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Cedar Enzyme Bath Review

This Spa Treatment Buries You Alive

A few years ago, my then-boyfriend treated me to a spa treatment unlike any other. Osmosis, a spa in northern California, is one of the only spas in North America to offer cedar enzyme baths. Enzyme baths are used in Japan to remove toxins and promote inner peace. They are also, to most American eyes, a little peculiar.

Here's the setup: You don a yukata, drink some herbal tea, then go to a room with two giant tubs of cedar shavings and plant enzymes. After disrobing, you sit in a hollowed-out section of the tub before an attendant heaps the warm cedar-enzyme mixture over your body. At that point, with everything covered except your head, you're supposed to relax and unwind for 20 minutes.

The sensation was pleasant enough, but because I'm a worrywart, I kept worrying about cedar shavings slipping into my private crevices. And then I wondered if the cedar is recycled for multiple guests; could I have been sitting where someone else's stinky bottom was? What if someone had toenail fungus?! Instead of blissing out, I felt like a neurotic hamster being buried alive. Fun adventure, but I'm not sure I'll go back.

pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
is Philip Maisel your then bf? bit confused by the link . . .
DarlingDA DarlingDA 8 years
Yeah, I can't fully enjoy mud baths because I get worried about who was in the mud before me. And whether mud was getting "up there".
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Creepy...I too wonder about recycling, and cedar shavings getting into delicate places...plus cedar shavings cause tumors in small animals, so I'd be doubly nervy. I love the smell, but I'm also paranoid!
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 8 years
Bella, Philip Maisel has a really nice place!
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 8 years
that is the scariest thing i've ever seen!!!!!!
4blankwalls 4blankwalls 8 years
All I could think about when I was reading was how you could possibly avoid slivers... not something you should have to think about when you're trying to relax. Though I bet they can just run the shavings through some boiling water or something to clean them.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I don't think I could really enjoy it either. I'd be too creeped out about those same things you mentioned.
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