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Over the holiday weekend, while most people were watching Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning flee from aliens, LAist visited a new day spa in Santa Monica, and had a very earthly experience.

The Willow Spa in Santa Monica is housed in a fully restored and refurbished California style bungalow that at one time was home to both a beauty salon, and a gun shop. At the same time. Only in Los Angeles, right? "Hi Betsy, I'll get a permanent wave and throw in a .38 Special please. How are the kids?" The current owners are, thankfully, a lot more Zen in their approach, and they have made the spa a small slice of Nirvana just off of Santa Monica Boulevard. Once inside, you'd never know you were just a few feet off of one of Los Angeles' busiest streets.

LAist booked their unique "Japanese Enzyme Bath" treatment which is new to the area. This is a dry bath that consists of a combination of finely cut Juniper shavings, rice bran, and fruit and vegetable enzymes. Upon arriving (and finding street parking, what a singular joy), we were given sandals to slip on, and guided to the changing areas. For the bath you are instructed to bring an old swimsuit, but upon arrival we were also told that you could choose to wear your birthday suit as well. Never one to spoil a good swimsuit, LAist went all in, so that we could bring the best possible story to you, dear reader.