Have I Found the Quirkiest Spa in California?

Technically… Matt found it. He surprised me with a spa day, but you’re going to love the story (and the pictures!).

The Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary up in Freestone (near Napa) offers a very unusual treatment: a cedar enzyme bath! You change into a robe and relax in a meditation room where your bath specialist serves you green tea, and then you’re walked back into a room with what kind of looks like a big sand box (I love some of the comedic aspects of this story and play them up, but don’t let the monkeying around fool you — this place is amazing!).

So, back to the story. We walk into a room with a (very nice) “sandbox” where our specialist has literally taken a shovel and dug two holes – one for Matt and one for me – which kind of look like reclining chairs.

Then she lets us know to unrobe and hop on in.

We look at each other, and then at her. And I ask if folks usually just kind of strip down and climb on in. She was great – she acted like it was no big deal, and we stripped down and clambered up into the box (my guess is that it must have been hilarious to watch because we were NOT graceful about it).

And then the best part: she covered us in the fermented cedar mulch which was kind of like a blanket of stinky, itchy wood chips. But they were warm, very warm. It was like being enveloped in a delicious cocoon, and our bath specialist came by every 5 minutes to wash our faces with a cold wash cloth which felt amazing since the cedar mulch can reach a temperature of 120 to 140 degrees fahrenheit (oh and a water cup with a fancy metal straw our specialist would hold up to our faces so we could rehydrate)!

And once our 20 minutes were up, she helped us climb out of the bath, led us outside, and gave us brushes to get the mulch off of our bodies. They kind of looked like pony brushes – you know, the ones kids use to brush the ponies at pony camp – except that this time WE were the ponies 🙂

Then we showered the last of the cedar mulch off and glided up the stairs to our massage, which was lovely as well.

And now, for the pictures!

(Sadly, WordPress seems to have instituted a cap on images, so I was unable to upload my photos. You can check them out here though!)


Spa Day in Half Moon Bay! =D

My hubby knows I’ve been stressed out because of work and health things so he took me on my very first spa day to wind down yesterday ^^

We saw dinosaurs on the drive over

We went to the Oceano Hotel and Spa for some relaxing treatments (highly recommend it — the staff were great and the treatments even better!)

The Oceano Hotel and Spa

The spa is located on a row of cute shops next to the hotel.

The Spa

Inside we were shown to a really cozy waiting room…

Never thought so much color could be so relaxing ^^

Cute, huh?!


… complete with tea!

Nothing beats tea to relax!

The first part of our treatment was a fragrant tea and honey bath =3

The bath smelled so good and made my skin so soft ^^

Then it was time for a hot stone massage! (But no pix of that =p)

Felt so nice and warm and relaxed afterwards =D So we strolled around the little shops on the strip and ended up getting some salt water taffy.

The Half Moon Bay Salt Water Taffy Company

It was a great way to wind down and forget about my week!