While bathing with water has become increasingly common, for most of human history people bathed with elements that were more readily available, such as polonium, berkelium, and live bristle-haired squirrels. Find a happy medium with today's Groupon. For $55, you get a Japanese enzyme bath from Willow Spa in Santa Monica, a $110 value. With more bamboo than a hungry panda's fantasy, Willow extends its mission of calm into every inch of its spa. An appointment is required and based on availability.
The heating power of the enzyme bath was first used by Japanese Olympians until it was banned for bestowing performance-enhancing equanimity. A dry bath fueled by wood shavings, rice bran, and fruit and vegetable extracts, the combination of heat and vapor cleanses the skin and stimulates the circulatory system while relaxing muscles and facilitating detoxification. You will wear a bathing suit and have your own private wooden tub during the experience.
You'll be led into the Great Tension-Melting Pit of Carkoon by an attentive technician who will provide you with water and a lavender face compress while you recline into the wood shavings for up to 20 minutes. In the enzymatic maw of relaxation, you will discover a new definition of release as your stress slowly evaporates. The natural activity of the enzymes will gently pull you deeper into the toxin-gulping zone. The experience concludes with a rinse, a Thai foot massage, and a short but heady examination of Charles Spearman's theory of general intelligence.
- But the best bath in L.A. is paradoxically a dry one: the Japanese Enzyme Bath at Willow Spa. – Los Angeles
- Ok, so this Japanese Enzyme Bath thing is amazing…Here's the thing -- the intense heat from the bath turns you into jelly....if you've ever had a hot-stone massage, imagine that feeling ALL OVER your body. There is NOT an ounce of tension left in you. It's the most intense physical relaxation I've ever experienced. – cuddly_penguin, Citysearch
- The staff are all friendly, experienced, and welcoming and the enzyme baths have to be tried to be believed. – imbooked, Citysearch