Couch, Chair, Bath, Or Other Support Patents (Class 601/158)
  • Patent number: 8992450
    Abstract: A portable hydro massage device for submersion in a body of water containing a female user, i.e. a bathtub, provides a local massage to the labium region and a focused stimulant to the female user's clitoris thereby resulting in a superior sensation to the entire body promoting an overall euphoric state and calming effect. The apparatus employs a saddle shaped housing, where the buttocks are placed, and a saddle horn for controlling the stimulus. Disposed within the midsection of the saddle horn is a hydro jet with a driven flow from a circulating water pump that draws suction from the main body of water. The hydro jet is adjustable in pressure and a method is provided for aeration of the water discharged to allow for a rhythmic pulsation effect. The saddle horn may be held and the lower body positioned as needed to focus the discharged stream from the hydro jet to the desired point of the pelvic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: David Heilman
  • Patent number: 8951215
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for treating a user by means of vibrations, comprising: a vessel for accommodating a liquid for immersing the user, provided with a first rim; a motor provided with a cam mechanically coupled to the vessel to cause vibrations of the vessel. The apparatus is characterized in that it further comprises an external casing of the vessel, provided with a second rim covering the first rim, and a fluid-tight seal interposes between the first rim and the second rim and such to reduce the transmission of vibrations from the vessel to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ideal Standard Intl. BVBA
    Inventor: Alessandro Moretto
  • Publication number: 20140371642
    Abstract: A chair having a backrest, a seat and a footrest, and also a headrest with a rear plate for resting on an edge of a swimming pool, there being holes for the expulsion of air and/or water impelled by one or more pumps located on the headrest, distribution being achieved by means of conduits. Various components included in the chair are articulated, which allows the chair to be folded not only partially but also completely, thereby achieving a reduction in volume not only when the chair is collapsed down when not in use but installed at the swimming pool but also when stored, which transforms it into a device that can be acquired and transported and installed immediately without the need for emptying the swimming pool, and there is no need to assemble the chair which simply has to be unfolded. Provision is made for the distribution of air and/or water by means of rotatable swivel components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: José Torregrosa Pascual, Domingo Torregrosa Pascual
  • Patent number: 8608673
    Abstract: The present patent application provides a bathtub for beauty and health care and a physic solution. The bathtub comprises a housing and a tub which is formed by an inner tub and an outer tub nested together, there is a clearance between the inner tub and the outer tub, at least a group of ultrasonic generating elements are arranged on the wall of the outer tub and used for generating ultrasonic so as to vibrate water inside the outer tub and then vibrate physic solution inside the inner tub. Beauty and health care for a whole body can be realized by filling the physic solution into the inner tub, meanwhile, when a user is soaking in the physic solution, the physic solution is vibrated along with the ultrasonic generating elements, so that the physic solution can be introduced into the body effectively. In order to keep the temperature of the never goes too high or too low, a circulating pump is used to flow the physic solution circularly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Mengjun Cao
  • Patent number: 8419667
    Abstract: The present invention is suspended between the shower sliding door frame and the opposite shower wall. It has two large rotating disk wheels that massage and clean the body. A water reservoir allows soapy water to flow gently onto both shower disk wheels continuously, enabling the user to limit the volume of water used. The disk wheels spin in opposite directions at the same speed, controlled by a single motor and a drive belt that rotates two shafts. The lower disk wheel moves forward and backward to conform to the contours of the body. The unit is braced against the back wall of the shower enclosure and kept in position by adjustable arms. It can be raised and lowered to clean the upper and lower body. Its speed and efficiency lead to conserving water, time, and energy. The invention is especially useful for anyone with limited hand or arm mobility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Hani Elias Chika
  • 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: 7824351
    Abstract: A portable hydro massage device for submersion in a body of water containing a female user, i.e. a bathtub, provides a local massage to the labium region and a focused stimulant to the female user's clitoris thereby resulting in a superior sensation to the entire body promoting an overall euphoric state and calming effect. The apparatus employs a saddle shaped housing, where the buttocks are placed, and a saddle horn for controlling the stimulus. Disposed within the midsection of the saddle horn is a hydro jet with a driven flow from a circulating water pump that draws suction from the main body of water. The hydro jet is adjustable in pressure and a method is provided for aeration of the water discharged to allow for a rhythmic pulsation effect. The saddle horn may be held and the lower body positioned as needed to focus the discharged stream from the hydro jet to the desired point of the pelvic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventor: David Heilman
  • Publication number: 20090312680
    Abstract: In an apparatus for dry hydro-therapy body massage comprising a housing structure having a user support surface and a fluid spray arrangement interiorly within the housing structure for directing a fluid stream at the user support surface for imparting a massaging effect through the support surface to the body of a user thereon, a control device is disposed within the housing structure between the fluid spray arrangement and the user support surface for altering directional flow of the fluid stream relative to a selected portion of the user's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: JTL Enterprises Inc. (a Delaware Corporation)
    Inventors: Paul L. Lunter, Timothy S. Elliott
  • Publication number: 20090312679
    Abstract: An apparatus for dry hydro-therapy body massage of a user in a seated position includes a housing structure having a user support surface wherein an upper body portion and a lower body portion of a user are supported in relative angular relation, and a fluid spray arrangement interiorly within the housing structure for directing a fluid stream at the user support surface for imparting a massaging effect through the support surface to the upper body portion and lower body portion of the user. The fluid spray arrangement is movable for travel along the user support surface in a first path of travel generally along the upper body portion of the user and a second path of travel angularly relative to the first path of travel generally along the lower body portion of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: JTL Enterprises Inc. (a Delaware Corporation)
    Inventors: Timothy S. Elliott, Paul J. Lunter
  • Publication number: 20080301870
    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: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: FKA Distributing Co. d/b/a HoMedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Stephen Chung, Barbara A. Westfield
  • Publication number: 20080287845
    Abstract: The present invention is suspended between the shower sliding door frame and the opposite shower wall. It has two large rotating disk wheels that massage and clean the body. A water reservoir allows soapy water to flow gently onto both shower disk wheels continuously, enabling the user to limit the volume of water used. The disk wheels spin in opposite directions at the same speed, controlled by a single motor and a drive belt that rotates two shafts. The lower disk wheel moves forward and backward to conform to the contours of the body. The unit is braced against the back wall of the shower enclosure and kept in position by adjustable arms. It can be raised and lowered to clean the upper and lower body. Its speed and efficiency lead to conserving water, time, and energy. The invention is especially useful for anyone with limited hand or arm mobility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Hani Elias Chika
  • Publication number: 20080189848
    Abstract: A foot soak tray includes a base housing, a container disposed above the base housing and having a space for receiving water in the space of the container, and a heating device disposed in the chamber of the base housing for heating the water received in the space of the container. A reflector may be disposed below the heating device for reflecting a heat generated by the heating device. A massage device may be disposed in the container and includes one or more rotatable rollers having a number of protrusions for massaging the feet of the user. The massage device preferably includes a length shorter than that of the container for forming an opening between the container and the massage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Chien Hsin Chao
  • Patent number: 7276034
    Abstract: A water driven massager mounted in an opening in the wall of a spa. The massager includes a main housing secured to the wall opening and extending outwardly from the wall (i.e., away from a spa user). A gear housing is mounted in the main housing and contains a drive mechanism rotationally connecting between a turbine and a rotating massager. The drive mechanism includes two in-series planetary gear sets for reducing Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) of the rotating massager. The rotating massager includes a plurality of rotating balls held in a ball plate residing proximal to the plane of a spa surface of the wall (i.e., the spa wall surface facing the user), and is covered by a boot providing a massager surface. The ball plate rotates at between 50 and 80 RPM thereby providing a rotating massage on the surface of the boot. The gear housing is easily removed through the wall opening for service and maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Joseph G. Elnar
  • Patent number: 7100220
    Abstract: A bath apparatus for bathing a body part, such as feet, includes a bath chamber for containing fluid and receiving the user's feet therein. The bath apparatus includes a heater for heating the bath chamber fluid, and a fluid pump for directing streams of water into the bath chamber to massage the user's feet. A float switch is provided so that the heater and the fluid pump only operate if there is an adequate amount of fluid in the bath chamber. The bath apparatus also includes a selection device disposed within the bath chamber, that is configured to be actuated by the user's feet when they are submerged within the bath chamber fluid. This provides a higher water pressure only after the feet are disposed within the bath chamber, thereby reducing the likelihood that water will be expelled from the bath chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: HoMedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Roman S. Ferber, Stephen Chung
  • Patent number: 7033329
    Abstract: A human body massager is constructed to include a base, the base having a supporting portion adapted for supporting a part of the user's body, and a magnetic field generator installed in the base and adapted for generating a variable magnetic field involved with the part of the user's body supported on the supporting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: Lu-Jung Liao
  • Patent number: 6973683
    Abstract: A bath apparatus for bathing a body part, such as feet, includes a bath chamber for containing fluid and receiving the user's feet therein. The bath apparatus includes a heater for heating the bath chamber fluid, and a fluid pump for directing streams of water into the bath chamber to massage the user's feet. A float switch is provided so that the heater and the fluid pump only operate if there is an adequate amount of fluid in the bath chamber. The bath apparatus also includes a selection device disposed within the bath chamber, that is configured to be actuated by the user's feet when they are submerged within the bath chamber fluid. This provides a higher water pressure only after the feet are disposed within the bath chamber, thereby reducing the likelihood that water will be expelled from the bath chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: HoMedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mordechai Lev, Roman S. Ferber, Stephen Chung
  • Patent number: 6805678
    Abstract: A foot treating apparatus comprising a basin that is adapted for accepting and containing bathing water and is shaped and arranged to accommodate two human feet within the bathing water. A steam generator is included and adapted to accept and contain steamable water, to convert the steamable water into steam, and to direct the steam through a steam vent disposed above the bathing water and at one or both of the soles of those feet when the feet are removed from the bathing water. Dry massage means, heating means, vibration, and aeration are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Helen of Troy
    Inventor: Michael Cafaro
  • Patent number: 6790188
    Abstract: A foot-immersing massaging machine includes a body and an immersing vessel combined on the body. The body has a housing, a motor, a switch, a power cord, and a vibrator. The vibrator is fixed on an upper end of the shaft of the motor, and produces vibration when rotated by the motor. The immersing vessel has a vessel body and a soft massage cushion. The vessel body has a through hole in the bottom center for an upper portion of the vibrator to extend through upward, and the massage cushion is placed on the bottom of the vessel body and closes up the through hole, covering the vibrator with a gap between itself and the vibrator. Then a user can put the feet in the immersing vessel and receive massage performed by the vibrator at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Chao Yang Chen
  • Patent number: 6770043
    Abstract: An improved therapeutic spa, hot tub, or hydrotherapy system includes one or more jet assemblies to form streams of water which translate in at least two degrees of freedom over a substantial portion of the user's body. The jet assemblies preferably move in patterns under automatic computer control as well as manual feedback by the user. The system preferably includes a body support, such as in the form of a chair. The support is at least partially water permeable so that the streams of water impinge the user through the body support. The jet assemblies preferably include unitary nozzles, pumps, and motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Rocky Kahn
  • Patent number: 6752773
    Abstract: There is provided a foldable bubbling bath mat having two or more interconnected segments and a number of air channels with two or more apertures located in a bottom surface of the air channels. The bubbling bath mat is adapted to produce varying sized air bubbles and, thus, improve the overall therapeutic massaging effect on a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Kit Lun Leung, Chung Shun Tse, Kam Fai Fung
  • Publication number: 20040087883
    Abstract: A pedicure foot bath is provided having a removable water moving module. The water moving module of the present invention comprises a rotating paddle which simulates an ocean-like wave motion which soothes and relaxes sore, tired and injured feet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventor: William H. Berger
  • Publication number: 20040073147
    Abstract: A device for treating a user's hand with a treatment fluid is provided. The device includes a housing that defines a basin for holding the treatment fluid. The device includes a hand rest portion for supporting the user's hand with the fingers in the basin. The treatment fluid is circulated within the basin to provide therapy to the user's hand. The treatment device may also provide a vibratory massage and heat therapy to the user's hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventors: Barbara Gary, Nancy Mullins, Bernard Strong
  • Patent number: 6695798
    Abstract: An air cushion bed. The air cushion bed includes a massaging device. The massaging device includes an air cushion, vibrating motor, motor casing, massaging plate and adhesive strip. The air cushion includes air bladders that are linked together, and the vibrating motor is installed in the motor casing, whereon the massaging plate is installed. An adhesive strip is installed on the outer surface of the motor casing so that the motor casing can be fixed on the air bladders of the air cushion, allowing the air cushion bed to be a detachable device. The air cushion bed utilizes a microcomputer to activate the vibrating motor, which causes the motor casing to vibrate, which causes the massaging plate to vibrate, so that a patient resting on the massaging device can be massaged on the back portion through the vibration of the massaging plate, and the patient's blood circulation can be improved to minimize any bedsores for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Chi-An Chang
  • Publication number: 20040006289
    Abstract: A human body massager is constructed to include a base, the base having a supporting portion adapted for supporting a part of the user's body, and a magnetic field generator installed in the base and adapted for generating a variable magnetic field involved with the part of the user's body supported on the supporting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: Lu-Jung Liao
  • Patent number: 6669658
    Abstract: An apparatus for execution of hydromassages is provided which comprises an operating unit (1a) to be plunged into water, delimiting a space (10) for at least one person and having at least one float (5) and one dispensing structure (2) supported by the float (5), the dispensing structure being provided with diffuser holes (3) for emission of a fluid under pressure for hydromassage, the apparatus further comprising feeding members (1b) to supply fluid under pressure, disposed externally of the operating unit (1a) which conveys the fluid to the operating unit (1a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Giuseppe Ezio Fumanelli
  • Publication number: 20030220593
    Abstract: A foot spa and a method for controlling the foot spa is provided. The foot spa has a housing defining a reservoir for locating feet and a touchpad control unit for controlling a function of the foot spa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Applicant: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kevin Joseph Morton
  • Patent number: 6568000
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for bathing body parts, such as the feet. The apparatus includes a bath chamber for containing fluid, such as water, and receiving the body part therein. The bath chamber includes a bottom surface and a wall structure extending upwardly therefrom. A hood is attached to the wall structure and is arranged to at least partially cover the bath chamber, and a motor is mounted on an underside of the hood. At least two spaced therapy centers are disposed on the hood, where the therapy centers are operably connected to the motor for providing therapy to the body part when the body part is placed on one of the therapy centers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: HoMedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Alon D. Kaufman, Alex Wong Chi To
  • Patent number: 6503212
    Abstract: A massage chair capable of massaging even the foot by utilizing a whirlpool formed by the spouting of water is disclosed, in which the chair can be moved back and forth, its seatback can be reclined, and the instep and the sole of the foot can be massaged. The massage chair includes a supporting structure 20 and a seat 10. The seat 10 consists of a seat cushion 11 mounted and secured upon the supporting structure 20, and a seatback 12 upstanding on a rear edge of the seat cushion 11. A massaging mechanism 50 is internally installed within the seatback 12, and a seat moving mechanism 40 moves the seat cushion 11 back and forth. A foot bath tub 30 is formed on the supporting structure 20 in front of the seat cushion 11, and the foot bath tub 30 has water spouting holes 31, 32 and 33 on its bottom, on its side walls and on its rear wall respectively, and has a water spouting shower device 34 above it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Beaunix Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeung Hoon Park
  • Patent number: 6494851
    Abstract: A relaxation station for inducing user relaxation includes a couch having a frame and a reclining surface attached to said frame for accommodating a user in a reclining position. The frame has a plurality of preferably pairs of massage grippers connected to and extending generally upward therefrom. These massage gripper pairs are elongated members projecting generally upward from the frame and the gripper pairs are capable of moving reciprocally between an open and a closed position to simulate finger manipulated massage. In a closed position, they cradle and contact the body or a portion thereof of a user. These massage gripper pairs having motive actuators for producing movement between said open and said closed positions, such as scissors extenders or flexible cables The massage gripper elongated members produce massage motions in at least one massage contact pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventor: James Becher
  • Publication number: 20020151830
    Abstract: An improved therapeutic spa, hot tub, or hydrotherapy system includes one or more jet assemblies to form streams of water which translate in at least two degrees of freedom over a substantial portion of the user's body. The jet assemblies preferably move in patterns under automatic computer control as well as manual feedback by the user. The system preferably includes a body support, such as in the form of a chair. The support is at least partially water permeable so that the streams of water impinge the user through the body support. The jet assemblies preferably include unitary nozzles, pumps, and motors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventor: Rocky Kahn
  • Patent number: 6406446
    Abstract: The present invention provides a high velocity current producing apparatus in a bathtub capable of producing high velocity current having an appropriate pressure in a bathtub with a simple construction, and capable of enhancing operability, functional property and safety without narrowing the space in the bathroom. The high velocity current producing apparatus in a bathtub produces the high velocity current in the bathtub by connecting a pump to a circulation passage for circulating hot water in a bathtub to components provided outside the bathtub and the hot water sucked from the bathtub to the circulation passage is pressurized and supplied to the bathtub, wherein the high velocity current is used for massaging a body of a bather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Takagi Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumi Takagi, Yoshitaka Morinaka, Kenichi Ito, Masaru Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 6405390
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multifunctional foot spa comprising a chassis; a container disposed on the chassis comprising a left part and a right part; a foot rest arranged between the left part and the right part; central massage means including a massage axle and a massage accessory positioned on the foot rest; driving means comprising a plurality of motors for respectively driving the central massage means and producing hydraulic vibrations and bubbles in water filled in the container; heating means including a circuit for keeping the water at a predetermined temperature, and control means for controlling the driving means and heating means, wherein a plurality of holes and bulges are well-distributed on the base surface of the container, and a plurality of releasable and rotatable massage rollers are provided to match a plurality of recesses at the center of the base surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Kenford Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu King Kuen
  • Patent number: 6385795
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for bathing body parts, such as the feet. The apparatus includes a bath chamber for containing fluid, such as water, and receiving the body part therein. The bath chamber includes a bottom surface and a wall structure extending upwardly therefrom, wherein the wall structure has a contact area adapted to be exposed when fluid is contained in the bath chamber. A heating member is provided on the contact area for providing heat, such as infrared rays, to the body part when the body part is placed on the contact area. In addition, the bath apparatus can include at least one massage attachment adapted to be received on the contact area for massaging the body part when the body part engages the massage attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: HoMedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman S. Ferber, Alex Wong Chi To
  • Patent number: 6319214
    Abstract: A valve-less fluid control circuit for controlling rhythmic action devices, such as circulatory assist devices. The fluid control circuit has a plurality of pressure sensitive fluid oscillators for circulating a fluid. Each fluid oscillator includes a capacitance chamber unit for peristaltic pumping of fluid after being filled via an input conduit and a resistance conduit. A first control conduit provides an outlet of fluid from the capacitance unit during peristaltic pumping, and when the pressure of the fluid in the first control conduit reaches a certain level relative to the pressure of fluid in the input conduit, the fluid is directed through an interactive region and exits the first fluid oscillator through an exhaust conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Donald E. Wortman, John D. Bruno
  • Patent number: 6309366
    Abstract: A foot therapy device including a portable housing with an annular wall having an upper edge and defining a reservoir for retaining a volume of liquid to be used during foot therapy; a lid covering a given portion of the reservoir and secured to a continuous portion of the upper edge; and a liquid seal member disposed between the lid and the given upper edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Helen of Troy
    Inventor: Randolph E. Maxwell
  • Patent number: 6277086
    Abstract: A massaging bath mat, which includes a bath mat for mounting in the inside wall of a bathtub under the water, the bath mat being formed of a series of bath mat units each having a plurality of perforated flexible tubes connected in parallel, and a pump unit coupled to the bath mat and controlled to pump air to the perforated flexible tubes of the bath mat for producing air bubbles in the water in the bathtub to massaging the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Inventor: Shu Chih Wu
  • Patent number: 6183430
    Abstract: The invention discloses a portable bathtub massage pad, which can be placed within a bathtub or be hung in a shower room. It comprises a pump, a pad, and a control circuit. The massage effect on human bodies is achieved by the steps of sucking, pumping, and jetting water with the pump to send the pressurized water to the pad that is distributed with water ways inside and jet water on the user via the water outlets on the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: Ching-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 6036663
    Abstract: This hydro-massage chair comprises horizontally-spaced sidewalls, a seat portion extending between the sidewalls, and an inclined back portion adapted to support the back of a patient seated on the seat portion. An inflatable hollow cushion has a back wall bearing against the inclined back portion and a soft front wall facing the back of the seated patient. The cushion is inflated by introducing liquid into its interior. Nozzles are mounted in spaced relation along the length of the cushion for injecting pressurized liquid jets into the interior of the cushion and against the inside of the front wall of the cushion to produce a massaging effect on the back of the seated patient. A plurality of bars spaced apart along the length of the cushion extend between the sidewalls and confine the front wall of the inflated cushion but allow the front wall to bulge slightly in the regions between the bars when the cushion is inflated with liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: Frank J. Arzt
  • Patent number: 6027464
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for sleeping, resting, or receiving therapy while immersed in water. The buoyancy forces eliminate concentrated support forces on the body, relieving back and neck stress, decubis ulcers, bed sores, and the like. The person is contained within a waterproof suit and substantially immersed in warmed water. Suit ventilation means and safety monitoring instrumentation are disclosed. Therapeutic gasses and vapors may be wholly or selectively applied to the body while sleeping or resting. Salves and the like may be applied remotely and specifically through tubes. The system also has provision for applying traction and manipulation therapies. The system is adaptable for veterinary use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Inventor: Daryl Leroy Dahlquist
  • Patent number: 5928171
    Abstract: A unitarily-molded pillow for mounting in a spa and having a flexible membrane positioned therein and with respect to a water discharge jet by an integrally-molded support structure including an upper collar, a lower rim, and respective side shoulders, the support structure being integrated into a smooth, contoured front surface providing integral neck and head support, with the membrane positioned to provide a pleasing warm neck massage effect and the jet being adjustable via an air valve for user comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Watkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Larsen
  • Patent number: 5738638
    Abstract: An apparatus useful in combination with a pump source of recirculated tub water for discharging a water stream for massaging a user's body characterized by a flexible water permeable membrane, preferably of terry cloth, mounted in front of a discharge orifice. In use, water stream discharged from the orifice impacts against the rear face of the membrane while the membrane's front face is held against and massages the user's body. The permeability of the membrane permits water to pass therethrough to wet and lubricate the user's skin. The water permeable membrane spreads the impact area to thus provide a softer more pleasing massage effect while minimizing the amount of unwanted splash. The apparatus may also include a shower outlet for selectively discharging a shower spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventors: Melvyn Lane Henkin, Jordan Myron Laby
  • Patent number: 5729841
    Abstract: A foot massager is provided in the form of a footbath (1) having first and second foot receiving portions (10). The base (2) of the footbath (1) is provided with a plurality of movable massaging elements (31, 50) to perform a massaging function on the feet. In one embodiment, the massaging elements are half-round projections (31) formed on a movable member (30) and which project through apertures (33) in an overlying fixed member (32), while in a second embodiment the massaging elements are rotating wheels (50) fixed on the movable member (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: China Pacific Trade Ltd.
    Inventor: Wing Kin Chan
  • Patent number: 5418984
    Abstract: A hydrotherapy spa includes an upwardly open, U-shaped, cross-sectional, waterproof spa shell defining a receptacle for holding water. The spa shell includes a horizontal seat portion and an integral seat back extending generally vertically upwardly therefrom. A water supply manifold is sealably mounted to the exterior of the spa shell, is spaced therefrom and forms a manifold chamber, with the supply manifold overlying a portion of the seat and the seat back. A plurality of small diameter apertures are formed in the spa shell opening to the manifold chamber. Water under pressure is circulated from the interior of the spa shell to an inlet port opening to the manifold chamber. The water is discharged through the small diameter apertures into the interior of the spa shell and against the back and buttocks of an occupant within the seat area seated at a hydrotherapy seat defined by the supply manifold and the seat and seat back of the spa shell which include the small diameter apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Plastic Development Company - PDC
    Inventor: David R. Livingston, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5387181
    Abstract: A lounge chair accommodating an occupant in a reclining position while exposing him to a stress-relieving environment. The chair includes a couch whose frame supports a bed formed by an array of parallel dowels contoured to define an intermediate posterior region having extending therefrom a front thigh and leg region and rear back and head region. The bed contour is adjustable to conform to the natural contours of the occupant. The couch is mounted on a base and is angularly adjustable thereon. Supported on the frame below the bed is a water trough contoured to define an intermediate sump section having extending therefrom front and rear waterfall sections, each provided with a set of deflectors so situated as to cause the flowing water to cascade into the sump section. Coupled to the trough is a pump supplying water to the input of the front and rear waterfall sections, the water collected in the sump section being returned to the pump and recirculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Inventor: Robert J. Olsen