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At the sixth annual Green Spa Network Congress, 125 industry leaders came together to map out a planet-friendly spa of the future – Eco-spa 2020. Michael Stusser shares their vision.
Last September, inside a recycled Civil War-era barn made with hand-hewn timbers and warmed by geothermal heating, 125 talented leaders from the worldwide spa industry gathered at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado. The LEED Silver- certified facility proved an ideal meeting ground for the sixth annual congress of the Green Spa Network (GSN). Situated in the Rocky Mountains, the dramatic site offered a compelling visual metaphor for the goals of congress: to create plans for an planet-friendly spa of the future – namely Eco-spa 2020.
Founded 30 years ago by organic gardener and Zen practitioner Michael Stusser, Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary is truly one of a kind. I first learned of the Japanese enzyme baths from my mother, who went there for a girlfriend’s getaway some 25 years ago. I’ve had the good fortune of visiting Osmosis many times over the years. The property has blossomed from humble beginnings into an internationally-recognized wellness retreat.
We have an amazing new facial to enhance your spa experience. The Repair and Revitalize Facial is a 75 minute treatment featuring exciting new products from Naturopathica.
Your skin will be expertly cleansed and a gentle refining glycolic peel will be applied to ensure superior results. The Wrinkle Repair Collection will follow and contains the latest and most effective active ingredients: 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, Argan Plant Stem Cells, Matrixyl® synthe’6® Peptides and a Tri-Retinol blend. Powerful and non-irritating, the regenerative properties of these ingredients work together to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin tone and firmness. We have also included a “Five Minute Face Lift” utilizing the NuFace handheld microcurrent device to enhance product penetration and visibly lift and tone the skin. You will experience a complete neck, shoulder and face massage with a nourishing facial oil followed by the application of a new professional mask called the Revitalizing Marine Mask. Customized to the specific needs of your skin, this mask is a fortifying treatment that blends micronized French seaweed with healing Zinc minerals, clarifying Kaolin Clay and nutrient-rich Aloe Vera botanicals to detoxify, stimulate, firm and nourish the skin. While you rest with the mask, you will enjoy a luxurious foot treatment. We complete your experience with a brightening treatment and the perfect moisturizer to send you off looking and feeling your best. More exciting news…the Wrinkle Repair Collection is available in our boutique to take home so you can continue the fabulous results from your facial.
The rain has arrived and our brilliant green landscape has returned here at Osmosis. This is a great reminder of the abundant life-energy surrounding us every day. But did you know that the same substance that maintains that life-energy in plants is also good for our skin and body?
Chlorophyll is the green photosynthetic pigment found in plants and allows the conversion of sunlight into usable energy. Research studies in humans have found that chlorophyll supplementation can decrease damage to DNA by carcinogenic substances, effectively deodorize and cleanse the digestive and urinary tracts, and strengthen the blood. Chlorophyll has been compared with human blood by researchers because of its similar molecular structure and is referred to as the “blood” of the plant. So now is the time to add those green leafy vegetables to your diet. The greener the better.
It is a hot-topic at our spa, how stress affects the mind and body and how we can improve health by providing services and an environment that reduce stress. It is important to remember that our skin is also impacted by stress and can appear tired, dull and lackluster. In addition to this, the skin becomes imbalanced and shows more pore congestion, surface dryness and aging.
I went to the recent Wisdom 2.0 conference at the Marriott in in San. The conference focused on the meeting place of high tech and ancient wisdom. It was fully sold out with 2,000 attendees. The energy of the conference was absolutely electric, bristling with excitement and led by a new generation of younger people with a very different life experience and worldview having grown up with digital technology.
Here were the best and the brightest from Google, Facebook, (Apple was notably absent) along with many other major technology companies. Some of the most powerful leading edge corporations in the world with their huge international influence and financial clout came together to meet with leading spiritual teachers to explore how to adopt wisdom practices. What unlikely bedfellows.
Located 1.5 hours north of San Francisco, Osmosis is a Japanese style retreat with beautiful bonsai and bamboo gardens.
Osmosis is the only day spa in the U.S. that offers the Cedar Enzyme Bath, a rejuvenating heat treatment from Japan.
A vivid view of the spa and the entire Cedar Enzyme Bath experience.