Okay, I’ve had a really, really, REALLY interesting Sunday. It all started with a three mile run and then progressed into a sparkling wine tasting, getting covered with wood chips and then eating dinner at Zin. Did I mention I had a massage and then was covered with wood chips? More on that in a second.
First of all, the run. It was lovely. I did about 3 miles and then rewarded myself with a lovely nonfat vanilla latte from the Goat. I heart their lattes big time.
Lunch was pretty simple at home. A can of my favorite Amy’s soup—
With a whole wheat pita and hot goat cheese—
Twas the best kind of “grilled cheese and tomato soup” I could imagine!
After lunch I met up with some friends and we headed to my new favorite location of Iron Horse Winery
in the Russian River Valley. I might be a little burned out on red wine tasting but I could more than definitely handle a sparkling wine tasting!
My favorite was the 2006 Wedding Cuvee. It had the perfect balance of everything a sparkling wine should be (or at least in my mind!).
Now, on to the spa. For awhile now I’ve been pondering over the website for Osmosis
, this Japanese spa in Sebastopol. A couple girls from yoga were telling me about the Cedar Enzyme Baths and I knew I had to try it even though I had no idea what a Cedar Enzyme Bath actually was. But hey, I’m a girl who once went by herself to a traditional Turkish Bath at a Mosque in France for a “new experience” so I was all down for this little adventure.
So first, they gave me a wonderful 45 minute massage. I really needed it. My SI joint has been giving me some trouble lately because I always kick up with the same leg for handstands in yoga and it’s caused a lot of stress on my low back. I needed someone to really get in their and dig and that’s what my massage therapist did today. Felt so good. Afterward, as part of the “Cedar Enzyme Bath experience” I was lead to a tea ceremony where I drank some very interesting “enzyme tea” made from 25 different organically grown plants. Then, I hopped into a huge bath tub and was topped with a mixture of finely ground cedar, rice bran, and plant enzymes imported from Japan. The cedar mix was self heating and actually very soft (sort of like laying in sawdust…its hard to describe…) and it was just this totally crazy experience.
After about 20 minutes, I showered off all the little ground cedar bits that had been plastered to my body (use your imagination) and was wrapped in a blanket and listened to some interesting subliminal music that did something to my brain (I’m not kidding). Basically, now I feel like I’m on drugs or something which is a totally weird experience for me because I’ve never done drugs in my life. At least this is what I THINK being on drugs would feel like. Okay, I’m going to stop typing now. Anyways., there’s only one Cedar Enzyme spa in the whole country and it’s here in Sebastopol so if y’all are inspired by this post, definitely come and take a trip so you too can experience cedar bliss.
Wow. And after all that, I met up with my friends and we ate a fabulous dinner at Zin
. I had a bowl of potato soup and the roasted beet salad. No wine because that just would have been a really bad idea.
This post has totally been ALL over the place. Sorry about that! I think I’m just going to slowly lead myself into my bedroom now, get in bed and read Prince of Tides for the 500th time. No big deal.