In a way, the Rick and Morty pumpkin Halloween shirt burden placed on luxury spas right now has never been heavier. While tasked with literally life-preserving responsibilities—social distancing between guests, mask-wearing, elevated cleaning procedures—spas have had to simultaneously make sure clients are able to block out the everyday realities related to the pandemic. The serene twilight state into which one ideally slips while receiving treatments at a spa is not easy to bring about even under the best of circumstances, but Shou Sugi Ban House tries its damnedest. “You come here and immediately you feel calm,” Amy Cherry-Abitbol, a former corporate lawyer who left her practice to open Shou Sugi Ban, told me. “Don’t you feel calm?” she went on as we sat at a craggy stone table on the spa’s grounds, eating mussels and shrimp in broth sprinkled with edible flowers, a soothing breeze lightly ruffling our hair. As I looked around me, at the spa’s gray-shingled cedarwood structures set peacefully against the blue sky and the flawlessly manicured local greenery, I had to admit that at least for the moment, I did; and if things felt quite different right now outside the spa’s wooden gates, well, then, that was another story.