KOHLER, Wis., April 2, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Vibroacoustics is a
technology-based sound therapy defined as hearing and feeling sound
vibrations through the body. Proven to promote relaxation, it is an ideal
feature to add to a bathtub that is designed and engineered to
instinctively ease tension and stress -- as shown in the newly launched
Fountainhead(TM) VibrAcoustic bath by Kohler Co., a global leader in
kitchen and bath design and technology.
"The science of sound vibration and the art of ergonomic design come
together in this bath to provide an unprecedented level of relaxation,"
said Ann Roever, business director for KOHLER bathing products. "Four
expert-designed sound and vibration experiences are designed to help the
bather achieve consistent, slow, and deep breathing, or the phenomena of
'Entrainment' -- the connection of internal body rhythms with external
"The four experiences are original compositions that integrate music,
vibration and lighting in order to encourage the bather's breathing rate to
align with the beats or chord structures. The bather cannot help but relax
physically because the mind is able to shift into a focus on internal,
Fountainhead VibrAcoustic Experience
Four VibrAcoustic experiences envelop the bather in a multi-sensory
environment that synchronizes music, vibration and light with water. These
original compositions were created in collaboration with a renowned sound
therapist and are choreographed uniquely for this bath to optimize the
vibroacoustic effect, in which the body is led into a state of complete
relaxation. Two massaging beat experiences add even more physical vibration
that can be adjusted to the desired level of intensity to personalize the
Transducers producing music/vibrations are strategically placed on the
backside of the bath allowing the bather to not only hear but also feel the
music streaming in from one of the four preset Fountainhead experiences.
The sound waves travel through the water and gently resound in the body.
The transducers are located both below the water for the vibration
experience and above the water for the audio. A user-friendly, conveniently
located DTV Bath interface controls all features and affords bathers the
option of listening to a favorite play list from a MP3 player or a radio
station from a home computer.
Synchronized lighting is another relaxing element that completes the
well-rounded bathing experience with a sweeping wave of color in the bath.
The four lights in the bath can create eight different colors and myriad
color combinations and patterns. A color dial even allows bathers to choose
a particular hue of each color. The lights are synchronized with the four
preset Fountainhead experiences and will also align themselves with the
rhythm of outside music.
Fountainhead Bath Design
The newest addition to the recently launched contemporary Fountainhead
suite, the VibrAcoustic bath maintains the collection's fundamental design
lines of flowing curves and organic minimalism. It is available in two
installation options, drop-in or an exposed deck installation with a
unique, raised look to highlight the bath's fluid design that almost makes
the tub appear to be a hovering basin of water.
The bath is made of acrylic and available in two sizes -- 88m x 48 x 24
inches and 72 x 42 x 26 inches, which allow bathers of different heights to
be submerged completely. The 88-inch bath is only available as an exposed
deck installation, but offers a large transition area built into the rim
for easy access. Both sizes offer two reclined positions. The first
position features a head pocket designed to give the bather the choice of
resting his or her head while floating in the bath or lowering the head so
the ears are under water. This enhances the sound quality of the music,
making the sound even clearer than above water. The second position is for
bathers who prefer to have their ears above water. For maximum comfort, a
soft, pliable pillow is included with the 88-inch models that will support
bathers at the nape of their neck as they float in the large bathing well.
The pillow is available as an optional accessory for the smaller bath.
For more information on the Fountainhead VibrAcoustic bath or other
KOHLER products, individuals may visit the Kohler Co. Web site at
KOHLER.com or call toll-free at 1-800-4-KOHLER.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of
America's oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global
leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power
generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and an
international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf
SOURCE Kohler Co.