Thursday, November 24, 2011

SG-2000 Home Spa and Hydrotherapy: Introduction and Links to Six-Part Series of Explanatory Articles

By Dave Armstrong (11-24-11)

The SG-2000 home spa offers remarkable multiple benefits: total body massage, calorie burning, relaxation, stress-reduction, "hydro-sleeping-aid" qualities, deep cleansing, body firming, internal warming, energizing, detoxification, and (most importantly) a host of preventive general health and healing benefits. It does so by means of ultrasonic air-bubble technology, far-infrared rays, ozone, oxygen, and negative ions, hydrotherapy, cavitation, and aromatherapy (including bath salts and oils).

My wife Judy has experienced fabulous improvement in severe back pain (she has scoliosis), serious longtime insomnia, and energy levels, that began in just three short weeks of use.

Total Body Massage / Relaxation / Ultrasonic Wave Energy

SG-2000's tiny yet powerful bubbles violently collapse and collide, creating ultrasonic waves (high frequency energy of up to 100,000 Hz or 10,000-15,000 micro tremors of energy per second) and their rhythmic impact deliver a massaging effect to the entire body, leading to complete relaxation and relief from fatigue and stress.
Ultrasonic waves penetrate deep into the body, to promote healing and stimulation of tissues, especially beneficial for arthritis, rheumatism, sore backs, and other bone and tissue injuries.

Bones absorb ultrasonic waves four times more than muscle and soft tissue, so they benefit the most.
The effects of a 15-minute ultrasonic massage bath resemble the results of a conventional professional massage. The SG-2000 spa is fabulous and must be experienced to be believed!

Exercise While Sitting in a Bathtub?

The ultrasonic waves created by thousands of colliding air bubbles deliver 1.5 kg of pressure to every cubic centimeter of the body (or 54 lbs. per cubic inch), producing an effect similar to exercise. 15 minutes in an ultrasonic bath is the exercise equivalent of a 2 mile (3 km) jog (which would take about 40 minutes). The massage effect actually burns calories (approximately 300-400 in 15 minutes) and thus can even help bring about weight loss. The spa is amazing to experience. It feels like sitting in the middle of a wild whitewater river (but with warm water) - and I've been whitewater rafting. The pulsating power of it is unbelievable. You feel your body vibrating. This is not simply a hot tub with a jet spray coming out of the side. It's a different principle: ultrasonic wave energy, rather than an air jet, pushing water around.

The article, "Effect of Sweating," by W. Dean, in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA: 7 August 1981, Vol. 246, No. 6, p. 623) concluded: "A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 gms. in a sauna [note: many saunas today utilize infrared heating, like the SG-2000, which also includes the ultrasonic bubble massage effect] consuming nearly 300 kcal [calories] - the equivalent of running 2 - 3 miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600 - 800 kcal with no adverse effects. While the weight of the water loss can be regained by rehydration with water, the calories consumed will not be . . . Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build big leg muscles. Regular use of a sauna may impart a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective, as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, as regular exercise." Arthur C. Guyton's Textbook of Medical Physiology states that producing one gram of sweat requires 0.586 calories.

NASA concluded from research during the 1980's that infrared radiation (see below) was a great way of maintaining cardiovascular conditioning for astronauts over the course of lengthy space flights.

Deep Cleansing / Firming

Jewelers use ultrasonic devices to remove foreign particles from gems and restore their sparkle. The ultrasonic waves of the SG-2000 thoroughly cleanse 150,000 pores of the skin, without the need of soap. This in turn helps with detoxification and aids the body's metabolism, leading to a beautification effect on the whole body, including firming and contouring. Skin becomes smoother, softer, and more resilient, and dead skin cells are eliminated. One week of continuous use will produce a thorough bodily cleansing.

The Wikipedia article, "Ultrasound" explains: "
Ultrasonic cleaners, sometimes mistakenly called supersonic cleaners, are used at frequencies from 20-40 kHz for jewelry, lenses and other optical parts, watches, dental instruments, surgical instruments and industrial parts. An ultrasonic cleaner works mostly by energy released from the collapse of millions of microscopic cavitations near the dirty surface. The bubbles formed by cavitation collapse forming tiny jets directed at the surface."

Internal Warming / Improved Circulation and Energy 

As ultrasonic waves are created when air bubbles rupture after colliding at high speed, wave energy is converted into heat energy. A 10-minute ultrasonic massage bath with infrared radiation is sufficient to achieve internal warming of the bones and internal organs. Blood vessels and capillaries are dilated so that blood circulation is increased, thus facilitating removal of impurities, influx of nutrients, and stimulation of the body's immune system. Molecules in the body vibrate, creating a resonant effect and increased energy levels.

In an ordinary bath, such warming would take 90 minutes of immersion (at 42C or 108F degrees). Yet prolonged immersion in a hot bath or hot tub also causes dizziness and other ill effects (as warnings on hot tubs in hotels often advise), so practically speaking, it usually can't be done.
The closest analogy would be laying in the hot sun on a sandy beach for an hour. But this occurs in just fifteen minutes of hydrotherapeutic spa.

Far-Infrared Radiation

Far-infrared radiation is now known to occur in certain minerals. People have visited hot springs for centuries because they really worked: far-infrared rays (FIR) were one such helpful element of the natural hot spring. The SG-2000's flexible ceramic mat creates a magnetic field of far-infrared radiation. Some saunas operate on the same principle (rather than steam) to create heat. FIR heats skin without warming the air, and the effect is quite similar to the warming heat of the sun on the skin.

Toxin removal from the body is also facilitated (some researchers believe that toxins are the culprit behind all or most diseases not caused by either bacteria or virus). It's interesting to note in passing that infrared rays from the sun are strongest from 6-10 AM and 4-6 PM. Damaging ultraviolet rays are strong during 10 AM to 4 PM. The SG-2000 emits "good rays" but not "bad" ones. 

Anions / Negative Ions / Ozone

Ever wonder why the air smells so fresh after a thunderstorm? It's because lightning generates ozone and anions (pronounced "an-eye-on"); also known as negative ions. A negatively charged ion has extra electrons. Anions are great for health, and lots are present in places like mountains, waterfalls, and beaches. The SG-2000 produces one million ozone-laden (O3, or "heavy oxygen") air bubbles per minute (or 46 liters [12 US gallons] of ozone anion-laden air thrust out of the mat through small holes every second; 0.03-0.05 ppm: the German FDA standard) and rapidly improves the quality of the bath water and surrounding air in the room.

Ozone is a quick-acting decontaminant and kills bacteria (it's even used by hospitals to decontaminate operating rooms). Its antiseptic powers are 3000 times better than chlorine; it breaks down toxins. An ozone bath boosts the oxygen utilization rate in human tissues and activates the cells of the body (which in turn helps to prevent cancer).


Wikipedia notes ("Hydrotherapy"): "The use of water to treat rheumatic diseases has a long history. Today, hydrotherapy is used to treat arthritis, burns, spasticity, . . . musculoskeletal disorders, spinal cord injuries, and stroke patients with paralysis, . . . and to improve fitness. . . . A 2006 survey of research in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases discusses the vast amount of high-quality studies showing the effectiveness of hydrotherapy."

The basic benefits are well-summarized in the article "Hydrotherapy" in the Encyclopedia Britannica (1985 edition, Vol. 6, 195): "Wet heat helps relieve pain and improves circulation; it also promotes relaxation and rest . . . Whirlpool tubs and the Hubbard tank are forms of underwater massage in which the water swirls in constant motion over legs and arms or the entire body to promote healing . . . Hydrotherapeutic methods are usually employed by specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation and by physical therapists." The composition of the human body is 65% water.

Aromatherapy and Oils

From the Wikipedia article "Balneotherapy" "[M]any of the spas adopt special means by which they increase or modify their influence, e.g. the so-called 'aromatic' or 'medicated' baths, in which substances are mixed to exert a special influence on the skin and peripheral nerves. Of these the 'pine needle' bath has the greatest repute; it is made by adding a decoction of the needles or young shoots of firs and pines. Fir wood oil (a mixture of ethereal oils) or the tincture of an alcoholic extract acts equally well. The volatile ethereal constituents are supposed to penetrate the skin and to stimulate the cutaneous circulation and peripheral nerves, being eliminated later by the ordinary channels. Similar effects follow the addition to the bath of aromatic herbs, such as chamomile, thyme, &c." The aroma is, of course, aesthetically appealing, apart from any health effects. The Grand Sun Enterprise Co., Ltd., manufacturer of the SG-2000, offers for sale various specialized oils and mineral salts for this purpose.

Comparison with Hot Tubs, Saunas, Normal Baths

None of these effects (or full extent of the effects in some instances) occur in a hot tub, sauna, or a normal hot bath. They don't have ultrasonic waves. Nor do they have ozone-laden anions, nor (except for some kinds of saunas) far-infrared rays. These other water or steam-based practices basically warm the skin only, while an ultrasonic massage bath warms the internal organs. The jet-stream massage of a hot tub is partial and local (usually the lower back) compared to the full-body massage of the SG-2000. Cleansing in the other three methods requires soap. Relaxation and body contouring effects are also less in a sauna and hot tub and minimal in a standard bath. Yet the average price of a hot tub (Jacuzzi being a well-known brand name) is three to four times the cost of the SG-2000 (which requires no installation other than a simple fastening of the machine to the bathroom wall).

Warnings and Precautions

Avoid temperatures of above 40C / 104F

Don't spa if you are too tired, hungry, or have a full stomach
Don't spa if you are excited or anxious
Don't spa if you have consumed alcohol
Not recommended for those with open wounds
Infants, elderly, and pregnant women should pay special attention
If you have chest pains you shouldn't spa as it might aggravate your heart. If you experience giddiness or tightness of the chest, turn the spa off immediately
For elderly or those with heart disease, high or low blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, physically weak: water level should only be up to the navel, and duration, temperature and bubble intensity should be only slowly increased
Emerge slowly from the spa to avoid dizziness; rest for a while and drink water

Holistic Health, Science, and Harmonious Truth

My health philosophy is holistic, while always seeking to harmonize or synthesize any "alternative" or "natural" practices and beliefs with "conventional" or "western" science and medicine, as much as possible. I am neither "anti-science" nor closed-minded towards any new [oftentimes, actually quite old] healing methods. I think there is much wrong with modern medicine, and obviously also much good there, too. It's a mixed bag.

Likewise, some alternative beliefs and treatments are "out there" or even inconsistent with a Christian worldview or science in some way. Some entail outright quackery or the proverbial "snake oil" chicanery. I haven't seen anything at all objectionable or questionable with regard to the SG-2000 spa. 
One shouldn't blindly accept claims, with no rational investigation.

Anecdotal evidence is good and not to be dismissed, but the problem is that, for example, one person in a hundred may be "cured" of some serious disease by using a particular method (spa or otherwise). That's great, but it's only 1% of all who tried (and that is usually considered "statistically insignificant": one can get one out of a hundred for almost anything). Anecdotes usually don't tell us how many tried and failed.

Scientific studies do provide such data and statistics; they utilize controlled (often "double-blind") and random samples; they also seek to isolate causative factors and to account for any possible "placebo" effect. I view all this as a matter of being realistic, not raising false hopes, and "truth-in-reporting."

I have produced many, many scientific studies that (indirectly) back up the claims of the SG-2000 spa, and several of the aspects related to it (e.g., many dealing with arthritis and rheumatism, where the success rate is pretty high). If the spa works (and it does), it should be able to be verified by scientific examination. Its proponents have nothing to fear from science. Science was used to create and manufacture the spa, and so it can also be used to confirm its positive results.

I believe that the scientific outlook and alternative or holistic health or a natural philosophy can work together in harmony: each needs the other. I would characterize my own overall attitude as open-minded and quite open to alternative and holistic health and medicine, but with a healthy skepticism and awareness of how science can confirm or disconfirm. I'm critical of science (i.e., usually individual scientists), too, when it is necessary, and of conventional medicine. 

I don't automatically rule something out because I haven't studied it myself. I think it is the willingness to be open-minded which is helpful for anyone in trying to determine what is true and what isn't, with regard to anything at all, while not being gullible or averse to scientific verification.

My wife Judy and I have been advocates of a natural or "holistic" philosophy, whole, organic, and health foods, sugar-free diet, semi-vegetarianism, herbalism, chiropractic, vitamins, and other "alternative" healing approaches since 1983, so (generally-speaking) this is nothing new for me. I like to try to help people in any way I can. A fit, healthy, well-nourished person is usually happier and more spiritually attuned. Life is hard enough without unnecessary problems.
It all sounds too good to be true, right? But if your curiosity is aroused, you should read my fact-filled, in-depth educational papers below, which include verification by well over 150 references (virtually all linked) to scientific journal studies and other related information:

Complete Series

I. Introduction

II. Hydrotherapy, Hot Springs, Spas

III. Ultrasonic Wave Energy / Cavitation

IV. Anions / Negative Ions / Ozone

V. Far-Infrared Radiation

VI. Aromatherapy, Healing Oils, & Bath Salts

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