The Life of Afrodite “Things To Do In Cali” Mini-Series.
When Mr. Ex booked our hotel at River’s End Inn, they’d sent him an email of things to do. Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary was one of the things on the list, so this is where we went on Day Two of our trip.
He’d booked a Cedar Enzyme Bath for two, a box lunch for the both of us, and a Deep Tissue Massage for himself. I hadn’t been interested in getting any other service.
This place was AH-MAZINGLY beautiful. It sits on 4.5 acres of property alongside Salmon Creek and boasts a Welcome Garden, a Tea Garden, A Zen Garden, a Cutting Garden, Walking Meditation Area, a Field of Hammocks, a Meditation Garden, and a Pagoda Massage Waiting Area. The concept behind this place makes for an interesting read.
THE SPA EXPERIENCE
Our experience began by entering through a small reception/gift store area into a simple locker room. We’d gotten their early enough to have our boxed lunch first before our services. So after changing into a robe and slippers, we had been escorted to a private area facing Salmon Creek to eat.
Those aren’t just trees, my friend, but mile-high bamboo trees. It was a pretty awesome sight walking through there. And sitting next to the creek, it was so quiet and peaceful. Our salads had been prepared by Fork Roadhouse and contained organic ingredients. We didn’t get to choose the actual meal (which is seasonal), just had a choice of Regular or Vegan & Gluten Free.
Not only did we eat a light, healthy meal, but we also supported a worthy cause. A portion of the proceeds($18)are donated to the CERES Community Project, a local-to-Cali non-profit that “trains teen chefs to create incredible meals and educates the larger community about the connection between food and wellness.” How cool is that?
After we’d eaten, our attendant then escorted us into a small tearoom that opened to a small meditation garden.
We were served a blended tea of organic herbs and enzymes made from 25 different plants. Our attendant told us that the enzymes worked together to stimulate metabolic processes, and would help our bodies prepare for the bath.
After about ten minutes, she took us to the treatment room, which overlooked another garden of raked pebbles. A HUGE wooden tub awaited us, filled with a warm, soft and fragrant blend of finely ground evergreens and rice bran.
A supportive space for our bodies had been scooped out for each of us—which we could enjoy with or without a bathing suit/underwear. Our attendant was female, so I thought, “Fuck it. I’m gonna go naked”; Mr. Ex had kept his underwear on. If our attendant had been male, well, different story that.
Once we’d gotten settled into a comfortable position, our attendant gently covered our bodies. You can choose to be immersed up to your chin, or to keep your hands and chest free. We had chosen up to our chins, but Mr. Ex eventually ended up pulling his arms out.
Related Article: The Benefits of a Cedar Enzyme Bath
For 20 minutes.
And if you ended up getting a little fidgety and digging in deeper, it got hotter. #Toastyyyyy
I actually loved that part. I was sweating my ass off, but I loved it. LOL
Our attendant checked on us twice to place lavender-scented cooling cloths on our foreheads and offered cold water just when we needed it. Once we were done, we’d stepped out onto the private back patio and brushed as much of the mixture off of each other as possible.
Then we’d taken a shower to get the remainder of the stuff off. Thank God the shower heads were removable because we really needed to be sure all the crevices were clear. If you know what I mean. After that, they gave us bottled water and off we went to our next services: Mr. Ex to his massage and me to the Field of Hammocks to chill out.
Now, before you envision an actual field, I’m going to burst your bubble. The Field of Hammocks is more like a large, fenced in patio area that houses about ten over-sized cushioned hammocks. Blankets are provided as well iPods with piped-in soothing music.
Similar to our private eating area, the Field of Hammocks was situated along Salmon Creek, an 18-mile stream that flows from the town of Occidental toward the Sonoma Coast, and empties into the Pacific Ocean just north of Bodega Bay. It was a really peaceful place to chill after the nap and I’m pretty sure I napped for a good thirty minutes.
Overall, it had been a wonderful experience. We had driven down the Sonoma Coast to get to this place and when we’d left the hotel, it had been a scene straight out of Stephen King’s The Mist movie, but we still stopped to take pictures.
I’d always done spa days for myself, but this was the first time we’d gone together and had services in the same room. Also, this was the first time Mr. Ex had gotten spa services for himself.
And yet, things were not perfect:
SERVICES WE PURCHASED:
Cedar Enzyme Bath - $109/PP
75-Min Deep Tissue Massage - $165/PP
Boxed Lunch - $20/PP
IF YOU GO:
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
209 Bohemian Hwy
Freestone, CA 95472
Related Journal Entry: #12: Unplug By The Sea | River's End Inn
Field of Hammocks Photo Credit: Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
Sonoma Coast Photo Credit: Mr. Ex
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