There’s something in the air and while it may not be love, some say it’s the next best thing – negative ions. Negative ions are odourless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments. Think mountains, waterfalls, and beaches.
Ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge. The more negative ions there are in the blood, the more efficient the cell’s metabolism process. Negative Ions in our body are essential in sustaining and improving our health.
As we breathe in oxygen, albeit necessary to life, the process of oxidization releases free radicals which disrupts normal cellular functions and accelerates the aging process as well as aggravating much illness. Antioxidants quench free radicals and we’re constantly being exhorted to get enough anti-oxidants into our bodies to counter the ravages of pollution, aging, work and environmental stress and the toxins that we ingest through the food supply.
Keeping this in mind, the Japanese set out to find the perfect solution that could utilise and release these antioxidants in the most advantageous and all-encompassing way. As such, “antioxidant houses”, coated from floor to ceiling with antioxidant ‘enzyme’ paints, were built. The idea was to create an environment filled and charged with negative ions, allowing for our skin and lungs to naturally absorb them into our cells and system. Such a concept took the world by storm.
Hotbed Antioxidant Therapy
Now Ipohites need go no further than to Glamour Square in Bercham to charge up with negative ions and experience Hotbed Antioxidant Therapy at Genki, an antioxidant spa that has been quietly operating for the last two years.
Decorated with lush flora, wooden panelling and flooring, Genki has a spiritual and relaxing aura about it; it is perhaps the perfect place to unwind from our bustling city-life. Our visit was immediately welcomed by a friendly Miss Chick, who served us a special enzyme drink, made on the premises in their antioxidant pail which they sell. “The pail is perfect for fermentation. You can make yoghurt in them too, and they turn out ionized, which is extremely beneficial for the body. Alternatively, the pail allows you to store your groceries for a longer time than usual, they remain fresh,” she conceded as she pulled out two bowls, one, containing a raw egg and the other a piece of bread, both of which had been there for more than two weeks; the egg looking like it had just been cracked that morning and the bread with not a single mould visible.
I was then shown the many warm to hot rooms, which contain tiled-beds that can be heated up to around 40 degrees Celsius. These dry-sauna rooms where you rest on ‘anti-oxidant beds’ beds consisting of special ceramic tiles, release over 2 million negative ions/cm3, that will flow into your body to neutralise toxins.
The therapy is reputed to assist in anti-aging of cells and overall body; reduced cholesterol levels; improved blood circulation; relief of pain and stiffness caused by rheumatism; increased immune resistance; increased metabolic rates and weight loss; reduced sugar levels after multiple treatments for Diabetics; and pain relief and improvement of general well being for cancer patients.
Each therapy session takes roughly around 30-40 minutes. First timers can opt for the membership costing RM100 which entitles them to five sessions. Walk-In session RM38 including healthy fruit juice. Other value packages are available.
Genki Antioxidant House
Lot 14 – 1 First Floor, Glamour Square Commercial Centre,
Persiaran Bercham Selatan 20, Taman Bercham Jaya, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
For more information: 05-5475366 or Miss Chick Chooi Kuan 016-5322675.