Ganban’yoku, or bedrock bathing, is an increasingly common spa treatment in Japan (4,000 spas have sprung up since 2001), but has made its way to Singapore for the ﬁrst time at Anti-Oxidant Centre, run by 33-year-old entrepreneur Suliman Harharah.
In short, you lie on one of 19 anti-oxidant beds, made of specially treated granite tiles which release far infra-red rays and negative ions. The tiles are said to have a range of beneﬁcial effects, from decreasing the rate of oxidation to neutralising harmful bacteria – the results include a reduced cholesterol level, improved circulation, pain relief, increased immunity and rejuvenation.
With the room temperature at 39-41°C and humidity at 20-40 per cent, you also sweat more than you would in a hot sauna session. Harharah demonstrates the centre’s beneﬁts with a raw egg and piece of bread that have been placed in the centre since it opened around a year ago – though they’re too hard to be edible, neither show any signs of decay, nor do they emit any unpleasant odour.
Sessions are good value, at $39 for 45 minutes, or $50 for an hour-long ‘Ganban Yoga’ session, combining yoga and a bedrock session.
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1 Thomas Ridge
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun & Mon 10am-7pm|