down position. You’ll experience a deep stretch that will leave you feeling rejuvenated. The warmth of the hot stones is especially nice on the sitting bones in your back. The room itself is not heated,  the heat is emitted through the floor, so you won’t experience that choking feeling. 

You can do your own yoga stretch or just enjoy a detoxifying nap. 
You will sweat buckets! Yet, it’s recommend that you
don’t shower for two hours after leaving the spa. If you’re
thinking that you may not be able to tolerate your smell, think again. The
sweat that your body produces from this kind of heat is different, believe it or not, you will not smell. The odour-free sweat is a great treatment for your skin and hair.

With a group of 10 guests you can rent out the Traditional Suite. A great idea for a day with the girls, or even an activity for a bachelorette party. Go all the way there with some green juice from Belmonte Raw.
Ingredients like ginger, kiwi, cucumber and carrot will give you an energy boost and keep your insides clean. 

There’s nothing like a good sweat with some good friends. 

If you’re interested in trying it out and getting a little stress-relief (Toronto Life ranked it 10/10 for reducing stress) check out the site below. Give them a call or just wander on in. You’ll love it! Namaste.

2662 Yonge St. (between Eglinton and Lawrence)
416.488.ROCK (7625)