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BioMat FAQ's

  1. What is a BioMat?

    BioMat is an FDA approved portable far-infrared therapy mat that uses amethyst and negative ion technology to super conduct natural far-infrared rays in order to harness the body's own ability to heal itself.  It is designed for home or clinical use and can be used in a chair, bed or on a therapy table.  

  2. Who uses uses BioMat?

    Health practitioners and individuals rely on BioMat as a powerful home therapy to lower stress, relieve chronic pain, assist with weight loss and detoxification, help with insomnia and depression, or to speed post surgical or injury recovery.   It is also used worldwide for cancer treatment and for a host of other serious health conditions.  

  3. What is Far-Infrared Ray (FIR) therapy?

    Far infrared rays (FIR) are nature's vibratory light waves that warm the body gently and naturally (like the sun's rays) while activitating cells to self-regulate.  When cells are heated in this way, the immune response is activated while the body goes into deep relaxation strengthening the body's nervous, endocrine, circulatory and lymphatic systems.  BioMats block 100% of harmful Electro-magnetic Field frequencies (EMF's) and are well tolerated by even medically frail individuals.  BioMat is designed for regular use and can be slept on every night.  

  4. What are negative Ions?

    Negative ions open ion channels that optimize cellular communication and support all bodily functions in working more efficiently.  Simply stated: negative ions help more nutrients enter the cells and more waste to be removed.  Ionization of the body alkalizes and purifies the blood, charges the immune system and supplies antioxidants that neutralize free radicals.  

  5. How does amethyst quarts enhance ionic and far infrared ray therapy?

    Amethyst's healing properties have been acknowledged and celebrated for centuries by ancient scientists, healers and mystics.  Now, modern science has confirmed the highly conductive properties of this remarkable mineral.  Amethyst crystals offer the most consistent and powerful delivery of far infrared light waves, the ionic effects to the human body.  Amethyst's superconducting qualities have been shown to provide relief for:


    Depression and Anxiety

    Swelling and inflammation

    Body Toxicity

    Low or imbalanced energy levels

  6. What makes BioMat so unique?

    BioMats use amethyst and negative ion technology which allows infrared rays to penetrate deeper (6-8 inches) to reach internal organs where it is most needed.  This has the added benefit of making the BioMat experience more comfortable (the body feels less heat) and more relaxing.  BioMat has doubled its production in the past 2 years as people have discovered they can harness their body's own power to heal affordably, comfortably and conveniently.  

  7. Can anyone use a BioMat?

    Yes, the BioMat is safe and effective for people of all ages, including children, the elderly and even your pets.  The only precautions involve excess heat.  For example, while pregnant, treat the mat as you would a warm bath with shorter sessions at lower temperatures.  The same applies to anyone who is sensitive to heat.  Please consult your physician before using the mat on infants, if you are pregnant, or if you have heat sensitivity. 

  8. Is the BioMat safe for children?

    Your whole family can use the BioMat safely, including young children and even family pets!  The BioMat offers the same health benefits to people of all ages, and has therapeutic value for pets as well.  

  9. Can I sleep on the BioMat?

    Yes, the mat is safe to sleep on.  It is recommended to sleep on lower settings.  Sleeping on the mat can help improve sleep problems and insomnia, especially when related to stress, tension or pain.  

  10. Can I put it on my bed?

    Yes, any of the BioMat model sizes can be used in the bed.  The BioMat is safe to use on a memory foam mattress such as Tempur-Pedic due to the heat reflecting layers on the back, but for an added precaution, it is recommended to put an additional layer of padding, such as a folded quilt, inbetween the BioMat and the mattress.  

  11. Can I add extra padding over the BioMat?

    Yes.  Since far infrared rays penetrate deeply into the body, extra padding will not interfere with the functionality of the mat.  You may want to try increasing the temperature setting if you have an inch or more of padding.  Natural fibers, such as cotton, are best.  

  12. Do I need the Amethyst pillow?

    It depends.  It is a good idea to use some type of pillow while using the mat to keep the head cooler than the rest of the body.  The benefit of the amethyst pillow is that it is ergonomically designed to provide the benefits of the amethyst and tourmaline crystal therapy.  Many people do not find it comfortable for sleeping but do find it comfotable for shorter sessions.  If using for professional treatments, your clients may like to have the option.   

  13. How often should I use the BioMat?

    You can use the BioMat as often and as long as you like.  It is recommended that you use the BioMat for a minimum of 20 minutes at each session, but you have the option to use it for longer if you wish.  Most people use the BioMat daily or for multiple sessions each day and see great benefits. however intermittent use for a specific reason, such as relieving back pain, can also be sufficient.  Please refer to the settings guide for details.   

  14. How long before I see results?

    Results should be seen very quickly for those using the mat for pain relief, stress level, and mood improvement.  However results may vary depending on frequency of use and the nature of the problem that you are treating.  Although many people see results in as little as a day, for others it may take several weeks to notice improvement.  

  15. How should I use the mat for treatment of an injury (or post-surgery)?

    For the first day or two, if there is swelling, it is better to use cold to reduce the swelling and prevent further injury.  But once the swelling has gone down, heat will speed up the rate of tissue repair and FIR light is the best way to deliver heat straight to the injury site.  For this purpose, it is best to use the mat for 20-30 minutes, multiple times a day. 

  16. Are there any negative side effects associated with infrared rays and negative ions?

    Although all effects on the body are positive, some people experience slight fevers, headaches, and nausea when beginning to use the BioMat.  This is not a direct reaction to the infrared rays or negative ions, rather it is the effects of detoxification as built up waste and toxins are being removed from your system.  These effects are temporary and will vary depending on the level of toxins in the body.  

  17. The BioMat is an electrical device - is it safe to lie on?

    Whenever electricy moves through a wire, an electromagnetic field (EMF) is produced.  There is some concern that our frequent exposure to these EMF's may have health effects.  In particular, there is concern about alternating current, since it creates a rapidly alternating EMF.  The BioMAt is designed with these concerns in mind.  It converts AC electricity to DC at the control box, and then incorporates further measures to lessen the strength of the EMF around the mat itself.  It is possible to test your BioMat with a Tri-Meter, or other EMF measuring device.  The fields should be nearly undetectable.  

  18. What if my BioMat does not appear to be working?

    Try this quick fix first.  Make sure the tan plug is pushed all the way into the port on the BioMat.  For the BioMat Professional, you can also try toggling the main on/off switch on the side of the control box several times, leaving it in the on position.  Then as usual, press the power button and temperature buttons to operate.  If this doesn't work, please call Richway at 808-589-2800 to describe the problem (it is helpful if you have the RI# ready).  If they cannot fix the problem over the phone, they will arrange for a replacement under the warranty program (it is more likely that the control box needs replacement than the mat itself).  

  19. Which BioMat product is right for me?

    There are a range of BioMat products designed to be effective when used indivudually or together: 

    BioMat Professional: Ideal for health care professionals looking for a way to extend and enhance their treatment options, or for home users who want comfortable, full- body treatment.  The BioMat Professional measures a full 6'5" in length, allowing for full-length body contact and optimal results.  

    BioMat Mini:  At just 17" x 33" inches and 8.2 pounds, the BioMat Mini is ideal for people who want to enjoy treatments at the office or on their travels.  It works perfectly for the spot treatment of a specific problem area, for treatments for children or family pets or when portability is needed.  It's also the right size to be used in a medical spa or dental office chair, making it a perfect choice for health care providers.  

    BioMat Pillow:  The right choice for people who want targeted treatment of chronic neck and back pain, headaches, migraines and more.  The BioMat Pillow is also an excellet complement to the Professional or BioMat Mini, providing stabilization for the vulnerable head and neck area.   

  20. Is the BioMat easy to use?

    Although the BioMat is a certified medical device, it couldn't be easier to use.  The BioMat controller includes an automatic timer perfect for longer BioMat treatment sessions.  

  21. When will I start to see results from my BioMat?

    Every person's experience with the BioMat is different.  Many people achieve immediate relief from pain and discomfort, and notice increased energy levels and vitality right away.  For others, it will take a few weeks before the deep-penetrating treatment begins to bring relief from symptoms and overall feeling of well-being and contentment.  

  22. What specific illnesses and symptoms can the BioMat alleviate?

    Because the BioMat's far infrared rays penetrate depply into the body and address imbalances at the cellular level, it can be used to treat a wode range of health issues:

    Pain, stiffness, swelling and inflammation

    Arthritis and musculo-skeletal ailments

    Sprains, neuralgia, and soreness

    Age-related stiffness and pain

    Circulation issues

    Cardiovascular issues

    Toxin and oxidant build-up

    Immune disorders

    Tension and anxiety, insomnia

    Hormonal imbalances

    Lymphatic and endocrine problems

  23. Does the BioMat come with a warranty?

    All BioMat medical devices are constructed to the highest standards and protected by a 30 year Limited Warranty plus lifetime trade-in warranty.  The product has been subjected to rigrorous quality testing and is both a FDA Registered Class II Medical Device and ISO certified.  

  24. Can the BioMat be used during yoga and meditation?

    The BioMat is a perfect addition to yoga practice and meditation, because it supports deep, delta-state relaxation, increases blood flow for improved mental conditioning, and provides a warm, soothing environment to facilitate improved mental peace and serenity.  

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