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The BioMat

The core elements of the BioMat™ technology are a combination of far infrared rays, negative ion effects, and amethyst crystal channels as a conductive medium to optimize positive health effects. These three positive health stimulators are combined in a single, easy-to-use product to maximize their healing properties.

The BioMat™ is a beautifully crafted pad placed on top of a massage table for you to lie on and relax. The BioMat™ converts electricity into Far Infrared (FIR) light energy. FIR light energy can penetrate the body several inches and can stimulate metabolic activity resulting in increased blood flow. This increased blood flow activity can result in stimulated healing and regeneration of nerves and muscle tissue layers. Japanese and Chinese researchers and clinicians have completed extensive research on far infrared medical treatments reporting many remarkable discoveries. Additionally, the Japanese have extensively researched Far Infrared Technology for use in the fields of preservation, cooking, drying and heating, with over 150 patents using FIR technology granted between 1977-1987. There have been many studies about the benefits of various wavelengths of lasers and light on the human body, but FIR light rays seem to have the widest and most systematic effect while more studies continue to this day.

Recent studies (2003) from Japan have shown FIR to result in more rapid wound healing independent of changes in blood flow and skin temperature. FIR was shown to stimulate a group of cells called fibroblasts to make more collagen, a substance needed for wound healing and tissue repair. FIR, with its gentle tissue warming, has also been shown to improve the health of the cells that line our blood vessels, which if left untreated can be associated with an increased risk of heart disorders.

Potential Benefits of Far Infared Include:
  • Far Infrared expands capillaries to stimulate increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation.
  • Far Infrared can stimulate body detoxification. Japanese scientists report that FIR treatment of clogged capillaries results in heat and expansion of the capillaries, which initiates a process to dissolve hidden toxins. Additionally, as sebaceous glands are activated in the skin, accumulated cosmetics in pores can be discharged and eliminated through sweat.
  • Far Infrared stimulates metabolism with potential weight loss - Due to the stimulated metabolic activity and blood flow, FIR heat aids in breaking down of fat with potential increases in weight loss.
  • Far Infrared may induce the killing of varied pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
  • Far Infrared can promotes tissue rebuilding by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts (connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of injury). Furthermore, studies suggest FIR heat increases growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and protein synthesis, which are necessary during tissue repair and regeneration.
  • Far Infrared relieves nervous tension and helps relax muscles thereby helping the body make the most of its intended healing abilities. FIR heat therapy can reduce pain and muscle spasms as muscle fibers are heated.
  • Far Infrared can improve the Immune System by stimulating increased production of white blood cells (leukocytes) by the bone marrow and killer T-cells by the thymus.
  • Far Infrared can improve the Cardiovascular System by stimulating a heart rate and cardiac output increase with resulting decrease in diastolic blood pressure. Research by NASA in the early 1980's suggested that FIR stimulation of cardiovascular function would help maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during long space flight.
Sources: 1.) HTE AUSTRALIA, NZ, EUROPE - Volume 1, Issue 88, Feb/March 2005; 2.) 'The Scientific Basis and Therapeutic Benefits of FIR Therapy' by Sasaki Kyuo.

Potential Benefits of Negative Ions:
The BioMat™ also produces Negative Ions. Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments such as around waterfalls, beaches and in the mountains. Once negative ions reach our bloodstream, they are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood altering chemical serotonin, which can help alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.

Ions are molecules that have either gained or lost an electrical charge. They are created in nature as molecules in the air break apart due to sunlight, radiation, or moving air and water. Many have experienced the effects of negative ions when visiting a beach or walking beneath a waterfall with a euphoric sense of well-being. This euphoria is either from simply being in these settings away from stressors of life or from the air circulating tens of thousands of negative ions.

Pierce J. Howard, PhD, director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C. and author of The Owners Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research stated: "Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy." 1982 issue of Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine reported "High negative Ion exposure appeared associated with feeling better about self, less sensitive, and more responsive or innervated (energized)."

Potential Benefits of Amethyst Crystal:
In the BioMat™, both the FIR and negative ion production are transferred through Amethyst Quartz channels which cover the entire Bio-Mat's surface. Amethyst Quartz is natural conductor, serving as a powerful delivery system for the transfer of FIR light waves and negative ion vibrational frequencies to the body.

The metaphysical use of amethyst for crystal healing was for spiritual growth and protection. These beautiful purple crystals are suggested to bring clarity of the mind to the owner. Historically, the use of amethyst crystals is done to encourage oneself to become more in tune with your own feelings and to develop your inner self on a deeper level. It is a gemstone used to bring calmness, inner peace, and to improve natural intuition. For healing, amethysts are used for pain, circulation, and to calm the nervous system.

Additionally, amethysts are also known for their suggested ability to reduce addictive traits. The name amethyst is derived from the ancient Greek word "amethustos", which translates to "not drunk". Historically , goblets made of amethyst or in the color purple were used to hinder inebriation. Today, amethysts are used in alternative healing practices for reducing addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping and a number of other afflictions.

In summary, the technology at the core of BioMat™ has been clinically suggested to address a wide range of common health and wellness issues, including stress, insomnia, tissue damage, post-surgical healing and scar reduction, joint and muscle soreness, chronic neck and back pain, toxic deposits and tissue oxidation levels, inflammation, arthritis, and circulatory issues. Try BioMat™ today and experience for yourself an improved sense of well-being.

Please see BioMat Stress Reduction Study by Dr. George Grant for more information.

BioMat™ Session Fees Available at Pittsburgh Alternative Health, Inc.:

Initial 25 minute BioMat™ Session - $45 (Includes short introduction to therapy, vitamin C and trace mineral supplement, towels, and 25 minute therapy trial and assessment.)

30 minute Session (after Initial Consultation) -$35 (Includes vitamin C, trace mineral supplement, and towels)

60 minute Session - $60
(Includes vitamin C, trace mineral supplement, and towels)

(3) 30 minute Sessions - $95
(Includes vitamin C, trace mineral supplement, and towels)

(3) 60 minute Sessions - $165
(Includes vitamin C, trace mineral supplement, and towels)

ADD ON THERAPIES TO ENHANCE YOUR BioMat™ EXPERIENCE:
- Hot Stones for added warmth and deep tissue heating - $10
- Hot Moist Towels - $3
- Mental Rest Session with Mind's Eye™ deep relaxation therapy - $15
- Aromatherapy - $5

NOTE: Packages are for individual use only and cannot be shared. Packages of 3 or 6 sessions must be used within 6 months after purchase. 12 session package must be used within 12 months of purchase.

Can't Make Your Scheduled Appointment?

Due to our commitment to serve and the limited availability of open consultation time, we must post and enforce a missed appointment fee schedule. All missed BioMat™ session appointments with less than a one business day notice of cancellation will be billed $25 or lose a session on a package deal. Please note our business hours to avoid this fee if you need to reschedule.

BioMat™ Professional products can be temperature-calibrated to address specific health issues. Below are suggested BioMat™ guidelines for temperature ranges and effects when considering your therapy:

NO HEAT:
This setting allows you to benefit from negative ion therapy and amethyst conduction without having to use far infrared rays at the same time. The setting is ideal for: mood enhancement, mental alertness and mental stimulation, and general detoxification.

95-104 °F HEAT:
This "green" setting enables negative ion therapy plus gentle, broad-spectrum cooling. The setting is ideal for short-term to overnight use as an aid to combat insomnia, encourage deep relaxation and consistent sleep patterns, and deliver long-term regenerative health. Benefits also include cellular renewal, improved energy flow and potential migraine reduction or elimination. This is the ideal setting for people with pacemakers or heart conditions or who are sensitive to detoxification.

113-122 °F HEAT:
This "yellow" setting provides negative ion therapy plus subtle, warming far infrared ray penetration for a range of healing benefits. This setting is ideal for encouraging regular relaxation and increased flexibility, to aid muscle, joint or spinal injuries. The yellow setting also supports asthma and allergy symptoms, encourages respiratory health and may help stabilize blood pressure, blood sugar and glandular functions.

131-140 °F HEAT:
This "gold" setting provides negative ion therapy plus deep-penetrating warmth to alleviate pain, encourage relaxation and address chronic conditions associated with stress, tension and anxiety. This setting also encourages better circulation, improved hormonal balance and increased sexual vitality. NOTE: Begin using the BioMat™ gold setting for 15-minute intervals, gradually working up to one or two-hour sessions.

149-158 °F HEAT:
This "red" setting offers maximum sauna-like far infrared ray therapeutics designed to purify and detoxify. The high-heat settings are ideal for relieving pain, stress, and decreased immunity conditions such as flu and cold, overall low energy, and even maladies such as jet lag and hangover. Used regularly, the red setting may help reduce body toxicity and improve conditions caused by viral, cystic, acidic and endemic malfunction. The red setting can also increase metabolism and flush fat and cellular waste from the system. NOTE: Use the BioMat™ red setting for periods of 20 to 60 minutes, maximum.

*NOTE: The BioMat™ temperature recommendations are guidelines only. Individual tolerances and preferences will vary. Use these guidelines as a starting point, and adjust your personalized treatments based on your own best results. For medical advice, please consult your primary health care provider.