Foot Patents (Class 4/622)
  • Patent number: 9962308
    Abstract: A water therapy system, including a therapy chair with a tiltable backrest portion, and a foot tub, including a water bucket and an inclined ramp, such that a patient can be lying in the therapy chair with lower legs and feet extended into the water bucket, such that an inclination angle of the inclined ramp ensures a comfortable seating position. Also disclosed is an inclined ramp for holding a water bucket for use in reflexology therapy, including an inclined surface and a base, such that the inclined surface is configured to hold a water bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: James John Dale
  • Patent number: 9387269
    Abstract: A cold plasma jet hand sanitizer and method of use are provided. A pair of opposing two-dimensional arrays of atmospheric pressure cold plasma jets is used to create a sterilizing volume. Any object placed into that volume will have its surface sterilized. The opposing arrays of plasma jets are operated electrically 180 degrees out of phase so that the opposing arrays of plasma jets essentially fire into each other in the absence of an intervening object, or directly impinge on the surface of an intervening object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: BOVIE MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gregory A. Konesky
  • Patent number: 9289353
    Abstract: A spa chair with a novel pedicure basin is disclosed. The pedicure basin has a main basin and a secondary basin. The main basin is where the feet of the person sitting in the spa chair goes. This main basin is generally filled with water. In one embodiment, the main basin has water overflow protection through a lowered rim, directing the overflow of water to a secondary basin. This method of overflow protection is especially useful where the main basin has a liner blocking the drain hole within the main basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Lan Van Ta
  • Patent number: 9187882
    Abstract: A bathroom sink with an upper basin substantially at waist level, a lower basin substantially at foot or knee level or between foot and knee levels, and a diverter that diverts a flow of water from the upper basin to the lower basin. The diverter may be next to a first faucet mounted to the first basin, on a side of the upper basin, or on a stand connecting the upper basin to the lower basin. One or more additional faucets may also be mounted to the lower basin. A pair of driers may be mounted to the lower basin. A control panel may be mounted to the upper basin so that a controller can control the flow of water based on a water meter or a timer, log water usage and/or other information in association with a user ID, and/or display an instructional video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Hadi Ibrahim Masoud
  • Patent number: 9173810
    Abstract: A pedicure spa having a self-cleaning retractable basin provides a consistently cleaned and sanitized basin for use during a pedicure treatment. A cleansing chamber in the pedicure spa accepts the basin for a self-cleaning procedure. Cleansing products may be dispensed from one or more supply components for application to the basin by one or more cleansing devices. The self-cleaning procedure may proceed according to one or more predefined stages, which may include a drying stage provided by one or more dryers within the cleansing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Newton Tran
  • Patent number: 9125530
    Abstract: A portable foot shower as disclosed comprising a base member for supporting the user's feet and an operably interconnected swivel shower spray head for washing dirt and particulate from the user's feet through a plurality of slots in the base. The portable foot shower includes a water dispensing assembly with dual top push actuators operated by the toes of the user for controlling the starting, running, and stopping of water from a suitable source. The swivel spray shower head is interconnected with a water regulator assembly through which a water sources rate of flow is regulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Greg Andrew Vargo
  • Publication number: 20150052676
    Abstract: A pedestal wash basin (1) comprising a basin part (3) upon a pedestal part (2) wherein the pedestal part contains a foot washing apparatus (4) for washing a human foot comprising a washing chamber with walls and a ceiling defining a covered hollow (6) dimensioned and arranged for receiving a foot of a user via an inlet opening (5) in a wall positioned for admitting the foot into the hollow. A water outlet (7, 8) is attached to the washing chamber at a position from which to output water across the hollow of the washing chamber in a direction to intersect the foot of the user when so admitted via the inlet opening. The pedestal part presents a through-opening (3B) in an outwardly-presented surface thereof in register with the hollow of the washing chamber permitting access to the hollow for washing the foot of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Moin Uzzaman AZMI
  • Publication number: 20150040310
    Abstract: A jet pump associated with a heat source, such as a heating element or heating coils, is disclosed. The heating element is located in a housing chamber and coaxially with an impeller. An electrical motor rotates the impeller and circulates water within the chamber and between coils of the heating element. The heated water is then discharged into a basin found in a pedicure chair or other devices requiring agitated, heated water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher L. Long
  • Publication number: 20140259375
    Abstract: A pedicure spa comprises a basin, a base, at least one inlet vent, and a ventilating system. The basin is configured to contain water for soaking feet. The base is configured to contain the basin, with the base having a front wall and a top wall. The at least one inlet vent is located in the base for receiving air, and the ventilating system is configured to circulate air. The system has pipes connecting the at least one inlet vent, with the pipes connecting to an exit pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Patent number: 8763174
    Abstract: A soaking basin is provided having a base unit, a disposable liner, and a frame nested therebetween to enable removal of the liner from the base unit, even when filled with liquid. In this manner, a user can remove the liner filled with liquid to pour out the liquid and discard the liner, after a treatment has been completed. Thus, the user need not lift the entire soaking basin to pour out liquid. In addition, the user can use the frame to support the new liner while filling it with liquid, and to transport the filled liner to the base unit to service clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Footsiebath, LLC
    Inventors: Genya Vinokur, Sasha Vinkur, Michael Vinokur
  • Publication number: 20140150176
    Abstract: A pedicure spa having a self-cleaning retractable basin provides a consistently cleaned and sanitized basin for use during a pedicure treatment. A cleansing chamber in the pedicure spa accepts the basin for a self-cleaning procedure. Cleansing products may be dispensed from one or more supply components for application to the basin by one or more cleansing devices. The self-cleaning procedure may proceed according to one or more predefined stages, which may include a drying stage provided by one or more dryers within the cleansing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Newton Tran
  • Patent number: 8726430
    Abstract: A pedicure spa station platform that includes a raised platform having a front and a rear, and a seat area on the top surface of the platform for attaching a seat or chair. The platform has a basin tray for holding a basin. The basin tray area is positioned in front of the seat mount location. A well entrance is located between the seat area and the basin tray. The well has a sidewall with a front portion and a back portion, and a drain positioned in the sidewall. The sidewall forms a rim near the front portion (the well entrance). A vertical riser is positioned in front of the basin tray, and the vertical riser terminates in a footrest, where the footrest extends in part over and above the basin tray. The foot rest is movable with respect to the raised platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Gulfstream Inc.
    Inventors: Minh Sang Tran, Christopher Alexander
  • Publication number: 20140101843
    Abstract: A foot spa tub includes a tub basin, a first magnetic drive member rotatably coupled to a drive motor, and a first casing supporting the magnetic drive member. The first casing is disposed against an exterior surface of a sidewall of the basin. A second magnetic drive member is rotatably coupled to a blade. The first and second magnetic drive members are magnetically coupled to each other so that the blade is drivingly coupled to the drive motor. A nozzle houses the second magnetic drive member and the blade. The nozzle is detachably securable to an interior surface of the sidewall by a magnetic attraction force between the first and second magnetic drive members. The nozzle is further secured in place through a fixation assembly which prevents displacement and rotation of the nozzle during operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Ecotech Marine, LLC
    Inventors: Justin LAWYER, Patrick CLASEN, Timothy MARKS, Quy TON
  • Patent number: 8650674
    Abstract: A footrest mounting system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the footrest mounting system comprises: a mounting platform that is coupled to a footrest; a mounting arm that is coupled to the mounting platform at a proximal end; and a lower body having at least one mounting depression in which the mounting arm is disposed within such that the footrest is positioned at an incline relative to the lower body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Patent number: 8646122
    Abstract: A pedicure spa tub sanitary apparatus and system includes a disposable spa tub basin liner and a disposable gas jet member that includes a quick-connect coupling for easy assembly and removal after each use. The spa tub basin liner is made from plastic and conforms to the shape of the spa tub. The disposable gas jet member is also preferably made from plastic or other rigid material and cooperates with a valved gas coupling member secured in the spa basin wall to provide a safe and sanitary air jetting function when the spa tub basin is filled with water, thereby reducing the risk of spreading infectious disease. During use, the disposable gas jet member may be disposed within a wall trough of the spa tub to protect the disposable gas jet member and quick-connect coupling from accidental breakage and/or disconnection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Huy That Anh Ton
  • Patent number: 8607374
    Abstract: A foot spa tub includes a tub basin, a first magnetic drive member rotatably coupled to a drive motor, and a first casing supporting the magnetic drive member. The first casing is disposed against an exterior surface of a sidewall of the basin. A second magnetic drive member is rotatably coupled to a blade. The first and second magnetic drive members are magnetically coupled to each other so that the blade is drivingly coupled to the drive motor. A nozzle houses the second magnetic drive member and the blade. The nozzle is detachably securable to an interior surface of the sidewall by a magnetic attraction force between the first and second magnetic drive members. The nozzle is further secured in place through a fixation assembly which prevents displacement and rotation of the nozzle during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ecotech Marine, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lawyer, Patrick Clasen, Timothy Marks, Quy Ton
  • Patent number: 8407822
    Abstract: A bathing product for bathing comprises: a sodium hydrogen carbonate, commonly known as baking soda, being usable for softening the bathing water, removing body odor, revitalizing skin and facilitating enhanced body care or treatment, and a water sanitizing agent, being usable for effectively sanitizing the liquid and cleaning the bath apparatus without causing toxic effect to a bather for bathing in the liquid. The sodium hydrogen carbonate mixture may comprise 50-99% by weight sodium of hydrogen carbonate formed in powder form, and the water sanitizing agent may comprise about 1-10% by weight of trichloroisocyanuric acid. The bathing product may further comprise a bubbling agent to create a bubbling action for pleasure and soothing sensation for the bather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Soo Kyoung Park
  • Patent number: 8407826
    Abstract: An apparatus for bathing a body part, such as the feet, includes a bath chamber for containing a fluid and receiving the body part therein. The bath chamber includes a bottom surface and a wall structure extending upwardly therefrom, where a motor is mounted on an underside of the bottom surface. At least one therapy center is disposed on the bottom surface and operably connected to the motor for providing therapy to the body part when the body part is placed on the at least one therapy center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: FKA Distributing Co., LLC
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Roman S. Ferber, Stephen Chung
  • Publication number: 20130061390
    Abstract: A spa device including a basin with at least one agitation device. The basin is formed from a heat-retaining solid surface material. The agitation device is a pipeless fluid jet. The spa device may include electronic controls for controlling the fluid and agitation devices. The spa device electronic control system may include a fluid level sensor. When the fluid level in the basin reaches a predetermined high level the control system turns off the fluid. When the fluid level in the basin reaches a predetermined low level the control system turns off the jets. One or more leg rests are located adjacent the basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: Continuum Footspas, LLC
    Inventor: Continuum Footspas, LLC
  • Patent number: 8393019
    Abstract: A spa system featuring an immersion tank for holding a therapeutic liquid, the immersion tank may feature multiple sectors, a hot reservoir, a cold reservoir, and a mixer reservoir. The mixer reservoir is fluidly connected to each the hot reservoir, the cold reservoir, and the immersion tank via pipes. The hot reservoir has a heating element, and the cold reservoir has a cooling element. Pipes and pumps connect the immersion tank to the mixer reservoir and to the hot and cold reservoirs and the hot and cold reservoirs to the mixer reservoir. Temperature sensors are disposed in the immersion tank and the mixer reservoir. A control unit having a microprocessor functions to change temperature of the therapeutic liquid in the immersion tank by activating various pumps such that the temperature of the immersion tank matches a pre-programmed temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Victor V. Cavuoti
  • Patent number: 8387175
    Abstract: A soaking basin is provided having a base unit, a disposable liner, and a frame nested therebetween to enable removal of the liner from the base unit, even when filled with liquid. In this manner, a user can remove the liner filled with liquid to pour out the liquid and discard the liner, after a treatment has been completed. Thus, the user need not lift the entire soaking basin to pour out liquid. In addition, the user can use the frame to support the new liner while filling it with liquid, and to transport the filled liner to the base unit to service clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Footsiebath LLC
    Inventors: Genya Vinokur, Sasha Vinokur, Michael Vinokur
  • Patent number: 8341776
    Abstract: A spa apparatus including a frame, a basin received in the frame, and an adjustable leg rest coupled to the frame. The adjustable leg rest is configured to slide between a first retracted position and a second extended position. The adjustable leg rest is selectively lockingly engaged by a fixation member to hold the adjustable leg rest in the desired position relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Continuum Footspas, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph J. Galati, Jr., John Meyerovich
  • Patent number: 8296874
    Abstract: A spa device including a basin with at least one agitation device and at least one foot massaging device. The agitation device is a pipeless fluid jet. The massaging device may be a three piece massaging foot roller which is placed in a cavity in the bottom surface of the basin. The spa device may include electronic controls for controlling the fluid and agitation devices. The spa device electronic control system may include a fluid level sensor. When the fluid level in the basin reaches a predetermined high level the control system turns off the fluid. When the fluid level in the basin reaches a predetermined low level the control system turns off the jets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Continuum Footspas, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph J. Galati, Jr., John Meyerovich
  • Patent number: 8286278
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for making a base of a spa apparatus to resemble artificial rocks and wood. In one embodiment, the method is comprised of the following steps: making a mold in which its inner surface has the shape and surface texture of a rock or wood; placing a first structure on the inner surface of the mold, the first structure being operative to prevent warping of the base; spraying polymer on the mold; allowing the polymer to harden; and removing the hardened polymer from the mold, the hardened polymer having substantially the shape and surface texture of rock or wood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Patent number: 8272079
    Abstract: A whirlpool foot bath for a pedicure chair having a housing with a removable cap and a rotor and stator magnetic motor within the housing. Water in the bath is circulated through an inlet in the cap and out through at least one outlet in the cap. A method of use is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher L. Long
  • Publication number: 20120084913
    Abstract: A footbath (110) comprises a bath body (112) defining a receptacle in which a foot can be washed the bath body and a seating unit (116). The bath body is configured for fixed installation in connection with a supply of running water. The seating unit is movable relative to the bath body between a stored position in which the seating unit is at least partially disposed over the bath body and a use position in which the seating unit is retracted from the stored position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Nigel Edward Bromilow
  • Publication number: 20120015043
    Abstract: An ozone delivery system, method, and apparatus are disclosed. Ozonated water can be used to disinfect and clean various surfaces, equipment, and animals in a dairy setting. Animals can be disinfected and protected from disease through the use of wash-pen and sprayer injections, and other footbath products. Ozone can be educted into a drop hose and a pre-dip line at periodic intervals and into a foot bath to provide refreshed ozonated water. The ozone delivery system and method sterilizes all equipment and floor surfaces without damaging diary equipment components. The system can incorporate computer-controlled options such as maintaining off gas levels, maintaining cleaning and disinfecting records, monitoring ozonated water levels, monitoring concentrations of ozone in said ozonated water, controlling entry and exit gates, controlling a drainage system, and monitoring and educting ozone in a foot bath and wash pen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: Dana Heacox
  • Patent number: 8057413
    Abstract: A foot water-spouting device includes a foot-front water spouting section for spouting water toward the front side of a user's foot and a water-spouting section direction moving mechanism for reciprocating the destination of water spouting of the foot-front water spouting section along a longitudinal direction of the foot. A plurality of spouts may be arranged side-by-side in the foot instep width direction for each of the right and left feet. The pressure of water spouting at a water arrival point may be changed based on or the water spouting amount may be changed based on movement of the water arrival point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Yumiko Katsukawa, Takahiro Suzuki, Hirotomo Suyama, Yasuo Hamada
  • Patent number: 8028354
    Abstract: A spa apparatus includes a chair and a basin supported by a base. The basin is movable in an up/down direction relative to a portion of the base. The chair may include actuators to tilt forward to permit easy entry and exit from the chain. The chair may also move in a fore/aft direction relative to the basin. A pair of foot rests may be located within the basin. A manicure assembly may be located within a cavity in the arm of the chair. The basin may have a narrowed front portion to allow a technician to easily fact the customer. A base may include two support frames that pivot relative to one another proximate an end of the base distal the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: European Touch Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Gruenwald, Edwin B. Hatch, David A. Schmitz, Jeremy M. Lenzendorf, John A. Groeschel
  • Patent number: 7967521
    Abstract: A hinged soap dispensing foot cleaning device with interchangeable and replaceable cartridges comprising inter alia, a hinged fool cleaning chassis assembly, a plurality of interchangeable and replaceable bristle cartridges sized and configured to be removably attached to the chassis assembly, a pump means for pumping a liquid sized and configured to be removably and operatively connected to the chassis assembly, and a liquid filled bladder sized and configured to be housed in the chassis assembly and operatively connected to the pump means and chassis assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Luis Schiavo
  • Publication number: 20110138531
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sink access device which is utilized to facilitate a child or a diminutive person to wash their hands at a lavatory located in a public restroom. The sink access device includes a step support mount having a base and an upwardly extending arm. The step support mount is fixedly attached to a portion of a public restroom. A step is pivotally mounted to the upwardly extending arm of the step support mount. The step has a first position wherein the step is in a vertical position and a second position wherein the step is in a horizontal position providing a platform for a diminutive person to step onto. The step is positioned either at or behind a vertical plane defined by the front profile of a sink when the step is in the first position and the step breaks the plane when in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Paul Sumpton, Joi Sumpton, John Evans
  • Patent number: 7950079
    Abstract: A spa chair pedicure basin sanitation liner that allows a user to enjoy the water agitation benefits of a water based pedicure foot massage while preventing infection from reused basin water. The liner includes a bottom portion and a plurality of sidewalls attached to the bottom portion. The bottom portion and the plurality of sidewalls define an inner volume, which is capable of containing a liquid, such as water, filled up to a particular liquid level. Disposed within the inner volume, is gas piping that defines a gas-carrying conduit. The gas piping includes a plurality of openings through which gas can pass into the inner volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Lan Van Ta
  • Patent number: 7937783
    Abstract: A pedicure spa including a fluid retaining basin. An impeller operatively coupled to the basin. An enclosure removably coupled to the basin, the enclosure including an upper region and a lower region, and defining a plurality of orifices in the upper region and the lower region, with the enclosure configured to enclose the impeller and direct fluid flow towards a foot region of the basin defined between a wall of the basin and the lower region of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: European Touch Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Yin Qian, Norman R. Fugate
  • Patent number: 7900296
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a bath apparatus having auxiliary features. The auxiliary features include a handle for providing ergonomic manual transportation of the bath apparatus. Additionally, improvements to conventional therapeutic effects are provided for enhancing the overall therapeutic bathing experience. Further, a bath apparatus is disclosed having a pedicure apparatus for providing a motorized rotary pedicure effect to the user. Even further, a bath apparatus having a fluid dispenser is disclosed for dispensing therapeutic additives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: FKA Distributing Co.
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Stephen Chung, Barbara A. Westfield
  • Patent number: 7895685
    Abstract: A soaking basin is provided having a disposable liner and a base unit. The liner defines an air chamber and a plurality of apertures defined in a floor of the liner. The base unit includes an air blower system connected to the liner such that air is forced out the apertures of the liner into the liquid. The liner can further include a water-soluble coating of soaking additives adhered thereto. In this manner, the liner and the base unit cooperatively provide a therapeutic soak, even in a salon setting, without sacrificing hygienic practices. Moreover, the basin is cost-effective to manufacture and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Footsie Bath LLC
    Inventors: Genya Vinokur, Sasha Vinokur, Michael Vinokur
  • Publication number: 20110010844
    Abstract: A representative spa apparatus includes a basin, a basin structure that houses the basin, and a footrest-hose combination device that is mounted on the basin structure in front of the spa apparatus. The footrest-hose combination device adjusts the extension of a footrest structure and a hose fixture that are coupled to the footrest-hose combination device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Publication number: 20110010843
    Abstract: A spa apparatus including a frame, a basin received in the frame, and an adjustable leg rest coupled to the frame. The adjustable leg rest is configured to slide between a first retracted position and a second extended position. The adjustable leg rest is selectively lockingly engaged by a fixation member to hold the adjustable leg rest in the desired position relative to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph J. Galati, JR., John Meyerovich
  • Publication number: 20100324611
    Abstract: Certain features described herein are directed to treatment devices and treatment methods to treat and/or prevent sensation loss. The devices may take many forms including, but not limited to, a footbath, sock, slipper, sandal, insole and the like. Many different types of current and waveforms may be used to effectuate treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: WAVERX, INC.
    Inventors: Laura Deming, Marc Gibeley, Donald King, Michael Ouradnik, Anthony Tremaglio, Thomas Varricchione, Bryan R. Hotaling, James Varney
  • Publication number: 20100299828
    Abstract: Improvements in a foot washing device is disclosed. The improvements include the use of air with water to increase the washing efficiency with minimal use of water. The device is ideally used where clean water is limited such as on a boat, ship or other device where a person enters the boat with sand dirt or debris on not only the bottom but also the sides and top of the feet. The device blows water and air over the top of the feet and under the feet to wash off the sand. The amount of cleaning force is critical to reduce sand that can leave the feet and enter into the boat. The water can be filtered and recycled to reduce clean water use. The device may further include its own power supply, chemical cleaning agent and a water heating or cooling mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: ELI MINIER SHAPIRO
  • Patent number: 7832028
    Abstract: A fine-bubble generator is capable of supplying a fluid mixed with a large quantity of fine bubbles into a fluid without causing an unnecessary liquid flow and turbulent flow in the objective fluid. The fine-bubble generator is constructed by arranging two fine-bubble generating sections in a rectangular parallelepiped casing with spouts of the fine-bubble generating sections facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignees: Tashizen Techno Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Yayama, Hisatsune Nashiki, Ichiro Teshiba, Tatsuhiko Takase, Hironori Tanaka, Takaaki Iwasaki
  • Publication number: 20100101016
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for making a base of a spa apparatus to resemble artificial rocks and wood. In one embodiment, the method is comprised of the following steps: making a mold in which its inner surface has the shape and surface texture of a rock or wood; placing a first structure on the inner surface of the mold, the first structure being operative to prevent warping of the base; spraying polymer on the mold; allowing the polymer to harden; and removing the hardened polymer from the mold, the hardened polymer having substantially the shape and surface texture of rock or wood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: QUY THAT TON
  • Publication number: 20100058533
    Abstract: A spa apparatus includes a chair and a basin supported by a base. The basin is movable in an up/down direction relative to a portion of the base. The chair may include actuators to tilt forward to permit easy entry and exit from the chain. The chair may also move in a fore/aft direction relative to the basin. A pair of foot rests may be located within the basin. A manicure assembly may be located within a cavity in the arm of the chair. The basin may have a narrowed front portion to allow a technician to easily fact the customer. A base may include two support frames that pivot relative to one another proximate an end of the base distal the basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: David J. Gruenwald, Edwin B. Hatch, David A. Schmitz, Jeremy M. Lenzendorf, John A. Groeschel
  • Publication number: 20100043137
    Abstract: Automatic apparatus for washing feet comprising: a containment body 10 intended for being placed on the floor and delimiting a tank 20; washing means 31, 81, 91; 41, 82, 92 arranged in the containment body 10 for operating at tank 20; and a device 50 for actuating the washing means connected to the containment body 10. Apparatus 1 is characterised in that it is provided with a support structure 60 suitable for supporting a user in standing position. The support structure 60 is connected to the containment body 10 and is provided with a gripping portion 61. The actuating device 50 is connected to the support structure 60 in the proximity of the gripping portion 61.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Paolo Zavan
  • Patent number: 7655167
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for making a base of a spa apparatus to resemble artificial rocks and wood. In one embodiment, the method is comprised of the following steps: making a mold in which its inner surface has the shape and surface texture of a rock or wood; placing a first structure on the inner surface of the mold, the first structure being operative to prevent warping of the base; spraying polymer on the mold; allowing the polymer to harden; and removing the hardened polymer from the mold, the hardened polymer having substantially the shape and surface texture of rock or wood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Publication number: 20100005583
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of systems and methods directed to a pedicure spa apparatus. A pedicure spa can include a basin having an embedded light aperture on a first interior surface of the basin. The embedded light aperture can further includes a light passing layer configured to fluidically seal the embedded light aperture and be substantially seamless with the first interior surface of the basin. The pedicure spa can also include a water agitation device coupled to an interior surface of the basin and a magnetic actuator coupled to an opposing surface of the interior surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Quy That Ton
  • Patent number: 7559096
    Abstract: A soaking apparatus utilizing a soaking basin and a disposable liner configured to fit within the basin cavity. The basin is comprised of a material layer formed to define an integral floor and a peripheral wall projecting upwardly therefrom. The basin floor and peripheral wall together define the boundary of a basin cavity. An elongate protrusion protrudes from the floor into the basin cavity between left and right foot areas. The liner is comprised of a thin (e.g., 3-12 mils) material layer formed to define an integral floor and peripheral wall projecting upwardly therefrom. The liner floor and peripheral wall are dimensioned to closely nest within the basin cavity. The liner floor also defines left and right foot areas spaced by a protrusion projecting into the liner cavity. The underside of the liner protrusion forms a concave recess for accommodating the basin floor protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventor: Vladimir Zolotnik
  • Publication number: 20090105618
    Abstract: An invention is provided for a spa chair base suitable for use with any suitable seat. The spa chair base includes a pedicure basin defined by a plurality of sidewalls attached to a bottom portion, where the bottom portion and the plurality of sidewalls define an inner volume capable of containing a liquid to a particular liquid level. Disposed in the bottom portion of the pedicure basin is a physical massage element capable of providing a physical massage to a user. In addition, a waterproof physical massage element liner is attached to the pedicure basin and disposed between the physical massage element and the inner volume of the pedicure basin. The physical massage elements can utilize vibration, inflatable bladders, rollers, or any other type of massage element that provides a physical massage utilizing more than water pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Lan Van Ta
  • Publication number: 20090100590
    Abstract: A spa device including a basin with at least one agitation device and at least one foot massaging device. The agitation device is a pipeless fluid jet. The massaging device may be a three piece massaging foot roller which is placed in a cavity in the bottom surface of the basin. The spa device may include electronic controls for controlling the fluid and agitation devices. The spa device electronic control system may include a fluid level sensor. When the fluid level in the basin reaches a predetermined high level the control system turns off the fluid. When the fluid level in the basin reaches a predetermined low level the control system turns off the jets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: Joseph J. Galati, JR., John Meyerovich
  • Publication number: 20090094739
    Abstract: A soaking basin is provided having a base unit, a disposable liner, and a frame nested therebetween to enable removal of the liner from the base unit, even when filled with liquid. In this manner, a user can remove the liner filled with liquid to pour out the liquid and discard the liner, after a treatment has been completed. Thus, the user need not lift the entire soaking basin to pour out liquid. In addition, the user can use the frame to support the new liner while filling it with liquid, and to transport the filled liner to the base unit to service clients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Genya Vinokur, Sasha Vinokur, Michael Vinokur
  • Publication number: 20090065353
    Abstract: An ionic foot bath array for generating an ionic foot bath includes an upper rod support structure, at least one electrically non-conductive support structure leg depending downwards from the upper rod support structure and a plurality of generally cylindrical electrically conductive ionic rods each having the same diameter, the ionic rods being removably mounted and depending downwards from the upper rod support structure, each of the ionic rods extending generally parallel with one another in spaced-apart relationship in at least two generally parallel rows, the ionic rods having an intra-row spacing therebetween of no greater than two times the diameter of each ionic rod, the rows being spaced no greater than three times the diameter of each ionic rod, with at least one of the rows being positively charged and at least one of the rows being negatively charged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Steven Haase, Sherry Haase, Greg Holle, Tamera Holle