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The Osmosis CBD Journey

By Heather Bishop

Four years into our CBD journey at Osmosis Day Spa, we reflect on the transformative impact of integrating this remarkable element into our spa services. Back in 2019, our venture into the realm of CBD was a confident stride into uncharted territory. We believed in its potential as we introduced a CBD massage upgrade meticulously curated after months of intensive research. The outcome was beyond our expectations—our guests adored it, and our staff embraced it wholeheartedly. This addition not only brought effective pain relief to our massage services but also instilled confidence in our guests, knowing they were experiencing a thoughtful CBD-enhanced treatment using effective and high quality products.

As our journey progressed, our passion for CBD’s potential only intensified. We were driven to explore further avenues while aiming to support local bay area business.  This led us to introduce a remarkable line of premium CBD products from Vital Body Therapeutics in January 2023. Originating from a woman-owned company in Santa Cruz, these products revolutionized not just our massage services but also found their way into our facials and cedar enzyme bath treatments. What started as a single upgrade burgeoned into an array of offerings, each designed to elevate the relaxation and therapeutic benefits our guests experience during their time with us.

Our profound engagement with CBD has revealed its multifaceted benefits, illuminating its pivotal role in pain and stress relief, reduced anxiety and better sleep, and improved skin health.  It is ancient medicine, from a plant that has evolved alongside humans for thousands of years, that works synergistically with our regulatory endocannabinoid system.

Why We Love Vital Body Therapeutics

At the heart of our CBD offerings lies Vital Body Therapeutics, a pioneering company started by two massage therapists committed to delivering excellence in holistic wellness. Their dedication to quality is evident through their meticulous sourcing of 100% organic CBD, ensuring purity and potency. With a stringent third-party testing process and Certificates of Analysis (COAs), they uphold transparency and guarantee that all their CBD products are as clean and natural as possible. Recognizing hemp’s exceptional ability to absorb toxins from soil, Vital Body Therapeutics has taken extra measures to work with a farm that prioritizes clean soil, free of contaminants, ensuring a broad spectrum CBD oil that is pristinely organic. Beyond this what sets them apart is their innovative approach to ingredients, incorporating a proprietary blend of plant based ingredients meticulously chosen to amplify the effects of CBD. This blend includes Calendula, Chamomile, Comfrey, Dandelion, Ginger, Menthol, and Grapefruit Seed Extract, along with essential oils like Eucalyptus, Orange, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Vetiver. This thoughtfully crafted fusion not only enhances the impact of CBD but also synergizes to provide a comprehensive and enriching wellness experience.

So How Does CBD Work Again?

The endocannabinoid system, a complex regulatory system that works through nerve signals, serves as a crucial regulator for various bodily functions, including:  stress, pain, behavior, mood, memory, inflammation, and immunity. This intricate system, consisting of receptors and naturally produced molecules, operates to create balance throughout the body.  These receptors are found not only on the skin but also within nearly every bodily system and on major organs, intricately intertwined with our circulatory and nervous systems. Remarkably, CBD and other cannabinoids act as stimulants for this system, enhancing its efficacy and stimulating our own endocannabinoid production.  The results?  Almost too good to be true.

Pain and Stress Relief

Numerous studies, corroborated by our extensive experience here at Osmosis, affirm CBD’s remarkable attributes, notably its analgesic properties and potent anti-inflammatory effects. Integrating CBD with massage therapy accentuates this synergy, capitalizing on massage’s innate capacity to diminish the production of stress hormones and deactivate the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response. This unique amalgamation yields a profound blend of benefits— pain relief coupled with a heightened state of relaxation. By harmonizing CBD’s therapeutic prowess with the soothing touch of massage, individuals not only find relief from discomfort but also embrace a profound sense of tranquility and rejuvenation.  Our Vital Body CBD Tincture has been an amazing addition to our cedar enzyme bath treatment, enhancing all of the bath’s naturally soothing and pain relieving effects.

Reduced Anxiety and Better Sleep

The multifaceted potential of CBD extends beyond stress reduction and pain relief, encompassing a remarkable impact on anxiety alleviation and improved sleep quality. Research underscores CBD’s role in mitigating anxiety by interacting with serotonin receptors in the brain. This interaction fosters a calming effect, curbing anxiety levels and promoting a sense of tranquility. Additionally, CBD’s influence on sleep patterns has garnered attention, with studies suggesting its ability to address underlying factors contributing to sleep disturbances. By regulating sleep cycles and reducing factors such as anxiety or discomfort that impede restful sleep, CBD offers a natural pathway to enhanced sleep quality.  This is another area where our CBD tincture shines, and would make an excellent addition to any home health regimen for improved sleep and stress reduction.

Improved Skin Health

Beyond its systemic benefits, CBD holds promise for transforming skin health. Studies have shown CBD’s remarkable ability to regulate sebum production in the skin and hair follicles. This property not only aids in preventing acne breakouts but also contributes to a more balanced complexion.  CBD’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties further contribute to skin wellness, mitigating oxidative stress and calming inflamed skin conditions. By modulating oil production, supporting pH equilibrium, and offering anti-inflammatory benefits, CBD emerges as a versatile ally in nurturing skin health, offering a natural and holistic approach to skincare.  Our Vital Body CBD facial oil not only contains organic CBD for the above effects, but also includes a variety of other skin brightening and soothing ingredients.  We are in love with this product as we have witnessed the incredible effects on the skin, both for our clients and our staff.

Come Find Out For Yourself!

As we celebrate four transformative years into our CBD journey at Osmosis Day Spa, we are thrilled to highlight the extraordinary benefits of our CBD products and treatment upgrades throughout the month of January.  We hope you will come to explore our signature treatments enhanced by our CBD upgrades, and embrace the opportunity to indulge in a rejuvenating experience crafted to enhance relaxation, alleviate pain, and nourish skin health.

We warmly invite you to join us for an exclusive Locals Night on January 31st, where you can come enjoy Osmosis at night – savoring mini-treatments, indulging in wine and delectable bites, and engaging in a firsthand experience with our exceptional CBD products.

Register For Our Upcoming Locals Night!

Experience Whole Body Relaxation with an Osmosis Facial

Usually, when you think about getting a facial, you think about the benefit to your skin. It cleanses the pores, helps reduce wrinkles and swelling, and can give you that extra hydration boost you need. But have you ever considered how a facial can affect your immunity, release tension and lower stress levels?

Our face is the part of ourselves from which we meet the world. We both express and protect ourselves through the structures of our face. It is home to almost 20 different surface muscles that control our expressions and help us communicate. These muscles hold tension from daily stress, whether it be in the forehead, jaw or around the mouth. When these muscles are massaged in a therapeutic way, this tension is released, and your face is able to let go of the stress it has been carrying.

Our face is also where we bring in air and food, and thus is where the majority of germs are able to enter our system. This makes our face a major player in our immune system, and it is home to dozens of lymph nodes and white blood cells. These lymph nodes, along with their associated vessels, are not only important players in our immune system, but also help to filter and clean our blood and fluids.

When our skin and muscles are touched and massaged, our parasympathetic nervous system is activated. This is the part of our nervous system that stimulates our digestive system, causes us to release hormones that relax the mind and body, and induces a state of peaceful awareness. It is one of the reasons that human touch feels so relaxing to us ‒ our body literally reacts by shifting toward a restful state.

We can also look at the face from an eastern, Chinese medicine perspective. Our face is home to many acupressure points ‒ almost every single meridian in the body starts or ends somewhere in our face or on our head. Stimulating these points can create a wide variety of effects, from clearing the sinuses, to getting rid of a headache, to calming the mind.

In addition to addressing the above, we also include aromatherapy as a part of our facial experience. The different scents can trigger a variety of emotional and physical responses ‒ such as an elevated mood, a clear and focused mental state, and release of tension.

All of these systems ‒ muscular, lymphatic, nervous and energetic ‒ are stimulated and affected when you receive a facial. From the moment your esthetician has you take a couple deep breaths, to the first touch of a warm cloth on your face, your nervous system will start to relax. As they massage your facial muscles, layers of stress will have the opportunity to melt away. When acupressure points are stimulated, you might feel a relief of pressure in your sinuses or your head. Or you might feel a release of tension that translates through your whole body.

At Osmosis one of our deeply held values is a dedication to continued growth, both professionally and personally. As such, our estheticians have many opportunities throughout the year to increase their skills through a variety of training. In the past 6 months alone they have undergone a facial massage skill sharing class, a cupping training, and product knowledge workshops.

Our goal is always to be offering more than just skincare, but rather a relaxation experience that not only brings you to a state of tranquility but also induces a whole body therapeutic experience.

Written by Heather Bishop, Spa Services Manager at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, April 2023


Why Barefoot Massage Is Awesome

As a long time bodyworker I am always looking for new massage techniques, different ways to use my hands and deepen my understanding of the body, to help ease people’s pain and tension.  Near the beginning of my bodywork career I had learned a Barefoot Shiatsu massage, done on the floor with the client clothed, and found it to be fascinating.

However it was lost amidst all the other massage modalities I was learning, and my interests, as well as my career in the spa world, veered toward a specialization in deep tissue, Swedish Esalen massage and other types of oriental bodywork.

Fast forward many years later and thousands of deep tissue massages, and I could start to feel the wear on my wrists and shoulders.  I was worried that doing the work I love was no longer sustainable, and I knew that I needed to find a different way to address the deep tension that I kept seeing, in person after person.  And then I was re-introduced to barefoot massage, and a whole new world opened up for me.  This time I studied a Barefoot Masters™ massage, which is done with oil or cream, much like a Swedish or deep tissue massage, and on a massage table.  Sturdy bars erected on the ceiling serve to help the therapist navigate around the table, and a solid table at the client’s head enables some seated massage to also be done, still using the feet.  I was like a beginner again, fumbling through to learn how to use this tool that had been, literally, under me the whole time.  I had to scrub and polish and take care of my feet like never before, and I had to learn how to use my body in a whole new way, engaging myself from head to toe. Like learning to dance it felt awkward at first, but with each practice session I found myself falling into rhythm and finding the flow, training my feet how to move with grace and ease.

Today I received a barefoot massage from one of the students I just taught, and it was like receiving that dance, with strong pressure and grace of presence, and feeling it change my body, melting and reshaping.  When I laid down on the table at the start of the barefoot massage, my body felt hard and tight, full of stress and areas of mild pain.  Afterward, as I drove home, I realized all that tension was gone, melted away, and I felt an ease of being that made me smile in deep gratitude.  And if I hadn’t known she was using her feet, I never would have noticed, I was too busy feeling utterly relaxed by the slow, broad deep pressure being applied.

I am beyond ecstatic that Osmosis Day Spa, my beloved work home, will be able to offer this transformative type of bodywork starting December 2022.  We have taken the best of the Barefoot Masters™ work, Barefoot Shiatsu, Esalen influenced Swedish massage, and our own innovation to create an Osmosis Barefoot Massage.  It might sound strange, to be massaged by feet, but I can promise you, it will blow your mind.

Because a foot offers a broad, wide surface to distribute the weight of the practitioner’s body, the Osmosis Barefoot Massage is able to offer a highly effective deep massage that does not feel pokey or bony or painful.  Moving slowly, the practitioner’s foot is able to broaden and smooth out knots in the myofascial tissue while simultaneously creating deep relaxation for the nervous system.  Using the full weight of their body, and with the help of overhead bars to adjust pressure, practitioners are able to give as much pressure as anyone could want, but also go lightly if needed.

You might think – “Well that sounds great on my back, or maybe my legs, but what about my arms and hands, or neck?”  Believe it or not, our barefoot massage has got those areas covered too!  Using the ball of the foot, or even skillful toes, practitioners can give the best forearm massage you’ve ever had (I’m not kidding), loosen the neck and even take care of your foot tension.  It really is almost too good to be true, but I promise you it is.  And today, I was the lucky recipient!

One could also ask – “But aren’t the feet dirty?”  Yes, but we have figured that out as well.  Using freshly cleaned sandals, our barefoot practitioner will wash their feet with soap and water while you get on the table, and their feet will not touch the ground again until they finish the massage, protected in their sandals.  We also keep disinfecting wipes and warm towels on hand, just in case.  Our therapists have been trained to safely and effectively perform this massage, taking every precaution to ensure your comfort.

Clearly, the only question left to ask is – “When can I get an Osmosis Barefoot Massage?”  As soon as you can book one!  We can’t wait to see you in the treatment room.
Written December 2022, by Heather Bishop, Spa Services Manager at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary 
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5 Tips for the Optimal Osmosis Summer Experience!

Summer. A time for being in nature. For fresh air. When our skin gets to feel the warm sun, lie in the cleansing sand. The season designated for relaxation. So what are the best ways to relax at Osmosis this summer? Luckily for us, our beautiful place along Salmon Creek in the scenic village of Freestone makes for a wonderful getaway. Our outdoor areas allow time in nature which is so vital to our physical, mental, and emotional restoration! Here are our top five ways to enjoy Osmosis during the season of abundance.

Pagoda massage osmosis day spa

Massage in the Pagodas. Take a stroll down the wooded paths to a private pagoda and enjoy the songs of nature as you treat your muscles, your skin, and your mind, to some healing kneading.

Hammocks. Need we say more? Sway in the soft breeze along Salmon Creek and rock yourself into a blissful summer dream while receiving a Metamusic sound therapy session.Field of Hammocks

Lunch in the forest. Taste the bounty of local Sonoma County farms while enjoying a fresh, local meal prepared by Fork Roadhouse. Get lost in the views from our eating areas tucked away among the trees.

Summer Skin Care. Let one of our expert estheticians rejuvenate you face, heal sun damage, and hydrate your skin–leaving you looking and feeling your best.

Meditation Gardens. Soak up some rays or relax in the shade. Let your mind come to stillness as you soak in the tranquility of Heart Mind Pond. Take a deep breath. This is what summer is all about.

Whatever you choose to do this summer, make sure you get out and enjoy this beautiful part of the country! These majestic natural landscapes make for wonderful getaways. The time in nature is so important to our physical, mental, and emotional restoration!

twilight in garden


Osmosis 2017 Photo Contest

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!


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Leap Year Locals Night: An evening of mini spa treatments, lite bites, and wine

On February 28th, from 5:30-8:30pm, gather with neighbors, friends and the people of Osmosis for a convivial evening with wine, yummy bites, cedar enzyme footbaths, and mini-treatments. Not to mention, an exciting FIRE dancing performance that’ll ignite the evening!

The event registration includes the following:

  • Our revitalizing Cedar Enzyme Foot Bath
  • A 30-minute mini-massage or facial
  • Award winning wine from McCarter Cellars
  • Delectable treats
  • Fire dancing performance
  • Festivity

You won’t want to miss this, grab your tickets now! We hope to see you there! >> REGISTER HERE TO JOIN


Join Our Wholesome Makeup Tutorial – Limited Seats!

Join us for a makeup tutorial hosted by makeup expert, Ashley Karlsson, from Jane Iredale Skincare. This company pioneered mineral based makeup! Learn application techniques in a hands-on small workshop setting at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary. Use chemical free makeup that heals your skin. Teens and adults are welcome!

Participants receive a 10% discount on all Jane Iredale products from the Osmosis Store and will als take home a makeup sample bag that includes primer, foundation, color palette, applicators, and lip color. Limited seats, register now >> HERE!