Japanese bathroom manufacturer TOTO has developed an innovative bathtub designed
to promote people’s well-being, relaxation and even good health. It delivers
the benefits of deep relaxation and a feeling of weightlessness. The company has
won multiple awards for the research findings associated with this new product.
Bathing rituals have a long tradition in Japan. People visit classic sento bathhouses in major cities or the hot onsen springs in volcanic regions to do more than just wash their bodies. In addition to the functional aspects of thorough cleanliness and purity, the relaxation and positive effects of well-being experienced while bathing play an extremely important role. There are few environments as calming as a warm bath. A relaxing bath regenerates the body and also soothes the mind. A move towards more conscious, Asianinspired wellness in the home has become increasingly popular. TOTO calls this approach “Life Anew”, and offers a new, innovative bathtub to turn it into reality.
Ergonomic experiencesLeading global player TOTO developed new technologies for the Flotation bathtub which would impact people’s health and well-being more effectively – delivering the ultimate in relaxation. The company received the “Society Award” from the Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineers and the “Essay Award” from the Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering for the extensive research conducted in conjunction with this product development.
Special massage “air jets” are embedded in the bottom of the Flotation bathtub. They produce a therapeutic flow of air throughout the water that envelopes the entire body. A stream of water flows constantly out of the height-adjustable, ergonomically formed neck pillow, and keeps the neck and shoulders comfortably warm. The “Hydrohands” massage jets create the feeling of real hands massaging the most sensitive parts of the back. All of these functions are easily operated using the control panel on the inside of the tub.
Meditative relaxation in the bathtubThe Flotation bathtub produces the feeling of completely letting go, as if one were weightless, through a special posture assumed by the body thanks to the inside shape of the tub. This “Zero Dimension” is the position automatically assumed by the body in zero gravity. Research findings show that this posture is especially relaxing for the body as well as the mind. Measurements show that activity is reduced specifically in the part of the brain responsible for language. There is a meditative moment in which the body and mind are equally calmed, encouraging extremely deep muscular relaxation. Special air jets integrated under the legs in the Floatation Bathtub further promote the feeling of weightlessness during bathing.
Design as a reflection of lifestyleThe minimalistic, timeless design of the bathtub brings the style of an exclusive spa into the home. Streamlined and elegant, this bathtub lends serenity and clarity to every space. It is made of Galaline, an innovative, multilayer composite developed by TOTO, featuring a highly durable and smooth surface. The ergonomic, gently curved lines are both powerful and harmonious.
The aesthetics of the Far East meet the ultimate in comfort – for a modern, sophisticated lifestyle. The fine lines are highlighted by a band of LEDs underneath the tub, which provides atmospheric lighting for the entire room. People will enjoy the bath more as an escape for the body and soul. The daily ritual in the Flotation bathtub appeals to all of the senses, improving people’s well-being and relaxation