We were visited recently by a gifted writer, Boris Fishman, who was writing a story for Travel + Leisure about our region. Needless to say, we felt deeply grateful and excited!
The article was published in the February 2022 print edition on page 100 and is now available online. It is a wonderful story about the special nature of our Russian River neighborhood with profiles on some of the most interesting people and places to visit.
Boris found our one-of-a-kind heat treatment, the Cedar Enzyme Bath, much to his liking. Our Cedar Enzyme Bath is a unique therapeutic body treatment from Japan, 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.
If you have not experienced the Cedar Enzyme Bath for yourself, it is time to book a visit now! You can improve your health, exfoliate your skin, and reduce overall stress all in one treatment. This unique experience is also a great way to prepare your body for a relaxing massage.
Osmosis Day Spa offers numerous packages allowing you to create the right combination of services to maximize your visit! Convenient online booking can be found at the following link osmosis.com/online-reservations. Plus, learn more of the lasting benefits here.
And, finally, we invite you to check out our feature and a lovely roundup of West County in Travel + Leisure!
We have arrived into a new month and season, and the rejuvenating alchemy of the Cedar Enzyme Bath is the most unique therapeutic body treatment you didn’t know you needed – until now. Recommit yourself to continued wellness through the agency of holistic care. Found nowhere else on this continent, our Cedar Enzyme Bath is a Japanese bathing ritual where the body is immersed in a mixture of soft, fragrant ground cedar and rice bran, complete with living enzymes.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Beginning with a hot enzyme tonic beverage designed to work synergistically with the Enzyme Bath, enjoy an invigorating boost to your metabolism and a dynamic body therapy experience. This full-body cedar compress stimulates the brain’s limbic system, cleanses and tones muscular tissues, and improves the central nervous system. Bathers conclude this treatment feeling significantly rejuvenated and deeply relaxed. Soothe your body, detoxify, and relieve body pain and fatigue. The Cedar Enzyme Bath is recommended for people seeking a powerful energetic shift; release from anxiety and stress; physical comfort from soreness and tension; and overall revitalization in mind, body, and spirit.
WHEN CAN I RESERVE MY ENZYME BATH?
Cool, wet weather make this an especially good time of year to cozy up in the Cedar Enzyme Bath. Currently reservations during the week are possible on shorter notice. Consider a mid-week refresh by jumping into a warm and wonderful enzyme tub at Osmosis. Weekend appointments are more limited.
GIFT A TREATMENT FOR YOURSELF OR OTHERS
Experience the ultimate benefits of this treatment by gifting yourself a future visit or sending a digital gift card to a special someone. Deepen and intensify your wellness for the newly-arrived season and beyond.
Activate your inner wellspring and natural calm during a half-day retreat designed to nourish body, senses, and heart. Whether you long to experience meditative quiet in nature or be transformed by healing movement and expert touch; or perhaps to be inspired by meaningful togetherness; the retreat combines these elements among the forested paths, serene pavilions, and artful gardens of the Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.
Body Tuning: A myofascial release movement practice to help let go of tension and stress and come home to your body. Learn techniques to align your posture in a way that promotes feeling relaxed and energized throughout the day.
Forest Bathing: A quiet walk among the ancient trees and year-round creek of Osmosis Sanctuary to open the senses to sounds, scents, textures and aliveness of the natural environment and its inhabitants. Experiencing mindful sensory contact with the world of nature has a restorative effect, especially on mood and mental health and can awaken a new appreciation for the ‘simple things’ in life.
Tea Ceremony and Story Circle: An opportunity to listen and be listened to as we reflect together on the experiences of the morning. Snacks provided.
Spa Treatment: Enjoy the gifted touch of an experienced massage practitioner in a private pavilion surrounded by forest. Upon registration, you can choose between a full-body swedish massage or a facial. A limited number of the Osmosis Spa’s signature enzyme baths are also available. **
COVID Safety: All of the activities will take place outdoors. The massages are in private, open-air pavilions. The cedar enzyme bath and facials are indoors. We will comply with local mask mandates while gathering and maintain physical distance. If you feel any symptoms of respiratory illness, fever or loss of smell, even if vaccinated, please stay home and we will refund your tuition.
* Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase Urban Remedy protein beverages or snacks at the Osmosis deli after the retreat. Water, tea, and snacks are provided.
To bring: Your lovely self. A yoga mat for the morning movement practice (we will have extra mats). A water bottle.
To wear: Layers, layers, layers! The day might begin cool and gradually warm up by as much as 20 degrees.
We will provide: Water, tea, and snacks.
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary is located in scenic Sonoma County. Osmosis is well known for our unique Cedar Enzyme Bath, our rejuvenating massages, organic facials, and our beautiful Zen-inspired meditation gardens. Since day one, our expert staff has offered a holistic experience of nurturing, nourishing, and centering. We envision Osmosis as a sanctuary: a place to find relief from the emotional stress and physical pain of everyday life, and a place to prepare yourself for new beginnings.
Pamela Wirth is a Forest and Nature Therapy Coach and creator of ONEinNATURE podcast. She delights in bringing people and nature together to promote physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing for all. www.powerofnaturecoaching.com
Wendy Figone is a Myofascial Release Therapist and Yoga Therapist who integrates the potency of nature and self-compassion into her healing practice. www.wendyfigone.com
Date: Wednesday, September 15
Time: 8:45am – 1:30pm (Please arrive early as we will begin on time)
Location: Osmosis Day Spa and Sanctuary
Address: 209 Bohemian HWY, Freestone, CA
By RSVP only. The retreat is open to 9 participants.
Currently, Osmosis offers a wide variety of massages in our inviting outdoor areas. Our creekside pagodas are an ideal place to receive the gift of therapeutic touch.
Notifications will appear here as we are able to provide additional services.
At Osmosis, we treat our guests and employees like family and take pride in promoting the health and wellness of our community. During this time of necessary closures we have upgraded our facility and installed new protocols that further insure your safety.
We are excited to announce that Osmosis has reopened and will be available to fulfill the longing for physical touch, community, and human connection you may be needing. Our extensive re-opening plans are detailed below. Please note that spa appointments will be prioritized for our loyal Vital Health Club members during our first two weeks of operations.
Your health and safety always comes first at Osmosis. Extensive cleaning protocols and our new state of the art ventilation and sanitizing system effectively reduce viral and bacterial exposure. We are also implementing a long list of safety guidelines from governmental and industry based organizations to provide further safety. Please refer below for all the ways we are working to keep you happy and healthy during your visit to Osmosis.
As always, we ask our guests and employees to stay at home if they are feeling unwell, displaying symptoms, or recovering from an illness. Our protocols are subject to change based on local and state government guidance.
We’ve always prided ourselves on going above and beyond for your health and well-being with our extensive standard cleaning protocols.
As always, our standard cleaning includes:
Hospital-grade, professional, green cleaning solutions that are 99.99% effective in destroying harmful germs, viruses, and bacteria.
Pre opening daily cleaning of all amenities and locations within the spa.
Additionally, we are implementing:
Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of each treatment room after every service.
Each Massage Therapist and Esthetician has received detailed training on topics like Health and Hygiene, Sanitation and Disinfection and Covid-19 related concerns.
Increased hours for our cleaning staff to continually sanitize and disinfect commonly touched surfaces, door handles, and shared amenities throughout the day.
Additional hand sanitizing stations for both guests and employees, along with sanitizing spray in showers and all common areas.
We Invest In Your Health and Well Being
We always strive to implement services, treatments, and experiences to enhance and maintain the health and well-being of our guests and employees.
Massage therapy modalities focused on improving circulation; studies have shown this to increase the body’s white blood cell count which works to combat viruses.
A detoxifying steam treatment with every facial to eliminate bacteria in the air, reduce inflammation, and purify the skin to remove toxins and impurities.
The ability to add an immunity boosting essential oil blend to any massage. Our customized wellness-promoting blends may help to purify and detoxify all body systems, strengthen vascular tissue, and support healthy adrenal function.
Additionally, we are implementing:
HEPA-certified air purifiers in every treatment room and common area. These filters have a 4-stage filtration system that completely replaces the air four times every hour.
Installation of hand washing sinks in almost all of the indoor massage rooms.
Contact-free payments allow you to place a credit card on file and check out seamlessly without ever reaching for your wallet.
Re-adopted our “shoes off” policy in the spa. We will provide spa slippers or socks for you upon check-in. You are also invited to bring your own.
Massage and Facial guests will now change in the treatment room.
Magazines, tester products and complimentary snacks will be temporarily removed, per government guidelines.
We Maintain the Highest Standards
Maintaining a healthy environment has always been critically important to us and following the guidance of reputable professional and governmental organizations is our standard practice.
As always, we follow the guidance of:
Masks are required to be worn at all times throughout your visit.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided to all employees.
All employees and guests will undergo wellness checks and symptom screenings, including a temperature check with a touchless thermometer before entering the spa.
Some amenities may temporarily be closed per government guidelines – when booking, please inquire about open amenities.
Physical distancing will be organized to help maintain a distance of 6-feet from other guests in the common areas.
Guests must wash hands before receiving any service.
All appointments must be made online or by phone. No walk-ins will be accommodated.
Friends or family without an appointment will not be permitted in the facility, except a parent accompanying a minor.
Bulex HEPA Air Purifiers
Currently being installed in all treatment rooms.
Quietly replaces the air 4 times per hour.
99.97% purification with a 4-Stage Filtration System that can filter particles as small as 0.01 mil, as large as pet dander, dust, pollen, and allergens.
Centrifugal Blower – Fresh air spirals up towards the ceiling, circulating 320° in all directions to fill the room before being drawn back into the purifier.
A bipolar ionization technology system has been installed in the Osmosis HVAC system. This 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 coronavirus 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. Bipolar ions that bond with contaminants gain size and mass and drop to the floor, or return to the filter, making them easily cleaned from the air we breathe.
Covid Policy: All guests must complete our COVID-19 form in addition to standard intake form(s).
Cancellation Policy:As a courtesy to other guests and our therapists, if you must cancel or reschedule an appointment please give 24 hours notice. ‘No Call, No Show’ cancellations will be charged the full treatment price.
*All of the aforementioned guidelines are subject to change based on the guidance of the above organizations and may be phased out as guidelines progress. All guests are required to complete a COVID-19 waiver in addition to standard waiver(s). We reserve the right to decline service to any guest who does not pass our COVID-19 wellness check or who displays symptoms of COVID-19. Those who are declined may reschedule their service for a later date.
Join us in this dreamy workshop where you will learn a variety of self-help tools for helping you to fall asleep and to sleep more deeply.
To fit everything into our busy lives, we often sacrifice sleep. Too often, we feel over-scheduled or over-stimulated, making it difficult for our nervous system to wind down and our minds to calm for sleep. Adequate sleep is an essential component to a healthy lifestyle and can affect both mental and physical health. It is vital to our well-being!
Body and breath awareness practices
Herbs and essential oils to calm the mind
Acupressure points to help you sleep deeply
Meditation techniques to prepare for sleep
Self-massage techniques for deeper relaxation
This All Day Vitality Boosting Retreat includes a 75-min. Massage, Cedar Enzyme Footbath, Organic Lunch & Informative Self Care Presentation!
“Sleep is the most important meditation, not for nirvana, but for survival!” — The Dalai Lama
Raizelah Bayen is currently the Training Coordinator at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary and the founder of Open Pathways Institute for Integrative Massage. She has been practicing and teaching healing arts for almost 30 years. Raizelah is certified in not only massage and acupressure, but also herbology, aromatherapy and yoga instruction. Her passion is teaching an integrative approach to healing in both her wellness workshops at Osmosis, and in her training classes for massage therapists.
Her workshops are well-organized and packed with self-care techniques that are easy to use at home, accessible for even the lay person. She is available for on-site workshops and massage trainings. If you are interested in hosting a workshop or class taught by Raizelah, please email her at openpathwaysmassage.com