The History of Whole Body Vibration Technology

Vibration therapy was discovered in 1857 by a Swedish doctor, Gustav Zander, who built several different exercise machines – some of which incorporated a type of vibration exercise. After exhibiting his machines at two World Fairs, he started the Zander Institutes, (an early form of today’s health clubs), which proved to be very popular throughout the world.

In 1895, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the developer of Corn Flakes, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, invented an FBV machine.

By 1960, the beginning of today’s standard of vibration exercise arose. In East Germany, a technique called rhythmic neuromuscular stimulation was being used.

Russian scientists began studies of FBV in order to help rehabilitate their cosmonauts after returning from space – repairing muscles from atrophy and bone density due to the weightlessness of space. These Russian Scientists and researchers found that not only did this technology stop the loss of bone density, but amazingly it increased it and strengthened muscle tissue.

In 1995, a Russian Cosmonaut (and medical doctor) named Valery Polakov set a world record for being in space for 438 days thanks to vibration technology. Because of the Russian’s advantage of vibration technology, their astronauts were able to stay in space for 420+ days, while American astronauts had to return after 120 days.

The Russians also used this technology to prevent injuries to their Olympic athletes. In the event one of their athletes did injure themselves, they were put on a FBV plate to rehabilitate the damage. In 1960 the Russian Olympic teams trained using the FBV for the games and took home 43 gold medals.

After the fall of Communism, FBV technology made its way east to west and continued to be studied and enhanced. Today after decades of research, FBV is used by NASA, professional sports teams and athletes, medical centers, spas and health clubs.

Benefits of Whole Body Vibration

Increases flexibility, range of motion and mobility (decreases muscle tightness and increases mobility – the abilities to walk and stand)

Improved balance and coordination

Provides benefits of both anaerobic and aerobic exercise

Increases physical strength, dexterity, and endurance

Reduces arthritic pain, joint and ligament stress

Improved pelvic floor function (this can help to reduce bladder problems or incontinence)

Relieves menopausal symptoms

Increases the “happiness” hormones serotonin and neurotrophine, substances that support our thinking process (this helps to reduce

Decreases the stress hormone cortisol

Enhances strength and fast twitch muscles (reduces spasticity and increases smoothness of muscle function)

Enhances conventional training results

Speeds training recovery

Enhances pain reduction

Improves collagen production (joint repair)

Relieves tension and chronic pain in ankles, knees, lower back and neck

Posture is enhanced and strengthened overall

Enhances critical blood flow throughout the body (oxygenation and lymph drainage) (increases how well your body can detoxify and helps with brain function, since the brain is getting more oxygen to help it to function better).

Diastolic blood pressure decreased

Increases secretion of hormones that are important in regeneration and repair processes, such as HGH (Human Growth Hormone), IGF-1, and testosterone

Decreased Cortisol levels (stress hormone)

Enhanced athletic performance due to improved muscle strength and tone

Important muscle groups are worked

Using simple adjustments in posture and body positioning, produces the effects of 80 different exercises

Decreased recovery time after workouts

Increased tendon strength

Increased basal metabolic rate

Accelerated weight loss

Increased bone strength, density and fights osteoporosis

Increased lumbar proprioception

Reduced back pain and stiffness

Positive results seen on neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s

Reduced effects of stress and stress incontinence

Rehabilitates injuries and ailments

Stimulated lymphatic drainage

Reduces appearance of cellulite (reduces weight gain and helps to tone the body)

Tones and tightens skin

Improved collagen production


Infrared Sauna History

Infrared saunas are a revolutionary step in sauna technology, and one that can generate

strong opinions among sauna enthusiasts. Because infrared saunas use different

technology, different materials, and create an experience that is slightly different from a

traditional sauna, it is inevitable that bathers around the world vary in their feelings for

this alternative sauna heating mechanism.

The infrared heater, which operates quite differently from a traditional sauna heater, has

added a completely new dimension to the sauna experience and paved the way for

many more people to become sauna enthusiasts.

How do Infrared Saunas Work?

Infrared saunas work using infrared heaters to convert light directly to heat. This heat

has the effect of warming nearby objects without raising the air temperature; in others

words, a bather in an infrared sauna absorbs heat but the surrounding air does not.

Far-infrared radiant (FIR) heat is often confused with ultraviolet (UV) radiation because

both types of energy are present in the sun’s rays. However, FIR does not damage the

skin the way UV does while still providing many of the benefits of natural sunlight.

How does the Infrared Sauna Compare to a Traditional Sauna?

We have already talked about some of the differences between infrared saunas and

traditional saunas, so let’s look at a few more comparisons as well.

The health benefits of infrared saunas are comparable to those of traditional saunas.

These benefits may include:

  • Improved blood circulation
  • Cleansing of body toxins via the skin, pores and sweat glands
  • Easing of pain and discomfort caused by arthritis
  • Relaxation
  • Stress relief
  • Relief of muscle soreness
  • Social interaction and a sense of community

Some sauna enthusiasts say they have a better experience in infrared saunas, while

others much prefer the moist heat of a traditional sauna. Because of the dissimilarity in

air temperature and humidity between the two sauna types, some bathers do respond

differently from one to the other.

For example, infrared saunas have the following unique characteristics:

  • Dry air is better tolerated by bathers with some respiratory issues
  • Cooler air is better tolerated by bathers with some medical conditions
  • FIR heating is similar to the natural sun, which benefits some people with vitamin

deficiencies or Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Deep penetration of FIR energy is thought to be more effective for sore and injured


By contrast, traditional saunas have the following unique characteristics: • Hot, moist air can be beneficial for people with asthma, sinus congestion, and general

head/neck colds

  • Frequent use may leave skin feeling dry, but less so than with infrared saunas
  • All-over warmth of moist air is more soothing, enveloping and relaxing for some people

In most cases, the partiality for infrared saunas or traditional saunas comes down to

personal preference. If you are unsure of which type of sauna you will enjoy most then it

is a good idea try using both types, several times if possible. This is the best way to

determine the best fit for your needs.

What are the Health Benefits of an Infrared Sauna?

In infrared saunas, heat penetrates deep into body tissues in a way that a traditional

sauna cannot. This deep tissue warmth is great for sore muscles, stiffness, and joint

pain, especially the kind of chronic pain that comes from arthritis.

The infrared sauna heater warms up and is ready for use much more quickly than a traditional sauna’s heater (usually in 10 to 20 minutes, compared to at least an hour) and

it uses much less energy. And because the air itself does not get hot in infrared saunas,

they are suitable for people with respiratory issues who find it uncomfortable or even

risky to go in a traditional sauna. Bathers in infrared saunas also can enjoy the benefits

of the sauna at a much lower temperature than in a traditional sauna.


Infrared Sauna Benefits

Pain Relief

The infrared energy released by an Infrared Sauna can penetrate up to 1.5″ deep into muscle tissue. 93% of this energy is absorbed through our skin. By heating these tissues, we experience a vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels which can be beneficial in reducing muscle spasms, joint stiffness and achiness, as well as general aches and pains due to conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. There is also evidence that when used 24-48 hours post injury, far infrared energy can reduce the time it takes for your body to heal sprains and strains. Experience a reduction of pain and swelling almost overnight.


Since the skin is our largest organ, it plays an important role in eliminating undesirable toxins. Some physicians refer to the skin as a third kidney. The deep penetration of our Coastal Saunas’ infrared technology allows removal of toxins stored in fat cells. Detoxifying in a West Coast Sauna helps rid your body of potential carcinogenic heavy metals such as mercury and lead, as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid and cholesterol. Cleanse your body with ease.

Weight Loss

As you bask in the comforts of a Coastal Sauna, your body is actually hard at work attempting to maintain a constant core temperature. Our body does this by increasing peripheral blood flow and by sweating. In Guyton’s textbook of Medical Physiology, it states that 1 gram of sweat requires 0.568 kcal to produce. An average sauna user can produce 500 grams of sweat and burn 350 calories during a therapeutic sauna session. This is the equivalent of running 2-3 miles. Our infrared saunas can also help rid your body of cellulite which is a gel like substance made up of fat cells, water and wastes. Feel those extra pounds melt away.

Cardiovascular Health

Coastal Saunas’ infrared heat therapy is one way to achieve cardiovascular conditioning effects even without exerting yourself. During a sauna session, vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels occurs which increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. This provides a workout for your heart as the body attempts to cool itself in diverting blood from internal organs to the extremities and the skin. Research suggests that regular infrared heat therapy has been beneficial in reducing blood pressure. Relax and get your heart in shape.

Beautification of Skin

Do you want to improve the tone, texture and elasticity of your skin? By sitting in an Infrared Sauna, the increased blood circulation to the skin brings fresh nutrients to the surface. At the same time, profuse sweating is assisting in the removal of toxins that accumulate deep within your pores such as make-up, dirt, lotions and conditioners. Look and feel better with your Coastal Sauna.

Tissue Elasticity

The warmth of your West Coast Sauna will relax your muscles, increase flexibility and range of motion. Studies show, tissues heated to 130° and then stretched have exhibited an elastic elongation that persists long after the stretch is removed. This was not the case when the same tissues were stretched at normal tissue temperatures. Therapeutic benefits were also seen in working with ligaments, tendons, fascia, joint capsules and symposiums that have become scarred, thickened or contracted. Improve flexibility beyond your expectations.

Other New and Exciting Benefits

Cancer Therapy

Some researchers believe that infrared therapy can help stimulate the body’s immune system by elevating body temperature. Many viruses, bacteria and tumor cells are thought to have poor tolerance to heat compared to normal healthy cells. A 30 minute infrared sauna session can cause a temporary 3° increase in body temperature. This increase has been shown to stimulate white blood cells which may improve your body’s immune system. Given the human body’s effectiveness in fighting disease by inducing a fever, an infrared sauna can assist the body in the fight of various diseases.

Chronic Inner Ear Infections

Infrared sauna therapy sessions can open nasal passages and therefore assist the sinuses in draining and preventing speed of infection to the middle ear.

Chromotherapy or Light Therapy

Defined as the therapeutic use of color and light in order to bring about homeostasis within the human body. Organs, muscles, cells and nerves all have a level of vibration or frequency. Each color of light has its own frequency and vibration. When our bodies become out of balance, disease occurs. Through extensive research, we know that color and light will help bring our physical and emotional systems into balance. Color works through and in us, in every nerve, cell, gland and muscle. All Coastal Saunas come standard with a Chromotherapy Light System. Learn more.


Alkaline Water

Water ionization was first developed in Japan in the early 50’s and the experiments were first conducted on plants and animals. Full scale development started in 1954 by several Japanese agricultural universities on the effects of Reduced Alkaline Water, especially acid water, on plants. Today, nursery farmers that supply cut flowers use acid water to keep flowers longer before delivery to the flower shops; Golf courses use acid water on the greens and fairways without the need of chemicals; Hospitals use acidic water as an astringent for killing germs and bacteria.


Experiments on the human body took much longer because of the difficulties in maintaining the constancy of the environments. Nevertheless, through long, patient experiments by the medical doctors in Japan, much valuable data has been collected and it was concluded that Reduced Alkaline Water made by the water ionizer was non-toxic and alleviated many symptoms of adult diseases.


The first commercial Reduced Alkaline Water ionizers were available in Japan in 1958. Until then, the only water ionizers available were large units used in hospitals. In 1960, a group of medical doctors and agricultural doctors in Japan formed a special medical and agricultural research institute, and they have annual meetings to report their findings. Finally, in January 15th, 1966, this type of Reduced Alkaline Water ionizer was approved as a health improvement medical device by the Health and Rehabilitation Ministry of the Japanese Government.

Japanese-made ionizers were first introduced to Korea in the 70’s, and today they are also approved as medical devices by the government of South Korea. Korean-made household unit were introduced in the United States in 1985 and a toxicity test was conducted by an independent testing laboratory in LA on April 14, 1986. The test found no toxicity in the water generated by the water ionizer. This testing was done according to FDA specified methods.

How It Works

Alkaline & Acidic Water

Tap water is filtered by an activated charcoal filter. Water is electrolyzed (+- electrodes) then Alkaline and Acidic Water are produced. They are created simultaneously, 70% Alkaline Water and 30 Acidic water. Both waters have exceptional properties and benefits, however, their uses are different. Alkaline water is what we consume and the Acidic water is used externally for beauty and antiseptic applications.

Smaller Mineral Clusters

The smaller mineral clusters, as measured by the use of a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance device is a more hydrating water than normal tap water. Through electrolysis large tap mineral clusters are reduced from their original size. The smaller cluster size gives the water excellent hydrating properties, high solubility and good permeability.

Oxidation of Healthy Cells

Oxidation of healthy cells by too much oxygen (free radicals) in the body, breaks down the cells, making them susceptible to disease. Alkaline Water readily donates its abundant electrons to render excessive free radicals harmless so that they do not “steal” electrons from healthy living cells. Our bodies need to be able to eliminate or buffer over acidic conditions caused by diet, stress, physical activity, toxins and other sources. The electrolysis process concentrates available alkaline minerals in the source water to aid the buffering systems in the body.

Adequate pH

Though dependant upon the source water, the unit produces an adequate range of pH through the five level settings. These settings are computer controlled and has the ability to stabilize the pH of the output water after electrolysis.

On the pH scale, which ranges from 0 on the acidic end to 14 on the alkaline end, a solution is neutral if its pH is 7. At pH 7, water contains equal concentrations of H+ and OH- ions. Substances with a pH less than 7 are acidic because they contain a higher concentration of H+ ions. Substances with a pH higher than 7 are alkaline because they contain a higher concentration of OH- than H+. The pH scale is a log scale so a change of one pH unit means a tenfold change in the concentration of hydrogen ions.

Living things are extremely sensitive to pH and function best (with certain exceptions, such as certain portions of the digestive tract) when solutions are nearly neutral. Most interior living matter (excluding the cell nucleus) has a pH of about 6.8. Blood plasma and other fluids that surround the cells in the body have a pH of 7.2 to 7.3. Numerous special mechanisms aid in stabilizing these fluids so that cells will not be subject to appreciable fluctuations in pH.

Substances which serve as mechanisms to stabilize pH are called buffers. Buffers have the capacity to bond ions and remove them from solution whenever their concentration begins to rise. Conversely, buffers can release ions whenever their concentration begins to fall. Buffers thus help to minimize the fluctuations in pH. This is an important function because many biochemical reactions normally occurring in living organisms either release or use up ions. Calcium is the body’s main acid buffer. This is why there is a calcium crisis in health.

Low pH = High Acidosis = Lower Oxygen = More Calcium Loss (to buffer the acidosis)

Health Benefits

Indicated Health Benefits of drinking ALKALINE Water include the Prevention/Reversal of:

  • High blood pressure
  • Morning sickness
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Hyper-acidity
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Common colds
  • Migraines
  • Muscle aches after exercise
  • Hangovers
  • Urea Stones
  • Water retention
  • Body odor
  • Induces faster healing
  • Obesity
Indicated Benefits of applying ACIDIC Ion Water Topically include:

  • Wounds heal faster
  • Blisters heal faster
  • Reduces acne
  • Good hair rinse
  • Relieves chronic eye dryness
  • Washing foods (as a disinfectant)
  • Garden use (as insecticide)
  • Softens and moisturizes dry skin
  • Relieves eczema
  • Throat and mouth sores

We believe that the properties of alkaline water are a key to these
benefits. The following characteristics of Alkaline Water are:

  • It’s mild and smooth tasting.
  • It’s highly permeable.
  • It can dissolve matter.
  • It supplies beneficial alkaline minerals.
  • It reduces germ count from 0.8 PPM to 0.2 PPM.
  • It can be adjusted in pH to best suit your metabolism.
  • It maintains a balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
  • It can help to scavenge free radicals.


Jesse S.

Jesse Self is a passionate Entreprenuer and Health & Fitness Enthusiast who is based in Huntsville, Alabama. Born in Birmingham, his love of all things health began while he was in college. Jesse was overweight at the time and was driven to get his health back. He was able to turn it around and lost 60 pounds. Healthy living has been his primary passion in life ever since.

As the proud Owner of Bigghealth Management, he assists people in achieving their fitness and health goals by utilizing a leading-edge, evidence-backed system called Whole Body Vibration therapy. Through this innovative technology, he and his committed team help clients lose weight, relieve pain, increase energy levels, increase bone density, optimize strength, and more.

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