Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Sonoma County, CA

Osmosis Day Spa in Sonoma California

Chris Stewart

Northern California's Sonoma County, an hour north of San Francisco, is becoming known as Napa's more relaxed sister. Sonoma offers lovely inns, picturesque wineries, terrific restaurants, and more (including the unique Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary).

Here on luxurytravel.about.com, let me communicate my passion for Sonoma.
• Why you must visit Sonoma, and great places to stay
•  Sonoma's 10 best farm-to-table and ocean-to-plate restaurants
 Sonoma's 11 best wineries for tours and tastings

Another Reason to Visit Sonoma: Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, Northern California’s Most Zen Spa

Osmosis is an extraordinary day spa in northern California's Sonoma County -- and one of the best spas anywhere.

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Location of Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

This spa oasis is nestled in the hamlet of Freestone in southern Sonoma County.

• Freestone is an hour and a quarter’s drive from San Francisco
• And a 20-minute drive from Sonoma's wild Pacific coast


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Japanese Mood of Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

When you're at this Zen-inspired retreat, you're in the Land of the Rising Sun. The five-acre spa is continually groomed to look and feel purely Japanese.

• Think: Zen gardens, pagodas, koi pond, bamboo groves

• Since 1985, Osmosis has been guided by founder Michael Stusser, who
studied  Zen Buddhism and landscape gardening in Kyoto

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Style of Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary blends the best of Eastern and Western spa traditions.

• This adults-only spa is full-service, focusing on massages, facials, and healing baths
• You'll find classic therapies like deep-tissue massage, but also East-West treatments like meridian massage
• This spa is consistently high-end, with expert aestheticians
• Prices tend to be lower than Sonoma County resort spas
• Services can be performed in tranquil indoor treatment rooms or in a private pagoda
• A pair of couples' suites are reserved for twosomes
• Spa menu and spa packages 


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Waterless Cedar Enzyme Baths, the Signature of Osmosis

Get ready for something really different and blissful: Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary's signature offering, exclusive in North America, cedar enzyme baths. 

• The bath is adapted from an age-old folk remedy at Japanese onsen springs
• The experience is for one or two, and takes place in a handcrafted wooden tub the size of a queen bed
• You immerse yourself in the tub, filled with a fragrant, velvety-soft blend of powdered evergreen wood and rice bran
• The mixture is above body temperature and conforms to your contours, feeling like a total body caress
• Living enzymes within the mixture create the heat and stimulate metabolic activity and healing: muscles, joints, circulation, digestion, skin, stress
• The cedar enzyme bath is followed by a body brushing


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Osmosis’ Top-of-the-Line, Day-Long Service

Osmosis's ultimate indulgence is The Ritual, a dreamy, multi-stage treatment in the $500 range. It delivers five-and-a-half hours of mind-body healing via: 

* A ceremonial tea service
• Cedar enzyme bath
• Box lunch
• 75-minute customized massage
• Half hour of hammock rest to calming, meditative music
• 75-minute facial
• Made-for-you massage oil to take home


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Where to Stay Before or After Your Day at Osmosis

 Osmosis does not offer overnight guest rooms. But within a half-hour drive are these refined Sonoma inns, all profiled here on Luxury Travel. (The inns with an * asterisk are Osmosis hotel partners that offer special lodging packages to spa clients.

• Farmhouse Inn
• Bodega Bay Lodge *
• Applewood Inn *
• Inn at Occidental *


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Explore the Village of Freestone on Your Visit to Osmosis

Within walking distance of Osmosis, the historic hamlet of Freestone delights visitors with signature shops such as:

• Wild Flour Bread, a cult bakery whose wood-fired brick oven finesses bread and pastry
• Freestone Artisan Cheese, bursting with local and international fromage, charcuterie, and kitchen items
• One of Sonoma County's most inviting tasting rooms, Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards


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Find Out More About Osmosis

 • Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
• On Facebook
Twitter (@OsmosisSpa)
• Pinterest
• YouTube
• Phone 707.823.8231
• By email
• Visitors' info from Sonoma Tourism 

As is common in the travel industry, the Guest Author was provided with a complimentary visit for the purpose of describing the spa. For details, see our site's Ethics Policy.

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