My therapist, Yosue Komiyama, led me to a private area, where the sight of a tub surrounded by candles and bamboo instantly helped me relax. She poured a bottle of sake into the bath and set a loofah and washcloth beside me. I was left to soak for a half hour with a refreshing Shibui Cucumber Cordial (yuzu
, agave nectar, fresh cucumber juice, fresh ginger, sparkling water), plus a paper fan (to cool off) and a bell (to ring in case I needed anything else). The water was pleasantly hot, and I followed instructions to scrub my body toward my heart, which is supposed to help improve circulation. I enjoyed every second of my soak, emerging from the tub feeling limber and revitalized. I even splashed some of the sake water on my face to alleviate my tired eyes (and yes, I could taste the alcohol!).The purported benefits:
Geishas bathed in sake daily as a way to moisturize their skin. The practice continues today throughout Japan, but the modern-day purpose is to cleanse the body, mind and soul.The results:
My skin was baby soft the next day. • 212-941-8900, thegreenwichhotel.com/spa. 30 minutes for one person $75, 30 minutes for two $95.