How was the Quartz bed invented?
In the late 1980s, my mother, Rita Blum, suffered from extreme back pain. She visited numerous doctors, but none could help her. Then, my father heard of the healing properties of the warm sand on the Italian island of Ischia, and how it had been used to treat all sorts of conditions. But we lived in Germany, and my mother was unable to travel sitting up because of her debilitating pain. Desperate to try anything, my father rented an American-style motorhome and drove my mother to the Mediterranean, where she laid in the warm sand and he shaped it around her body. They did this daily for two weeks, and at the end of their trip, her pain was gone. But soon after they returned home, her pain returned. My father thought either he needed to move his family to Ischia, or bring the warm, healing sand to Germany. A skilled carpenter, he created a table with a deep bed that could be filled with quartz crystals, so that his wife could continue to have regular therapy at home.
How did the Quartz bed develop?
My father perfected the bed over three years, and then began selling the Quartz bed to local clinics, where he had feedback of the numerous types of conditions that it had helped with. Soon, estheticians were asking for the table, saying it helped relax the skin and calm the mind before spa treatments. As the business grew, I joined the company, and by 1997, I had taken it over. Soon I had the idea to create quartz poultices. It’s the same theme of the healing properties of the quartz, but with additional benefits. For spas, traditional herbal poultices can be expensive, because you can only use them once. Our quartz poultices come with an oil-proof, waterproof protective cover, so they can be washed and used more than 100 times, making them both economical and sustainable.
How did Gharieni become involved?
Thirteen years ago, I met Sammy Gharieni, and started talking to him about creating a motor to power the bed. Six years later, we started a partnership. I now head up Gharieni’s treatment concepts. I bring a wealth of bodywork skills, and spend a good deal of my time travelling the world and training our clients on the Quartz bed. We’ve now placed the beds in hundreds of luxury spas around the world. I love how the Quartz bed can both help spas increase and differentiate their business, and how my father’s invention can continue to help more people. It’s a personal story – this bed helped my mom to live without pain – and I love to see how much both guests and therapists love it.
Source: Gharieni Magazine 1/2019