Massage Is An Essential Service

Massage is an Essential Service

Osmosis has been required to cease offering “personal services” starting December 12th due to the pandemic. 

Spas have been put into the same category as hair and nail salons.

Medical professionals and our guests have confirmed what we already know, that massage is an essential healthcare service for many people.  Particularly now, with the additional stresses of fear, isolation, lack of touch.

You can still receive a massage treatment at Osmosis if you have a medical referral on file with us. (*This does not apply to cedar enzyme bath or facial)

To obtain a medical referral for massage, email, or visit your healthcare provider and let them know how you feel massage would be helpful to you. You will want to mention the symptoms you are experiencing that can be addressed by massage (see the list below) and request that they provide you with a massage referral. See the sample “email to my doctor” below for ideas of how to request a referral.

  • Chronic stress
  • Anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headaches
  • Poor circulation
  • Chronically tight muscles
  • Sports injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries or strain
  • TMJ disorders
  • Disrupted or restless sleep
  • Arthritis
  • Myofascial pain
  • Edema/swelling
  • Immobile muscles or joints (such as frozen shoulder)

Whether you see a traditional MD, a naturopath or a chiropractor, massage can be a great addition to your health care regimen. If you suffer from even one of the conditions mentioned above, you’re a candidate for a medical massage referral.  

When you have a healthcare massage referral, simply email a copy to Osmosis at reservations@osmosis.com 

Once it is on file, you may call Osmosis to schedule your massage. Our indoor rooms provide a safe and clean environment for you to receive a healing massage with our caring and experienced massage therapists. Osmosis Covid Safety Program

Make sure to mention your medical massage referral upon booking. We look forward to supporting your journey to wellness!!!

  • Only ONE note must be attained and may be emailed to reservations@osmosis.com 
  • Your note will be kept on-file and applied to all future massages.  You do NOT need to obtain a separate note for each massage; one note is sufficient!
  • You may obtain a note from your personal doctor, Naturopath or Chiropractor.

Sample Doctor’s Letter (actual content in regular writing, suggestions in italics):

Dear ____Doctor’s Name____,

I have been experiencing the following medical symptoms: ___list any/all related medical conditions from the above list___ and feel confident that massage therapy can help to address these problems.  (If you have experience with massage, say something like this): I have experienced the benefits of massage before, and notice that when I get a massage I experience an alleviation of symptoms, such as ___list any noted benefits here_____.   

I am writing to request that you, as my health care provider, provide me with a referral for medical massage therapy.  With personal care services potentially being shut down due to covid, I would like to feel assured that I can receive a massage to alleviate my symptoms as an essential health care service.  I appreciate your support in this matter, and know that you will want to help me achieve optimal health.

Thank You or Sincerely,

Your name  

Our Indoor Air Technology Produces Healthier Air

As we prepare to reopen indoors, Osmosis would like to ensure our community of guests and staff understand the extensive measures we have taken to treat the inside air at Osmosis.

Breathe Easy

We installed a state-of-the-art air cleaning system in July, called Atmosair, at Osmosis. We feel it is imperative to do everything in our power to protect you and our guests. This system in combination with the 4-stage HEPA filters in every room provides a high level of hygienic indoor air quality.

The system we have installed in our HVAC equipment is called bipolar ionization. It energizes the air to form bipolar — positive and negative — air ions that flows into all of the spaces in our building.

AtmosAir’s technology proactively emits bi-polar ions that attack and neutralize bacteria, mold and virus in a continuous way. Unlike many unverified products, AtmosAir Solutions is backed by science. Bi-Polar Ions emitted to ambient air by the AtmosAir System continuously disinfect both the breathing space and surfaces. It is the most effective system for continuously cleaning and decontaminating indoor air. AtmosAir has shown significant reduction of bacteria and viruses in both laboratory and in situ testing. AtmosAir is over 99.9 percent effective in reducing the coronavirus on surfaces.

This excerpt from a paper written by Dr. Philip M. Tierno Jr., Professor of Microbiology and Pathology, New York University School of Medicine in April 2017 provides details on the air purification system that has been installed in the Osmosis HVAC system.

Cleaning Indoor Air using Bi-Polar Ionization Technology

Bipolar ionization is created when an alternating voltage source (AC) is applied to a special tube with two electrodes. When voltage is applied to the tubes electrodes (like electricity is applied to a light bulb’s filament) an ionization field is produced around the tube (just as light is produced from the light bulb). However, the ionization cannot be seen but its presence will result in “mountain air” freshness. Such ions occur naturally especially on mountain tops and waterfalls, where the production of both positive and negative ions purify the air.

The airflow distributes the energized ions into all spaces served by the duct system in an in-duct installation.

Unlike most air purification systems AtmosAir seeks out particulates and contaminants, including germs and does not wait for pollutants to find their way into the filter within the air handler. Instead charged ions go to the contaminants in the space where you breathe, just as in nature, and do so in a continuous fashion and with continuous disinfection.

These positively and negatively charged ions have an effect on dust particles, allergen VOC’s, odors, and bacteria, viruses, molds and mold spores. For example, regarding particles—oppositely charged ions cause particles to attract to other particles and become bigger and heavier, by a process called “agglomeration”. These bigger heavier particles can now be better trapped by HVAC system filters so the filters operate more efficiently. Also the many small particles that are generated within a space by people and their activities may never get to system filters and ordinarily stay suspended in air for long periods and can be breathed in, increasing the chance of illness and respiratory distress. The bi-polar ion process will drop these to the floor quickly taking them away from where we breathe. VOC’s or gaseous chemical off gasses typically cause odors and irritations. These are also a major source of “Sick Building Syndrome” complaints, where people feel ill at work but feel better when they leave the building. Bi-Polar ions break down hydrocarbon chains that make up these complex compounds into immeasurable levels of carbon dioxide and water vapor.

On micro-organisms like bacteria, virus and molds, bi-polar ions will interrupt the reproductive ability of these organisms so rather than colony forming units (cfu) increasing and spreading and expanding, they shrink away and lessen the chance of infection. The Effect of Bipolar Ionization generators on microorganisms: The negative and positive ions that are generated by BPI are designed to treat and allow energy imparted by the ions to transform ordinary oxygen into Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), Superoxides, Peroxides, and Hydroxyls. These ions have the property of clustering around micro-particles, and thus, they surround harmful substances such as airborne mold, viruses, bacteria and allergens. At that point, a chemical reaction occurs on the cell membrane surface, and they are transformed into OH radicals, which are powerfully active (Standard Oxidation Potential [V] = 2.81 for OH vs H2O2 = 1.78 and OO2 = 1.23) and because they are unstable, they rob the harmful substance of a hydrogen atom (H). The result is that they are inactivated by severing the protein on cell membrane, which causes the opening of holes, thusly destroying the entity. The OH radicals instantly bond with the removed hydrogen(H), forming water vapor (H2O) which returns to the air. It is most important to note that bipolar ionization kills microbes without damaging DNA (therefore it does not cause cancer) in the interior of cells and unlike other physical and chemical agents, such as UV light, radioactivity and use of caustic chemicals, BPI is totally GREEN and it does NOT adversely affect the environment in any way.

Osmosis 2017 Photo Contest

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Send us your favorite Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary photo that you captured during your visit!

It can be of the garden, of you and your friends having lunch, a moment in our Cedar Enzyme bath… Email your photo to marketing at osmosis.com or post on Instagram using #osmosisphoto2017! Be sure to follow us on Facebook to see the photos that have been submitted.

Our first place winner will receive our most popular Transformation Package – A Cedar Enzyme Bath, followed by our unique Osmosis Fusion Massage, blending the long, relaxing strokes of Swedish-Esalen with the revitalizing techniques of Shiatsu, Thai, and Chinese massage. Two and a half hours of complete bliss!

Second place will receive a Cedar Enzyme Bath for Two.

Deadline to enter is April 30. There is no limit to how many photos you submit. Winner will be announced the 2nd week in May on our Facebook page & Instagram as well as in our newsletter.

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram and show some love to your photo when it is posted. Tell your friends to “like” your photo and possibly influence our decision! Be sure to use #osmosisphoto2017 when posting on Instagram

We look forward to your photos!

 

Haiku Contest Winners 2017

Thank you for all the amazing Haiku’s submitted to our Osmosis Haiku contest last month! It was not easy to narrow it down to our top three with nearly 100 submissions! Congratulations to the following winners:

 

Haiku Winner first place

Embraced by cedar

Releasing, an ebb and flow

My soul is renewed.

~Heidi Margocsy, First Place Haiku Winner

 

 

 

 

Haiku Winner second place

 

My outdoor massage

Wind chines ringing in the trees

This is bliss to me.

~Kelly Dillman, Second Place Haiku Winner

 

 

 

Haiku Winner runner up

Nestled in soft bliss

My skin is gently renewed

I am young again

~Leah, Runner up Haiku Contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haiku Writing Contest

February is National Haiku Writing month and Osmosis is hosting a Haiku Competition! Haiku poems are an important arm of Japanese art dating to the seventeenth century. This form of poetry, consisting of 17 syllables (5,7,5) are meant to share a moment of importance, an experience of deep meaning, or a thoughtful reflection. More information about Haikus can be found here.

 

“Entering Freestone, 
the fog lifts off rolling hills, 
tension floats off, too.”
 
“Heavy cedar bath
holds me still to calm my soul.
Warm meditation.”

 

Take a moment to reflect on your time at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary and express it through a Haiku. Email it to marketing@osmosis.com! Be sure to follow us on Facebookto see posts of Haiku’s submitted.
The winning Haiku will receive a Cedar Enzyme Bath and a Thai, Shiatsu, or Essential Meridian Massage!