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Osmosis Day Spa
— Napa, Sonoma, & Marin



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Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary served its first guests in May of 1985. Founder Michael Stusser’s life was changed when he experienced the enzyme bath while living in Japan. “As the healing warmth of the bath enveloped my being, I saw a healing sanctuary, with a magical fermentation bath at the core, surrounded by meditative Japanese-style gardens, and gracious hospitality flash before my mind’s eye.



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Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary served its first guests in May of 1985. Founder Michael Stusser’s life was changed when he experienced the enzyme bath while living in Japan. “As the healing warmth of the bath enveloped my being, I saw a healing sanctuary, with a magical fermentation bath at the core, surrounded by meditative Japanese-style gardens, and gracious hospitality flash before my mind’s eye. From this remarkable moment I knew it was my calling to recreate the Japanese enzyme bath in West,” Stusser says. With no spa or business experience, he built the first enzyme bath in America. Using recycled wood, he constructed it on the back of a ranch.

“After five years,” Stusser says, “we outgrew the original location and moved to our blessed spot along Salmon Creek in Freestone.” Recognized as a pioneer in the spa industry, Osmosis is situated at the gateway to the Sonoma wine country, 60 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. A team of gifted body workers, many of whom have been at Osmosis for decades, along with a warm-hearted staff of 85, have the goal of supporting healing and vitality for the guests and the community.

In 2003, the Meditation garden was completed. It is now recognized as one of the top Japanese gardens in the country. With the fermentation (cedar enzyme) bath as its core offering, Osmosis was inspired to host the Freestone Fermentation Festival, which focuses on the growing role of fermented foods and the microbiome in human health.

In 2006 Osmosis, in collaboration with eco-conscious spas from around the country, started the Green Spa Network. In recent years, Osmosis added a creek-side picnic area and a field of hammocks. Presently the spa is evolving in its work with groups to create transformational daylong retreats that blend meditation, spa treatments and group activities. Among the core principles is creating a meditative environment and inviting guests outdoors into areas curated to promote communion with nature. The people of Osmosis believe slowing down is a critical part of what it takes to get in touch with the true self and what it will take to save this planet.



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