After a whirlwind vacation to the beautiful and smokey Pacific Northwest and all of our other fun summer activities we needed a day to give our bodies some much needed detox and relaxation! I could feel my body relaxing the more time we spent in the Dhyana Center Sanctuary in Sebastopol.
Our summer has been filled with fun camping adventures in Point Arena, and in Redwood National Park…hiking around Sonoma County…and a trip up to see my family in Washington. Unfortunately the last month has all been done with smoke-filled air. Our bodies were starting to feel sluggish. So a good little detox was in order!
Self Care, Self Love…do this for yourSELF!
This place is wonderful! First of all it’s in Sebastopol, our favorite little hippie town in Sonoma County! A little bit difficult to find our first time there but once you realize you walk up stairs you stop yelling at Google maps for telling you that you are at your destination when you can’t find it. Seriously, I think I might have done that the first time we were there standing outside of the kitchen store. Hint, let the cute kitchen store draw you in and then walk up the stairs that say “Step into Bliss….”. And you WILL step into bliss.
As you reach the top of the stairs, go to your right to the shop and drink bar. Sign in and pay your $30 fee for the day. We haven’t explored the classes they offer there yet but are open to some of the alternative classes they have for healing. After this, walk over to the sanctuary and enter into serenity. It is so calm and peaceful and quiet in there.
Start by using one of the changing rooms (male and female are separate) and change into whatever you are comfortable walking around in. The bosslady was in a sarong, the hubs was in trunks. Meet at the complimentary water station and read the board for your specific needs. The board shows the flow of use of the sanctuary for your needs.
We started with the hot shower to clean up before entering the steam room. This is a large enclosed room that is peaceful with low lighting and super warm (obviously). It was a bit of a cold day when we went so this was welcome. Sitting, sweating, breathing in the steam room we began to feel the tension of travel and work melt away. It was almost like we were sweating out all of our stress.
When we couldn’t take any more of the steam, we opted for a cold shower over the copper cold plunge bath as 2 other people from the steam room had just been in the tub. I know, we are a little more OCD with other people’s sweaty bodily fluids than we should be but the point of the cold plunge was to stimulate circulation so we were good with just a cold shower with no one else’s sweat. Then off to the infrared sauna. This is to heat you from the inside and help the toxins exit your body all while you meditate. You are in a small cedar enclosure, it is quiet, it is peaceful, you are the only one in there for up to 20 minutes a day. It is a wonderful time to meditate. The infrared sauna is good for detoxing, relaxation, pain relief, better circulation and cellular health. This is what the bosslady is most looking for when she goes to the Dhyana Sanctuary.
Back to the cold shower you go! Then to the dry sauna. And back to the shower and then the steam room. We tried to get a soak in but all of the 3 large private tubs were taken and we didn’t have time to wait the hour till we could get in. The last time we went, we had the sanctuary practically to ourselves. It is sort of better that way so you don’t have to wait. But if you do have to wait, there are zero gravity chairs you can relax and meditate in.
Feeling completely relaxed and ready to conquer the world again, we changed into our street clothes and slowly walked Main Street back to our car…drove with the top down all the way home and soaked in the summer sunshine.
Is there something in particular you do to relax? How about to detox? Would love to hear about your favorite ways! Usually we go hiking to relax and unplug but sometimes our bodies yell at us and remind us to slow down a bit and do some self care.
Things We Love
On our previous visit we did get to soak in the tubs and enjoy an epsom salt bath in the sanctuary. This is such a good relaxing muscle relief and detox and so easy to do! We don’t have a tub at home so going somewhere to do this is our only option at the moment….and we truly enjoy the Dhyana Center Sanctuary!! Check it out next time you are in need of relaxation!
Our favorite is the Dr Teals Lavender. The smell of lavender adds to the relaxation. Ready to jump in the tub now!