The rejuvenating alchemy of the Cedar Enzyme Bath has become legendary for good reason. The warm and fragrant treatment offers myriad health benefits.
This unique therapeutic body treatment from Japan is found nowhere else on this continent. It is a bathing ritual that involves immersing your entire body in a mixture of soft and fragrant ground cedar and rice bran with living enzymes.
The Cedar Enzyme Bath is four treatments in one:
1. Enzyme Herbal Tonic Benefits
The Cedar Enzyme Bath treatment begins with a hot enzyme tonic beverage. A highly active digestive enzyme product from Japan is mixed with an herbal tea blend comprised of nettle, peppermint, yarrow and red clover. The enzyme tonic is designed to work synergistically with the enzyme bath. Its purpose is to launch the process of invigoration by boosting your metabolism internally; this is further promoted externally by the enzyme bath itself.
2. Aromatherapy Benefits
Cedar has been used across centuries by diverse cultures—from Tibetans to Egyptians to Native Americans—for its cleansing and purifying properties.
Cedar oil vapors are released from the fragrant wood in the enzyme bath, and they flow into your body through your pores, which are dilated by the heat. It is like receiving a full-body cedar compress. Research on cedar has shown that it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, all effective for cleansing and toning your tissues. Cedar oil also stimulates the brain’s limbic system, enhancing feelings of joy and satisfaction. It is known to be a sedative because its scent induces the release of serotonin, which can promote tranquility and encourage improved sleep.
3. Heat Therapy Benefits
Heat from the bath improves circulation as it dilates your blood vessels and augments blood flow into even the smallest capillaries, permeating the cellular environment and delivering the healing properties of blood.
Heat treatments calm muscle spasms, increase range of motion and relax muscle tension, which in turn relieves pressure on nerves inside the muscles.
The enzyme bath influences your metabolism by affecting enzymatic activity throughout the body. Enzymes are a special class of proteins that serve as catalysts for biochemical reactions. There are over 3,000 different enzymes in every cell of living tissue. Even just a small increase in available enzymes can make enormous changes in an organism.
The action of the enzyme bath strengthens physiological processes that are constantly being performed by the internal organs to produce both heat and enzyme activity inside the body. When your body is immersed in this bioactive medium, your metabolism is stimulated from the outside, supporting the internal organs that usually perform these functions on their own. This is one reason the bath is both relaxing and energizing at the same time!
The heat in the enzyme bath is produced biologically by the activity of microorganisms, which also produce their own electro-chemical environment. When the largest organ of the body, the skin, comes in direct contact with this intense metabolic activity, the heat and energy benefit your body in many ways.
In a biological process similar to fermentation, the enzyme bath helps break down metabolic waste in the subcutaneous layer of your skin. It also improves digestion and organ cleansing, breaks down lactic acid in sore muscles, and reduces inflammatory fluid build-up, which can provide relief from pain including arthritis and rheumatism.
An added benefit of the bath is that the enzymes decompose dead skin cells, resulting in full body exfoliation and lustrous skin as your epidermis, your pores, and even the cells themselves are thoroughly cleansed.
Bathers feel significantly revitalized, with skin that is soft, velvety and glowing with warmth. People report a sensation of profound relaxation and rejuvenation. It is especially soothing for the digestive and nervous systems, excellent for detoxification, and highly beneficial for pain and fatigue.
This treatment is not recommended for pregnant women, for individuals with high blood pressure, known infections or uncontrolled diabetes, or for those who have recently consumed alcoholic beverages.
It is recommended for people seeking a powerful energetic shift, detoxification (it’s a great way to end a fast), relief from anxiety, stress, or soreness, or just a way back to feeling fantastic and fully alive!
By Raizelah Bayen
Osmosis Day Spa continues to be a pioneer in the spa industry, blending bodywork modalities to develop unique services that are unmatched by other spas.
Two years ago, Osmosis launched an Eastern massage combination, exclusive to our spa, called the Essential Meridian Massage. This modality combines T’ui Na, which is Chinese Meridian Massage, with Essential Acupressure, utilizing the potency of essential oils to activate acupressure points.
What is T’ui Na?
T’ui Na is an ancient form of meridian massage developed over 5,000 years ago in China. T’ui Na Meridian Massage is comprised of several massage techniques performed along the Meridians of the body to build and balance Chi flow, or the bioelectrical currents of the body. The Chinese have taught us that tension or pain in the body is the physical manifestation of blocked or stagnant Chi. Chinese Meridian Massage techniques increase the flow of Chi through the channels, clearing blocked energy, what we may refer to as tension, pain or soreness.
To understand T’ui Na, you must first understand the premise on which this massage was developed. The first premise is that the physical body is only part of your entire being. The Chinese understand the human being to have 3 aspects:
- The Yang aspect of one’s being, the physical body which manifests as activity or movement in the world.
- The Yin aspect, the inner Chi or bioelectrical aspect of the body.
- The refined product of the Yin and Yang relationship, which is the mental and spiritual body.
In T’ui Na, all 3 aspects of a person’s being are addressed, nourishing health on every level.
What is Chi?
To many Westerners, Chi may be a difficult concept to grasp. Because it is invisible, people often wonder what it is or if it even exists. Ancient China knew little about the science of electricity. Electromagnetic science has been a field of growing knowledge in recent decades. Both Eastern and Western practitioners of Chinese medicine and massage have recognized that this energy referred to as “Chi” is the same thing as what what today’s science calls “bioelectricity.” Dr. Robert Becker has done important research in the field of bioelectricity.
It is understood now that the human body is constructed of many different electrically conductive materials and that it forms a living electromagnetic field and circuit.
The body’s bioelectrical energy, Chi, is not only responsible for maintaining life, but also for repairing it. It is the healing force when tissues of the physical body are damaged or body systems are limited.
The Healing Benefit of T’ui Na
The Chinese understand that Chi circulates throughout the body through 12 organ Meridians, each of which connect to a different organ systems of the body. Through T’ui Na Massage, Chi or energy flow to the internal organs is increased helping to heal tissues that may be weak, strengthening our organ functioning.
T’ui Na takes massage from the level of relaxation to the next level: deepening health and well being. T’ui Na recharges the batteries of life. It not only clears tension, promoting ease in the body and life, it also builds Chi, bringing increased energy to the tissues and organ systems of the body. And as the Chi body (Yin) nourishes the physical body (Yang), we begin to feel more balance between the Yin and the Yang aspects of being. There is a sweet sense of well-being that emerges from this feeling of balance. This feeling of well-being penetrates the physical, emotional and spiritual realms. This is the deepest healing that any spa service can offer.
What is Essential Acupressure?
In Essential Meridian Massage, we dedicate the first half of the session to T’ui Na, recharging our batteries and rebalancing the Chi flow over all. In the second half of the session, we apply specific essential oils to specific acupressure points, addressing expressed health concerns. Acupressure points are vortexes of energy located along the meridian pathways. Devices that measure bioelectricity measure higher at these points. There are various methods traditionally used to stimulate these points, such as acupuncture needles or Chinese massage techniques. In Essential Acupressure, the points are stimulated by the essential oil. The oil is carefully matched with the point, so that the healing properties of the oil complement the healing function of the point for a greater synergistic effect.
What Health Concerns can be Addressed with Essential Acupressure?
There are wide variety of health concerns that Essential Acupressure can address, such as:
- Release shoulder-neck tension
- Deepen sleep
- Calm and center a scattered mind
- Ease digestive tension
- Increase mental focus
- Build energy
- Build immunity
- Lift low spirits
- Clear swelling
- Clear frustration/agitation
- Warm cold, stiff muscles or joints
- Ease menstrual tension
- Relief of menopausal hot flashes
When combined in one session, Chinese Meridian Massage and Essential Acupressure address the whole person. While the Meridian Massage is brisker paced and more nourishing to the organ systems, Essential Acupressure is more meditative, promoting greater balance and health.
How can I learn more or book an appointment in Essential Meridian Massage?
To book an appointment in Essential Meridian Massage, contact Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary. To learn more about Essential Meridian Massage, click here to view our video explanation. To learn self-help tools in Essential Acupressure, Follow our YouTube Channel to view our upcoming series.
Raizelah Bayen is a California Certified Massage Therapist, currently employed as the Director of Training and Massage Therapist Supervisor at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone, California. She has been practicing massage for over 25 years, and teaching T’ui Na, Acupressure, Sports and Pregnancy Massage in massage certification programs for 15 years. Raizelah is an approved CEU Instructor by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), offering trainings in Freestone, California and on-site training at your massage school or spa. For more information, connect with Raizelah Bayen on LinkedIn.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on upcoming trainings in T’ui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology, and Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers scheduled in Sebastopol, California. Or book Raizelah for an on-site training in your massage school or spa in T’ui Na, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology or Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers.