Spotlight on Spa Treatments
Ever felt overwhelmed when looking at a menu in a Sonoma County — or any — spa?
With so many options to choose from it may be hard to know which treatment is the right one for you. Or maybe you’re a spa regular, but want to branch out and try something a little different than your usual Swedish-style massage.
Getting the inside scoop on new and interesting spa menu options can help you navigate your next Wine Country spa experience knowing you’ve gotten all the details you need to make the best decision for you.
Today, I’ll turn the spotlight on the Essential Meridian Massage, available at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone; $149 for 75 minutes.
This treatment will appeal to aromatherapy lovers, Asian-style massage aficionados, those on the shyer side (this treatment is done fully clothed), or anyone seeking a more “unique” type of spa experience.
The Essential Meridian Massage blends two modes of healing: aromatherapy and Chinese massage (aka Tui Na). My experience began with a short consultation by my practitioner, reviewing my health concerns and goals for the session.
This is followed by the bodywork portion, which is a brisk full-body massage done with lots of tapping, chopping, and rubbing motions. I loved the relaxing rhythm and firm pressure of this type of massage, which works to bring movement to the flow of energy through the body.
The different types of strokes applied repeatedly definitely releases tension and stress and, even though I love the relaxing flow of Swedish massage, this type of faster-paced bodywork was a nice change of pace.
Near the end of the treatment, essential oils chosen based on my consultation are applied to key points on the body. The experience ends with a calming and gentle acupressure session, which involves the application of light touch to different points.
Extras: Enjoy a stroll through Osmosis’ beautiful Zen garden, a soak in the Cedar Enzyme Baths and lunch by the creek for a full day retreat.