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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meditation: The Return to Presence: Rest Your Mind In What Is

By Tara Brach  Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. The result is a distinctive voice in Western Buddhism, one that offers a wise and caring approach to freeing ourselves and society from suffering.

It’s natural that our attention wanders, and the more we relax back, the more that becomes our habit…returning to presence. This meditation opens with conscious breathing and awakening through the body. We then rest in open awareness, and when the attention drifts, guide ourselves to rest our minds, over and over, in the aliveness and presence that is right here.

 

 

3 Reasons Why Osmosis Rocks for a Girls Getaway!

We believe that bringing people together is one of the best paths toward transformation and opening your heart. No matter how old you are or where you are in yFootbath_girls_getawayour life, taking a day with friends at a spa can bring pure magic. Imagine gathering up your best girlfriends for a getaway to a legendary place of total rejuvenation and divine connection. Read on to see 3 great reasons why.

Cedar Enzyme Footbath – Where else can you enjoy a convivial Cedar Enzyme Foot Bath seated together while sipping Osmosis Signature Blend Tea? Our warm and fragrant treatment offers myriad health benefits, from improving circulation to relieving joint and muscle pain – it’s a perfect environment to melt away the stress. Afterwards your feet will feel like you are walking on air.

Stunning and Unique Venue – Embraced by the coastal hills of Sonoma County, Osmosis’ Japanese-inspired environment naturally brings clarity and connection. Our secluded five acres of creekside property is extensively landscaped with five distinct Zen garden areas. We consider communion with nature to be a key component of healing and our Zen Gardens are the perfect place to strengthen the ties that bind a valued friendship together. Just driving to the stunningly beautiful village of Freestone is great therapy all by itself!

Hammock_girl_getawayEnhanced Experiences (only offered to groups) – The Osmosis experience is a total mind and body cleanse. We encourage our groups to enhance their experience with unique offerings such as our Healing with Chocolate Treatment, Custom Cheese and Wine Tasting, Acupressure Aromatherapy Educational Experience, Guided Meditation or Hammock Sound Therapy in our Field of Hammocks. 

We know that the most important part of a trip with the girls is spending time together—choosing an environment that brings you closer will generate memories that can last a lifetime. So round up your best girlfriends, book your group experience and relish the girlfriend getaway of your dreams!

Deepen Your Experience of Yourself with Thai Yoga Massage

Are you looking to experience more from a massage?  

By Raizelah Bayen

Thai Yoga massage is truly a unique massage experience.  Developed in Thailand, this style is influenced by other Eastern massage modalities, but is unlike any other massage you may have experienced.  

Thai Massage soothes the nervous system with rhythmic compression along the energy pathways of the body. Like other Eastern massage styles, this modality offers the benefit of revitalizing and balancing the the energy flow through the body. More than that, Thai massage offers a variety of stretches in every session, offering you a yoga class in a massage.

This “yoga massage” is beneficial for those experienced or inexperienced in stretching.

The practitioner adjusts each position to your level of flexibility, gently encouraging the joints to open and the muscles to elongate.

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Thai Massage is about not only relaxation, but also surrender, trust, opening, and settling into a deeper experience of yourself.  It is referred to a “yoga massage,” because of the many stretches and yoga poses applied throughout the massage.  Your Thai Massage practitioner will be lifting your limbs and moving your body into various positions to allow your joints to open, your muscles to lengthen and the connective tissues to soften.  While your body relaxes into the experience, you will also notice the quality of surrender and trust emerge, allowing the yoga massage to happen effortlessly to you.  

 

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The applied stretches of Thai Massage are woven into a slow, rhythmic style of massage that opens the energy pathways of the body.  While in the Chinese tradition, these pathways of energy are referred to as “meridians,” in Thailand they are referred to a Sen lines.  As the massage therapist massages, opens and stretches these pathways, you will feel tension clear, your nervous system relax, and your energy lift.  This massage is both sedating and rejuvenating.  Thai Massage replenishes your energy reserves and opens you to freedom of movement.

 

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Raizelah-Bayen-Osmosis-Day-SpaRaizelah 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 raizelah@osmosis.com 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.

 

Haiku Contest

japanese tea gardenFebruary is National Haiku Writing month and we are hosting a Haiku Competition!

Haiku poems have been an important part of Japanese art dating to the seventh century. This form of poetry, consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5,7, and 5 syllables respectively are meant to capture an inspiring moment or a thoughtful reflection. Here are a couple examples to get you inspired:

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

Write about Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, an experience you’ve had here, a place on the property, a feeling, a moment…. and email it to marketing at osmosis.com! Be sure to follow us on Facebook to see posts of Haiku’s submitted. 

Our first place winner will receive a Cedar Enzyme Bath AND an Osmosis Fusion Massage. The runner up will receive a Cedar Enzyme Bath for Two. 

Deadline to enter is Feb 28. There is no limit to how many Haiku’s you submit. Winner will be announced the 2nd week in March on our Facebook page as well as in our newsletter.

Follow us on Facebook and show some love to your Haiku when it is posted. Tell your friends to “like” your Haiku and possibly influence our decision!

We look forward to your poems!