How to navigate life's wear and tear.
So many of us struggle with pain, whether it's due to an injury or an overstressed lifestyle. We must find ways to relieve the everyday tension we experience. It can be a challenge to navigate all the options we have for pain management. How we navigate life's wear and tear directly affects our happiness. Whole body pain management is essential for longevity. We’re going to look at the most common pain points and injuries of the body and discover how to prevent and recover from them.
'The challenge is not to be perfect...it's to be whole." - Jane Fonda
Think of the body like a tree. Holistic medicine teaches us that even when one branch of the body may be sick we must acknowledge that the whole of us is well. It teaches us that more is going right within our bodies for us to function at all. A healthy mindset is one that takes in the perspective of wholeness. To view ourselves in our entirety and take care of that self, mind, body and spirit. Pain can distract us from the feeling of wellness, therefore it's important to pay attention to how we feel and properly take care and make our lives as enjoyable and pain-free as possible.
Common ailments and how to deal with them.
Let’s start with the top of the body and work our way down!
Upper back and neck pain can be debilitating. This kind of pain is multi-faceted and requires a broad approach to heal. Neck pain is a guidepost that something is out of balance, whether it’s a tension strain or injury, we must learn to hear the whispers of the body before they become screams. Yoga, meditation, acupuncture and massage are all easily accessible healing modalities you can use to increase the overall well-being of the upper back and neck. These tools are excellent for whole body pain management.
Yoga utilizes the movement of the body to release tension in all areas of the human frame including the back and neck. Deep twisting and extended breathing techniques used throughout the practice bring not only a deep sense of calm but a palpable benefit to the structure of the body.
Meditation focuses the mind and aligns all aspects of the person into a state of peace and awareness, this can relieve neck and back tension that is caused by stress or overthinking.
Acupuncture is a great way to manually open up the channels of the body. Tension and inflammation block the body's energy channels. Acupuncture oxygenates and brings blood to blocked areas. Tiny needles are inserted into areas that bring the most results and can be extremely beneficial in relieving pain.
Massage is a popular well-known remedy to ease sore necks and upper back pain. Muscles hold not only physical tension but emotional tension as well. A deep tissue, Swedish or Ashiatsu Oriental bar therapy session is a great way to release neck/back pain and renew the body entirely.
What is the sciatic nerve and what causes sciatic pain?
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the human body. Sciatic nerve fibers originate in the lumbar spine, attach together and then run down the pelvis, under the piriformis, and down the back of the legs, all the way down to the toes. Severe sciatic nerve pain can be felt all the way down the leg into the feet!
Cases of sciatica are caused by either the sciatic nerve or connecting nerves, being pinched or compressed. Common sources of this condition are lifting without proper alignment, sitting too much and poor alignment of the hips and spine.
Thank goodness there are natural ways that are easy to apply to help ease this common injury. Magnesium is an excellent way to help relax your muscles and calm your nervous system. Partner your magnesium with vitamin d for better absorption in the body.
Chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage are cited throughout medical research as effective treatments for sciatic nerve pain! A chiropractor can readjust your spine and address the cause of the nerve compression. The same is true for acupuncture treatments, however, your practitioner will use small needles to target specific energy pathways in the body. The tiny, virtually pain-free placement of the needles combined with herbs, will amp up your body’s natural energy to create healing in the body.
A massage therapist will manually work with muscles and fascia around the injury site so that your body can flush out toxic inflammation, increase circulation and promote healing and restoration.
Lower back pain can be related to tight hamstrings.
The strength and flexibility of your hamstrings have a huge impact on your posture, mobility and comfort in your lower back region. Whether the pain is mild, or acute, most adults struggle with keeping the low back pain-free. Most people are unaware that tight and weak hamstrings play a huge role in lower back discomfort. Caring for your hamstrings is arguably one of the most important remedies and prevention tools for low back pain. Tight hamstrings have the power to tilt your pelvis and negatively impact the alignment of your spine.
Stretching, using trigger point therapy balls and foam rollers and working with a massage therapist are the easiest way to address tight hamstrings. Yoga and functional stretching, no doubt, are highly effective tools to bring your body into balance. Learn poses and stretches that build core strength, hip openers and poses that stretch and strengthen your hamstrings.
Therapy balls and foam rollers are excellent for myofascial release, igniting rehabilitation and improving overall health. With just the weight of your body you can achieve deep release of the hamstrings or any other targeted area. Finding a massage therapist is key to unlocking health in all portions of the body as well!
Everywhere you’ve ever been your feet have gone first!
Everywhere you go your feet have gone first and if they’re not feeling well, it can be a real bummer for your active lifestyle. Plantar fasciitis can be extremely painful and can stop you in your tracks. The sharp pain radiating in the heal can bring your exercise regimen to a halt. If you’ve ever experienced this nagging injury you know how difficult it can be to navigate. Some factors play a key role in this painful condition.
Poor stretching habits and overworking the body can create micro-tears to the plantar fascia. This band of tissue can be overworked or overstretched and creates a huge issue for everyday life and exercise regimens.
Wear proper shoes and spend time barefoot to stretch and strengthen your feet. High heels, shoes with poor arch support, old running shoes, and flip flops are all issues around good foot support. Spending time barefoot walking, dancing and doing yoga are all great activities to enhance foot health and strength. Due to modern footwear, poor hip and core strength, and a more sedentary lifestyle, most people’s feet over-pronate, leaving them at risk. Stretching calves, performing hip openers and lunges, squats, stretching feet and toes will all help in prevention of plantar fasciitis. Rest, ice and stretch are good rules of thumb for most common injuries and great for whole body pain management.
Zama has your whole-body needs covered!
Taking care of your body is the best way to ensure a happy fulfilling life. Whole body pain management leads to life without physical limits held back by pain. At Zama we have sought after treatments to address all the areas of your life that could benefit from self-care! Visit us and learn how to address the most common ailments that can slow you down. We will help you design a spa regimen that fits your specific needs!
Included in our Mom's Spa Retreat May Special:
- 75 min Hot Stone Massage
- Hot Stone & Warm Cocoa Butter Foot Treatment
- Beverage of your choice
Only $200! Purchase HERE!
We have the perfect way to soothe and pamper Mom with our May Special Mom's Spa Retreat! Treat Mom to the gift of relaxation, unwinding and incredible bodywork. Included is our 75-minute Hot Stone Massage AND Hot Stone & Warm Cocoa Butter Foot Treatment. This very special Mom’s Day Retreat will fill her cup and send her away feeling loved and amazing.
Mom's Spa Retreat begins with our 75-minute Hot Stone Massage.
Our much loved Hot Stone Massage combines Deep Tissue Massage and Swedish Relaxation techniques, custom-crafted to meet our client's exact needs. In addition to deep relaxation, this hot stone experience will alleviate pain in the body, usually the neck, upper back and shoulders, or low back. The thermal energy of heated basalt stones promotes deep relaxation and relieves tension.
Hot stones will deepen the therapeutic experience.
As the heat from these stones penetrates the muscles, aches and pains begin to melt away. Warm stones are used during the Hot Stone Massage to provide relaxation at the deepest level while encouraging blood flow and increased circulation.
Hot Basalt stones have been used by Native Americans and Europeans to heal aching muscles for hundreds of years. Basalt stones are chosen because they release heat slowly. Years of water erosion have made them smooth and soothing to the touch. They easily glide over the skin and act as tools that gently penetrate to the depths of muscle tissue, making them an ideal addition to massage.
Next, come our extremely satisfying Hot Stone & Warm Cocoa Butter Foot Treatment!
Mom will love this luxurious foot treatment. It begins with our specialized foot soak, which combines seasonal salts and aromatherapy. We’ll then exfoliate her feet and legs with our seasonally inspired sugar scrub.
Next, she'll sit back and relax with a hot towel wrap for the feet. We’ll then drizzle fair trade warm cocoa butter down her lower legs and feet. And then the grand relaxation finalé, a hot stone massage personalized just for the feet and legs. The therapist will tame and melt away all the tension and stress. Her feet and legs will be deeply nourished and her skin will feel hydrated and her mind at rest.
Whether this is a gift for the special mom in your life, or a treat for you, our May Special is made to give appreciation to all the mamas! Moms of all kinds welcomed~ fur moms, plant moms, caretakers and all those who celebrate moms!
Enjoy & purchase HERE!
It's time for your Spring detox!
Spring is here and the long winter is behind us. As the seasons change so do our needs, physically emotionally and spiritually. We are cleaning out our homes, getting rid of old things that we no longer need and in turn, we are renewed. In the same way, it's important to “spring clean” our bodies, minds and emotions. It's time for a Spring detox! We have felt the effects of the tension these last few years, therefore we need to clear out the old energies of the past. Let’s look at the easy ways we can improve our human experience through the act of detoxifying and cleansing.
Skin vibrancy in Spring.
The skin is the first part of the body to show signs of toxicity and the last to heal. A good gauge to evaluate the health of our internal bodies is to look at our skin. Moisture loss during winter is normal as the dry cold months take their toll on our moisture retention. Toxins and pollution also show on our skin as well as environmental damage. Drinking lots of water is essential to the supple vibrancy of the skin. Eating properly and getting enough rest is key for skin health as well as adding a powerful skin regimen. Find time to visit a professional esthetician and/or spa to discover the best facials and treatments available for your specific needs!
Our body's natural detox system.
Just as we spring clean our homes, minds and intentions, our bodies have a magnificent system to naturally detox the internal makings of our body. Our brilliant bodies has their own system to detox. Also, there are simple things we can do to aid in the process. Drinking plenty of water gives our livers what they needs to stay hydrated and flush toxins out. Find time to sweat, whether through exercise or saunas. Sweating is a great way to naturally enhance our body's detoxification system. Getting a good night’s sleep allows the body time to recover and renew while we rest. Stay away from inflammatory foods and help the liver by providing it with life-giving nutrients! Add probiotics to your daily regimen and you will enhance the body’s immune system and detoxing ability, through the power of the gut.
Foods that bring life to the body.
The closer you get to eating a natural diet that is minimally processed and full of nutrients the healthier you will be. Many of the toxins we ingest are through food and drink. With so many chemicals infiltrating our food systems, it’s important to find the best organic options that don’t overload the body with unnecessary chemicals.
We are what we eat, everything we take in becomes a building block for our bodies, in turn, these building blocks can either break down or build up our vitality. There are some superfoods that can help aid the body in detoxing: grapefruit, avocados, white tea, turmeric, asparagus, lemon water, salmon, sweet potatoes and spinach. These powerhouses are an easy way to help the body spring clean!
Spa innovation aid in detoxification.
Elite spas all over the country are providing top-of-the-line treatments to enhance the body’s ability to perform optimally. Leading-edge detox techniques include not only skin regimens but deep tissue release, lung health and reduction of inflammation.
Three top-of-the-line detox treatments worth your time and money are: Halotherapy, HydraFacials and Cupping.
Halotherapy provides leading-edge detox through ionized air particles!
Salt caves historically have been used to treat all kinds of conditions and ailments. In a salt cave small, ionized salt particles enter the lungs and literally “clean” the body. Modern technology has amped up the power of ionized salt to detoxify and cleanse the body inside and out! Salt particles also cleanse the skin and can improve conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or acne.
Halotherapy reduces inflammation of the airways and purges allergens and pollutants from the lungs, not to mention Hay fever, asthma and even chronic bronchitis! Spending time in a Salt cave can even relieve stress, tension, anxiety or depression. Halotherapy is smart to make part of your detox plan.
Check out HydraFacial skin technology.
HydraFacials have become the rage as the dual system exfoliates and hydrates at deep derma levels. A fresh face for spring is a bonus of a HydraFacial! Great for all skin types, Hydrafacials are not only highly effective at improving overall skin health, but also excellent for remedying: fine lines and wrinkles, elasticity and firmness and advanced signs of aging. Giving the skin the extra boost, it needs to slough off the old and hydrate the new is the goal of the HydraFacial. Zama provides this top-of-the-line treatment is essential for Spring renewal and we would love to have you come take advantage of what we offer! Book your next HydraFacial HERE.
Cupping releases toxins.
Cupping, an ancient Taoist practice that dates to the year 281 AD, is excellent for drawing out inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to toxins. Cups are used to increase local blood supply to muscles which naturally detoxes the system. This ancient technique brings nourishment to the tissue and allows toxins to be carried away via the lymph nodes. Impurities, toxins, and dead blood cells are pulled to the surface of the skin. This increases blood circulation and oxygenation. In this process, a fresh infusion of blood circulates throughout the cells. Detoxification, blood flow, and lymphatic circulation trigger a natural release of toxins. Cupping makes for a sought-after detox treatment! Learn more about cupping here!
Take time to release old thought patterns and emotions through the art of breathwork and yoga. Breathing techniques have become a useful trend in aiding the nervous system. When we breathe deep and use intervals of holding the breath, we can achieve physical health, mental and emotional balance. The art of breathing connects us to the pulse of life. Breathwork relieves tension, anxiety and depression. Yoga provides the opportunity to center the mind and body. This ancient practice can open and align our body's natural systems to sink with wellness. Yoga can also trigger a deep release of emotions that may be trapped in the muscle tissue or inner workings of your metaphysical body. Take time to find the best techniques that fit your personal goals and needs.
As a top-of-the-line spa geared to meet the needs of our clients, we search for new ways to enhance your experience. Spring is a great time to honor the rebirth of life, not only in the earth around us but in our personal lives as well! Check out our HydraFacial Special and our Spring Clean Detox. We can help you leave the cold winter behind and move forward boldly into Spring!
Included in our Spring Clean Detox April Special:
- Himalayan Detox Foot Ritual
- Express HydraFacial
- Beverage of your choice
Only $175! Book HERE!
Are you ready for a Spring cleaning?
Spring has arrived! Our Spring Clean Detox will give your body and soul an uplift that will make you feel radiant and fresh. You'll start off with a relaxing and unwinding Himalayan Detox Foot Ritual. Treat your feet to extended massage time in this special! After the foot treatment, peel back the Winter layers with a quick and effective HydraFacial that deems immediate results.
Sit back, unwind and release toxins and tensions with our Himalayan Detox Foot Ritual!
Your Himalayan Detox Foot Ritual begins with a cup of hot tea (or beverage of your choice) and a relaxing Pink Himalayan salt foot soak. Unwind and relax with essential oils to enhance mood, clarify the mind and ease tension. Your nail technician will provide an exfoliation treatment with detoxifying Himalayan muscle scrub that will renew and treat your feet and lower legs. Next comes your stimulating foot massage with our seasonal, organic, cruelty-free deliciously scented FarmHouse Fresh lotion. Finish with our hot towel steam and relaxation treatment for your legs.
Take advantage of our powerful Express HydraFacial which provides instant results.
Our no-nonsense approach for those on the go, the Express HydraFacial MD treatment provides instant results in just 30 minutes. An infusion of innovative ingredients will create a healthy glow while addressing any troubled areas on your face. We really mean it when we say that you will see & feel the results instantly. There is no other facial technology that can give the results as quickly and effectively as HydraFacials.
The unique Vortex-Fusion serum delivery system is what sets the Express HydraFacial MD apart from other procedures. Its multi-step treatment cleanses, evenly exfoliates, and extracts to remove impurities and dead skin cells. At the same time, it will replenish vital nutrients including antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. Thanks to the devices’ superior delivery system, these performing ingredients are able to more effectively help mitigate environmental and age-induced damage. Fine lines and wrinkles will minimize while your skin will respond with plump & firm. You’ll love the long-term results you can see and feel instantly!
Book your Spring Clean Detox April Special HERE! Your skin and your soul will thank you!
Learn more about how our emotions and stress cause neck pain and how to manage the discomfort.
How the neck feels is a direct reflection of how much tension we are under. The tightening of the neck is directly related to how well we handle stress and how tension shows up in our body. When overwhelmed, “the weight of the world” is on our shoulders. Stress can manifest in muscle tension and blocked energy due to our emotional state. Fast-paced high-stress lifestyles add to neck tension making it hard to keep up with neck pain prevention. Neck pain management has many options as the source of neck pain is multi-faceted. In order to heal and prevent neck tension we need to find the root causes and address why pain is landing in our necks.
How our necks connect the body and mind.
The neck is the connecting channel between the body and the mind, it’s the vital pathway of life. The information passed through this space of the body is immense! The neck is the center not only of our mind-body connection, but it also holds the powerful portal of expression. It holds the space we use to emit vibrations of sound and connection with other humans. Our neck holds the sacred space of speaking our truth and manifestations. It is no wonder many of us feel tension in this vital part of the body. Creative expression, verbal expressions and emotional expression pass through and are held in the neck. The vibrational quality of our emotions and words influences neck tension.
Our 5th chakra.
The throat chakra is a powerful energy center of the body that resides in the neck. This energy center also called the Vishuddha meaning “especially pure” governs the mouth, tongue and neck along with the thyroid and ears. It relates to the ability to communicate and to speak inner truth. Many of us find it very difficult to express ourselves. When out of balance, one might have difficulty expressing ones desires and needs. We may feel tension in the throat. When authentic expression comes easily and naturally this is a sign that the throat chakra is in balance. Signs of imbalance may be gossiping, dominating conversations, difficulty listening, neck pain and hormone fluctuation that relates to the thyroid. The energetic imprint of our words thoughts and emotions affects our neck, influencing neck pain.
Getting to the root cause.
If neck pain is not directly related to injury or overuse, it could reflect our energetic state. Inflexibility and physical stiffness can reflect mental rigidity. Neck stiffness can be related to too much screen time or poor posture due to office set-up. Anger and resentment are toxic emotions that tend to land in the neck area and create pain and stiffness. Pain in this part of the body can be related to our difficulty to fulfill our wishes, a disconnect from what we think and what we do.
The emotions related to the neck.
Injustice, humiliation, a desire to change other people are just some of the thought patterns and emotions that lend to a neck full of tension and pain. Maintaining a flexible internal attitude is key to neck mobility. As a result, being able to see all aspects of a situation without fear or judgment is key to a healthy neck. The neck represents flexibility, security and knowledge. It turns to view all aspects of the physical world, just as we view all aspects of our life. Flexible minds lead to flexible necks.
Learning to listen to the body.
The neck is an area of great sensitivity since everything essential to life passes through it. The body keeps the score of all that we experience. We often take the time to work on the mind, to change our perspective. Many of us lack the insight necessary to release negative emotion from the physical nature of our bodies. A great Chinese proverb states, “Any illness is an opportunity and not a judgement. The purpose of the disease is to lead the man to himself.” Neck pain is a guidepost that something is out of balance, we must learn to hear the whispers of our bodies before they become screams.
Recovering physical and emotional health.
Lucky for us we live in a time where great importance is placed on health and not only physical health but mental, emotional and spiritual health. Considering other perspectives and points of view fosters safety and knowledge, which in turn allows the neck to recover natural flexibility. Yoga, meditation, dancing and singing all help the throat chakra open and neck mobility increase. Acupuncture, massage and cupping decrease inflammation and physically rid the body of toxins and blockages that create unhealthy necks.
Mother earth’s remedies.
Herbal supplements to treat pain have been used for thousands of years. Lavender, Kudzu and Devil’s claw help ease neck pain and tight muscles. CBD and Arnica decrease inflammation and block pain receptors naturally. Menthol and Camphor increase blood circulation to the affected area and produce a warm or cold feeling that soothes and relaxes. St. John’s Wort has been used for centuries to treat many conditions including depression and neck pain. St. John’s Wort has anti-inflammatory properties and may be helpful for nerve-pain.
A day at the Spa.
Massage is a popular way to literally rub inflammation out of the body. Muscles hold not only physical tension but emotional tension as well, so it's important to practice self-love. A deep tissue, Swedish or Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy are great ways to release neck pain and tight neck muscles. Massage add-ons that can assist the body in releasing pain can include CBD cream, Hot basalt stones and essential oil. Hot basalt stones promote deep muscle release.
Putting it all together.
Neck pain is multi-faceted and requires a broad approach to heal. Holistic approaches are not a quick fix, it recognizes all aspects of the human being and how to cultivate balance. At Zama Massage & Spa we take great care to bring you the highest quality products and techniques to release the body mind and spirit from unwanted tension and pain. No matter what treatment you choose we tailor-make your experience to your specific needs!
Book your next appointment HERE!
Meltaway into bliss with our March Special!
- 60 Min Warm Cocoa Butter Massage
- 30 Min Chocolate Mousse Facial
Only $195 & Available through March 31! Book HERE.
March has arrived and we have released our newest Special the March Meltaway! This spa escape has been named perfectly, as you will truly melt into the most blissful state of relaxation and satisfaction from head to toe. This extra-special spa treat has been crafted just for you. We know that a spa day is much overdue after a long cold winter. Be sure to take advantage of this amazing meltaway package while it is here!
You'll begin with a deeply nourishing Warm Cocoa Butter Massage.
Our Warm Cocoa Butter Massage uses heated Cocoa Butter to warm you up and deeply nourish and hydrate your skin. Cocoa butter is beneficial for all skin types. It aids in preventing or easing stretch marks, soothes dry itchy skin, and provides relief from skin conditions such as Eczema or Psoriasis. Our Warm Cocoa Butter Massage is downright luxurious as the weather cools.
Soothe your mind, body, and spirit with the rich texture and dreamy scent of cocoa butter. Your massage will be dreamy, creamy, heavenly and customized just for you!
Next comes your Chocolate Mousse Facial.
This delicious chocolate facial experience is similar to our Organic Custom Facial, but we add in our Eminence Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque. You’ll love the effective cleanse, exfoliation and deeply hydrating experience this facial offers. Our signature touch, the Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque, fights the visible signs of aging. A healthy dose of antioxidant-rich cocoa is great for your skin, and macadamia, almond and jojoba oils provide deep hydration to leave your skin looking smooth and refreshed.
This hydration facial will include cleansing, exfoliation, masks, hot towels, facial massage, aromatherapy and hydration. You'll love each of these customized steps based on your unique skincare goals and concerns.
Book your March Meltaway Special HERE! You'll be soooooo very glad that you did!
HydraFacial will provide a huge boost to your skin health!
Our face is the first thing we see in the mirror. As we gaze at our reflection many of us come up with stories about our inherent worth, dependent on the reflection we see. Globally, consumers spend an estimated $382 billion on beauty products each year and skincare products represented a $135 billion market globally in 2021. Because people want to look their best, they are willing to spend their time and money on doing so. Therefore, we do what we can to show our best face to the world and with so many options it's hard to decide where to spend our resources. The goal is to find the healthiest path to beauty, not because beauty makes us worthy, but because we trust our inherent worthiness will reveal our beauty.
Hydration is key for radiant skin.
Hydration builds skin health and is remarkable for creating inward and outward radiance. You have probably heard already that human body contains over 60% water. Most of us experience high levels of dehydration frequently. That is to say, it’s just as important to hydrate the outer layers of our skin as it is to hydrate our internal bodies. We can improve the health and appearance of our skin by infusing it with hydration! Not only does our skin need hydration it also needs exfoliation. Because we lose our ability to shed our skin as efficiently as we age, finding a safe way to sluff off the dead skin to reveal the fresher layers is essential. To fight the free radicals and toxins our skin combats every day we need peptides, antioxidants and essential nutrients along with proper hydration.
HydraFacial brings forward a new trend of exfoliation.
There is a new way to exfoliate that is getting a lot of attention and rightfully so! HydraFacial’s are non-invasive and don’t require any downtime like other traditional dermatology procedures. In as little as 30 minutes you can experience similar results as invasive treatments. HydraFacial’s focus on restoring your skin to its healthiest state by removing impurities and replenishing your skin with essential nutrients. This process creates a dramatic shift in the health of your skin. The medical community, beauty editors and celebrities alike adore this calming approach to exfoliation. HydraFacial’s are an incredible non-invasive treatment that utilizes award-winning, patented technology to detoxify, rejuvenate, and protect your skin. That is to say, it delivers immediate results and long-term benefits without downtime or irritation!
How does a HydraFacial work?
Hydra dermabrasion utilizes the natural healing powers of water and oxygen to effortlessly exfoliate the skin, without the use of hard crystals or abrasive textured wands. As a result, the skin is deeply hydrated and protected. With its breakthrough resurfacing and fusion technology accompanied by anti-aging solutions, the HydraFacial packs a punch! Thanks to the device’s superior delivery system, these high performing ingredients are able to effectively mitigate environmental damage and reduce fine-lines and wrinkles. Therefore, the skin experiences long term results you can see and feel instantly. HydraFacial’s activate lymphatic drainage across all the major points of the face which increases circulation, blood flow, and breaks up any congestion.
First, we focus on cleanse and peel.
The resurfacing that occurs during a HydraFacial occurs during the gentle yet effectively exfoliation process. This process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin results in the skin looking brighter. The unclogging of the pores through exfoliation increases skin elasticity. With long term use the exfoliation process can increase collagen production. This is all achieved with the HydraFacial tip that generates a fluid vortex over the skin that gently dislodges impurities and dead skin cells.
Next comes the extract and hydrate specialty process.
The specialized tip used in HydraFacial’s is one of a kind. The tip extracts clogs from the pores while delivering topical moisturizers simultaneously. This process is completely unique in its ability to not only extract but to also hydrate at a deep derma layer, revealing the brightest and healthiest version of your skin!
A huge part of HydraFacial success comes in the "infuse and protect" treatments for optimal skin health.
Your treatment will finish with essential nutrient serums or skin boosters, which are geared toward your personalized skin goals. If your goal is to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, dull skin or enlarged pores the HydraFacial achieves them all. This VIP treatment is entirely customizable, through personalized serums that deliver dramatic results worth the investment.
It's all about the boosters!
HydraFacials offer the most potent and powerful boosters available, which enhance your skins vitality. Specialty boosters are the magic ingredient to enhance your radiance! First, we have the Brightalive booster. This highly activated booster reduces the appearance of brown spots, evens skin tone, prevents new pigmentation formation and restores hydration. Brightalive can be used for sensitive skin clients that have rosacea. In addition, pregnant clients often take advantage of its gentle benefits! Secondly, we have the Circacia Chrono-Peptide Booster. This peptide infusing booster reduces fine lines and wrinkles, energizes dull/tired skin and leaves the skin feeling radiant and plump! As a result, this Clinically proven treatment reduces wrinkle depth from 30% - 100%!
HydraFacial is tailored to your skin health goals.
Because HydraFacial serums give a high level of personalization, your skin health will skyrocket. Water and Oxygen are mixed with vital nutrients and hyaluronic acid which is what makes the HydraFacial's so potent in its delivery. Your skin will receive the refresher it so desperately deserves, because each treatment is tailored to safely & effectively address your specific skin concerns. The targeting common problems areas by the solution protocols powerfully address universal skin concerns.
Let's put it all together.
The HydraFacial device uses an exfoliating tip paired with suction to remove dead skin cells from the skin's surface. The skin is exfoliated, and the serums are infused. There is no downtime, a common word for recovery in dermatology with procedures that deliver these kinds of results that we see with the HydraFacial. The serum softens, lifts and extracts sebum, your skin's waxy build up of sweat and dead skin cells. Even better, while the impurities are simultaneously cleansed your skin becomes deeply hydrated. Next. the HydraFacial tip vacuums away dead skin cells and impurities and exfoliates with its specialized tip.
HydraFacial & skin health benefits.
HydraFacial's restore your skin to its healthiest state by removing impurities and replenishing your skin. Firstly, it infuses the skin with essential nutrients. Secondly, it extracts impurities and dead skin cells. And lastly, it hydrates the skin at a deep derma level delivering immediate results. You will experience long-term benefits without downtime or irritation. Immediately reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles and leaves you feeling absolutely fabulous!
Zama has it all!
At Zama were always keeping an eye on the trends that stick because we care about your health and wellness. We pay attention to the treatments that provide the most value for your resources. We have three different options for HydraFacial’s that we provide in house as VIP treatments. Purchase our Express HydraFacial, Zama Signature HydraFacial MD and our Advanced HydraFacial MD as single procedures or in packages three or six! Because you can completely personalize this treatment to your needs and your budget, HydraFacial provides the ultimate sought-after treatment.
Finally, Zama has two HydraFacial machines in house to offer more of this advanced skin service to clients!
You can now book a HydraFacial appointment at the same time as your skin health loving spa friends! Check out all our HydraFacial services HERE.
Visit us and learn all the ways to ramp up your vibrancies and celebrate your beauty!
Melt away the years with our HydraFacial Spring Special!
3-Express HydraFacial Series for only $360!
That is over $100 in savings! Offer good from
March 1st to 31st extended to May 31st! Renew and rebuild your skin to glow and look its best with this sought-after skin treatment series!
In a fast paced world full of stress and environmental toxins, our skin can take a hit.
Renew and rebuild your skin to glow and look it's best with this sought-after skin treatment series!
Most of us desire to look our best but don’t have the time or resources to give our skin exactly what it needs to thrive. With our Express HydraFacial you will infuse your skin with nutrients and hydration while pulling toxins out, melting away the years. This highly effective treatment will exfoliate the skin, to reveal the most vibrant you! This exclusive special is truly valuable savings and an asset to your skincare regimen.
If you haven’t experienced a HydraFacial you’re in for a treat!
Loved by the medical community as well as celebrities, HydraFacial creates a dramatic shift in the health of your skin that you will instantly notice. This professional facial treatment infuses antioxidants, peptides, hyaluronic acid, while it exfoliates and extracts toxins! These treatments can be costly, but we have made them available to you at a deep discount! Our Spring Special is available through
March 31st May 31st and contains a series of 3 Express HydraFacial services for only $360. This discount takes over $100 off the overall price of these sought-after treatments!
How do I get this special offer?
This offer is exclusive through the month of March! A perfect time to hydrate and rebuild your skin after a long cold winter! Enjoy the benefits of glowing vibrant skin in a powerful 30 minutes! There’s no better time to look and feel your best! Here at Zama Massage we understand the value of healthy skin and how that in turn makes you feel, that’s why we have made this exclusive offer available to our patrons! March will go by fast make sure you take advantage of this HydraFacial Spring Special while it lasts! Book today and enjoy the benefits of vibrant glowing skin in the coming months!
You will see & feel the results instantly.
The unique Vortex-Fusion serum delivery system is what sets the Express HydraFacial MD apart from other procedures. Its multi-step treatment cleanses, evenly exfoliates, and extracts to remove impurities and dead skin cells. At the same time it will replenish vital nutrients including antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. Thanks to the devices’ superior delivery system, these performing ingredients are able to more effectively help mitigate environmental and age-induced damage. Fine lines and wrinkles will minimize while your skin will respond with plump & firm. You’ll love the long-term results you can see and feel instantly!
Included in Date Night February Special:
Date Night package includes:
- 60 Min Couples CBD Massage with Hot Stones
- Heart-Shaped Vegan Chocolate Truffles
- Beverage of your choice
Only $330! Book HERE.
Our Valentine's Special was created with you and your sweetie in mind! This specialized couple's massage with CBD oil offers instant pain relief while hot stones soothe and relax your muscles. This is the first time we've blended these services together and we are so excited for you to experience this! It comes with heart-shaped vegan chocolates and a beverage of your choice.
If you aren't familiar with all the amazing benefits of experiencing massage together with your sweetheart, read about the benefits of Couple's Massage HERE.
We are so excited to offer this very special Date Night for all of Valentine's month!
We have crafted the ultimate CBD Couples Massage just in time for Valentine's! This is the couples massage that will send you and your sweetheart into the clouds of deep relaxation and therapeutic bliss. You’ll be over the moon with revolutionary CBD pain relief and relaxation fused together for the ultimate couples massage!
This couples treatment utilizes two extremely effective CBD products. Beginning with a topical CBD analgesic for all those problem areas followed by a full body massage with an artisan-crafted CBD massage cream that contains eight pain-relieving herbs! These two products work together beautifully.
Just as the therapeutic benefits of CBD kick in, we'll add hot stones to your massages which will serve to deepen and amplify the effects of your already amazing CBD massage experience. Hot stones will warm your body's tissue and melt away the tension stored in those muscles. Between the deep heat and effects of the CBD, you'll both relax and heat up from the inside out. We can’t wait for you and your sweetheart to experience this couple's Date Night spa delight!
Only $330! Book HERE. Available for the entire month of February!
Hyper Wellness will be the #1 Wellness trend of 2022!
Growing awareness of our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing over the last few years has transformed the health industry. It’s no surprise that the health trends of 2022 all point toward prevention rather than management of illness and disease. The trend of “hyper wellness” has emerged among the seemingly fractured health climate. “Hyper Wellness” is the practice of seeking optimal balance of energy, well-being and focus. The challenges of these last few years have solidified the collective's need to learn and utilize preventative measures. Optimal health has more value than ever. The collective will continue to be placed at the forefront of our culture.
New generations find fresh ways to attain health.
Younger generations have felt underserved in some way by the traditional western medical model. As a result, they have searched for new ways to attain health. These ways of finding balance have inspired many to return to nature, a sense of self and create a new definition of well-being. This approach takes the focus off traditional doctors and places more emphasis on understanding one’s body and seeking out personalized gurus for the needs of the whole person. Traditional methods of medicine and health care have taken on a different meaning. Individuals are taking charge of their health before there are severe issues that need medical attention.
Personalized health gurus emerge.
Osteopaths, fitness coaches, massage therapists and yoga practitioners all have found a space in the wellness field, filling the massive need for stress reduction and health awareness. Emotional balance, mindfulness and proper sleep have been more important and recognized now more than ever. As we move forward, we simultaneously seem to move inward to tried and true ways of finding homeostasis within ourselves with the help of modern technology. From sensors that can track your stress levels to visits to salt therapy rooms, people now more than ever are open to the possibilities of multiple ways of attaining health.
Creativity and personalized wellness plans are the trend.
People are excited at the idea of personalizing everything in 2022. Now more than ever people are in touch with their needs, mentally, emotionally and physically. This new sense of self branches out into all that surrounds us. Whether it’s a unique piece of artwork in your home, or a piece of high-tech furniture that simplifies your life, the trend is all about personal needs! Bringing a sense of creativity and curiosity to augmenting the wellness path has created a slew of new wellness rituals.
The spa scene is not just about “pampering.”
The spa has now become a trusted resource for the most up to date treatments and products available. In the past, spas have been known as only a place of “pampering” for the elite. Spas are now seen as a haven of resources and a mecca of treatments to fit the individual unique prototype.
$1.5 trillion dollars estimated to be spent on wellness in 2022.
The global wellness market is estimated in 2022 at more than $1.5 trillion. This indicates that these last couple of years has caused more and more people to take their overall health more seriously, in the form of preventative measures.
As we move forward in our awareness new therapies have emerged as well as the renewal of interest in ancient healing modalities.
Traditional yoga that has dated back over thousands of years makes its way into our modern technology with an app for face yoga. The Chinese used acupuncture as their most trusted form of healing disease much in the way that western medicine uses surgery, now you can find acupuncture and acupressure at wellness centers around the country. Salt therapy emerged over 400 years ago and has made its way into spas as a treatment. Halotherapy treatments are excellent for lung health, skin health and offer an array of benefits by using modern technology to ionize salt particles to be absorbed by one’s body through the lungs.
The awareness of ancient treatments combined with modern technology lifts our ability to optimize our health. This trend brings the true issue at hand to focus: our holistic health and how to maintain it.
Self-worth on the forefront of the health and wellness scene.
We are currently less focused on outward things to stimulate our self-worth. This time in the world has created questions in all of us. What is important? How do I feel? How am I doing mentally, physically, emotionally?
With less fluff in the world to create a false sense of self-worth or security we begin to look inward for answers. What makes us safe, healthy, well? Our personal comfort zones have been pushed to their limits. This leads to the realization that happiness and health come from within. This inside job takes care, self- love, reflection and a real sense of valuing oneself. When we value ourselves, we drink water, we sleep, we eat well, we think well.
Practices that support healthy living.
There are many practices that support Hyper Wellness and it is unique for all of us. This is why personalized gurus have emerged. From Wimhoff breathing techniques to guided meditation there are countless ways for people to reduce stress. Returning to our center and focusing on our human health in a fast-paced stress filled world provides impactful results.
Challenges bring opportunity.
The pandemic has provided an opportunity for all of us to sit with ourselves. We are beginning to really check in with where we are at on all levels of our health and wellbeing. This has created a returning to inward awareness of intuition. More and more are actively pursuing practices around listening more to the sound of their own internal rhythm. The trend of Hyper Wellness in 2022 is an opportunity to explore preventative measures with an overall well-being focus.
At Zama we pride ourselves on staying on the forefront of the wellness scene, bringing the most up to date VIP treatments for our clients. From Accupressure to Halotherapy Salt rooms we bring you the most up to date therapies.
Check out all we have to offer that meet and exceed the wellness trends of 2022!
Book your next wellness appointment with us HERE.
New Year Refresh!
- 60 min Deep Tissue Massage + Free Deep Blue Add-On
- 30 min Express HydraFacial
Only $225! BOOK HERE.
Now that 2020 is behind us it's time to start a fresh new year galvanized and refreshed! Let us help you start your new year's resolutions off right with a special deep cleansing and renewal package just for you!
Our New Year Refresh package is the perfect jumpstart to bring in the good energy of 2022. Included in our January Special is a 60 Min Deep Tissue Massage with FREE Deep Blue Add-On and an Express HydraFacial. Get ready to feel radiant and renewed!
Start your New Year Refresh with 60 minutes of pure therapeutic bliss with your deep tissue massage + Deep Blue treatment.
We love how this combo detoxifies and gives our clients fast pain relief. Deep tissue massage is our most popular massage here at Zama. It is crafted to provide deep relief, usually around the neck, upper back and shoulders, or the lower back. Your therapist will craft your deep tissue massage to give you exactly what you are needing.
Add in Deep Blue to your massage, and experience an even deeper release. Deep Blue Rub is an all natural healthy inflammatory response cream that will tame your sore muscles into butter. We love how this all natural cooling cream soothes discomfort and eases your problem areas.
Finish your spa retreat with our much loved Express HydraFacial.
Most importantly, our Express HydraFacial provides instant results. This is a no-nonsense approach for those on the go. Our Express HydraFacial MD treatment provides exceptional results in just 30 minutes with no downtime. An infusion of innovative ingredients will create a healthy glow while addressing any troubled areas on your face.
We now offer concurrent HydraFacial appointments so that you can book our New Year Refresh together with a friend or loved one! (Treatments are offered in separate rooms.)
You deserve an amazing start to your 2022!! Welcome the year in with a blissful New Year Refresh! Book HERE.
Our Holiday Special is our biggest and most popular special of the year! This is the largest savings of the year!
Zama's Holiday Special starts Black Friday through
December 31st extended through January 16!
Purchase in-house or on-line!
Zama lovers all agree that our Holiday Special is hands down our best offering of the year!
Give the gift of therapeutic touch, relaxation, beautification and spectacular VIP client treatments! From Deep Tissue massage to Ashiatsu to Organic facials to Hot Stone and Pain Relief Pedicures, you can choose any 3 to be given as a gift to separate people or a self-care package for yourself! Zama's Holiday Special can be purchased starting Black Friday and can be used immediately!
Our Holiday Special can be purchased in two ways:
3-60 minute spa services for $285!!! ($24 off per service)
3-90 minute spa services for $384!!! ($31 off per service)
Take advantage of our 5-star VIP spa treatments for a huge discount! Buy this special bundle of 3-60 minute treatments for only $285 or 3-90 minute treatments for only $384. Savings of $72 to $93 per package!!!
Many of our clients buy this special in bulk for themselves and/or loved ones. They know to take advantage of our luxurious, high touch services during the lowest rate of the year. We make it easy for you when you purchase it; you can put all three services on one gift card or divide it into three gift cards.
Contact one of our spa concierges at 503-281-0278 or BUY ONLINE NOW!
Holistic athletic recovery inspires athletes to find their performance edge.
The dynamic nature of the spirit of an athlete is displayed not only in athletic excellence but in the very nature of personal striving and self-discipline. The habit of physical excretion, mental toughness and a little bit of magic sprinkled in, is what makes any of us an athlete. Holistic athletic recovery provides much needed security and success to the athletic journey.
With physical discipline, of any kind, we work through a pathway of an array of struggles or pain. Whether it be physical, emotional or mental, exercise has proven a great antidepressant from the endorphins produced in the brain alone.
Athleticism is an ancient path to inspire oneself and heal from the many challenges of being a human being.
The lifelong journey of discovering new levels of oneself is finding edges that force one to look deeper and overcome. We create a place to find sacred growth through sweat and pain and effort. Many athletes understand the value of these elements and what they bring to one’s life. The nature of exercise and athleticism can be one of extremism, though. In turn, athletic careers encounter much hardship due to the lack of application of holistic athletic recovery.
What are the key elements of athletic recovery?
What does recovery encompass? Is recovery simply taking supplements or rest days? Holistic athletic recovery includes a plethora of holistic approaches, to heal the body from the tole that physical activity takes. There are countless healing modalities that play a part in bringing your body back to a state of homeostasis after it has been challenged.
Let's dive deeper by taking a lesson from the Ancient Greeks.
Over 2400 years ago in ancient Greece, they were utilizing massage, cupping and steam rooms. Ancient Greece to this day stands as an icon for physical striving and athletic achievement. The birthplace of the Olympics, the oldest and most recognized games push the expectation of the human body and spirit to its limits. Ancient Greeks considered the spiritual ideal of the coexistence of ethics produced by physical and mental virtue of high importance. Hence the birth of the Olympics came from Ancient Greece.
The art of ancient training aimed to find the balance between complete dedication and mindful moderation.
Recovery applications were not seen as separate, nor were they considered a luxury. Holistic athletic recovery was very much a part of being a wise athlete. Resultingly, massage was used frequently. The knowledge of human wellness over several centuries played into the high frequency and methods used. There were over 18 different forms of massage that the Greek’s applied to their Olympic athletes.
The masseuse was so particular and aware that they adapted to the needs of each athlete based on each person's movement patterns and physical constitution.
The rule they went by was “not to harden or soften the constitution too much…the massage must not be performed so strong that all useful humors disappear, nor so weak that they retain the superfluous.”
In other words, don’t massage all the energy out of the body, weakening it…. nor should the massage be so light that it doesn’t release the inflammation or tension. Usually, they applied two massages to those who trained, one before exercise and another after. And, in cases of extreme exhaustion, another at night.
The Greeks took holistic athletic recovery seriously.
Recovery was seen as an integral part of the longevity and vivacity of the athlete. This dedication to recovery created harmony and respect for what it is to be a wise athlete. In addition, the use of hot and cold water therapy in baths and steam rooms was common for all. Steam baths were available before and after exercises for not just elite athletes, but for the health and wellness of all in Ancient Greece.
Portland is a popular destination for weekend warriors and athletes.
Spend any amount of time in Portland and you will feel the athletic community throughout the city. We love seeing that many embrace the benefits that massage therapy, cupping and restorative healing modalities. Also, many more are not taking care of this part of their athletic training.
The spirit of the athlete can be one of extreme devotion. There is much scheming and planning that goes into being physically astute. From meals to activity regimens, the athlete applies a myriad of ways to organize their life into discipline and achievement.
Too often devoted athletes don’t consider their recovery program as a path to greatness.
The very nature of most athletic feats is the exact opposite of recovery. This may be why recovery planning is a hard concept for the athlete archetype to embrace. Recovery remains to be one of the most vital components to longevity. Injury and natural wear and tear of non-released tension and inflammation within the muscles, tendons and joints cut an athletic lifespan way too short.
Sports massage helps you recover faster from extensive athletic training or events.
In addition, it also creates space for you to connect to the magnificent body that provides an opportunity to achieve and experience the benefits of physical and mental success.
Most athletes know to drink water, get enough rest and apply proper nutrition. Adding holistic health approaches to the recovery and maintenance of the body’s vitality is a game-changer. Post-sports massage is the vigorous milking of muscle tissue that flushes the body of toxins, increases blood flow and decreases muscle inflammation, which all leads to a longer life spent doing what you love most with minimal discomfort or pain.
Whether you are an avid yogi or iron man participant, taking care of one’s body is your number one job.
Just as we tend to our mental and emotional health the state of our body plays a part in all aspects of our human experience. Our body is the vehicle in which we experience the world, how we treat our bodies should never be an afterthought. What we eat, what we think, what we do, all manifest in physical form in our human bodies. We experience pain and pleasure through these bodies and through the knowledge of holistic health we can experience more joy and less pain.
At Zama Therapeutic Massage and Spa, we have numerous packages specifically tailored to meet your unique needs. From Swedish massage to deep tissue recovery, to magnetic cupping and Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Massage. We understand to live fully in the now is to take all the knowledge of the ancients and apply it to our current health and wellness experience.
Restore, bond, & deeply relax with our Couples Date Night!
Our Couples Date Night Special is back by popular demand! Book this beloved special with your sweetie or loved one, and take advantage of the incredible benefits of a couples massage combined with our 5-star spa experience!
November is the month of gratitude and embracing calming rituals. This is the perfect month to let your loved one know that they are cherished!
Included in our November Special:
- Side by side 60 Minute Massage
- 21 Drops Aromatherapy blended into your massage oil
- Custom massages for each of you
- Beverage of choice & salted caramel truffle
Book Now for only $225!
Our November Special is your perfect date night getaway!
Your Couples Date Night retreat includes a choice of our natural 21 Drops essential aromatherapy blend infused with our massage oil or cream. These unique, organic blends uplift mood, ease anxiety, and energize the body. Aromatherapy is a delightful addition to your massage!
You'll love how our team of skilled massage therapists will help you choose the type of massage that best meets your needs. We'll give you the right combination of Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. Your therapist will create a deeply relaxing experience or focus more on deep release, which includes kneading and cross-fiber friction on the muscle tissues. Whichever you choose, you are sure to leave your Couples Date Night retreat feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Our Couples Date Night is the ultimate mini-getaway!
This luxurious service concludes with a glass of bubbly and delicious salted caramel chocolate truffles from Missionary Chocolates. Your whole experience will be served in the peaceful surroundings of our secluded Copper or Whisper Room.
Bring your loved one, friend or relative out for a memorable and transformative experience!
Book Now for only $225!
Quality skincare is more than a beauty regime, it is key for improving your holistic health.
Your skin is your largest organ and it literally “eats” everything you put on it! Knowing this, consider the things you may have gladly rubbed on your skin over the years. Think about how this may have impacted your overall wellness. Our skin has an immense capability of absorption. We often put things on our skin we wouldn’t dare eat or put in our mouths. Nutrients and harmful chemicals alike are absorbed when placed on our skin.
Did you know every inch of our skin is made up of 19 million skin cells, 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels and 1000 nerve endings? It’s fascinating, the secret life of just an inch of our skin. Our skin is the first place we see the effects of damage and the last to heal. Our bodies take great care to maintain other more “vital” systems before resourcing to our skins needs. The truth is our skin is the first line of defense against harmful microbes, chemicals and pollutants. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that the skin's absorbent rate of chemicals from tap water alone was upwards of 64%!
Because our skin is the largest organ of the body, it is that much more important to pay attention to the products we place on it. Our skincare is important for our holistic health and also for the health of the world we live in. We recognize this at Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa and we take great care to only use products of the highest and safest grade for not only our clients but for the environment as well!
Skin is not just a marker of beauty but health as well.
In our culture we place great value on what is seen, but what is unseen is just as important. Our skin tells a story of our overall health. It shows whether we are hydrated, the condition of our gut health and our overall dietary habits. These markers of health are worth paying attention to, not just for the value of feeling beautiful but of the knowledge of being healthy.
Ayurvedic culture has been honoring the skin's part in overall health for thousands of years. This ancient approach to medicine takes great care to honor this important organ, the skin. Ayurvedic skincare isn’t singular by nature, it’s not a pill for every ill like its western counterparts tend to be. Ayurveda is a diverse system to attain holistic health in all areas of one’s life. Our mind, body and spirt are viewed as a whole and treated as such. Ayurveda is tailored to the specific rhythm and needs of individual body patterns and genetic make-up. It acknowledges how seasons influence our imbalances and how our bodies needs things at different times of the year. Skin is not just a marker of beauty but of health. Applying this ancient knowledge to current needs is the power behind Ayurvedic skincare.
What is Ayurveda and how does it apply to me?
If you are curious about ancient medicinal pathways and have asked yourself, what is Ayurveda and how does it apply to me, the skin is a good place to start! To understand the magic and individualized care Ayurvedic medicine provides, it’s important to understand what a "dosha" is.
A dosha can be described as one of three energies believed to circulate in the body and govern our physiological activity. A dosha's literal translation is “that which can cause problems.” Ayurveda honors the human body as a microcosm of the greater whole. The idea is that we are constituted of the five elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Through the knowledge of the flow of these elemental energies through the body, your personal needs can be mapped out and met. In matters of the skin, we fall into three doshas by way of the condition we uniquely experience: Vata (dry) skin, Pitta (sensitive) skin and Kapha (oily) skin.
Depending on your unique dosha there are specific holistic approaches to meet your unique needs. Each dosha can be supported by nutrition, herbs, exercises and specific skincare that can bring it to homeostasis. That is what makes Ayurveda so amazing and how it can apply to your uniqueness. It is personalized and inclusive to the needs of your exact skin and overall health trends. Since our skin may experience all three challenges on any given day, an Ayurvedic approach is customized to your dosha imblance.
Having a personalized skincare approach can amp up your holistic health!
Skincare needs are personalized to each of us. With this in mind here at Zama, we offer a wide variety of skincare options for your holistic health.
- If you are experiencing Vata (dry) skin, our HydraFacial is the perfect fit for you. Our HydraFacial is just as it sounds, luscious and full of hydration! This facial is packed with antioxidants, peptides & hydrating hyaluronic acid, it also exfoliates and extracts dead skin cells and toxins from deep in the derma layer to reveal vibrant healthy skin!
- If you have Pitta (sensitive) skin you might enjoy our CBD Facial, it is a gentle yet potent boost for your skin, our CBD is organic and locally sourced so you can feel good that your skin treatment is not only helping your skin but local business as well!
- If your skin tends to fall in the Kapha (oily) skin category, our Organic Custom facials might be the perfect fit for you! Deep cleansing, exfoliating and a reduction of acne or blemishes are included in this customized treatment. Each facial is personalized to your needs.
Here at Zama, we embrace the uniqueness challenges each person brings as an opportunity to amp up their robust health. Personalized skincare will help lead to vibrant holistic health and glowing skin! We know that skin health can seem complicated. It is worth finding the system that works for you. Visit us and experience our high quality, organic and diverse skincare options to fit your personal needs!
Included in the Harvest Glow Package is:
- Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Facial
- 60 Min Deep Tissue Massage
- Caramel Apple Pedicure
Book HERE for just $195!
Enjoy the best of Fall with our October Harvest Glow Package!
Fall is here! The seasons have changed and we have the loveliest Fall inspired spa package to offer you this month. Our October Harvest Glow Package offers three of our spa's specialties- a facial, massage and pedicure! We have crafted each treatment to include therapeutic and aromatic products inspired by the season.
Body care is important every season and ideally, you are able to take advantage of one of our seasonal packages each season. Fall is the time to care for your skin after summer exposure. A massage for your tired and taxed muscles will feel better than ever. And, your feet will love a brighten up after the wear and tear of summer adventures. In autumn, the emotional harmony aspect of your well-being needs internal reflective and contemplative time. We keep our spa tranquil and relaxing so you can do just that!
First, enjoy your Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Facial.
This facial is similar to our Organic Custom Facial, but we add in our Eminence Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. You'll love the effective cleanse, exfoliation and deeply hydrating experience this facial offers. Our signature touch, the Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, restores your natural moisture balance and combats the effects of environmental skin stressors. It deeply hydrates your skin and remarkably lessens the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. Enjoy a clearer smoother refined & younger looking complexion. This seasonal favorite truly nourishes, deeply hydrates and smells delicious!
This hydration facial will include cleansing, exfoliation, masks, extractions (if needed or wanted), hot towels, facial massage, aromatherapy and hydration. Each of these steps is customized based on your unique skincare goals and concerns
Next, comes your 60 minute Deep Tissue Massage.
Your Deep Tissue massage will be customized just for you and crafted to provide deep relief. You can tell your therapist exactly what you need. Relax while the pain in your body melts away.
While working out your tight spots, your therapist will be assisting your body by opening up the damaged tissue and flushing out toxins. Because deep tissue massage stimulates your lymphatic system and provides circulation, it is highly effective in providing holistic healing. Not only will you get pain relief, but your immune and overall nervous system will reap the rewards as well!
Finally, your Caramel Apple Pedicure. (Yum!)
We use all FarmHouse Fresh products in this pedicure and they are absolutely heavenly! Sit back and enjoy this delicious and absolutely divine aromatic experience.
We'll start with our FarmHouse Fresh Apple Toddy Fizz Ball Soak. Then, we’ll smooth away the rough spots with our scrumptious, caramel latte inspired Triple Shot Caramel Scrub. Next, comes the massage with our Velvet Sunday Shea Butter Rub from Farmhouse Fresh. With soft notes of cinnamon sugar and cream, your skin will drink up this organic heirloom cucumber extract blend with shea butter and vitamin E.
Bright, spicy, earthy and sweet scents will energize and make you feel inspired and vibrant throughout this pedicure. We use the best products in our services and have specifically selected these FarmHouse Fresh products to help the driest of feet. Your legs and feet will feel amazing; walk away feeling silky and smooth.
Your final moisture treatment will be our Velvet Sunday Shea Butter, which will be liberally massaged into your calves and feet, taming any tension you may have left at this point. Once the massage is completed, the polish of your choice is applied to leave your feet refreshed and beautiful!
Book your Harvest Glow Package today!
Incorporating deep relaxation into your life will stoke up your wellness at every level.
We all want to live our best life! The truth of the matter is that deep relaxation has the power to reach this goal! And, the good news is that there is a lot of great information out there on how to increase and incorporate the deep benefits of relaxation into our lives. From our eating habits to the quality of our thoughts and techniques for manifestation, we are constantly given healthy nuggets to digest. All these pathways are vital to our happiness. But, if we cannot sleep, if we cannot silence our “monkey mind” all other forms of self-love seem less effective.
Deep rest can feel elusive and out of reach. Modern life keeps most of us busy, running in a million different directions. Our minds and hearts are accosted with information like never in history. So, in this fast-paced life how can we define and access the deep benefits of relaxation? How can it be attainable and relevant to us? We are here at Zama Massage Therapeutic Day Spa to give you the benefits of deep relaxation and the opportunity to put your mind and body health as a top priority. In order to find deep relaxation you must first remember that you are worthy of it. Your lifestyle can reflect an internal rhythm of your soul that is in step with your need to relax and rejuvenate.
Finding deep peace transcends circumstance.
Finding a deep peace that transcends circumstance we must first create space. The first question to consider ourselves is, have we created habits and rituals that reflect this kind of ideal? This time in our human evolution is definitely unique, as we have everything at our fingertips. We have access to countless healing modalities, but do we have time to benefit from them? In the pursuit of deep peace, it is important to look at the things in our lives that can be trimmed off. We must consider the energy pockets we pour our lives into, and if they still serve our well-being. What works for each of us is as intimate and unique as our souls.
Getting in touch with the inner peace that transcends circumstance is an inside job. Paying attention to what depletes our energies and noticing where and how we are given more energy leads to more wellness. And isn’t that what we all want, to be well? To let go of the things that should no longer have a hold on us, or our time is a way to personally define and access the deep benefits of relaxation. Once space is created the next step is implementing an array of practices to access the intrinsic value of inner peace.
The most powerful form of life, breath.
The simplest and most powerful form of life, breath, is a beautiful place to begin. Through breath, we live and move and have our being. Yet so many of us spend our days emergency breathing. We take shallow quick breathes as if we were in a constant state of fight or flight, and maybe we are. If we do not have the time to take a deep breath, we are experiencing a serious imbalance in our reality.
Stopping and taking a moment to take in a deep breath, one that fills the lungs and calms the body and clears the mind is vital to existence. These deep breaths are the moments that bring deep peace to any circumstance, which is where we can define relaxation in each moment. When we breathe deeply, we are communicating to our bodies and souls that we trust the process. This is our most essential tool for stress management.
The quality of our thoughts are a pathway to deep relaxation.
How can we attain peace if the quality of our thoughts is not creating pathways to deep relaxation? The seed of thought leads to the garden of emotion. How can we feel peace in our bodies if our minds are riddled with fear-inducing thoughts? How can we access this ancient wisdom that pulses through our bodies, if we cannot hear it above the noise of our minds? Deep wisdom that relies on nothing but the energy of existence itself. We can be happy and at home in our bodies because we exist. Training our minds to create new pathways with the use of powerful mantras and meditations is a pathway to access and define deep relaxation. We must pay attention to the constant reel of thoughts that play in our minds and be active in creating healthy thoughts and in turn a healthy life.
It's time to take stress management seriously.
There has never been a better time to take stress management seriously. Relaxation is not a cliché only to be enjoyed by the elite. Peace is not something that lives in the realm of abundant money or time, it comes from a deep sense of self and a willingness to honor your needs. To find a rhythm that flows within your body and spirit. Finding a deeper meaning reveals the path to relaxation at a deep cellular and spiritual level. Taking your stress management seriously involves finding a place of peace and cultivating it in your life. Grow it so large that it becomes the way you live. Don’t wait till you are burnt out experiencing a physical or emotional challenge. It’s time to take your physical, emotional and mental health seriously through proper stress management.
Therapeutic spa treatments as a path to wellness.
Spa treatments as a path to wellness may be foreign to us. Spas have held a position as places that you go if you have extra time or money. Some of us don’t see them as a path to wellness. But finding ways to cultivate a healthy mind, body and spirit can be found at the right spa. Zama Massage Therapeutic Day Spa creates treatments with a true path to wellness as a top priority.
We take the most current methods of transformation mixed with ancient healing techniques for your benefit. All our treatments blend in therapeutic touch. Treatments like Halotherapy, facials, CBD infused treatments, Swedish and deep tissue massage, hot stone therapy and countless others will give you access to the benefits of deep relaxation and peaceful wellness. You can truly create the perfect blend for your path to deep wellness and relaxation.
Visit us and create your happiness, you are worth it!
Book an appointment with us here online 24.7 or give us a call at 503.281.0278.
Included in our End of Summer Refresh:
- 30 Min HydraFacial
- 60 Min Swedish massage
Only $215! Book HERE!
Tap into our incredible End of Summer Refresh and give your face and soul a much-needed uplift and tranquil reset. The combination of a HydraFacial and deeply relaxing Swedish massage will literally transform how you look and feel inside and out. You'll start with our 30 Min HydraFacial. This facial delivers instant results with top-rated cleansing technology and an infusion of innovative ingredients. Complete your spa day with our 60 Min Swedish massage. Unwind and deeply nourish your nervous system which will help you restore physically, mentally and emotionally. Walk away from this renewing spa journey with glowing skin and a deep sense of peace.
Start your End of Summer Refresh with our Express HydraFacial.
Our no-nonsense approach for those on the go, the Express HydraFacial MD treatment provides instant results in just 30 minutes with no downtime. An infusion of innovative ingredients will create a healthy glow while addressing any troubled areas on your face.
Your skin is most beautiful when it’s healthy.
That’s why our focus is on restoring your skin to its healthiest state by removing impurities and replenishing your skin with essential nutrients. The result is that you will not only look better, but you will immediately notice a dramatic shift in the health of your skin. Loved by the medical community, beauty editors and celebrities alike, the Express HydraFacial MD resurfacing procedure is an incredible non-invasive treatment that utilizes award-winning, patented technology to detoxify, rejuvenate and protect your skin. It delivers immediate results & long-term benefits without downtime or irritation.
Next comes your Swedish Massage
In addition to stress reduction and relaxation, Swedish Relaxation Massage can improve sleep quality. It can also decrease anxiety and increase your overall sense of well-being. Swedish massage provides a gentle approach with big results. During your Swedish massage, your therapist will apply light to firm pressure to loosen tight muscles, stimulate your circulation and provide relaxation. In addition, this transformative massage will stimulate blood flow and increase flexibility.
Your Swedish massage will be unique to your needs and the personal guidance you give your therapist. Once you give your therapist personalized guidance, you can then fully let go and unwind on your heated massage table. Our dim lighting and ambient music will help you ease into a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind. All Swedish Relaxation Massages will use oil or lotion, and pressure is adjusted accordingly throughout the session.
Swedish Relaxation Massage is beneficial during times of increased physical or emotional stress and assists with your overall wellness, hormonal balance and immune function. It is one of our most popular massages here at Zama!
Book your End of Summer Refresh right away and schedule yourself some much-needed restoration after a long, hot and demanding summer!
Book HERE! Only $215!
Questions? Give us a call at 503.281.0278
Could salt caves be the secret to respiratory health?
There is a lot of talk these days on how to maintain health and an abundance of resources for us to choose from. A question we must ask ourselves is: what should be most important when it comes to our health care regimen? When thinking about what is essential to our overall health, the respiratory system should be at the top of our list. Due to a variety of factors, our respiratory system can become sluggish, compromised by air pollutants, allergens, smoke, viruses and bacteria. It makes sense for us to find ways to actively promote healthy lungs and respiratory health. Here at Zama we have found a secret to lung vitality. We provide this ancient technique for you to enjoy, as the only salt cave Halotherapy resource in the state of Oregon and in the Portland metro area!
Our breath connects us to everything.
Our life force, our consciousness and our entire bodily system are all intimately reliant on our breath. The breaths we take and the quality of the air we take in provides interconnection to all things. Simply put without air we would not exist. The body's ability to process and detoxify through our lung capacity is essential. Fighting off infection and viruses is something that has been on all of our minds. There are natural ways, and techniques to promote healthy respiratory systems, that are waiting for us to discover. Yes, we all know that everything is connected to breath, but do we take the time to take care of how we breathe? Could salt caves be the secret to respiratory health?
Timeless options for respiratory health.
One timeless option to overall lung and body health can be found in Himalayan salt caves. The use of salt caves dates back to ancient Egypt. We even find writings cited back to 1843 in Poland. A polish doctor noted the lower rates of lung disease in salt miners compared to the general population. These salt particles that get absorbed into the lungs have antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties! All that to say when looking for new ways to attain health, it's worthwhile to look back into history. Let's take a glance at how these timeless options have worked for hundreds, even thousands of years.
How do these salt caves work here at Zama?
So how does this ancient therapy work in a modern day spa? Could salt caves be the secret to respiratory health? We use exclusive technology to bring the highest quality salt cave experience to you. In this highly effective process, salt vapor enters the lungs through breath, emitted from a silent halogenerator. This state-of-the-art system releases micro-sized salt particles into the room. You then breathe these particles deeply into your lungs, and in turn, your lungs open and expand. These deep breaths of ionized salt, decrease inflammation and simultaneously remove toxicity from the respiratory system. Clean lungs equal increased oxygen intake, increased energy and an improved immune system. Who wouldn’t want all that?
Skin secrets from the essence of salt and vast health benefits.
Salt holds secrets for the skin. Halotherapy improves the function and appearance of the skin by bolstering up the outer derma layers. Microparticles of salt affect the skin's protective layer, by increasing skin rigidity. It also promotes hair growth and skin regeneration.
Halotherapy is beneficial to those that suffer from asthma, allergies and bronchitis, as well as skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and acne. Clinical studies have shown that patients have been able to reduce their use of medications, hospital visits and frequency of asthma and allergy attacks through the use of salt therapy.
Halothereapy is also recommended for healthy people, as it boosts the immune system and helps to control the pollutants, dust, and bacteria in our environment. Not only does Halotherapy give us skin secrets from the essence of salt, it hosts an array of benefits for the whole being!
Zama has set the stage for you to rejuvenate.
Imagine entering into an ambient lit salt cave. You can choose from an array of massage techniques such as deep tissue, sports or Swedish to name a few. As you breathe in deeply, the health benefits of ionized salt enters your lungs and rejuvenates your entire body. Inside and out, you will feel the salt cave affect all your senses, decreasing tension and stress while eradicating the body of unwanted toxins. The stage is set for you to rejuvenate and experience the healing benefits of salt caves here at Zama Massage & Spa. Check our salt room services here and book your appointment today!
Amp up your respiratory health! Your health and well-being is worth the investment!
Included in our Total Body Relaxation:
- 60 min CBD massage
- 60 min CBD facial
Only $225! Book here!
Our Total Body Relaxation is perfect for the peak of summer! This special offer is available all of July and will offer your body the exact reprieve it needs from the stress of the heat and inflammation that accompanies it. You'll love this blissful spa experience with our renowned CBD services. Powerful healing and rejuvenation awaits. Our CBD massage and facial are meant to completely revitalize your muscles and skin, moving into a new day easier and feeling better with the powerful support of our CBD products.
The vast benefits of CBD are taken to the next level when combined with spa services. CBD supports the reduction of inflammation in the body while relaxing the mind and nervous system. Here at Zama Massage we have done the research to provide you with the highest quality and most potent delivery systems available.
Kick off your treatment with our CBD massage.
This is the massage you’ve been waiting for! You’ll be over the moon with revolutionary CBD pain relief and relaxation fused together for the ultimate massage!
We worked for months to find the best CBD products and created a signature massage to blend them together with you in mind. This treatment utilizes two extremely effective CBD products. Beginning with a topical CBD analgesic for all those problem areas followed by a full body massage with an artisan-crafted CBD massage cream that contains eight pain-relieving herbs! These two products work together along with moist heat application to treat everything from chronic pain to sprains, strains and even arthritis. We can’t wait for you to experience this treatment!
Your LMT will design your massage to prioritize your specific needs with our signature CBD protocol. You’ll start with our very powerful Clinic Massage Oil liberally applied to your target areas. Our goal here is to kick your massage off with targeted pain relief while the heating and cooling tames your most inflamed areas. You’ll get a double whammy of pain relief when we apply moist heat on top of your targeted areas. The cooling affects of your CBD spot treatment combined with the heated steam treatment will deepen the painkilling effects. We will then tame your entire body & soul with a Vital Body Therapeutic CBD massage cream.
Now off to your personalized CBD Facial!
Our CBD Facial includes all our signature facial touches: cleansing, exfoliation, mask, extractions (if needed or wanted), hot towels, massage, aromatherapy and hydration. With each step, your skin is getting an infusion of CBD, which stimulates your body’s ability to naturally heal and revitalize. CBD is particularly effective for skin renewal. Additionally, CBD calms your nervous system which helps ease mind & body. Learn more about CBD health benefits here.
Your facial includes a warm steam treatment, which softens your pores and prepares your face to receive the rich treatment and ingredients from CBD Fountain. The steam will stimulate blood circulation, which adds to the renewing and refreshing properties of your facial. The warm steam also allows for deep cleansing resulting in softened, hydrated and rejuvenated skin.
We won’t be just focusing on your skin! This facial is for the whole body. Relax and unwind with an extensive CBD massage of the neck, shoulders, face, scalp, hands and arms! While your renewing CBD mask sets in, you’ll get a detailed CBD leg and foot massage.
Our CBD Facial is your go-to treatment when your face and whole body are needing some love. You will walk away with a brightened face and renewed spirit. Let us pamper you and nourish your mind, body and spirit!
Book here and enjoy this offer while it lasts!
All CBD Services contain 0.0% THC.
Let's talk about holistic health in these post pandemic wellness times!
As we head into this new era, it's like we are coming out of a winter of sorts. New questions pertaining to all facets of our beings have definitely arisen. Progressive ways of thinking and relating to the world around us have emerged, and rightfully so! Where we are at in this post pandemic wellness era will help define how we care for ourselves and each other.
Can we redefine the catch phrase, "self-care?"
Perhaps, if we can release some tension around the stress of these last couple years, we can emerge with better coping skills and overall health than before. If we can accomplish this we might feel, in retrospect, some amount of gratitude and renewed hope for the future. In releasing this stress, we are able to take on a new fresh outlook on ourselves and what it means to find depth in the idea of “self-care.”
The importance of self-care became much more evident to us all during the struggles of the pandemic. Navigating what was happening both in our inner and outer worlds, became particularly challenging. Maybe in previous times self care was seen as optional and more of a seasoning then a main ingredient. Now self-care is a way of life and essential to our overall mental, emotional and physical well being. Here at Zama Massage, we constantly strive to discover new ways to bring relevance to how important “self-care” actually is for post pandemic wellness.
How do we create rituals and practices that are powerful in transforming our lives?
A question we can all ask ourselves is: What works best for me? What practices fit into my life? The danger with the word self care is its somewhat of a cliché in our culture. We can leave the apathy about the word behind by digging into our needs, in turn the most powerful practices will reveal themselves. Lets take a look at some resources that are awaiting your discovery.
How do ancient art forms and new pathways meet to create wellness?
As we take a closer look at old traditions as well as new, we can find joy in redefining the root of what restoring both body and soul might look like. Simply put it seems that the biggest current trends pertaining to self care are getting back to the basics. Centering on what truly matters, which we all learned in the last couple years. The importance of restful sleep, paying close attention to our mental and emotional health and minimalism. These practices were born out of necessity. We all share these basic needs, however they are often overlooked. If we start here with basics and find a way to master just this level of self love, it can lead us into deeper practices of self appreciation and celebration.
Therapies that have been around and proven themselves valuable and relevant for thousands of years are a good place to start.
The methods are to countless to note but here are some that are worth mentioning!
Cupping, for example, is an ancient Chinese tradition that promotes the balance of the “qi” or life force by placing heated cups on the surface of the body. It aids in blood circulation while reducing pain and increasing the bodies resistance to pathogens, just to name a few of its benefits. In the past animal horns were used, but today you can expect modernized versions. Here at Zama, we have treatments with both silicone and magnetic cups.
In the same vein, we find another Chinese method of attaining health in the form of acupressure, which follows the same theory and meridian points as acupuncture, minus the needles. Taking the needles out of the equation some may feel much more comfortable with this technique. It also aids in the balance of the “qi” as well as releases endorphins and positively effects are felt in the autonomic nervous system.
Taking advantage of these ancient wellness practices will lead to a happier healthier you. Many of these ancient pathways to health were not seen as “self-care” but as a real way of maintaining vitality and wellness in the body. Maybe the trouble with our modern culture is that due to its non-invasive non a aggressive approach we question the validity of such measures.
Old meets the new.
What often appears to be newer modalities are often age old resources met with modern technology. Halotherapy for instance, or dry salt therapy is one of these mentioned. Halotherapy uses the natural element of salt mixed with current technology to deliver salt particles through the air to be breathed into the body. In turn recipients may experience relief of an array of symptoms from asthma, eczema to anxiety.
Magnetic acupressure is also worth highlighting here. The cupping method follows the lines of the meridians on the body and releases tight muscular fibers. It also balances the energy of your body while simultaneously calming the parasympathetic nervous system. This in turn takes your body out of the fight or flight response, lowering cortisol levels in the body and calming down the vagus nerve. These effects lead to a calmer more tranquil state of being.
We all are very familiar with massaging techniques and have probably experienced this modality many times throughout our lives. But there are an array of ways to experience the benefits of massage. Techniques from Ashiatsu oriental bar therapy to Swedish and deep tissue, finding the right way for receiving healing touch is completely unique to you and worth trying different avenues!
Does self-care seem like another thing to add to your already busy schedule?
For many, the massive amount of things to be considered as “self-care” are overwhelming, especially around post pandemic wellness needs. Perhaps you are trying to fathom just drinking more water today, or finding time to rest. Trust us, we are all feeling this way! Self-love can be about holding space and compassion for yourself, taking baby steps everyday to move more towards wellness. Try a yoga class or a couple minutes of breath exercises a day to begin this journey. Or maybe you are a seasoned veteran in the art of self-love, either way we can help you find new ways to genuinely take care of yourself here at Zama. We have done the work behind the scenes to find the most powerful ways to relax, rejuvenate and reset your wellness. You and your health are worth it!
As you deepen your self-care in this post pandemic wellness era, we are here for you! Check out our therapeutic spa menu here and book here!
Included in your Instant Refresh:
- 30 min Express HydraFacial
- 60 min Deep Tissue Massage
Only $215. Book here!
Long hot summertime days have arrived! Summer fun, outdoor work and exposure to the elements can be hard on our bodies, especially our skin and muscular system. For this reason, we crafted our June Special to be an Instant Refresh.
You’ll walk away from Instant Refresh with glowing, fresh and clean skin from your HydraFacial. Your whole body will feel hydrated, revitalized and renewed from your Deep Tissue Massage. Our June Special will give your skin a deep cleaning and saturate your skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides to maximize your glow. Your massage will work away all the tension and tight areas. Come and enjoy a beautiful and relaxing VIP experience with us here at Zama!
First, comes your Express HydraFacial.
You’ll be amazed by the speed and effectiveness of this professional facial treatment. Your skin is most beautiful when it’s healthy. The Express Hydrafacial MD will restore your skin to its healthiest state by removing impurities and replenishing your skin with essential nutrients. You will literally feel the years melt away and vanish. Walk away with youthful, radiant skin!
Next is your 60 minute Deep Tissue Massage.
Deep Tissue Massage is crafted to provide deep relief. It alleviates pain in your body, usually the neck, upper back and shoulders, or the low back.
While similar to relaxing Swedish Massage, your deep tissue massage employs massage strokes that are firmer and focused on specific areas. It also involves focusing prolonged pressure on the inner layers of the muscle fibers and connective tissue, or fascia, and going against the grain of the muscle tissue. The techniques in used in deep tissue will break up adhesions or “knots” that are causing discomfort.
While working out those tight spots, your therapist assists your body by opening up the damaged tissue and flushing out toxins. Because deep tissue massage stimulates your lymphatic system and provides circulation, it is highly effective in providing holistic healing. Not only will you get pain relief, but your immune and overall nervous system will reap the rewards as well!
Treat yourself to the gift of a spa escape or maybe treat a loved one!
Book your Instant Refresh HERE!
Men love spa days too!
It's true! Father's Day is just around the corner. Don't overlook the gift of relaxation for the man in your life who needs some time to unwind. Imagine how good dad will feel after one of these man approved men's spa day treatments!
We have compiled our top 7 spa treatments that are time tested and loved by our male clients.
Men's Wellness Package:
This one is our most requested men's spa day. This custom made experience for men is a favorite. Made just for him, this package will melt away tension, relieve aches and pains, and renew him from head to toe. The Men’s Wellness package includes a 30 minute foot soak, scrub and massage, a 90 minute Deep Tissue Massage, and a 30 minute Just for Him Organic Custom Facial. This package is exactly what he needs when you are feeling tensed or stressed. His spa day will be complete with a cold local brew.
Otherwise called Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, our Ashiatsu Massage has quickly grown into one of our top treatments for male guests. Men are often looking for the deepest massage. Ashiatsu, performed with the therapists feet, effectively combines relaxation with a deep, broad, and consistent pressure. It is incredible for athletic recovery and elongation of the spine. The broad strokes are much more comfortable than manual deep tissue massage, and the combination of even pressure and long strokes provides excellent spinal traction. See Ashiatsu in action at Zama here.
Many of our male guests deeply appreciate coming to our spa with their loved one/spouse. Sharing a spa experience with a someone special creates a feeling of renewed connection. Couples massage is the perfect way to retreat from day to day worries and connect at a meaningful level. Both parties get a personalized massage together at the same time, which allows for a fresh bonding experience. It is the perfect way to kick off a date night, weekend retreat, or mid-day check in. Check out the many benefits of couples massage here.
Weekend Warrior Signature Massage:
Our Weekend Warrior Signature Massage is a perfect fit for the athletic guy in your life with tired, sore muscles that need some extra attention. This ever popular service is now available for 75 minutes of pain eliminating, muscle taming relief.
Whether he is an ambitious athlete or an everyday working man, he will definitely appreciate the deep tissue work, sports massage, and Deep Blue Rub used in this massage.
Pain Away Package:
In just 2.5 hours, the Pain Away Package will make him feel like a new person! He will melt into a 75 min Detoxifier Massage (includes massage and magnetic cupping!) This will leave him relaxed and his muscles feeling like butter!
Next, his feet and calves are soaked, scrubbed, and heated in warm booties in our 60 min Pain Relief Pedicure. Finally, we will treat him to a delicious glass of locally made Kombucha and local vanilla salted caramel truffles from Missionary Chocolates!
Remedy Hot Stone Massage:
Both men and women love our Remedy Hot Stone Massage. This 75-minute session infuses both Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage techniques with the thermal energy of heated Basalt stones to promote deep relaxation and relieve tension.
As the heat from these stones penetrate his muscles, he will feel the aches and pains begin to melt away. Warm stones are used to provide relaxation at the deepest level, while encouraging blood flow and increased circulation.
Hot Basalt stones have been used by Native Americans and Europeans to heal aching muscles for hundreds of years. Basalt stones are chosen because they release heat slowly, and years of water erosion have made them smooth and soothing to the touch. Sounds amazing, right!?
Just for Him Facial:
Receiving our Just For Him Facial can help repair the damage caused by daily shaving, skin sensitivity, dullness, aging, and the environmental impact of both city and outdoor living. This treatment is for men who like to look, live, and feel their best. Sound like the guy in your life?
Not only is the the Just for Him Facial deeply cleansing, custom tailored, and moisturizing, but it also adds in deep relaxation and a cold local brew as well.
This experience ends with a relaxing head, neck and shoulder massage, as well as skincare advice on how to prevent razor burns, sensitivity and folliculitis – the inflammation of one or more hair follicles.
Consider one of these services or packages for the Dad in your life for Father's Day! We know he will love it!! Check out the rest of our Men's Spa Menu Here.
Mindfulness practices have the power to transform your health.
A healthy life empowers us to lead realized careers, raise families, pursue creative endeavors, uphold quality relationships, make a mark on the world... the list goes on! Health seekers pursue many holistic health modalities to keep their mind and body able and well. In addition, they find that the addition of mindfulness is the game changer they've been seeking. Mindfulness practices are proven to have all kinds of physical, emotional and social benefits. Research has shown how mindfulness practices can improve wellness, especially helpful in managing chronic pain. We hope to inspire you to add mindfulness practices to your holistic wellness routine because after all in Sanskrit Zama means "Peace of Mind."
What exactly is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a cultivated state of mind that is focused on the present moment. Mindfulness practices help us to accept the present moment without passing judgment or attaching negative emotion to what is happening. Many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up worrying about the future or regretting the past, are less judgemental about measures of success and are better at forming deep connections with others.
To live mindfully is to live in the moment and reawaken oneself to the present, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future. Mindfulness can also be a healthy way to identify and manage latent emotions that are causing problems in personal or professional relationships.
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
Focusing on the here and now reduces stress, the number one culprit of dis-ease. People who practice mindfulness are less likely to get caught up in anxiety about the future or ruminating on the past. A mindset focused on the present allows us to form healthy habits and deeper connections in our relationships with friends, family and community.
In addition to relieving stress, mindfulness boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep and alleviates gastrointestinal difficulties. Research even suggests that mindfulness can help people better cope with rejection and social isolation.
Mindfulness is effective in treating a number of problems including depression, substance abuse, eating disorders and anxiety.
Research has found that mindfulness practices increase the density of gray matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy.
Top Mindfulness Practices:
Be present in everyday activities with intent!
Use intent to stay in the present and fully participate in your life. Choose any task or moment to practice intentional mindfulness, like eating, showering, walking, connecting with an important relation, or playing with a child. Here are some tips to intentionally tap into the present moment:
- Start by bringing your attention to the sensations in your body.
- Breathe in through your nose, allowing the air downward into your lower belly. Let your abdomen expand fully.
- Now breathe out through your mouth.
- Notice the sensations of each inhalation and exhalation.
- Proceed with the task at hand slowly and with full deliberation.
- Engage your senses fully. Notice each sight, touch, and sound so that you savor every sensation.
- When you notice that your mind has wandered from the task at hand, gently bring your attention back to the sensations of the moment.
Do a quick internet search on mindfulness and you will see a whole host of great blogs and articles on how to meditate. You can do meditation alone, with community, while walking, dancing or doing a mindful movement like yoga or tai-chi. Here are some tips for mindfulness meditation:
- Practice acceptance.
- Above all, mindfulness practice involves accepting whatever arises in your awareness at each moment. It involves being kind and forgiving toward yourself.
- Some tips to keep in mind:
- Gently redirect. If your mind wanders into planning, daydreaming, or criticism, notice where it has gone and gently redirect it to sensations in the present.
- Try and try again. If you miss your intended meditation session, simply start again.
- By practicing accepting your experience during meditation, it becomes easier to accept whatever comes your way during the rest of your day.
As human beings, we need touch – we thrive when we are touched in loving and caring ways. Tuning into our sense of touch is an easy and effective way of activating our parasympathetic nervous system, which creates a state of rest and relaxation that is highly effective for promoting mindfulness. Giving or receiving a massage can help trigger a mindful state of being. Pedicures, manicure and facials allow people to be touched in a way which is safe, and which helps them feel pampered and valued. Quality touch is meditative.
As we head into the hot summer months, we highly recommend amping up your wellness practices.
Mindfulness practices will help prevent illness and the emotional distress that can accompany the darker months. We would love to see you here at Zama. Book with us on-line 24-7 here or give us a call at 503.281.0278.
Included in Perfect Pamper for Mom:
- 90 min Deep Tissue Massage
- 45 min Spring Citrus Pedi
Pamper Mom for Only $175. Book here!
We have the perfect way to pamper Mom with our May Special! Treat Mom to the gift of incredible relaxation and body work with our 90 minute Deep Tissue Massage AND our invigorating Spring Citrus Pedi! This very special Mom's Day spa retreat will fill her cup and send her away feeling loved and amazing.
First, comes our 90 minute Deep Tissue Massage.
Deep Tissue Massage is crafted to provide deep relief. It alleviates pain in your body, usually the neck, upper back and shoulders, or the low back.
While similar to relaxing Swedish Massage, your deep tissue massage employs massage strokes that are firmer and focused on specific areas. It also involves focusing prolonged pressure on the inner layers of the muscle fibers and connective tissue, or fascia, and going against the grain of the muscle tissue. The techniques in used in deep tissue will break up adhesions or “knots” that are causing discomfort.
While working out those tight spots, your therapist assists your body by opening up the damaged tissue and flushing out toxins. Because deep tissue massage stimulates your lymphatic system and provides circulation, it is highly effective in providing holistic healing. Not only will you get pain relief, but your immune and overall nervous system will reap the rewards as well!
90 minutes of deep tissue takes your massage experience to the next level, allowing time for enhanced benefits!
Next comes our seasonal Spring Citrus Pedi.
Our Spring Citrus Pedi includes a delightful blend of fresh, organic, and local ingredients. Included are Eminence Organic Skincare, FarmHouse Fresh and Deborah Lippmann products for a special touch that celebrates the season! This hydrating spa pedicure provides relief and revival for tired, overworked legs and feet. We give the best expert nail and cuticle care to leave your feet polished and loved for Spring!
Energize with our fresh and uplifting combo of citrus, lime, coconut and cranberry essences! Bright and citrusy scents will energize and make you feel glowy and vibrant throughout this pedicure. We use the best products in our services and have specifically selected these FarmHouse Fresh products to help the driest of feet. Your legs and feet will feel amazing; walk away with silky and smooth.
Whether this is a gift for the special mom in your life, or a treat for you, our May Special is made to give appreciation to all the mamas! Moms of all kinds welcomed~ fur moms, plant moms, caretakers and all those who celebrate moms!
Enjoy & book HERE!
Amp up your self-care this Spring!
It's time to usher in spring! The air is warmer, the colors more vibrant and everyone is exhaling a sigh of relief, realizing that the new season is truly upon us. Welcoming this time of renewal may be inspiring you to do all of those things you’ve been itching to get to. Tending to the garden, deep cleaning the house, spending time with loved ones in the sweet, fresh air and getting back into a wellness routine are likely renewed priorities. But beyond the abundance, how are you practicing self-care this spring?
Whatever the season brings about for you, there’s one thing to keep in mind: balance is key.
While we all feel the urge to get back to things we’ve missed, keep in mind that taking care of YOU remains a priority. As a result of self-care, your healthy mindset will serve both you and the ones you love most. And above all? Incorporating the following three practices will leave you feeling renewed, inspired, and well from the inside out.
How are you setting yourself up for a healthy spring? We’re here to share our three best tips for self-care this season.
1. Move Your Body
Moving your body may feel like a given in the spring. The sun is shining and it feels as though you’re being pulled from your cocoon. Preparing flower beds, mowing the lawn and finally meeting up with friends and family outdoors is motivation enough to get moving. The long-awaited warmth urges us to catch up on all of those outdoor activities that have been on hold.
That said, self-care means more than sprinting toward all of those “must do” tasks. Self-care means making time and space for mindful activity. The result? Overall rejuvenation and a deep satisfaction with the present moment.
You’ve likely heard the myriad benefits that come from meditation. If sitting still feels too daunting, try incorporating a simple walking meditation into your routine. To start, choose a path or route that you know well (familiar enough to not have to think about each turn or where you’ll end up). As you walk, set an intention for how you want to feel for the day. This can be as simple as, “I am calm,” “I am centered,” or “I am enough.” Move slowly and deliberately. Focus on how it feels to place weight under each foot. Embrace the feel of the air on your skin. Breathe deeply, inhaling the thought, “I am,” and exhaling with your intention for the day (calm, centered, etc.). This walk should take longer than a normal stroll; relish the time. You will notice the positive mental and emotional effects last much longer as well.
Looking for a more physically challenging way to practice self-care? Take a yoga class, go for a jog, or have a friend join you for a mid-afternoon power walk. The more you move your body this spring, the better you’ll connect to yourself throughout the season.
2. Get outside every day
In the era of working from home, it can be easy to squeeze hours in from early morning to late night. The result? Missing out on all of the change, growth and beauty of the spring. Make it a point to get outside at least once a day. If only for ten minutes during your lunch break, the rush of being in nature can truly reinvigorate the senses. What's more, you'll find that the benefits of breathing fresh air can provide a lift that will carry you through until end of day. In addition, the act of being in nature can help you connect to a deeper part of you. Before you know it, you'll feel yourself growing alongside the flora outdoors.
Need a simple way to guarantee you’ll make time for the outdoors? First things first: schedule it in!
Does your morning start by scrolling through your phone while gulping down your morning java? Instead, consider a brisk walk around the block instead. Need a lunchtime pick-me-up? Take a leisurely stroll in the backyard. Stop to notice the new growth on each stem and vine. Breathe fully. Feeling drowsy early in the evening? Make after dinner outdoor time a new commitment, and connect with family away from screens. Above all, allow this slice of time to become a way to embrace the longer hours of light throughout the spring.
3. Carve out regular time for YOU
All of these ideas will provide you with regular boosts of energy. But the most potent way to practice self-care? Carving out time specifically for YOU. Creating balance in your life (especially during a season that inspires us to make up for lost time) is a commitment. A reboot to your mental, physical and emotional well-being. Treat yourself to weekly blocks of time dedicated toward moving you closer to your best self.
Massage is a go-to self-care tool for many, and for good reason. Muscles feeling achy from sitting at a computer for hours on end? A massage can help, by breaking up tension and providing deep relief from the stress of working from home. Our therapists are highly trained and available to aid you in your journey toward overall health. Enhance your experience by asking for our Hot Stone Signature Massage; a 75 minute session combining Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques with the thermal energy of heated basalt stones, promoting relaxation and relieving tension. Feet begging for a break? Book a 1.5 hour Foot and Soul massage. where we start by offering all of the benefits of a full body massage, then emphasize soothing, toning and refreshing feet. Give the soles that work hard for you every day a much needed break.
When you take the time to pause and truly ask your body what it needs, the answer may be a resounding “self-care, please!” Sore joints and a lack of time to focus on health and wellness means that you deserve to take a targeted break. And above all? You'll experience the sweetness of replenishment. Our April special, Spring Clean Detox, allows you just that, by spending a morning or afternoon clearing the physical clutter and getting back to you. Luxuriate in a 75 minute signature massage combined with the ancient art of cupping. This will allow your body to flush away toxins and find relief in deep relaxation. Pair this powerful gift to yourself with a 60 minute Happy Feet Pedicure, where you will experience the multitude of benefits that come from four different CBD products. Finally, enjoy as a hot stone massage that comes with this special package.
In the season of regrowth and renewal, don’t forget to lend those terms to your own body, mind, and wellness.
Take care of yourselves, and we look forward to seeing you this spring!
Included in your Spring Clean Detox:
- 75 minute Detoxifier Massage (includes cupping)
- 60 minute CBD Happy Feet Pedicure
Only $195! Book here.
Springtime is detox season! Our bodies naturally want to release stored toxins and stagnant energy after the long dark winter months. What most people don't realize that a self-care trip to the spa can also promote much-needed and natural detoxification.
Our Spring Clean Detox Special will aid your body in gently detoxing while helping you feel relaxed and ready for Spring!
Your 75 min Detoxifier Massage awaits!
This 75-minute signature massage at Zama infuses Swedish relaxation or deep tissue massage with the ancient healing powers of cupping. At Zama, silicone and magnetic cups are used by our massage therapists to increase local blood supply to the muscles. Using cupping, the Detoxifier Massage brings nourishment to the tissues and allows for toxins to be carried away via the lymph.
Combining cups with the healing power of touch, the Detoxifier Massage can have a sedating effect. This massage is deeply relaxing and good for flushing out stagnant energy, pain, and inflammation in your muscular tissue.
Next comes your super chill Happy Feet Pedicure.
We have extensively researched and CBD product tested to create the most effective CBD pedicure. Our signature protocol will chill you out, tame your aches and pains, and refresh and beautify! This deluxe 60-minute pedicure combines 4 different CBD products.
Sit back and chill with our Vital Body Therapeutics CBD Epsom Foot Soak. You’ll get all the pedicure touches followed by our decadent Green Tea Salt Scrub for your feet and legs. Next comes your Vital Body CBD balm and CBD Clinic oil massage with heated booties. We’ll give you a Hot stone massage while the CBD products continue to absorb. Finish with a personalized toe buff or polish.
After your Detoxifier Massage and Happy Feet Pedicure, you will walk away feeling free of built-up toxins and full of new fresh energy. Enjoy!!
We are thrilled to offer you this very special spa escape for only $195! Book here!!
Deeply unwind with our CBD Gift Card Special. It's time to let go of unwanted stress.
After a full year of pandemic stress, therapeutic self-care is definitely a top priority for all! With that in mind, we have put together an extended special for you so that you can give yourself the gift of CBD spa services or share them with loved ones.
Stock up on CBD pedicures, massages and facials for our lowest prices of the year!
Grab our CBD Gift Card Special from
April 1-April 30 EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th!! 2021. 3-60 CBD spa services are ONLY $297. That's $40 savings per service!!
There are no limits on how many CBD Gift Card Specials you purchase. Simply purchase a CBD gift card 3-pack and apply each gift card to the 60 minute CBD service of your choice! Keep them for yourself or divvy them up and share with your special someones.
Our 60 minute CBD services are extraordinary and have been carefully crafted to become part of our spa Signature Service menu.
Learn more about each of our 60 minute CBD Services:
Our 60 minute CBD Massage combines Swedish Relaxation with Deep Tissue techniques and is customized to meet your exact massage needs.
You’ll be over the moon with revolutionary CBD pain relief and relaxation fused together for the ultimate massage! We use highly effective CBD products to provide a signature massage experience that is blended with a targeted massage experience.
You'll begin with a topical CBD analgesic for all those problem areas followed by a full body massage with an artisan-crafted CBD massage cream that contains eight pain-relieving herbs! These two products work together along with moist heat application to treat everything from chronic pain to sprains, strains and even arthritis. We can’t wait for you to experience this treatment!
Zama’s CBD Happy Feet Pedicure signature protocol will tame your aches and pains while refreshing and beautifying your feet and legs!
We have extensively researched and CBD product tested to create the most effective CBD pedicure. Our signature protocol will chill you out, tame your aches and pains, and refresh and beautify! This deluxe 60-minute pedicure combines 4 different CBD products.
Sit back and chill with our Vital Body Therapeutics CBD Epsom Foot Soak. You'll get all the pedicure touches followed by our deccadent Green Tea Salt Scrub for your feet and legs. Next comes your Vital Body CBD balm and CBD Clinic oil massage with heated booties. We'll give you a Hot stone massage while the CBD products continue to absorb. Finish with a personalized toe buff or polish.
Our CBD Facial is a gentle, yet potent boost for your skin and soul.
We partnered CBD Fountain for an evolutionary CBD facial experience. This carefully crafted CBD facial delivers outstanding skincare results while soothing your mind, body and spirit. CBD is an organic and locally sourced line that is gentle on your skin. It’s great for all skin types and highly effective for hyperpigmented skin and aging skin types.
We won’t be just focusing on your skin! This facial is whole body and the whole person treatment. Relax and unwind with an extensive CBD massage of the neck, shoulders, face, scalp, hands, and arms! While your renewing CBD mask sets, you’ll get a detailed CBD leg and foot massage.
Our CBD Gift Card Special is here to help you de-stress, unwind and renew. Stock up on CBD pedicures, massages and facials for our lowest prices of the year!
Our CBD Gift Card Special is available from
April 1-April 30 EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th, 2021!! Purchase as many as you like. 3-60 CBD spa services are ONLY $297. That's $40 savings per service!!
Included in your March Special Gemstone Healing:
- 60 min Gemstone Facial
- 60 min Massage
We are thrilled to offer you our March Special Gemstone Healing! Days are getting longer, more opportunities to gather are opening up and the most energizing time of year is here! What's better is that our March Special includes our most popular offering and our newest service, the Gemstone Facial! Our Gemstone Healing will provide you a much-needed spa getaway that will tame away your aches and pains and enliven your skin and leave you feeling radiant inside and out.
You'll start with a 60-minute massage.
As with all our massages, your experience will be customized to meet your precise needs. If you are needing Deep Tissue, your therapist will bring out all the deep tissue techniques. If relaxation is more your focus, your therapist will employ the most loved Swedish Relaxation techniques. Most of our guests prefer a combination. Whether you are needing a physical or mental focus, we've got you covered.
While working on your tight spots, your therapist will assist your body by opening up the damaged tissue and flushing out toxins. Because massage stimulates your lymphatic system and provides circulation, it is highly effective in providing holistic healing. Not only will you get pain relief, but your immune and overall nervous system will reap the rewards as well!
Invigorate and energize your skin with our Gemstone Facial!
Our Gemstone Facial will allow you to tap into the natural benefits of crystals while soaking up our powerful lineup of Eminence products. This facial is great for all skin types, and definitely those looking to address anti-aging and hyperpigmentation. Customized to meet your unique skincare goals, the Gemstone Facial will revitalize your skin while relaxing you to the bone.
After discussing your needs, our specific lineup of Gemstone Facial products will then be tailored to meet the unique needs of your skin.
A soothing cleanse and gemstone exfoliation magic will follow.
To start your facial, we’ll soothe and cleanse with our Coconut Milk Cleanser. Next is our gemstone charcoal exfoliation gel cleanser. Formulated with charcoal, malachite gemstones and blue matcha, this process is a supercharged cleansing experience.
Next comes your Turmeric Energizing Treatment.
Formulated with turmeric, citrine gemstones and zeolite, this spicy golden powder awakens the skin. We’ll add water to activate your treatment, which will give you a fluffy mousse bursting with energy. Embrace the warm, exfoliating sensation. Enjoy how silky and luminous your skin will feel as a result. This treatment is an experience and will help your mind and body feel positive energy and overall vibrancy.
Your skin is now ready for the deepest levels of cleaning and nutrient application.
You’ll receive both an Eminence peel and masque. While the masque nourishes your skin, your Esthetician will provide a Jade Roller massage. Jade stone is considered a symbol of beauty, grace and longevity. Our natural jade stone roller can help improve blood circulation, skin tone and reduce puffiness, wrinkles, black eye and eliminates toxins.
Finish with a complete skin hydration and a detailed face, neck, hand, arm, leg and foot massage.
Our March Special Gemstone Healing will help you freshen up for the exciting time to come. Melt away all the winter blues and stagnation with this incredible spa escape.
The strength and flexibility of your hamstrings have a huge impact on your posture, mobility and comfort in your lower back region.
After a year of strict restrictions and confinement, you may notice that you are tighter than ever. Tightness and lack of movement definitely contribute to chronic pain. This blog is dedicated to helping you rethink how your everyday movements can prevent frustrating discomfort. As gyms, studios, workplaces, schools, etc... open back up, it may be easier to access much-needed resources for your physical well-being.
Even in the best of times, lower back pain plagues most adults. Whether the pain is mild, or acute, most adults struggle with keeping this region of their body pain-free. Sedentary lifestyles, poor posture, lack of strength and improper techniques for heavy lifting contribute to nagging lower back pain. Ibuprofen, heating pads and pain relief creams are the most commonly used remedies. However, what most people don't know is that tight and weak hamstrings play a large role in lower back discomfort.
Caring for your hamstrings is arguably one of the most important remedies and prevention tools for low back pain.
Your hamstrings, which are made up of the large muscles on the back of your legs behind your thighs, play a huge role in your physical well-being. Whether you sit frequently, run, bike, play soccer or tennis or have an inactive lifestyle, chances are that your hamstrings need some attention. Essentially, any frequent activity that requires you to lean forward frequently will wreak havoc on your hips, pelvis and hamstrings. Weak and shortened hamstrings lead to injury and lower back pain.
Tight hamstrings have the power to tilt your pelvis and negatively impact the alignment of your spine.
Your hamstrings originate on the bottom of the pelvis, ie: sitting bones, and insert over the knee on the tibia or fibula. When they are tight they will pull on the pelvis. As a result, they will tilt it out of alignment. The misalignment in your pelvis will then lead you to use your lower back more in movements like bending over. Hamstring strength and flexibility is key because it’ll help keep your pelvis in its proper position, which in turn will help to keep your spine in its proper position.
The good news is that it is easy to care for your hamstrings, which will prevent future discomfort and likely ease current lower back pain!
In addition to hamstring care, we definitely recommend addressing mobility and flexibility in your psoas and quadratus lumborum. Core strengthening exercises and proper ergonomics at work are of high importance as well.
In the meantime, here are our top three recommendations to improve the health of your hamstrings!
Yoga and functional stretching, no doubt, are highly effective tools to bring your body into balance. YouTube has a huge assortment of short, free and easy to follow yoga sequences. Check out our easy to follow Yoga for Low Back Pain video! Even better, head to your local yoga studio and attend classes regularly. Chances are that you will be guided to build core strength, do hip openers and poses that stretch and strengthen your hamstrings. This is the ultimate lower back pain relief combo!
Use trigger point therapy balls and foam rollers.
Trigger point therapy and myofascial release with foam rollers are powerful tools for rehabilitation and improved physical health! Your fascia, muscles and ligaments need regular attention. Movement and exercise are excellent tools for circulation, renewal, strengthening and stretching. Targeted touch, however, will provide help to the areas that are still needing attention. For hamstring tightness, we highly recommend using trigger point balls and foam rollers to provide extracellular nutrition and circulation. Applied pressure can help loosen tight fascia and break up scar tissue. Using the weight of your body, you can use these tools to massage and release your hamstrings or any other area you are working on.
Work with a massage therapist.
When you work with a massage therapist you gain their expertise, massage tools and targeted touch. Ashiatsu, massage with your therapist's feet, can be particularly effective because of the depth and broad compression, which is perfect for hamstrings. Massage will help your muscles become more pliable and relaxed, which is perfect for building flexibility and strength. If you have a hamstring injury, such the very uncomfortable and common high hamstring tendinopathy, we do recommend working with your doctor and physical therapist!
Cupping added to your massage therapy session is also highly effective. By releasing the lymphatic system and releasing toxins in impacted areas, massage cupping uses suction to soften adhesion(s), open up connective tissues, stimulate blood flow, induce relaxation and most importantly relieve pain.
We highly recommend making hamstring stretches and targeted care as part of your wellness routine to prevent low back pain!
Regular massage can help prevent injury and discomfort and provide relief for what you are going through.
Check out our massage menu here or give us a call at 503.281.0278 with any questions or booking inquiries!
Need the perfect Valentine's gift?
Worry no longer, we have the sweetest offer available for you the entire month of February!
What's better than a visit to our therapeutic spa where deep relaxation and healing await? Not much, my friend! Therapeutic spa treatments in our beautiful urban sanctuary will make you or your loved one feel radiant and cared for in the best of ways.
Here's the My Valentine Gift Card Special!
For the entire month of February, we are offering gift cards for any 60-minute massage or facial for only $90. This is a $24 savings! PURCHASE HERE.
You are welcome to purchase as many Valentine Gift Card Specials as you like. You have an entire year to redeem your gift card, which can be used for many of our most popular spa services. Self-love counts too, so don't leave yourself out on this sweet offer!
Enjoy this wonderful season of love and be sure to visit us real soon. We have created not only the most luxurious spa experiences but the safest as well. Every touch of your visit to Zama is done with care and protection. Read about our COVID safety protocols here.
Grab your Valentine Gift Card Specials HERE.
Included in your Sweetheart Hot Stone Couples Massage:
- 60 minutes Couple's Massage with Hot Stones
- Heart-shaped chocolates to go!
Enjoy this sacred hot stone retreat to celebrate Valentine's all month long with your loved one!
What's better than a couple's massage? A hot stone couple's massage! Take the incredible experience of a side by side massage and add thermal heat, and some treats and you have our Sweetheart Hot Stone Couples Massage! Celebrate Valentine's Day all month long with this experience made to amp up the love, wellness and connection in your life! Read about the benefits of couples massage here.
You and your sweetheart will fully relax and unwind while the heat from these stones penetrates your muscles and warms you to the core.
Your aches and pains will melt away along with any anxiety and tension. Warm stones are used to provide relaxation at the deepest level while encouraging blood flow and increased circulation.
Hot Basalt stones have been used by Native Americans and Europeans to heal aching muscles for hundreds of years. Basalt releases heat slowly which makes them the perfect massage tool. Years of water erosion have made them smooth and soothing to the touch. They easily glide over the skin and act as tools that gently penetrate to the depths of muscle tissue. Hot stones take your massage to the next level!
Our Sweetheart Hot Stone Couples Massage is catered to your own personal needs and can be done as a Swedish or Deep Tissue massage.
Each of your therapists will provide customization for each of your unique preferences and needs. If you want some extra focus on your shoulders and neck, no problem! Just let your therapist know where you are tight and what needs the most attention.
Once you've finished your massages, we'll give you our most adorable heart-shaped chocolates to go! Head out for a much-needed date night or celebration with this specially crafted Valentine's spa experience!
Book online HERE 24/7, or give us a call at 503.281.0278
Fall Specials: Better Together + Quarantine Refresh
Included in Better Together:
- 60 Min Side By Side Couples Massage
- 60 Min Side by Side Hot Stone Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicure
Only $295!! Book HERE.
Included in Quarantine Refresh:
- 60 Min Deep Tissue
- 60 Min Hot Stone Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicure
Book your Quarantine Refresh for only $149! Book HERE.
Choose from two specials now through the end of 2020!!!! Due to popular demand, we are extending both our Better Together and Quarantine Refresh Specials through December 31st!
Our Better Together Fall Special will give you and your sweetheart a much-needed escape to our tranquil day spa.
Whether it be a date night or a mid-week retreat, this couple's special will give you time to connect in the best of ways. Enjoy custom massages for you both and our delightful Hot Stone Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicure experience. Better Together will recharge and re-energize your connection and wellness.
Better Together begins with your custom Side By Side Couples Massages.
Decompress and unwind together while you receive full-body Swedish relaxation or deep tissue massages by our highly trained massage therapists. Each of you will have your own therapist and receive a personalized treatment. One partner may just need relaxation while the other receives treatment on a specific problem spot.
At Zama, we specialize in creating an extraordinary, intimate environment just for you. Do not hesitate to ask for extra touches – our spa concierge can help you create what you are looking for. We are here to meet all of your needs.
Our Better Together spa special can be enjoyed by couples, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, or best friends. Celebrate that special milestone with us- or just treat yourselves to a special day. You deserve it!
Sit back and relax with your Side by Side Hot Stone Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicures.
This longer and more luxurious pedicure will bust your stress and relax you both down to the bone. Begin with Butter Brulee Powder Milk Bath from FarmHouse Fresh foot soaks. Then we’ll exfoliate your feet and legs with an aromatic Triple Shot Caramel Coffee Sugar scrub.
Sit back and relax together with a hot towel wraps on your feet. We’ll drizzle fair trade warm cocoa butter down your lower legs and feet. For your grand relaxation Better Together finalé, you'll finish with hot stone massages. Your feet and legs will be deeply nourished, your skin will feel hydrated and your mind will rest. Both of you will feel incredibly cared for, relaxed and ready to take on what is next!
After our expert nail and cuticle care for your feet, we will finish with a gentle buff to shine or polish from our five free Deborah Lippmann nail line!
You and your sweetheart deserve something very special right now. Our Better Together Special is just the thing! Book now and grab the appointment slot you desire!
Come in now for your Quarantine Refresh. Only $149!
Feeling fatigued, stressed or in need of a pick-me-up? Come in for a relaxing and oh-so-satisfying spa getaway and save big while you do so! Our Quarantine Refresh includes a 60 minute Deep Tissue Massage and our famous 60 minute Hot Stone Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicure. This combo packs a therapeutic punch! Unwind and renew with our most popular services. You definitely deserve this slice of spa heaven! Book now!
Get ready to release tension, aches and pains with a Deep Tissue massage!
You'll begin with 60 minutes of Deep Tissue bliss, which is similar to a relaxing Swedish massage, however, the pressure is generally firmer. It also involves focusing prolonged pressure on the inner layers of the muscle fibers and connective tissue, or fascia, and going against the grain of the muscle tissue. The techniques used in deep tissue will break up "adhesions" or “knots” that are causing your discomfort.
While working out those tight spots, your therapist is assisting your body by opening up the damaged tissue and flushing out toxins. Because deep tissue massage stimulates your lymphatic system and provides circulation, it is highly effective in providing holistic healing. Not only will you get pain relief, but your immune and overall nervous system will reap the rewards as well!
Next, sit back and relax with your Hot Stone Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicure.
This beloved pedi will bust your stress and relax you to the bone. You’ll love this longer and more luxurious pedicure.
It begins with Butter Brulee Powder Milk Bath from FarmHouse Fresh. Then we’ll exfoliate your feet and legs with an aromatic Triple Shot Caramel Coffee Sugar scrub. Next, you’ll sit back and relax with a hot towel wrap for the feet. We’ll then drizzle fair trade warm cocoa butter down your lower legs and feet. And then the grand relaxation finalé, a hot stone massage. Your feet and legs will be deeply nourished, your skin will feel hydrated and the rest of you, fully relaxed. Finishing touches are expert nail and cuticle care and fresh policy from our five free Deborah Lippmann nail line!
Your Quarantine Refresh awaits! Book now and prepare for a freeing and therapeutic relaxation getaway! Book now!
We have installed Safe Guard Treatment Shields in each and every facial room!
For everyone's safety we have installed a Safe-Guard Treatment Shield in all of our therapeutic facial rooms.
Clients and estheticians will benefit from the most up to date safety technology during facials with the Safe Guard Treatment Shields. These spa shields are practical and safe. The curved and tapered acrylic plexiglass shield fits on our treatment table’s headrest outlets, creating a crystal clear, clean, sanitary protective barrier between you and the esthetician.
Safe Guards allow you to benefit from our glowing, relaxing and highly effective facials with the comfort of added safety. We are thrilled that we can provide our excellent treatments to you with this added safety feature, in addition to following our Covid Safety Protocols.
Our entire Facial menu is available! Book online 24-7 HERE!
Our Facial in a Bag Promotion is here!!
Take advantage of this awesome promo with big savings and bring a spa-quality facial to your home! This awesome promotion has been extended through Oct 31st!
Have you been missing your facial?
After a long hot summer and the general 2020 stress, your skin is most likely thirsty and ready for some spa love. We put this power-packed Facial in a Bag promo with you in mind! You'll save big and feel so radiant with our to-go jumpstart facial in a bag. Stay tuned for mid-September when we share some new exciting facial protections in the treatment room. We miss you and would love to see you back!
Drumroll.... here's what you get in your Facial in a Bag!
Get 4 Eminence products for $150.00!! This includes a FREE promo retail sized product valued at $69.00. This means you get 4 Eminence products for only $150.00. Over $100.00 in SAVINGS!!
Our large selection of Eminence products gives you a lot of options to choose from. You can fine-tune your selections to meet the exact needs of your unique skin.
Once you choose your 3 "Facial in a Bag" products you get to take home a FREE product!
Choose from Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, Stone Crop Hydrating Mist, Bamboo Firming Fluid, Bamboo Age Corrective Masque and Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil.
Learn more about each of these great giveaways here. Available while supplies last!
Strawberry Rhubard Dermafoliant:
Achieve a bright and radiant looking complexion with our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant. Rice powder absorbs oil while lactic and salicylic acids remove dead skin cells. The strawberries and rhubarb infuse the skin with antioxidants.
Stone Crop Hydrating Mist:
A revitalizing and healing toner for all skin types, particularly uneven skin types. For use with Sun Defense Minerals to increase your skin’s hydration level and to leave it looking smooth and moisturized. Cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, animal by-products, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.
Bamboo Firming Fluid:
For tighter looking skin, our Bamboo Firming Fluid is the answer. The strengthening agents of bamboo and coconut deeply hydrates, with the help of a Natural Retinol Alternative and Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells.
Bamboo Age Corrective Masque:
Treat the skin with this age repairing mask that uses the most powerful anti-aging technology in natural and organic skincare.
Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil:
The Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil is an effective facial treatment comprised of a blend of results-oriented actives and ingredients that provide intense hydration and protection. Designed as a complementary product to the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, this facial oil fights the signs of aging, smooths wrinkles and hydrates deeply. For use with all skin types.
Quarantine Refresh includes:
- 60 Min Deep Tissue
- 60 Min Hot Stone Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicure
Book your Quarantine Refresh for only $149! Available until now through Sept 30, 2020!!
Feeling fatigued, stressed or in need of a pick-me-up? Our newest special, the Quarantine Refresh is here! Come in for a relaxing and oh-so-satisfying spa getaway and save big while you do so! Our Quarantine Refresh includes a 60 minute Deep Tissue Massage and our famous 60 minute Hot Stone Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicure. This combo packs a therapeutic punch! Unwind and renew with our most popular services. You definitely deserve this slice of spa heaven! Book now!
Get ready to release tension, aches and pains with a Deep Tissue massage!
You'll begin with 60 minutes of Deep Tissue bliss, which is similar to relaxing Swedish massage, however, the pressure is generally firmer. It also involves focusing prolonged pressure on the inner layers of the muscle fibers and connective tissue, or fascia, and going against the grain of the muscle tissue. The techniques used in deep tissue will break up "adhesions" or “knots” that are causing your discomfort.
While working out those tight spots, your therapist is assisting your body by opening up the damaged tissue and flushing out toxins. Because deep tissue massage stimulates your lymphatic system and provides circulation, it is highly effective in providing holistic healing. Not only will you get pain relief, but your immune and overall nervous system will reap the rewards as well!
Next, sit back and relax with your Hot Stone Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicure.
This beloved pedi will bust your stress and relax you to the bone. You’ll love this longer and more luxurious pedicure.
It begins with Butter Brulee Powder Milk Bath from FarmHouse Fresh. Then we’ll exfoliate your feet and legs with an aromatic Triple Shot Caramel Coffee Sugar scrub. Next, you’ll sit back and relax with a hot towel wrap for the feet. We’ll then drizzle fair trade warm cocoa butter down your lower legs and feet. And then the grand relaxation finalé, a hot stone massage. Your feet and legs will be deeply nourished, your skin will feel hydrated and the rest of you, fully relaxed. Finishing touches are expert nail and cuticle care and fresh policy from our five free Deborah Lippmann nail line!
Your Quarantine Refresh awaits! Book now and prepare for a freeing and therapeutic relaxation getaway! Book now! Available through September 30, 2020!!
Zama is open with updated COVID-19 Policies.
Please note: Due to current events, Zama's cancellation policy is relaxed.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS PLEASE DO NOT COME TO YOUR APPOINTMENT AND CONTACT US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! NO-SHOW, NO CALL WILL STILL BE CHARGED.
What you need to know prior to coming to Zama:
- All clients must follow our mask policy. Please read below.
- If you are sick, feel sick, or show signs of the flu or any COVID19 symptoms, or have been around anyone who has been ill or shown signs of illness, you must stay home and not come to Zama for a minimum of 14 days. There will be no penalty for reschedules for these situations.
- No guests may accompany you at any time inside the spa. We need to keep a minimum amount of clients and service providers as possible at all times.
- You will be screened at the door and asked to fill out a consent form before entering Zama. Your temperature will be taken by a touchless thermometer at this time as well. If you do not have your face covering, you will not be allowed into Zama.
When arriving to your appointment:
- Please put on disposable shoe coverings, which will be provided at the door for each client.
- At this time, we are unable to allow clients to enjoy the waiting area and beverage amenities. We encourage you to bring your own beverage to enjoy.
- If coming directly from work, please be sure to change into clean clothing prior to entering the spa.
- Please wash your hands prior to your service in either the restroom or service room.
- Your mask MUST remain on during the duration of your service. Failure to keep your mask on will result in early termination of your service.
- BYOB! Bring your own BLANKET! Beds will be stripped of porous bedding for the time being to allow for deep cleaning with medical grade disinfectants between each service. If you would like to bring a blanket for comfort, please do as we will not be providing anything but sheets.
There will be a 15-30 minute break between clients to allow for amplified sanitation/disinfection protocols and to prevent any client overlapping.
Updated Mask Policy:
As per usual, the safety of our guests AND staff are our highest priority!
Clients and staff members who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks in the building.
This is how it will work:
- We will continue to screen at the door with a temperature check
- Bring your proof of identity and vaccine card!
- If you are fully vaccinated and meet all of the requirements this information will be documented in your file for further visits. If you are not vaccinated, you are welcome, however we ask that you wear your mask.
- Temperature checks will remain in effect for everyone before entering the building!
- Client liability and employee liability form will need to be filled out daily for those that are not vaccinated!
Employees that are fully vaccinated will go through a similar screening process!
We ask that all uphold a "judgement free zone" around vaccinations.
Thank you all for your kindness and understanding as we work through our new normal and flexibility as conditions evolve and change.
Your well-being is our highest priority.
With care, The Zama Team
Schedule your appointment here!
We are thrilled to announce that Zama was nominated Best Spa for Willamette Weekly's Best of Portland Annual Readers Poll!
Earlier this year, during April, Portland aficionados drummed up nominations for all their favorite business. Zama has been voted Best of Portland for the past three years and we would love to do it again!
Please help Zama take Portland's Best Spa title for 2020.
We provide the top quality spa services from pain relief to luxurious unwinding to excellent beauty services. Please help us take the title and vote Zama for Best Spa in Portland for 2020! We are so excited to reopen and provide you the best service, guest by guest, day by day, treatment by treatment.
You can vote from now until June 26 at 11:59 pm! Thank you for your vote, we deeply appreciate it! VOTE HERE.
What makes Zama Portland's Best Spa?
If you've experienced Zama, you know that that we take every opportunity to demonstrate our 5 star ratings. We work meticulously close with our staff to make sure that every detail of your experience makes you feel like a VIP!
What has made us stand out as the Best Spa in Portland is how we provide luxurious spa services combined with a deeply healing, therapeutic touch. In the beginning, Zama started as a place to get a great massage. From there, with the vision of our owner Genevra Cardoso, we grew into a comprehensive spa that provides the most delicious, pleasurable, and effective offerings in town!
You have likely heard of our halotherapy offerings, decadent warm cocoa butter treatments, exquisite couples services, dreamy nail offerings, or our transformative beauty treatments. Coming to Zama is a fantastic experience and you can rely on our consistently effective treatments. Sounds delicious right?
Vote Zama for Best Spa in Portland!
Excellence in Massage!
We founded Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa on a deeply restorative and healing massage practice. Massage is the cornerstone of our spa. While we offer many massage varieties, our most popular massage offering is a custom deep tissue massage combined with the relaxing elements of Swedish massage. Ashiatsu is our fastest growing massage offering.
Our Assistant Spa Director, Brittany Dikeman and Lead Massage Therapist Rebecca Piece, provide our massage team with professional development every month so that our therapists are getting fueled with knowledge consistently.
Our Couples Massage program has grown immensely and is literally one of the hottest date nights in Portland! Couples Massage offers a high-quality couples experience that deeply relaxed and helps couples unwind. We know how effective this type of therapy is for promoting positive and nurturing bonds in couples!
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Therapeutic Beauty Services.
First and foremost, our esthetics team is absolutely phenomenal! Have you experienced services from our Lead Esthetician Emily Martin? Like the massage team, she ensures that our guests have the highest quality facials. We use Eminence products, which are made from premier organic ingredients in Hungary. All of our facials include facial massage, steam treatments, extractions (if needed,) exfoliation, and hot towels. Many of our facials include treatment for the neck, arms, and even the feet! One of our favorite facials in our Himalayan Salt Stone Age Defying Facial.
We offer HydraFacial at Zama, which is hands down the quickest, most effective way, to peel back the years! In our basic version, the Express HydraFacial, you need only 25 minutes to restore your skin and walk away feeling years younger! High fives for youthful skin in minutes!
Patsy Morris, our Lead Nail Technician, ensures that our Nail Services are provided with an extremely relaxing and meticulous touch. We use only organic and non-toxic products. Our Nail Services are delivered in our beautiful Garden Room with a refreshing beverage if your choice!
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Mom's Spa Refresh Includes:
- 60 Min Swedish Massage
- 30 Min Vitamin C+E Facial
Purchase package for only $150!
Treat mom to a most delightful spa package this Mother's Day. Just think of how delighted she will be, knowing that she will be able to deeply relax and refresh with this special spa package made just for her! We know how happy Mom will be to receive a much-needed spa getaway. Watch her face light up when you give her our therapeutic Mom's Spa Refresh package!
Swedish Massage is perfect for Mom's holistic well-being.
Swedish Relaxation Massage offers a personalized therapeutic deeply unwinding experience. In addition to stress reduction and relaxation, Swedish Relaxation Massage can improve sleep quality. It can also decrease anxiety and increase your overall sense of well-being. The dim lighting and ambient music will help Mom ease into a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind. All Swedish Relaxation Massages use oil, and pressure is adjusted accordingly throughout the session to meet the needs of each unique client.
Next comes Mom's Vitamin C + E Facial!
Mom will love this potent seasonal facial, which features Eminence’s new C + E Collection. This ‘superfood’ cocktail combines citrus, rhubarb, leafy greens and avocado oil that helps reduce the appearance of skin damage, fine lines and wrinkles. She'll appreciate all the luxurious details, which include a cleanse, masque and moisturizer. Packed with powerful enzymes and active ingredients, this facial will give Mom gentle and effective results.
Purchase Mom's Spa Refresh package for Mother's Day or as a special gift for that special someone. Mom will have this special gift ready and waiting for her as soon we are allowed to re-open!
Purchase Gift Certificate online 24/7 here!
In Sanskrit Zama means "peace of mind" and that is our hope in providing this heavily discounted 3 pack of gift certificates!
Save BIG from now until we reopen our doors, with our Peace of Mind Gift Certificate Sale! Our Gift Certificate sale is here to help give you a big boost of wellness and relief as soon as we are out of quarantine. We want to make it easy for you to invest in your wellness and give your mind, body and spirit a much-needed boost of therapeutic care!
You can purchase our Peace of Mind Gift Certificates on-line 24/7 starting now!
Take advantage of our most beloved services with incredible savings!
3-60 minute spa services for $249!!! ($26 off per service)
3-90 minute spa services for $360!!! ($29 off per service)
3-60 minute CBD spa services for $297!!! ($35 off per service)
Our holistic spa services include therapeutic massage, facials, pedicures and much more! Give yourself or a loved one the very special gift of therapeutic touch. Imagine how much you will love getting a high-quality massage, beauty treatment and our spectacular VIP touch! From Deep Tissue massage to Ashiatsu, to CBD services, to Organic facials to Hot Stone and Pain Relief Pedicures, you can choose any 3 pack and give to a loved one or use it as a self-care package for yourself!
Grab your Peace of Mind gift certificates now and rest assured relief and relaxation are just around the corner!
Upgrade your connection and head to the spa for powerful couple's spa experiences!
Carving out quality time and space to connect with your sweetheart yields huge relational results! Couple's spa experiences have the power to bond you in ways you may not even realize! Time spent together soaking up therapeutic and deeply relaxing experiences connects you in the most positive and loving ways. Read about the benefits of couples massage here.
Because of what we understand and have experienced over the years with our couple's spa services, we have expanded our Couples Service Menu.
Honestly, it has become somewhat of a mission here at Zama Massage to make it easy and fun for couples to come in together and take advantage of the huge relational benefits of bonding at the spa. Sharing a massage, therapeutic pedicure or extended spa package together builds a healthy connection that lasts well beyond the day you receive your couple's service. Couple's spa is a great way to uplevel your most important relationship by putting the focus on wellness care and restorative activities together!
Curious about our most robust and bonding packages?
We've curated a list of our most comprehensive couple's spa experiences! Coming in for a couple's massage will definitely make for a very special experience together. However, if you are looking to get even more from your couples time here at Zama, check out our most deluxe packages!
1. Couples Escape Package:
Whether you are celebrating a special event or simply carving out some much needed time together, the Couples Escape Package at Zama is the perfect way to go. The Couples Escape package gives you the opportunity to unwind, quiet the noise of daily life and make time to connect with one another.
Included in the Couples Escape Package:
- 30-minute Seasonal foot soaks, scrub, & massage
- 90-minute Warm Cocoa Butter Massages
- 30-minute Custom Facials
- Chocolate truffles
This 2 and a half-hour romantic retreat blends quiet time together with therapeutic touch and spa indulgence, making these moments as memorable as your love for one another! Book HERE!
2. Couples Himalayan Dream Massage Package
The ultimate getaway at Zama is the Couples Himalayan Dream Package. Choose your length of couples massage (60 0r 90 minutes) and relax with your sweetie in our Himalayan Salt Cave Therapy Rooms. This service includes a hot towel treatment and massage with Himalayan hot stones. These healing stones produce negative ions when heated that creates a sense of peace and deep relaxation. The heat of the salt also melts restrictive fascia to allow for deeper penetration of muscles and joints.
Included in the Couples Himalayan Dream Massage Package:
- 60 or 90-minute halo massage
- Hot towel treatments
- Himalayan hot stones used in massage
- Salted caramel truffles
In addition, you will receive incredible benefits from the salt environment. While you are receiving your massage, the quiet halogenerator vaporizes and emits saline vapors into the air. The salty air cleans and purifies your lungs. After your massage, relax with your loved one in an intimate couple's space near the salt caves. Continue to relax and connect while you champagne and organic salted caramel chocolate truffles! Book HERE!
3. Couples Warm Cocoa Butter Medley
This is a sacred retreat for couples. You both will love this divine and intimate service. It is a couple’s favorite here at Zama.
This couple's massage begins with warm organic fair-trade cocoa butter being drizzled over your bodies. Deeply inhaling the smell of cocoa butter offers stress relief and relaxation. As the scent of chocolate surrounds you both, and the warm cocoa pools at the base of your spines, you both will immediately begin to relax and melt away.
Included in the Couples Warm Cocoa Butter Medley:
- Cocoa butter relaxation treatments
- Choice of 60 or 90-minute massages
- Personalize and combine massage options with relaxing Swedish and therapeutic deep tissue
- Missionary Chocolate Truffles
Finish with a celebration!
This retreat is followed up with salted caramel Missionary Chocolate Truffles, making it the perfect remedy for a much-needed date night or special celebration. Book HERE!
Want to create your own Couple's Spa experience?
Give us a call at 503.281.0278 and we can help you create the exact experience you want! We have a large menu of enhancements for you both, including CBD services, hot stones, cupping, warm cocoa butter and so much more!
Our 2020 Wellness Trend Report is here!
It seems unreal to be publishing this cornerstone report, as 2020 has been the most anticipated year of this Millenium! The wellness industry grew immensely in the last decade. According to the Global Wellness Institute, the wellness sector in the US grew to an all-time high of 4.5 trillion dollars in 2018 with a forecasted growth of 6.4% annually. The wellness sector has grown nearly twice as fast as global economic growth. Read the full report here.
We mention the numbers to help put our 2020 Wellness Trend predictions into perspective.
Access to wellness goods, services and education have never been higher! As a collective, our attitudes and willingness to invest in health and wellness have expanded and grown with the economy. However, in these modern times, health disrupters are abundant in our lifestyles.
As a result, public health concerns are ranking as well. Obesity and diabetes grew by approximately 11% over the last decade. Suicide and drug-related deaths are on the rise. While it is inspiring to share the latest technologies and trends in health and beauty, it is important to note that long-lasting health is a lifestyle made up of multiple supporting factors. The quality of our relationships, vocational satisfaction, access to nature, access to nutritious foods and stress management have the largest impact on our overall wellness.
Here at Zama, we hold the health and well-being of our guests in the highest regard.
We work diligently to find the most effective wellness tools, products, practices and education. We opened Zama in 2006, which in Sanskrit, means “Peace of Mind.” We continue to stay abreast of wellness breakthroughs while offering wellness solutions that have worked effectively for thousands of years. Come experience mindfulness, deep healing and relaxation here at our urban sanctuary.
After culling through a tremendous amount of blogs and reports, our top 2020 wellness trends report emphasizes practices and products that we see as being highly effective in our modern way of life!
Zama's Top 2020 Wellness Trends:
2019 health and wellness seekers became increasingly conscientious of not just their own vitality, but the health of the planet as well. Celery juice, CBD, mental health & trauma-informed therapies rose strongly throughout the year. CBD will arguably become stronger as it's positive benefits and molecular counterparts continue to flood the wellness marketplace. Minor cannabinoids CBC, CBG and CBN are on the rise.
2020 will continue to bring more focus on creating wellness from the inside out!
Lymphatic massage and natural beauty.
As massage therapists, we have been toting the importance of the lymphatic system since we learned about it in massage school. The beauty and broader health-seeking communities are now catching up with how powerful lymphatic drainage is for overall health and glowing skin.
The lymphatic system is responsible for helping pathogens, excess fluid and bacteria move through and out of the body. When it is not properly activated, inflammation, swelling and signs of disease accumulate. The lymphatic system is not internally regulated. It is stimulated by movement, massage and certain foods. According to Dr. John Douillard, red foods such as berries, cherries, pomegranate, cranberries and especially beets, are natural lymph moving and detoxifying agents. Yoga, breath-work, rebounding and targeted weights are excellent lymphatic drainage stimulators.
For beauty seekers, facial massage is one of the most powerful renewal and anti-aging tools available. What's even better, is that you can get educated on facial massage and practice it on yourself. Jade rollers, which are excellent for lymphatic drainage, hit big on the natural beauty scene over the last few years. Some are turning to more modern approaches, such as devices that deliver electrical current to facilitate lymphatic drainage. Care for your facial lymphatic system will brighten your face, improve complexion and relieve swelling. Our Estheticians here at Zama regularly train in facial massage and can definitely give you some awesome tips when you come in for a facial!
Holistic wellness care that fosters our emotional state into our treatment and diagnosis programs will continue to gain ground and recognition. Ancient medicines like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine have always kept emotional states at the center of their protocols. As a result, they have helped to fuel our modern holistic approach to medicine. Emerging science on brain health, psychology and beyond are helping the Western medical community shift into fostering a more holistic approach that hones in on emotional well-being.
In 2019, ClassPass shared that Meditation became the most popular wellness activity booking. Mindfulness habits, such as meditation and being present, combat stress and anxiety. The stresses of modern life are not ceasing anytime soon and the need for emotional well-being practices will continue to rise. Massage and therapeutic touch practices are highly effective tools that promote emotional wellness in the treatment protocol.
Plant-based diets, ie: Flexitarian diets.
Going plant-based allows a more flexible approach than a purely vegan diet. The power of the plant-based diet is that it simply involves crowding your plate with more veggies and less meat. Whether you are gluten-free, keto, paleo or Mediterranean, a plant-based diet can easily fit into your existing dietary structure. a plant-based focus allows the wellness seeker to pursue more fruits and veggies without having to make a commitment to being meat-free.
Meat and dairy alternatives are on the rise in a very big way! Plant-based food companies have raised more than $16 billion in the last decade, with record gains of $13 billion in 2017 and 2018 alone. Plant-based meat and dairy alternatives continue to improve their taste profiles and varieties, which have enabled them to garner popularity with the broader public. Some sources even report plant-based meat alternatives as mainstream!
Reasons for heading to a plant-based diet are many. Some switch away for environmental sustainability, and concern for animal welfare. Others cite weight management and potential health risks with unclean meats. This flexitarian approach also encourages an intuitive approach to nutrition. This allows one to feel the pull to detox and go eat vegan for the week. Or, one might feel low in energy and look to add more meat protein another week.
Wellness trendsetters are calling their stepping out into the natural world with intention. Dopamine fasting, which is the removal of all addictive substances from a person's daily scope. Smartphone use, gaming, social media browsing, pizza stops, coffees and candies are getting put aside for a set amount of time. Letting go of quick and shallow pleasures allows the wellness seeker to explore their inner wild. The intention is to allow the brain to rewire and focus better. Their natural rhythms and emotional well-being are able to surface more clearly without the pulls of modern-day quick fixes.
Those who wish to take their dopamine fast to the next level may seek out immersion in ‘deep nature.’ Far from technological and industrial influences, deep nature allows people to become more attune to the variability, beauty and fragility of the natural world. A deeper sense of both connectivity to the earth and human impact can be felt and seen.
Studies around cutting out addictive stimuli, especially social media, show a great correlation between mental health and screen time. One 2019 study found that college students who cut out Facebook for a week experienced a 17% reduction in depressive symptoms, regained 13 hours of their time, and engaged in healthier activities. We predict that 2020 will be the year that wellness seekers actively look to retrain their brains against the impulses of being plugged into the world of technology.
Skincare is having a major moment! Beauty hacks are on the rise and they are not focused as much on makeup as they are on quality skincare. Consumers are increasingly wanting to improve the quality of the largest organ on their body, their skin!
Non-productive down-time and napping are on the rise as well. Instead of viewing mid-day breaks as lazy, we are beginning to embrace that de-stressing, doing nothing and napping can actually boost productivity in the long haul.
Keto diets will remain on the rise! While research around keto remains mixed, keto aficionados report great results for weight loss and chronic illness recovery.
Cheers to a happy and well 2020!
We hope this blog inspires you to amp up your wellness and try out some new approaches. 2020 is all about pursuing wellness from the inside out! We are here to help you along in your wellness journey.
Give us a call at 503.281.0278 or head over to our spa service menu to check out our hands-on therapeutic approach to wellness.
Looking for fun and clever ways to bond this year for Valentine's Day?
First things first, Valentine's dates often need longer than just the 24 hours contained within February 14th! The love in your life deserves the investment of both your time and care. Dates, outings, events and time spent together bonding builds the foundation of what's possible between those who share your precious love. Make time and take the time to create space, inspiration and excitement for your love. Here at Zama we like to think of February as Valentine's month!
Let's spark your love in 2019!
Whether Valentines is celebrated between beloveds, besties, family or growing one's own self-love, don't wait to bring on the love. What you focus your attention on grows. Envelop yourself in love, the highest vibration on the planet, and watch the world around you do the same!
Portland is a wonderful place to grow your love.
Right here in the city, we have excellent food, drink, art, music, creative businesses and natural beauty. Portland is a city like no other with a memory waiting to be made around every cover!
Within 90 miles in every direction, we have access to rivers, the ocean, lakes, mountains and fantastic natural scenery. Get your adventure shoes on, fill up your gas tank, get out and enjoy the wonders of our region!
Celebrate your love in style the whole month! Here are 14 Irresistible & Unique Valentine's Dates that you need to get on your calendar!
1. Recreate your first date.
Write down all the details of that first outing you had together that started it all. To the best of your ability, create an experience that will truly allow you both to celebrate how it all began! A few details may need to change, but you can lovingly create a version of your first date that your life can enjoy right now! Maybe the tequila shots are replaced by kombucha shots, or maybe not... 🙂
2. Take a Haunted Valentine Pub Tour together.
How quirky is this?! Beerquest Walking Tours advertises on their webpage, "Add a little more zest to Valentine’s Day this year! Explore Portland’s dark, spooky side and celebrate with the resident ghosts of Portland, Oregon on our Haunted Valentine Pub Tour." Send us photos if you go, okay!?
3. Head to the spa together!
We definitely need to advise you to take advantage of our gorgeous and love filled spa services! Did you know that couples massage is actually emotionally therapeutic, as well as physically? Some couples report that they are able to heal and restore more from a massage together than talk therapy! Because we know how powerful couples spa services are, we have an extensive couples menu. Our Couples Escape Package is our most deluxe couple's offering and for February only you can take advantage of our Couples Warm Cocoa Butter Medley on special!
4. Go drinking together... that is chocolate drinking!
Have you heard of drinking chocolate? It's a thing! Located in the downtown area, Cacao Drinking Chocolate serves up premium single origin chocolate from around the world. Drinking chocolate invites you to slow down and deeply enjoy your chocolate one sip at a time. If chocolate tasting is more your thing, we highly recommend heading over to our delicious spa partner, right here in NE Portland, Missionary Chocolates. Their exquisite chocolates are made by a naturopathic doctor, all-vegan, and always delicious! We just started carrying their tasty new CBD chocolates!
5. Rent an expensive sports car for a day.
Shake up how you get around for a day and head out with a shiny speed mobile! There is something romantic about a clean, powerful car to hit the town in, or maybe the country!
6. Take a workout class together.
Bond and sweat it out together. Box it out in the ring, hit a new yoga class, take a new jogging route together or challenge each other at the gym. Try something together you don't normally do. The combination of the endorphins and exploring the unknown together is an excellent and healthy way to bond.
7. Does your loved one have a big social media following?
Give him or her what she desires, a love-filled photo shoot. Head somewhere picturesque and indulge them with the creative photos of their dreams. Some great shooting location ideas are an art museum, natural landscape, industrial areas, a funky walkable area of town with good looking businesses like NW 23rd or on the site of the project they love to blog about. Pack a picnic and bring props and get creative!
8. Live out a James Bond film at a casino.
Put on your best clothes, style your hair, shine your shoes and grab your most glamorous accessories and head to the casino! Be sure to order beautiful cocktails and look out for the action!
9. Go see live music!
“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die."- William Shakespeare
Music is the vibration of love, the language of the soul, the igniter of passion and the muse of dance. Get out and let the alchemy of music sweep you into the cosmos of love!
10. Or head out for a comedy night.
What's better than laughing together!? Seriously. Well, not seriously, but you get it.
11. Light off Chinese hot air balloons together.
Lots of them! Chinese New Year festivities are happening at the same time and paper lanterns are readily available on the internet and at your local Asian market. Make wishes for good fortune and set off these beautiful, majestic symbols into the sky.
12. Have a Valentine's Day bonfire.
Gather some wood and your favorite fireside treats and make a big fire, big enough to keep you both warm and enjoy the simplicity and love of the fire element. Shared time next to a fire is always memorable. There is just something about the heat, the glow and the dancing flames. Enjoy!
13. Throw a Valentine's party!
Share the love, help build the love and create something magical for your loved ones. Why not help your community, family and people that you call your people, amp up the love!? Bring on the love and make your Valentine's spirit fun and accessible to the awesome souls in your life!
14. Head out dancing.
Whether you love to dance or want to do more of it, Portland is rich in dance opportunities! Head out clubbing and enjoy DJ-style music or head to an establishment that offers the style of dance you want more of in your life. Learning new dance moves together or letting go free-style will lift your spirits and bring on the love mood. Right here in NE Portland, Aztec Willies offers Latin dance lessons four nights a week! Check out their schedule here.
Need a quick and thoughtful Valentine's gift? You can download Zama gift certificates 24/7 right here.
Whether you are rehabbing an injury, working on peak performance or increasing your overall wellness, you may be wondering if you should combine massage with chiropractic and physical therapy?
The short answer, definitely a resounding YES! Both chiropractic and physical therapies are enhanced by regular massage!
Let's take a closer look and get a more clear understanding on exactly how combining massage, chiropractic and physical therapy benefit injured and wellness seeking clients.
While most people are familiar with the individual benefits of massage, chiropractic and physical therapy, most aren't aware of how powerful they are when combined! Moreover, many people don't consider combining therapies when amping up their wellness. In fact, each treatment shares a common goal of providing drug-free treatment that supports the natural healing process. They just do so with different techniques. When applied together, though, the treatments complement one another to provide even better results than one or the other alone.
In most cases, people who have been in an accident or have had a debilitating injury tend to seek out a multi-tiered care plan.
Modern-day living and ergonomics make it very challenging to keep one's body in proper alignment. In addition to considering combined therapies, we also highly recommend working with a physical trainer or yoga professional to help build strength and flexibility.
Massage Therapy plays an important role in physical therapy.
Physical therapy helps people of all ages who have medical conditions, illnesses or injuries that limit their regular ability to move and function. Physical therapists work with their clients using specific exercises, stretches and techniques to strengthen and mobilize specific areas of the body that are not properly functioning.
Integrating massage therapy into each session optimizes physical therapy treatment and can effectively speed up patient recovery. Massage therapy decreases inflammation, increases circulation and efficiently repairs damaged muscle and fascia. The recovery promoted through massage therapy allows the physical therapy process to progress faster due to the increased regeneration of muscular tissue. In addition, the calm and relaxation of massage puts the body into a healing state.
Combining Chiropractic and Massage Therapy.
When combined together, chiropractic and massage therapy provide a complete and efficient system of treatment. Chiropractic focuses on the hard tissue of the body, the vertebrae and joints of the spine. Massage, on the other hand, focuses on the soft tissues, muscles, ligaments and fascia, of the body. By targeting both the hard and soft tissues, a faster and more overall complete recovery is achieved.
Massage works well with chiropractic because of the relaxation factor. After a massage, a chiropractic patient is more relaxed and less anxious. This allows the chiropractor to better adjust the joints and spine. Relaxed muscles also won’t pull the joints back out of alignment due to the release of muscle tension. Many chiropractors recommend scheduling a massage before coming in for an adjustment.
The benefits of combining massage, chiropractic and physical therapy are huge!
Most therapists recommend a combined approach. Instead of focusing treatment in one arena, consider the benefits of a combined approach. Here are some of the benefits:
Holistic Comprehensive Treatment:
The body is a complex structure of bones, soft tissues, muscles, and other supporting structures. When therapy combines multiple modalities, it addresses ALL aspects of the body to treat the issue from multiple approaches and restore health in its entirety. A comprehensive approach provides deep and lasting results, which often includes faster healing.
Massage plays an important role in combined therapy. Massage helps relax the muscles affected by the accident, injury or surgery. Asa result, the patient is better able to do the exercises and other stretches necessary for treatment. Additionally, massage aids in faster recovery of the soft tissue following chiropractic adjustments as well.
Massage is focused on relaxing the muscles, which aids in the range of motion and reduces pain. This also has the benefit of facilitating chiropractic treatments, as the body is looser and more limber to make adjustments easier and more comfortable.
Increased Range of Motion:
As massage loosens the muscles and reduces tension, it also has a huge impact on the range of motion available for the client. This can definitely increase the effectiveness of chiropractic care and physical therapies. Most individuals needing treatment experience a reduced range of motion. However, with massage the movement is actually increased, making physical treatment and chiropractic treatment easier and more beneficial! Massage therapy assists in increasing flexibility and movement of the muscles, ligaments and other soft tissue that has been impaired.
Check out our robust massage menu here at Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa!
We also provide Auto Injury Medical Massage and accept Workers Compensation cases. Give us a call at 503.281.0278 to get started or book an appointment online here 24/7!
What is the difference between Sports Massage vs Deep Tissue Massage?
Let's get to the bottom of this frequently asked question! We'll start by describing how each massage works and what happens during these different sessions. Whether you are looking for pain relief or recovery from a sports-related injury, can help you find the right technique. Let's take a look at how either deep tissue or sports massage can help!
Deep Tissue Massage:
You have likely heard that deep tissue massage is the number one go-to massage for injury, pain relief and physical discomfort. It is our most popular booked service here at Zama.
Deep tissue massage uses some of the same massage strokes that you would experience in a relaxing Swedish massage. The firmer pressure in a deep tissue massage constitutes more focused and pinpointed work. We offer this massage with considerably more depth and precision than our other styles. You can expect focused prolonged pressure on your inner layers. These layers include muscle fibers and connective tissue, or fascia. Deep tissue often will go against the grain of the muscle tissue to break up the adhesions or “knots” that are causing your discomfort.
While working out those tight spots, this technique assists your body by opening up the damaged tissue. This process increases circulation and flushes out painful toxins. A classic deep tissue massage can be an excellent tool for recovery from too much sitting, injury, poor posture and work-related issues.
The benefits of deep tissue massage are impressive! They can include relief from pain, improved sleep, and enhanced strength and flexibility. Improved blood pressure, weight loss and emotional healing are also common.
Similar to deep tissue, sports massage incorporates many of the same techniques that penetrate the deep layers of your tissue. It combines Swedish massage, myofascial technique and deep tissue.
The biggest technical differences between the two lay the way Sports Massage focuses on the areas specific to the athlete's needs. The techniques used in sports massage include tapotement, vigorous and rhythmic tapping, and lots of deep stretching. Sports massage techniques work to release and restore your fascia so that you recover more quickly and aims to improve future performance. Also, sports massages are excellent prevention tools for future injury.
During a sports massage, you can expect your therapist to work through your sore and overworked areas as well as to help prepare your body for your next game, event or outing. We highly recommend sports massages before and after demanding events.
Massage is highly beneficial to everyone!
Massage therapy includes many different approaches to helping people feel their best. Whether you have been active in your garden, working at a desk, recently been injured, feel stiff and sore or are an athlete, there are multiple types of massage that can help you achieve your wellness and performance goals! From Ashiatsu to Swedish we've got you covered!
Which is better between Sports Massage vs Deep Tissue for you?
Give us a call at 503.281.0278 to discuss what kind of massage will best fit your needs! We will happily match you up with the perfect massage to fit your needs!
Take a look at our massage service menu here.
All of our massages can be customized to meet your exact needs!
Here's an inside look and review of our All-New CBD Facial!
Have you found yourself wondering, what's up with all the CBD hype!? Is it actually effective or is it just another trend in the beauty and wellness scene? Before we added CBD to all of our departments here at Zama we spent months product testing to get to the bottom of this question. We tested a wide range of CBD products on ourselves. We then piloted tested them in the spa with guests who wanted to give CBD spa treatments a try too! Keep reading for a candid review from one of our inside experts!
The science behind CBD benefits has grown in recent years. CBD research and development will continue to blossom as its use and popularity spread, with the support of deregulation and consumer demand. CBD benefits for health and well-being are wide-ranging. They include treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia.
CBD for skincare.
What we found in our research is that one of CBD’s superpowers is that it combats oxidative stress and protects against free radical damage. CBD shows the potential to slow down the aging process by improving the production of collagen. It also acts as a protective agent against damage from inflammation and free radicals.
Rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients, CBD has shown the potential to enhance skin repair and reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles and skin discoloration.
We put CBD Facial to the test.
We asked our Front Desk Lead, Elena to give us a candid review of our CBD Facial. When you give us a call or check-in at our front desk, you are likely to talk to her at some point. She is a great resource for our guests, as well as an overall expert on all of our services!
In her words,
"I found the CBD facial relaxing and enjoyable! The facial products smelled great - I would describe it as earthy and botanical. The refining facial scrub was my favorite product used. The granules were not too small or too big - and my skin loved the deep exfoliation! The body massage portion with the CBD oil was invigorating. My feet were tingly for hours after the facial concluded! After my facial, my skin felt plump and hydrated.
I had a few blemishes that were in the process of healing. Their healing process definitely seemed to be expedited by the use of the soothing CBD products. The inflammation from the irritation was calmed, and my skin was less red. I would recommend the CBD facial to anyone who needs a soothing and hydrating facial treatment, with an extra boost of therapeutic massage for the body!"
We currently use Color Up Therapeutics for our CBD Facial and were recently given an award by Eminence Organics for our innovative CBD Facial! Another staff favorite is our Color Up Dark Circle Reduction & Firming Eye Cream.
Book your CBD Facial here!
Amp up your bond and restore deeply with the most unique and effective therapeutic experience, a Couples Ashiatsu Massage!
Ashiatsu is an ancient form of massage that originated in Asia. What makes it unique is that it's performed with the massage therapist's barefoot feet. The therapist uses support props, including overhead bars and elevated stool, which allow them to apply deep, long and broad compression strokes to your massage!
Many massage lovers want their therapist to go deeper.
Ashiatsu technique allows the therapist to use the weight of their body and strength of their legs to penetrate deeply. The blades, souls and heels of the therapist's feet are used to provide both broad and targeted compression in the massage. Using the props, the therapist can provide the exact pressure needed and wanted for the therapeutic results. Prior to massaging you, the therapist will cleanse and sanitize their feet.
- Deepest tissue massage without the pain. Ashiatsu massage goes about 3x deeper than tradition hands-on massage, however, the feet contour with the body and provide even pressure. This allows for a comfortable and relaxing deep tissue massage!
- Many Ashiatsu strokes help to elongate the spine. The long, broad strokes used in Ashiatsu lengthen shortened muscles and effectively release both spasms and knots. This, in turn, can improve posture and rapidly decrease back pain.
- Detoxification and increased circulation. Ashiatsu penetrates the deepest layers of the muscular-skeletal system, including soft tissue and fascia. This deep penetration triggers the lymphatic system, which in turn, helps flush and detoxify your body more deeply as well. Detoxification and circulation help to move painful toxins and inflammation out of your body!
- Ashiatsu massage is easier on the therapist as well! Because the therapist is using the force of gravity in utilizing the larger muscle groups in their own body, this style of massage is much easier on their body as well. This great news for you both, as less wear and tear on the therapist's body helps them to stay energized and decreases burn out.
- Ashiatsu massage is deeply relaxing. Yes, this style of massage is the deepest, however, the broad compression strokes are comforting and soothing. Some describe their Ashiatsu experience to feel like a Swedish massage with the triggered release of deep tissue. Others say the level of depth they receive is the best kind that "hurts so good." It's between you and your therapist how deep you want to go, you will be asked to give a number between 1 and 10 to make sure it's just the right amount of pressure!
Couples Ashiatsu massage really is the ultimate bonding experience!
Couples massage is a powerful tool of connection with therapeutic results. The benefits of couples massage are vast. Some highlights are increased emotional connection and easier communication. Couples massage often triggers better health choices and amps a more healthy lifestyle.
Couples Ashiatsu massage takes the benefits of a traditional couples massage to the next level! Ashiatsu has robust therapeutic benefits and simply put, it provides a unique experience like no other. It's the massage that you can get together that allows each person to get the deepest pressure while putting them both in a relaxed, dreamlike state. Walk away feeling loosened up, stretched out and tranquil. In addition, Ashiatsu is an experience that is fun to share!
Here at Zama we have a large staff trained in Ashiatsu which means that our Side by Side Ashiatsu experience or a regular Ashiatsu massage is readily available 7 days a week!
Book Side by Side Ashiatsu Massage here.
Book Ashiatsu Massage here.
Our Holiday Special is July 1st-31st!!
At the start of the new year, January 1, 2019, we announced our all-new CBD Signature Spa Services and our guests have been through the roof in love with our CBD spa experiences!
In celebration of these new therapeutic offerings, we are launching our first ever Holiday Special in July featuring our Signature CBD Services!
From July 1 through July 31st you can purchase as many packages of 3 as you like. Stock up now and use anytime throughout the year!
- 3-60 Min CBD Services for only $297
- Choose from any 3 CBD Services: Massage, Pedi or Facial
- No Limits- stock up now!
- Save $35 on EACH service!!
Purchase Package HERE!
Aside from our Annual Holiday Special (Black Friday-December 31st annually), this is our best offer of the year!
CBD is a powerful addition to your spa experience!
CBD benefits include pain relief, mood support, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, skin renewing and so much more! Read here to learn about why we brought CBD to Zama Massage.
We are so excited to offer you our most beloved CBD spa services and celebrate the incredible calming and soothing benefits of CBD!
After extensive CBD product research and testing, we found the perfect CBD products with the most therapeutic benefits! The more we researched, the more abundantly clear it became that we needed to make this an option for our clients. Because CBD is anti-inflammatory, using it in our massages allows the effects of the massage to go even deeper. The massage, in turn, circulates the CBD, which enhances its effects! It’s a win-win!
Our CBD Massage signature protocol includes CBD Clinic Massage Oil Level 3 topical analgesic oil for spot treatment with moist heat therapy. We use CBD Vital Body Massage Cream for your whole body tension tamer.
Our Happy Feet CBD pedicures tame tired and sore feet while sending you into deep relaxation.
We extensively researched and product tested to create the most effective CBD pedicure. It includes Vital Body Therapeutics CBD Epsom Foot Soak, Vital Body CBD balm and CBD Clinic oil massage with heated booties and a hot stones massage! Our CBD Happy Feet Pedicure will chill you out, tame your aches and pains, and refresh and beautify your toes!
Our CBD Facial is a gentle, yet potent boost for your skin and soul.
We partnered with Color Up Therapeutics for an evolutionary CBD facial experience. This carefully crafted CBD facial delivers outstanding skincare results while soothing your mind, body and spirit. Color Up Therapeutics is an organic line and gentle on your skin. It’s great for all skin types and highly effective for hyperpigmented skin and aging skin types.
All CBD Services contain 0.0% THC.
CBD has exploded on the wellness scene!
Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, continues to rise as scientific studies and personal testimonials provide overwhelmingly supportive and positive health reports. Commonly known for its non-psychoactive impact, CBD won't get you "high." Now that there is more education and awareness around cannabis, many are using it to help with a large variety of ailments. CBD can be found in many forms. CBD oils, chocolate, tea, coffee, candies, tinctures, bath balms, body lotions, balms, the list goes on, can be purchased easily in most states.
Research continues to mount its case for the amazing health benefits of CBD oil which has caused many Americans to accept, and even embrace, this cannabis product. CBD uses for wellness purposes, in both recreational and professional therapeutic settings, is rapidly expanding.
As the market and scientific study of marijuana and chemically-related compounds have grown, large therapeutic appreciation has coincided in the wellness community. CBD has been shown to naturally treat numerous diseases and their underlying symptoms. CBD is understood to have very low toxicity and benign side effects, which makes its therapeutic case that much stronger.
Can you "feel" the effects of CBD?
Many users report feeling relaxed, at peace and lighter. Some speak of a “body” high, as opposed to a mind-altering one. You could describe it as taking a warm bath and melting tension away. It feels balancing at an embodied level with an evenness of mental focus.
Some report heightened senses of connectivity and feeling more present as if they had an intense meditation or yoga session. As CBD is known for its anti-anxiety effects, users report increased creativity and positivity in social settings.
How does CBD work?
This is where things can get science focused pretty fast!
Our understanding of how the human body works began to change in the late 1980s, when scientists were researching the effect of cannabis on the brain. What they found was a whole new network brain receptors, which they named cannabinoid receptors (named after the cannabis plant.) It turns out that these cannabinoid receptors are the most abundant type of neurotransmitter receptor in our brain. Over the following years, the immune system and the peripheral nervous system were found to have cannabinoid receptors as well. The discovery of these receptors resulted in the uncovering of naturally occurring neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids.
Essentially, what the scientists found was an unknown molecular signaling system that regulates a broad range of biological functions. This system was named the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for creating homeostasis within the body. When an imbalance is detected within our internal environment, the body synthesizes endocannabinoids that interact with the cannabinoid receptors. This triggers a chemical reaction that helps bring the body back to homeostasis. However, in some cases, there is a deficiency in ECS signaling. This condition is known as Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency.
The takeaway point here is that the human body and the cannabis plant both make cannabinoids. Essentially, we are biologically programmed to be able to use CBD effectively to help us regulate our central nervous system, immune and peripheral nervous systems. CBD works as an adaptogen, which stimulates the ECS. By stimulating and supporting your endocannabinoid system we can reduce inflammation and pain, trigger immune function and regulate our nervous system. Keep in mind, there is still a LOT to learn about using cannabinoids for specific ailments and how the entire system works as a whole.
CBD Benefits & Uses for Better Health:
The endocannabinoid system plays a major role in the way our body responds to stress, as well as stimulating immune function
and communication pathways throughout our bodies. According to a 2013 study
published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
, CBD benefits include anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic qualities. It serves as a potential medicine for the treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia.
While CBD first came on the wellness scene to address significant medical issues, its benefits for people who simply want to feel better in their day to day lives are proving to be immense.
CBD relieves pain and inflammation.
Evidence suggests that cannabinoids may reduce pain by suppressing neuronal transmission in pain pathways. Those suffering from chronic pain from diseases like fibromyalgia and M.S. are finding relief with CBD. Taking CBD can offer pain relief and can even prevent nervous system degeneration. Because CBD doesn’t cause dependence or tolerance, it is safer for pain than opioids.
CBD can be used for many common aches and pains everywhere from athletic wear and tear, to women's cyclical discomforts, joint pain, to injuries and chronic pain issues. CBD has been used for medical purposes dating all the way back to the 19th century when Queen Victoria would use cannabidiol for menstrual pain.
CBD can reduce anxiety and depression.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, depression affects 6% and anxiety affects 18% of the U.S. population each year. Research shows that CBD oil can help with both.
Patients found that when taking CBD in tincture form, relief from anxiety and depression is experienced in as little as 20 minutes if taken on an empty stomach. Because CBD is new to the medical field and still emerging in popularity, standard dosing practices have not been established.
Consult your doctor to determine if CBD might be a good complement to your treatment protocol and to establish a dosing protocol.
CBD may improve skin conditions.
One of CBD's superpowers is that it combats oxidative stress and protects against free radical damage. CBD shows the potential to slow down the aging process by improving the production of collagen and acting as a protective agent against damage from inflammation and free radicals.
Rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients, CBD has shown the potential to enhance skin repair and reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles and skin discoloration.
CBD oil can be used topically to treat skin conditions. Studies show CBD oil has a high potential for treating skin conditions like eczema by encouraging abnormal cell death. It can also help regulate the skin’s oil production, reducing acne. CBD also contains many nutrients like vitamin E that help improve and protect the skin.
We are currently researching CBD skin care lines and protocols for CBD facials. Stay tuned for Zama's Signature CBD Facial!
CBD benefits your sleep.
Because CBD can reduce anxiety, it can be helpful in promoting quality sleep. Addressing anxiety helps reduce sleep difficulties and improves sleep quality. CBD may increase overall sleep amounts, and improve insomnia, according to research. CBD has been shown to reduce insomnia in people who suffer from chronic pain.
In smaller doses, CBD stimulates alertness and reduces daytime sleepiness, which is important for daytime performance and for the strength and consistency of the sleep-wake cycle.
Improving sleep helps our overall health in a myriad of ways, including weight management, slowing down aging, immunity, mental health, pain management and proper cognitive function.
CBD promotes better health in a myriad of ways!
As we noted earlier, our understanding of how the endocannabinoid system works to regulate our CNS, PNS and immune systems is rapidly growing. There are many more studied CBD benefits, including weight management, cancer suppression, anti-pyschotic, seizure prevention, lower incidences of diabetes and promotion of overall well-being.
We recommend doing your research and staying up-to-date on new studies, as with the legal changes of cannabis are still in effect, its market has grown and diversified. New studies and reports are emerging daily. Our understanding of how to use it effectively will only continue to expand.
Check out our CBD Signature Services here at Zama!
As the case for CBD continues to mount, we spent months product testing and developing what we found to be the most effective therapeutic CBD approach for our day spa setting. Check out our new CBD Signature line!
Our Tropical Escape March Special is the ultimate beach inspired spa escape, just in time to prep you for all things Spring!
Included in your Tropical Escape Special:
- 75-minute Tropical Escape Facial
- Baby Foot Peel
A white sandy beach paradise awaits with Zama's March Special Tropical Escape Facial.
Let all your worries go as you experience tropical aromas while receiving expert pampering with the highest quality Eminence facial products. You will walk away feeling like you just had a tropical vacation!
Fully relax, just like you are on a beach lounger, while you receive your 75-minute Tropical Escape Facial. Your esthetician will customize your facial to meet the needs of your unique skin.
While you're relaxing, we'll apply our famous Baby Foot Peel.
You will rediscover your baby soft feet with our all-natural foot peel. Say goodbye to foot files, razors, pumice stones, and harsh chemicals that only offer a temporary fix. Baby Foot is designed to remove the unsightly, dead skin cells on your feet that build up over time and can contribute to numerous problems associated with the soles of your feet. Be prepared for up to 2 weeks of skin peeling. After that, your feet will be smoother and softer than ever!
Our Tropical Escape Facial & Baby Foot Peel March Special will have you feeling fresh and ready for Spring!
Step-By-Step Tropical Escape Facial:
Step 1: Deep Cleansing
Let’s begin your Tropical Escape Facial with cleaning and nourishing your skin using our Coconut Cream Cleanser. Next, our Lime Refresh Tonique will calm, soothe, and protect your skin. Our Citrus Exfoliating Wash will remove any remaining impurities, leaving your skin clear and clean.
Now that we have fully cleaned and toned your skin, we’ll go even deeper with our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant. This will slough off any remaining dead skin, tighten pores, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
After layering your face with our Pineapple Enzyme, we’ll layer on a warm towel treatment to further open your pores. Extractions, if needed, will then be performed.
Step 2: Moisturize and Massage
Your trained esthetician will use Coconut Age Corrective moisture and give you a facial massage. You will love this amazing technique, which increases the benefits of your facial by softening facial lines, relaxing tight face muscles, and increasing circulation and oxygenation. Our Key Lime Vanilla Age-Defying Masque is next, which will lift, firm, and tone the skin.
Step 3: Hands and Feet
Here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, sit back, relax, and give your face a rest. Your hands and feet are now in for a delightful massage with our exfoliating Coconut Sugar Scrub. Now you get to rest with warm towels on your face, hands, and feet. Ahhhh!
We’ll finish your Tropical Escape with our Lime Refresh Tonique, age-defying Bamboo Firming Fluid, and Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32. You’ll leave your Tropical Escape Facial completely renewed, delighted, and protected from the sun. Your face will look and feel fresh, radiant, and youthful. We are very pleased with the results and inspiring experience the Tropical Escape Facial gives.
Our 2019 Wellness Trend Report is here!
New wellness trends are all over the media, Instagram and on the menu at your local café, spa, and grocery store! Simply put, a goldmine of incredible research and resurgence of time-tested modalities awaits wellness lovers! 2019 will definitely give our overall wellness community lots of new trends to work with, as well as ancient knowledge brought back into the mainstream.
Did you make any resolutions this year?
You aren't alone if you didn't! Many wellness seekers are moving away from January resolutions. Instead, they are creating action-packed bucket lists to motivate robust wellness. Others are choosing to be specific and actionable about their health trending plans.
According to Psychology Today, only 19% of resolution-makers actually achieve their resolutions. No matter your approach, it is definitely important to look at lifestyle changes with a realistic and actionable plan that you can tackle. Avoid kicking off the new year with shame and failure at all costs! Stress is arguably the biggest contributor to illness. It is important to create plans that quell it, not increase it.
There is no doubt about it, 2019 rings in a sense of modernity where the futuristic ideas are now becoming realities.
There are many new shiny creations emerging in the marketplace. Personal training built into a smart Mirror, wearable fitness tracking jewelry and an app for everything for pretty much everything wellness will be actively marketed to you. What is truly trending, though, is good old-fashioned fresh air, in-real-life (IRL) connections, meditation, gardening and simplicity.
Health and wellness seekers are becoming increasingly conscientious of not just their own vitality, but the health of the planet as well. Time outside in fresh clean air and natural landscapes promotes all things healthy: inner peace, renewal, inspiration and clarity. Reducing screen time and preventing digital isolation are important wellness factors.
We read through epic amounts of 2019 wellness trends reports. After tons of research and in-house discussions, we whittled it down to what we see as the top trends coming your way for the rest of the year.
And Now...We bring to you the Hottest 2019 wellness trends!
No surprise here, right!? With nearly 100,000 hits on #celeryjuice on Instagram alone, it's clear that hordes of wellness seekers are trying it out. Anthony William, dubbed the Medical Medium, started a celery juice revolution. William states that "I’ve seen thousands of people who suffer from chronic and mystery illness restore their health by drinking 16 ounces of celery juice daily on an empty stomach."
Enthusiasts are toting that this magical 16 ounces of fresh celery juice works wonders. Results like improving gut health, energy, weight loss, mental clarity, cravings, and an overall sense of well-being being are consistently reported. You need not look far for plenty of anti-celery juice media, stating celery juice is not all that special. However, there are thousands, perhaps hundreds-of-thousands of people, out there drinking fresh celery juice every morning and sharing their love of how they feel.
Mental health & trauma-informed healing.
Mental health awareness and prioritized wellness care around mental and emotional well-being continue to gain momentum in the wellness arena. At this point in time and evolution, we are becoming better educated and understanding of the power that mental and emotional well-being has on our overall health.
Stress, poor sleep, poor diet, lack of connectivity, etc... are all factors that deteriorate mental health. Research and deeper understanding of how underlying trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACES) impact habitual behaviors and brain health is changing the wellness scene. Addressing trauma healing is key to overcoming many health issues. As trauma-focused healing modalities gain momentum, we are seeing increases of improved overall health and well-being for communities and families!
Modalities such as trauma-informed yoga therapy, cognitive repatterning, tapping, breathwork, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, and many more holistic combined therapies will continue to grow. Check out more science-backed methods of trauma-healing in this article from Bulletproof.
All things CBD!
Nearly every article we researched had CBD at the top of the list, including Forbes! Research on the effectiveness of CBD is rapidly growing. Its newly legalized status in most states has allowed consumption and personalized experience to grow. CBD infused everything is booming in the wellness marketplace! Toted for its anti-inflammatory, healing, calming, anti-anxiety, sleep assisting, and endocannabinoid stimulation, CBD demand has sky-rocketed!
We pilot tested our Signature CBD protocols here at Zama in 2018 and found that our guests LOVED receiving CBD infusions in the massages. Anecdotal reports flooded in around significant pain-relief and relaxation. We are thrilled to offer you CBD massages, pedicure, and facials! So far, we have partnered with CBD Clinic and Vital Body Therapeutics, which is made by massage therapists for massage therapists. Zama's signature approach brings you highly effective and therapeutic CBD spa experiences.
With the rapid expansion of yoga in the West, Ayurvedic wisdom and holistic medicinal approaches are booming. Ayurveda is "India's traditional, natural system of medicine that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. [It] provides an integrated approach to preventing and treating illness through lifestyle interventions and natural therapies. Ayurvedic theory states that all disease begins with an imbalance or stress in the individual's consciousness. Lifestyle interventions are a major ayurvedic preventive and therapeutic approach." -Medicinenet.com
Ayurvedic practices include breathwork, mindful eating, largest meal at mid-day, yoga, oil massage, oil pulling, detox through sweat, use of spices and flavors to balance nutrition and specific lifestyle interventions according to one's energetic constitution or dosha. Economic forecasters are predicting Ayurveda to nearly double in the next 5 years.
Interested in incorporating Ayurvedic practices into your lifestyle or community? Deepok Chopra has a robust training program or you can check out this recent blog from MindBodyGreen for beginners.
Community fusion fitness.
Fitness programs that produce strength and flexibility will continue to grow in 2019. While wearable tracking devices like Fitbits, at-home streaming programs and computerized fit mirrors will remain strong in the marketplace, person to person fitness and wellness practices will likely be in larger demand. Many are looking to connect and unplug. Building community has increasing numbers of wellness seekers attending live classes, competitive fitness events and participating in group challenges.
Fitness programs that mix up cardio, strength and flexibility will continue to pull in large numbers. Yoga has seen exponential growth, even in the last 5 years. With it has birthed the demand for flexibility, personalization and mindfulness into fitness programming. Keep your eye out for new hybrid classes that infuse HIIT training, yoga, strength and mindfulness.
Environmental protection is an ever-increasing focus among wellness advocates. Veganism has seen huge increases and will continue to do so. Emphasis on simplicity and minimalism while reducing consumption and shunning plastic will grow in popularity. Decreasing screen time and tracking social usage will remain on the rise. Body positivity and inclusiveness in wellness marketing will continue to trend, inspire and encourage wellness for all.
Available through Feb 28!
Included in your Valentine's Special:
- Warm Cocoa Butter relaxation treatments
- 60 minute custom massages
- Personalize and combine massage options with relaxing Swedish and therapeutic deep tissue
- A glass of champagne with Missionary Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffles
- All for the special price of $250!!
Celebrate love this year with our Valentine's Day Special, 60 Minute Couples Warm Cocoa Butter Massage. This sacred retreat for couples will spark the love and bring on the happiness!
You will both love this divine and intimate service. It is a couple's favorite here at Zama. Couples massage is a powerful connector. Read here to learn about couples massage benefits!
Our Valentine's Special couples massage will begin with warm organic fair trade cocoa butter being drizzled all over your bodies.
Deeply inhaling the smell of cocoa butter offers stress relief and relaxation. As the scent of chocolate surrounds you both and the warm cocoa pools at the base of your spines, you both will immediately begin to relax and melt away.
Cocoa butter, also called Cacao Butter, is the cream-colored fat extracted from cacao seeds (cocoa beans). Cocoa butter is rich in vitamin E and has been called the ultimate moisturizer. It has been used cross-culturally to keep skin soft and supple for centuries.
Our Valentine's Day Couples Warm Cocoa Butter Massage caters to your own personal style, and can be done as a Swedish or deep tissue massage.
If you want some extra focus on your shoulders and neck, not a problem! Just let your therapist know. We are here to meet all of your massage needs.
Celebrate your love!
This retreat is followed up with a glass of champagne to toast your love and salted caramel Missionary Chocolate Truffles, making this the perfect Valentine's Day experience!
Take advantage of our Valentine's Day Special with your favorite gal, guy, best friend, mom or anyone with whom you wish to share this special spa experience! We look forward to pampering you both!
Therapeutic use of Cannabidiol (CBD) products is rapidly gaining popularity in the wellness scene and in spas across the US.
The demand for CBD Spa products has grown exponentially with the changes in legalization laws and the increase of education and awareness of CBD effectiveness. CBD infused products such as cocktails and lattes are gaining media spotlight, while massage therapists and spas alike are embracing CBD infused oils, lotions, and salts to meet the needs of their clients.
If you aren't already a CBD aficionado, you probably have some questions about CBD use, safety, and legality.
1. CBD will not get you high.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound, or cannabinoid, found in industrial hemp plants. Unlike its well known sister cannabinoid, THC, it is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not get you “high."
2. CBD can help with a variety of medical conditions.
On the other hand, CBD does appear to positively benefit our bodies! CBD can be beneficial with pain management, anxiety, sleep, skin conditions, and strains and sprains. CBD may be used for analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety purposes. These pain relieving, nurturing, and relaxing qualities do make CBD an optimal ingredient for a spa setting.
3. CBD is safe and non-habit forming.
In a recent report put out by the World Health Organization (Nov 2017,) CBD has been reported as safe and potentially helpful for many ailments. “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
4. CBD is legal in Oregon.
All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction. Laws do vary from state to state, which makes access to CBD inconsistent in the US. States where cannabis is fully legal, such as Oregon, access to CBD is not restricted.
5. CBD History
Use of cannabis is not new! Humans have been cultivating cannabis since 4000 years BCE. In 1533, scientists and physicians began studying the medical benefits of cannabis. In the mid-1950s, when scientists could extract cannabidiol and prove that CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, the study and subsequent legal battle for CBD began. Read more on CBD history here.
Great news! CBD Spa services & products are now available here at Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa.
After extensive CBD product research and testing, we decided to utilize them here! Zama, at its heart, is a therapeutic pain relief spa. The more research and education we did about CBD, the more abundantly clear it became that we needed to make it an option for our clients. Because CBD is anti-inflammatory, using it in our massages allows the effects of the massage to go even deeper. The massage, in turn, circulates the CBD, which enhances its effects! It's a win-win!
Here at Zama we have crafted Signature CBD Spa Services.
This means that we don't just add CBD into our services. We strategically created CBD protocols that bring the most potency to the areas you need it the most. We carefully selected CBD products that could deliver this signature approach to our clients.
With our Signature CBD Spa Service approach here at Zama, you will see that with our CBD Massage we strategically spot treat our clients with our potent CBD product, CBD Clinic Massage Oil Level 3 (professional grade) and use steam heat to expedite the penetration. We then layer on Vital Body Therapeutics CBD Massage Cream blended with 8 soothing and aromatic herbs, for your whole body massage. Our CBD Happy Feet Pedicure uses a CBD salt soak and a CBD massage with heated booties and hot stones to maximize CBD delivery and absorption.
Additionally, you can add CBD to customize the massage, facial, pedicure, or manicure of your choice! Book now!
Included in the CBD Cloud 9 Package:
- 60 minute Swedish or deep tissue massage of your choice
- Focused massage on areas needing relief and/or whole body deep relaxation
- Perfect for athletes and those needing relief from chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, or discomfort
- CBD Clinic Massage Oil Level 3 topical analgesic oil for spot treatment
- CBD Vital Body Massage Cream used for whole body
- Moist Heat Therapy steam packs provided to warm muscles & deepen CBD penetration
- 4 different CBD products used for your signature CBD pedi experience
- Longer, more luxurious pedicure, 60 minutes
- Vital Body Therapeutics CBD Epsom Salt Foot Soak
- Expert nail, callus, & cuticle care
- Green Tea Salt Scrub
- Vital Body CBD balm and CBD Clinic oil massage with heated booties
- Hot stone massage
- Toe buff or polish
- Beverage of your choice
We are beyond thrilled to usher in 2019 with our dreamiest spa experience, Zama's CBD Cloud 9 Package!
Our CBD Cloud 9 Package is the spa day of your dreams! Book our newest package right away and take advantage our most recent spa upgrades! Our CBD Cloud 9 Package is a therapeutic win, bringing together our CBD Signature Services with our most beloved CBD Massage and CBD Happy Feet Pedicure. You'll literally feel like you are floating on cloud 9, awake in the most pleasant of spa dreams!
First, let us know exactly what you need from your massage.
Your LMT will design your massage to prioritize your specific needs with our signature CBD protocol. You’ll start with our very powerful Clinic Massage Oil liberally applied to your target areas. This Level 3 CBD Massage Oil combines the highest level potency of CBD combined with menthol and camphor and has been specifically formulated for deeper and faster absorption of the pain relieving compounds.
Next comes your specialized Moist Heat Therapy steam packs.
You’ll get a double whammy of pain relief when we apply moist heat on top of your targeted areas. This prepares your hot spots for the therapeutic massage to follow.
We will then tame your entire body & soul with a Vital Body Therapeutic CBD massage cream.
Vital Body CBD massage cream is made by massage therapists for massage therapists. This CBD cream is made of 100% naturally derived ingredients and feels amazing on your body. You feel nourished by the body loving ingredients, which include eight organic pain relieving herbs: Arnica, Comfrey, Chamomile, Calendula, Dandelion, Ginger Root, and Hemp-Derived CBD for maximum relief of pain and inflammation. Plus your skin will glow and you will feel fully revitalized!
Now it's time for your CBD Happy Feet Pedicure!
Sit back and enjoy hot tea, kombucha, wine, or bubbly and begin your deeply relaxing experience while your feet enjoy their Vital Body CBD Epsom soak. When your feet are floating on Cloud 9, we’ll give them expert nail, callus, and cuticle care. Next comes your Green Tea Salt Scrub exfoliation, which blends the power of green tea with detoxifying sea salt.
Perfection will have to do with your CBD hot stone massage & warm booties!
We’ll massage our most potent CBD Clinic Massage Oil mixed with Vital Body Pain Relief Balm into your feet, which will cool them while blissfully taming away pain. We’ll then slide on our warming booties in order to help the CBD penetrate deeply while giving you the most delightful cool and warm sensation.
While your feet sit in their warm booties, we will massage our Vital Body Therapeutics CBD cream into your lower legs.
Using hot stones, we’ll massage this herbal cream, which contains eight pain relieving herbs, into your legs until it is absorbed. We’ll then pull off the booties and continue the massage into your feet and toes! And last but not least you are ready for your gentle buff to shine or polish from our five free Deborah Lippmann nail line!
Book your CBD Cloud 9 Package now!
Are you suffering from sciatic nerve pain or sciatica?
Throbbing, burning low back pain combined with radiating pain through the buttocks and down one leg describes what can be an excruciating sciatic condition. Sometimes the pain reports just in the low back and other times just in the leg. Either way, a sciatic condition is one that requires lots of attention so that the afflicted can continue to attend to their life and loved ones. Luckily, most sciatic conditions will heal within a few weeks and most cases do not need surgery. Definitely go see your doctor if you are in pain, especially if it has persisted for 2 weeks or longer.
Back pain is among the top reasons that people miss work.
The magnitude of adults who suffer from painful back conditions is huge, approximately 80% of adults suffer from significant back pain at some point in their adult life. Preventing and addressing back pain is important to address regularly. This article is written specific to sciatic nerve pain, however many of the recommendations apply to back pain in general.
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the human body.
Sciatic nerve fibers originate in the lumbar spine, attach together and then run through the pelvis, under the piriformis, and down the back of the legs, all the way down to the toes. Severe sciatic nerve pain can be felt all the way down the leg into the feet. At its largest point, the sciatic nerve is as wide an adult thumb! Being aware of sciatic nerve anatomy can help you better understand how to address the cause the pain.
What causes sciatic nerve pain?
Cases of sciatica are caused by either the sciatic nerve, or connecting nerves, being pinched or compressed under the piriformis. There are multiple reasons this might happen, including: pregnancy, tights hips, loose joints after menopause, heaving lifting without proper alignment, sitting too much, a herniated or bulging disk, degenerative spine conditions, and poor alignment of the hips and spine.
The good news is that you can find relief from sciatic pain and prevent future incidences naturally. A healthy spine and proper muscular skeletal alignment will give your life and overall health a quality boost!
Here are our top 5 Holistic & Effective Ways to Relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain:
1. Sooth the pain internally and externally.
This may seem obvious, however it isn't as simple as just taking a pill. Yes, ibuprofen or naproxen can help, but only for the short term. It is important to curb the inflammation that is causing the pain in order to allow your body to rest and realign.
Magnesium is an excellent supplement to help relax your muscles and calm your nervous system. You can take magnesium orally, topically via oil through the skin, or in your bath with epsom salts. Be sure to take vitamin D with it, as it will amplify the power of the magnesium. According to a pubmed.gov study, "Magnesium supplement promotes sciatic nerve regeneration and down-regulates inflammatory response."
Hot and cold treatments will also sooth the pain. You can alternate hot and cold packs on opposite days or one in the morning and one in the evening. Be careful to protect your skin from extreme temperatures and do not do hot and icy cold therapies in the same session. Topical lotions such as Biofreeze and Deep Blue Rub can give you relief while soothing inflammation.
2. Work with a Holistic Professional.
Chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage have been cited throughout medical research as effect treatments for sciatic nerve pain. Keep in mind the cause of sciatica, which is created by the sciatic nerve or adjoining nerves being compressed along the spine or within the pelvis and piriformis muscle. Creating more space and alignment in these areas can be achieved through these alternative therapies.
A chiropractor can readjust your spine and address the cause of the nerve compression. A proper diagnosis will help a chiropractor successfully make the right adjustment and treatment protocol for their patient. Under chiropractic care, your body will receive readjustments and holistic support that will assist your body in healing itself naturally.
The same is true for acupuncture treatments, however your practitioner will use small needles to target specific energy pathways in the body. Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. The tiny, virtually pain-free placement of the needles, combined with herbs, will amp up your body's natural energy so that it will heal.
A massage therapist will manually work with muscles and fascia around the injury site so that your body will flush out the toxic inflammation, increase circulation, and promote healing. Your therapist will help seized muscles release so that your bones and ligaments can readjust into their proper alignment. Massage therapy also helps activate your parasympathetic nervous system so that your body can head into a healing state and shift out of its pain inducing stress state. Massage has many additional healing benefits that can assist with specific conditions, such as sciatic nerve pain.
3. Healthy movement.
Moving to heal is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to back injury and sciatic nerve pain. Building strength in your torso will help to lengthen your spine and promote proper posture. Long periods of sitting or standing will aggravate the nerve compression that is causing sciatic pain.
Yoga sequences that stretch your hamstrings, gently twist your spine, and promote low back engagement and strength will not only help you heal but prevent future instances. The power of yoga and healthy movement such as walking, tai chi, dancing, swimming, or guided strength training is immense. We invited in an excellent yoga teacher, Katy Fay, to model a simple low back sequence in our salt caves.
4. Make your calendar and work space ergonomic.
As we mentioned, sitting for long periods, especially in a standard work station will either aggravate your existing back pain or potentially lead to a whole host of alignment based health issues! Take frequent breaks and move your body. Get outside for fresh air and take short walk. Build in time to move your body throughout the day. Additionally, invest in a quality chair with lumbar support or use a system that builds your strength while you sit such as a Swopper-like chair or yoga ball seat. Consider a standing work station that allows you to adjust your range of movement throughout the day.
When lifting heaving objects be sure to NEVER twist while lifting and be sure to lift with your legs not your back!
5. Eat away your pain!
Proper hydration and an anti inflammatory diet will do wonders in reducing your pain. A diet rich in leafy greens, healthy fats, berries, and nuts will help assist your body in combating the inflammation caused by your painful sciatic or misaligned back. Limit alcohol, coffee, and refined sugars and grains to cool the inflammation in your body so that it can rebuild and heal.
Are you in need of pain relief?
You are not alone! Millions of Americans are plagued with chronic pain. Some studies say 1 in 2 adults are living with chronic pain that lasts somewhere from 3 months to several years. The most common is joint pain, followed by low back, head, nerve, and neck & shoulder pain.
Chronic pain wreaks havoc on the lifestyle, performance, and overall wellness at alarming rates in our families and communities. Chronic pain rarely has a single silver bullet solution. Instead, we see that implementation of multiple natural lifestyle-based solutions yields the best results in pain reduction.
Education, gathering personal experience, and motivation are key ingredients to success in the natural pain relief arena.
Over the counter and prescription pain killers are wrought with side-effects and dangers affecting the lasting health of user. In addition, living with unaddressed pain comes with a whole host of health dangers such as high stress, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain, illness, to name a few. Implementing a variety of safe and natural pain relief practices is key to living a happier and healthier life! In other words, natural pain relief success is best addressed through a proactive lifestyle.
With this in mind, we have put together multiple at-home holistic strategies that have been proven to assist and support with pain relief.
We highly encourage accessing additional support from a trained and certified practitioner that can advise and support your process. Acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic care, integrative medicine, and myofascial work are excellent avenues to holistically support pain relief. And, definitely access regular massage. It is highly effective for keeping pain quelled.
Here are our top seven recommendations for at-home-natural pain relief:
1. Stay on top of your hydration game.
Proper hydration is key for overall wellness. Period. Pain relief is no different. Dehydration exacerbates conditions that cause pain. Proper water intake helps to flush pain causing inflammation, cleanses the kidneys, flushes the lymphatic system, and improves mental function. Proper hydration helps transport vital nutrients to muscle, tissue, and organs. When your are in pain, your body needs you to be proactive about habits that provide relief. Hydration needs to be a priority.
2. Move your body.
We say this with love, but you MUST get up and get moving! Sitting for hours in front of the computer, glued to the screen, or in bed/on the couch will only hurt you. Yes, rest when you need to, but don't hide from life and activities that bring you joy. There are about 2,000 reasons to exercise and natural pain relief is definitely at the top of the list. Endorphins, circulation, attitude, posture support, strengthening, and connection to the outside world are all natural pain suppressants. Yoga, weight training, pilates, swimming, dance, tai chi, and working with a professional trainer are popular modalities for pain suppression.
3. Foam rolling and trigger point balls.
Hurts so good! Foam rolling is one of the most pleasurable pains. Whether you are using a large foam roller or a smaller trigger point roller ball, manually targeting pain points is a highly effective form of pain relief. Stagnant tissue, contracted fascia, and poor circulation are pain culprits. If you can't get in for a massage, foam rolling is absolutely the next best thing and perfect at home care of your bodies unique needs.
Turmeric, fish oil, magnesium (epsom salt bath!), CBD products, vitamin C, cinnamon, and ginger are favorites in the natural healing community. Because pain is caused by inflammation, addressing it with internal supplementation can be beneficial. It is important, though, to combine supplements with lifestyle modifications as well!
Topical use of essential oils such as frankincense, peppermint, wintergreen, lavender, white fir, blue tansy, and eucalyptus is excellent for soothing pain.
An anti-inflammatory diet with whole foods will not only decrease the pain in your life, but it will likely give you an energy boost, improve your sleep, and help to promote optimal weight. Removing processed foods from your diet will cut down the inflammation. Simply removing excess grains, dairy, sugar, and soy from our diet helps to rid of toxicity and promotes natural detox. Add in lots of leafy greens, berries, vegetables, teas, and broths into your diet and experience the wonder of nutritional wellness and decreased pain. For some, eliminating, or cutting back, alcohol use is highly beneficial.
6. Support system.
Having on-going physical pain is very difficult to say the least. It can be isolating and depressing. Combating chronic pain is a demanding experience. Join a support group that understands what you are going through and support your process. Get out with friends and family and do the activities that bring joy! Connection, laughter, love, community, and spirituality provide mental and emotional relief, which can be healing and comforting.
Lastly, intentionally promote great sleep in your life. Cut foods and drink that disrupt your sleep. Create a sleep schedule and evening routine that helps you wind down and gain sleep during the optimal sleep hours, 10pm to your natural wake-up time. Invest in a good mattress, pillows, and curtains that block light. Keep cell phones and computers away from your bed. Your body needs good rest in order to recover and restore, especially when you are combating pain.
Back by popular demand this November, we are offering FREE Halo add on during your massage all month long!
What's better than a much needed massage? A much needed massage inside our halotherapy caves!
Zama Massage is home to the ONLY salt caves in the larger PNW region. A trip to our salt caves has many benefits, starting with deep relaxation. You'll also rev up your immune system, hydrate and balance your skin, and give your lungs a robust respiratory boost. This negative ion environment will also give your brain an influx of clarity and positive cognitive function.
How to access your FREE Halo Enhancement:
It's simple! Salt Massages will be offered 7 days a week, 9am to 9pm.
- Book your massage right away so that you are able to get an appointment that works with your timeframe and our salt cave availability. You can use this offer for any massage that can be performed in our salt caves. (Sorry, no Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy.)
- Designate at the time of your booking that you are adding on a Halo Enhancement. You can do this when you call or book on-line.
- Come in and enjoy your therapeutic massage and take advantage of the health promoting affects of salt therapy!
*Free Halo massage enhancements are available on a first come first serve basis through our booking process. Please book correctly so in order to take advantage of this offer!
For bright and radiant skin, definitely add facial massage to your skincare routine!
Glowing skin and contoured facial features create a recipe for natural beauty and confidence. You probably know that a great home skincare routine, proper hydration, sun protection, sleep, and regular facials are essential for beauty excellence. Facial massage however, is a lesser known, highly effective tool for a radiant complexion!
What is a facial massage?
Let's be clear, one of the reasons why your face looks so good after your facial, is due in part from the facial massage you received in your treatment! Facial massage reduces excess fluid, relieves tension, and boosts circulation. This gives your complexion a smooth, chiseled glow.
Essentially, a facial massage can be performed in a variety of ways: with your bare hands, a warm wash cloth, a jade roller, ice globes, salt stones, or a (growing) variety of patented face massage tools.
Simply, apply your favorite hydrating facial oil on your skin and then with an upwards motion, massage away. You'll combat facial bloat, stimulate collagen formation, decrease fine-lines, improve circulation, and unleash beauty producing lymphatic drainage. The result, a contoured face and a more confident you!
Additional benefits to facial massage:
In case you aren't sold already, check out these reasons why you should add facial massage to your at-home-wellness routine!
- Stimulation of facial muscles which brings oxygen and renewal to targeted area. (Read, natural facelift!)
- More blood flow to the area increases collagen production for a healthy glow.
- Allows face products to absorb better into the skin.
- Gives your neck a lift by massaging downwards.
- Relaxes face muscles which in turn reduces wrinkles.
- Helps to detoxify and cleanse skin of impurities.
- Reduces puffiness and sinus congestion.
- Relieves muscle tension and pain.
Why you should incorporate a jade roller:
A jade roller is simply an age-old, time-tested facial massage tool from China that has been used as a beauty tool for centuries. In the world of facial technology, there are high-tech approaches and low-tech approaches. The jade roller, is low tech, easy to use and highly affordable. You can find them easily and although simple, they are highly effective for facial massage. In addition, you can cool it in your fridge or freezer. And! Take advantage of the crystal induced benefits from the properties of the jade, or quartz, from which it has been made.
Our estheticians love jade rollers and we carry them in our spa store to make them easily accessible to you! Learn more about how to use a jade roller in our vlog below!
Exciting news everyone! We are offering new and improved daily specials!
Monday through Thursday every week we are featuring our MOST POPULAR services on our daily specials menu. This means that YOU can access these beloved treatments at a special rate just for that day!
*Mention that you want to take advantage of the daily discount at the time of checkout in order to access your savings!
Check out our daily specials!
$10 off Massage Monday's: This applies to ALL massages 60 minutes and longer. Check out our extensive menu here.
Tuesday's Daily Special-FREE Halo enhancement with your massage (space is limited, must request Halo at the time of booking.) Zama has the only salt caves in the entire Northwest region. Salt therapy provides an immune boost, respiratory help, deep relaxation, skin support and more. Salt therapy provides many wellness benefits and combined with a massage, you have an incredible wellness package!
Wednesday's Daily Special-FREE CBD Massage Add-On: You'll get three extremely effective CBD products added to your massage. We'll start with a strategic spot treatment on your problem areas, with our potent CBD Clinic Massage Oil Level 3 (professional grade.) We'll then layer on Vital Body Therapeutics CBD Massage Cream and On-The-Go Pain Relief Balm, blended with 8 soothing and aromatic pain-relieving herbs. Our CBD add-on adds a heavenly touch to all our massages!
Thursday's Daily Special- $15 off your Zama Facial! Freshen your face and turn back the clock with one of our 5-star facials! Check out our Facial Menu and pick the exact experience you desire. Enjoy!
Call 503.281.0278 or book on-line here!
You asked, we listened: Here is our Recommended At Home Skin Care Cleansing Routine!
Our Award Winning Esthetics team are always encouraging and advising Zama's clients to adapt healthy skin care routines, our goal is giving your skin optimal at home treatment! This skin care blog is the first in our blog/vlog series of best practices to keep your skin radiatiant and bright.
To start, let's focus on your at-home cleansing routine! Cleaning your skin properly is the number one method to help your skin rebuild itself naturally.
Do your cleansing routine every night!
For best results deeply clean your face every night. Your skin will work to renew while you rest. This is one reason why sleep is so important for vibrant skin. Cleaning off the environmental aggressors, such as air-born debris and toxins, and make-up allows your skin to rest and restore. Clogged pores and dirty skin prevent your skin's ability to naturally restore and renew.
Sleep induced hormones, such as melatonin and human growth hormone (HGH,) spike up while you rest. This accelerates your skin's repair and cell regeneration. In addition, your skin is highly permeable at night, meaning that whatever you have on on your face can help this process it or hurt it.
We recommend double-cleansing.
Double-cleansing enables you to fully cleanse your face so that it fully prepped to renew and absorb the nutrients from your nighttime hydration cream.
You'll start with an oil-based cleanser to massage off your makeup and oil buildup. Using a non-lathering oil based cleaner enables your first step to be both gentle and naturally hydrating to your skin.
We recommend Eminence's Wildflower Cleansing Balm. This gel balm transitions to an oil cleanser when massaged into skin. When emulsified with water, it will become milky and purifying. It's ideal for all skin types. Its natural botanical oils break down excess oil and debris while gently removing toxins and make-up. Your skin will be left soft and supple with no residue.
After the first step has removed any makeup and impurities, step two involves a good old-fashioned lathering cleanser and water. This will extend the benefits of your first cleanse and help gently exfoliate and resurface and smooth your skin.
Because of the way your follicles are oriented on your face, it's best to wash upwards and outwards in order to get a deeper cleanse. The reverse is true when you're applying makeup, which ideally, you don't want to drive into your pores.
(Optional) Step 3:
Apply a hydrating mist or toner to your face and wipe away any remaining make-up, toxins, and dead skin. Your toner helps to hydrate and protect your skin. It will help close your pores after cleansing and lock in the moisture.
Your next step will be to use a high quality, organic, nutrient-rich moisturizer to aid in your skin's natural skin renewal routine while you sleep! Read on here and here for our holistic recommendations to care for your skin with each season and other great skin renewal tips we've compiled for you!
Juice Up Your Energy & Wellness with These 8 Holistic Late Summer Rituals!
In Chinese Medicine, late summer is considered to be a season of it's own. Late summer is the time of harvest and preparation for the coming Fall. We are beginning the shift from abundant sun energy to shorter days and slightly cooler temperatures. And then, of course, there are all the new beginnings of back-to-school and routines related to the coming shift in season. Late summer is the perfect time amp up your wellness by refocusing on holistic rituals.
Rituals, or consistent mindful activities, are highly effective tools for promoting wellness.
Our health and energy are positively influenced by the actions we take daily or frequently. Adding in the intentional focus of ritual is a recipe for abundant energy, joy, and clarity. Enjoy reading through these rituals and try adding one or a few to your routine and see what you notice!
8 Holistic Late Summer Rituals for Abundant Health:
1. Make time for your soul.
First and foremost, if you haven't carved out time just for you this season, make sure you do so right away! Don't let your entire summer slip away working your buns off solely for your family, spouse or partner, job, or friends. We encourage you to take a break from what's likely a full calendar, and check in with yourself to see what exactly YOU want. Maybe you want to savor more sunsets, paint a picture, go out dancing, go bird watching, or dry herbs from your garden. Whatever fuels your spirit and creativity, make sure you put yourself first. Don't let this special season slip away without making time for you.
2. Eat seasonally.
You probably saw this one coming, but we gotta say it! Take advantage of natures abundance and eat! Peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, greens, berries, apples, pears, carrots, beets; all the colors are in full swing in your local gardens, orchards, farms, and in nature. You amp up your health, your connection to the environment, and to your holistic well-being when you eat locally and with the seasons. Extra credit too if you can connect to your food by preserving it by way of canning, freezing, drying, pickling, or fermentation!
Also, consider creating a seasonal feast to celebrate and give gratitude for this abundant time of year and the positivity in your community! It's a great time to build upon bonds before the introspective time of fall and winter.
3. Drink, drink, drink...H2O!
The heat of summer is hard on our bodies. Most of us are dehydrated and short on both minerals and electrolytes. Chart your water intake and aim for at least 64 ounces, if not more! Dehydration leads to excessive cravings for unhealthy food, headaches, low energy, brain fog, depression, anxiety, and increases our aches and pains. Coconut water, fresh fruits and vegetables, and infused waters are awesome sources of both minerals and electrolytes.
Create your own infusions by simply chopping up fruits, herbs, and vegetables and tossing them into a large jar and top with filtered water. Cucumber & parsley, watermelon & mint, pineapple & lemon, and grapefruit & lime are popular combinations. Get creative and try out your own combo. Drink up & cheers!
4. Treat your skin like you would your best friend.
Skin care is extremely important at this point in the year. After a long summer of sun exposure, build up of sunscreen and protective products, and exposure to the elements, your skin is likely acting out. Exfoliate your whole body with a good body scrub and dry brush. Next, ramp up your skin hydration routine and soak your skin in quality skin care. Definitely get a professional pedicure, as your feet are likely worn and calloused.
5. Take a bath every evening.
While you may not be cold, a late summer baths is perfect for calming your soul and awesome for sore muscles.
Recipe for fatigued & sore muscles:
*1 1/2 cups Epsom Salt
*1/2 cup Coarse Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt
*1/2 cup Baking Soda
*5-10 drops eucalyptus oil
*Opt: dried 1 tablespoon each: dried lavender buds, rosemary, and thyme leaves
6. Start a mindfulness practice.
Amping up your mindfulness practice will benefit you immensely at all times of the year, but you may notice that your body is actually craving quiet and introspection right now. Put your quiet time on the forefront by adding in a morning or evening meditation practice, or both, to bring your mental clarity into balance as you navigate your current choices and changes.
Some simple mindfulness practices of ours are: 2-15 minutes of focused deep belly breathes, yin yoga, slow walking, 10-15 minutes daily sitting practice, Swedish relaxation massage, reading poetry, listening to binaural beats, and relaxing in nature.
7. Breathe Deeply.
Whether it be too much recycled air in the office, smoke from the wildfires, pollens, or pollution, most of us are not breathing deeply. Deep breathes activate our parasympathetic nervous system which controls health promoting body function: digestion, sleep, recovery, and lowers both heart rate and blood pressure. Salt air is the highest quality environment for deep breath work. We highly encourage populating your home with house plants and salt lamps too. If a trip to the beach is not in your schedule, head to our Salt Caves! You will feel like you are sitting inside a huge Himalayan salt lamp!
8. Get out in nature!
Get outside and connect to the earth! Our bodies need the fresh filtered air nature provides. Our minds needs the curiosity and ease that nature presents. And our soul needs the expanse of the sky and connection to larger mysteries of life! Immerse yourself and unwind in the abundance of late summer through the beauty of nature.
We have a special Giveaway for you!
This past month we received the title of Best Facial for Willamette Week's Best of Portland! To celebrate this extraordinary win...this month (August only), while supplies last, we have a special ($59 value) giveaway for you!!
Purchase $125 retail in our spa store and receive (retail value $59) a FREE Eminence Organics Sun Defense Mineral SPF.
These hypoallergenic, non pore clogging natural minerals provide water-resistant SPF 30 sun protection to women and men alike. They are an excellent beauty aid that bring in extra skin protection, especially on red or blotchy skin. Darker shades can be used as a bronzer.
Zama's Spa Retail Store is full of the best in wellness care products!
Come check out our store when you come in for a treatment, or just come on by! We are open daily from 9am to 9pm. We carry a very large line of wellness products including:
- Eminence Organics, FarmHouse Fresh body care, HotShotz instant, portable and reusable heat packs, Soji Crystal Bottles, local artisan jewelry, Baby Foot, foam rollers and trigger point balls, Zama swag, Theracanes, 21 Drops aromatherapy, and much more!
Come see us and take advantage of our Best of Portland Giveaway!
Looking to cool down during this hot month? Enjoy an escape from the heat in our beautiful air conditioned spa. The Perfect Summer Escape includes:
- Express Hydrafacial MD
- 60 Minute Clementine Oil Massage
- Only $189!
Summer fun, outdoor work, and exposure to the elements can be hard on our bodies, especially our skin and muscular system. For this reason, we crafted our August Special to be The Perfect Summer Escape. You'll walk away from The Perfect Summer Escape with glowing, fresh and clean skin from your HydraFacial. Your whole body will feel hydrated, revitalized and renewed from your Clementine Oil Massage. Our August Special will give your skin and whole body the hydration, cleansing, and reboot it needs, while giving you a beautiful and relaxing VIP experience.
You'll begin with the Express Hydrafacial MD.
You'll be amazed by the speed and effectiveness of this professional facial treatment. Your skin is most beautiful when it’s healthy. The Express Hydrafacial MD will restore your skin to its healthiest state by removing impurities and replenishing your skin with essential nutrients. You will literally feel the years melt away and vanish. Walk away with youthful, radiant skin!
Next, comes your Clementine Oil Massage!
We'll give you a customized 60-minute massage, complete with FarmHouse Fresh Clementine Oil. The aroma of ripe clementine oranges will lift your spirits while this beautiful vitamin-rich body oil brings an instantly silky, soothing feel to your skin. Clementine oil will give your sun fatigued skin much needed hydration and its sunshine aroma will inspire your senses.
As part of your intake process, you'll let us know just what your body needs from the 60 minute custom massage. Your therapist will personalize a combination deep tissue with relaxing Swedish massage techniques. You can add-on any of our deep penetrating massage enhancements to your custom massage! Cupping, Remedy hot stones, and moist heat are favorite enhancements with our Clementine Oil Massage.
Book today! You'll be so glad you did!
Thank you for voting Zama for Best Spa, Massage and Facial in Portland in The Willamette Week!
We are so proud of our massage and esthetic teams, front desk, and behind the scenes crew. They have all worked with a tremendous spirit of focus and drive to bring their very best to Portland. We are beyond thrilled to take two top honors in Willamette Week's Annual Reader's Poll. We placed in the top three for the all around best spa in the city.
Deepest appreciation for all your Best of Portland votes from the all of us at Zama!
Back in June we found out that Zama was nominated for three categories in the overall Wellness Category for the WW Readers Poll. Read all about our nominations here.
We offer a myriad of massage therapies, including Auto Injury Medical Massage, Couples Massages, Deep Tissue, Ashiatsu, and Swedish Massage. See our whole menu here and be sure to check with us every month for our seasonal specials and consider taking advantage of Halotherapy with your massage!
Our Esthetics team provides several facial treatments. This includes cutting age and dermatologist recommended Hydrafacials. We use only the highest quality professional skincare products, Eminence Organics, in all of our facials. Our facials not only provide the best in skincare, but we also add special touches to each facial that you will only find here at Zama. Each facial has been created to not only execute the best treatment, but also provide deep relaxation.
Top placement for Best Spa in Portland:
We are honored to have been voted in the top three for Best Spa Portland. Our day spa treatment menu has been created to provide; pain relief, deep relaxation, beauty, and holistic wellness. Zama Massage day spa is located at 2149 NE Broadway in a renovated large historic Portland home. Our spa treatments are offered on three floors in this quaint and tranquil setting. Additional services include Halotherapy, infrared saunas, nail services, waxing, lash extensions, couples spa, men's spa, and teen offerings.
Come by and visit! 24/7.
Summer Skin Care for Hydrated Skin!
Gorgeous, smooth, glowing, hydrated skin, YES PLEASE! Well cared for and hydrated skin radiates vibrant health, vitality, and beauty. More than that, well cared for skin helps protect us. The healthier the skin, the more it absorbs critical vitamins and nutrients.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. The better we care for our skin, the better it will care for our overall health. Skin care is a critical component in cellular renewal and anti-aging.
Keep in mind that our skin absorbs everything that we put on it, as well as what we bath it in, and the environment it lives in. Avoiding chemicals in your make-up and skin care products is a definite must. For this reason, we put together 5 quick tips & tricks for hydrated skin you can do from home that are natural and effective for hydrated skin.
1. Exfoliate & remove dead skin.
Exfoliating and removing dead skin cells once or twice a week can greatly impact the way your skin soaks up the products you use in your daily routine. Removing the dead skin cells also promotes a higher cell turnover which promotes healthier, clearer, brighter skin! We are including a great DIY recipe we picked up from Michelle Phan's blog. For whole body care, we highly recommend frequent skin brushing.
Try this DIY masque at home:
- Make a serving of oatmeal as directed (you won’t need more than about ½ cup dry oats to make a mask, so prepare more if you plan to save for later or use during a girls night!) either with water or milk if you’d like the added vitamins.
- Stir in a spoonful of finely chopped or ground almonds, depending on how gentle or intense you want your exfoliant to be.
- Mix in a teaspoon of honey.
- Add more water if it gets too thick, then apply to your face. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with cool water to close up pores and leave your skin feeling fresh and renewed!
2. Turn down your shower temperature.
Studies have shown that taking showers above a lukewarm (110 deg) temperature can result in your natural body oils being stripped causing dry, itchy skin and can eventually lead to eczema. Keep your showers at a comfortable temperature, if your skin is turning red, turn it down!
3. Add avocados to your routine in the kitchen and in the bathroom.
Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fat, which means they will really help your skin stay moisturized. Avocados are packed with nutritional vitamins including vitamins C and E! Vitamin E is a wonderful vitamin for skin hydration. Vitamin C is known to promote your skins elasticity and brighten! We recommend lots of guacamole or add avocados to top salads or use in place of cheese with crackers. We picked up this great avocado masque from Home Remedies Blogger.
Try this DIY Avocado and Coconut Oil masque for hydrated skin:
1/2 tsp honey
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 ripe avocado
Warm up the coconut oil in a dish using the microwave (even better to just warm it over the stove carefully). This is because the coconut oil needs to be in liquid form to work for this homemade face treatment.
Once you have warmed the coconut oil, and it is a liquid, mash the avocado in a bowl using a fork and add the coconut oil and honey. Mix well.
Before applying this mask to your face, wash your face with warm water. Using your clean fingertips, apply this homemade face mask to your dry skin and let it set for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off properly with warm water and pat dry when you're done. Tone and moisturize as usual.
Your skin should feel smooth and moisturized afterwards.
4. Use clean and simple skin care products.
Here at Zama we live by Eminence Organics Skin Care products! The reason is simple; Eminence believes in providing the best natural skin care products possible. Their products are proudly free of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum, and other harsh cosmetic chemicals.
Keep your skin hydrated with our top sellers!
Stone Crop Hydrating Mist - A revitalizing and healing tonique for all skin types, particularly uneven skin types. For use with Sun Defense Minerals to increase your skin’s hydration level and to leave it looking smooth and moisturized.
Bright Skin Moisturizer - Protect your skin while brightening with stone crop, bearberry, GigaWhite™ and a Natural Hydroquinone Alternative. Lighten the appearance of dark spots while protecting against future damage with the built-in broad spectrum SPF.
5. Drink More Water!
Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health! Water helps our bodies digestion system and circulation in addition to many other benefits, but did you know it also helps in the appearance of your skin?
It does! You can see a difference in your skin with additional intake of water such as complexion, brightness, and the overall health of your skin. Skin is made up cells and just like all of the other cells in our body, they are made up of water. Drinking 8 or more 8 oz. glasses of water per day will help you obtain that beautiful glow everyone will envy!
Tips for Summer:
- Sunscreen! Find a gentle sunscreen that is gentle and moisturizing for your face. And, here's the trick: you have to use it! Most people know to use sunscreen, but many out there still aren't. Some ideas to help get this much needed care on your face: put facial sunscreen in your car, your purse, or any where besides your bathroom cupboard to make it easier to use throughout the day. Hands down, our favorite sunscreens come from Eminence. Here is a guide for all their options. Read here for some great tips on effective sunscreen use!
- Tan with purpose. Fresh air, sunlight, vitamin D, and being active are all critical to your overall health. Plan short stints in the sun to develop a base tan to help prevent burning and always aim to prevent over exposure. Let your body's own natural defense mechanisms help keep your skin radiant and healthy.
- Get a professional facial! Summer is no joke on your skin. Work with a professional Esthetician to help you with your own personal skin care needs. We highly recommend coming in monthly during the summer months to repair against all the extra elements and prevent unwanted skin damage.
For a quick repair and instantaneous skin results and no down time our 25 min Hydrafacial service is the answer! Click here for more information or book now!
Celebrate Mom in style this Mother's Day!
Give Mom a unique experience that will create beautiful memories and show her just how thoughtful and creative her family is! We have curated 5 unique ideas to help you give mom the perfect Mother's Day outing, the one who has loved you unconditionally and always has your back!
5 Mother's Day experiences that will melt Mom's heart:
1. Take Mom for a nature day outing!
Pick a gorgeous spot. We recommend heading to the Oregon coast, the Gorge, Sauvie Island, Columbia River, or to a local park. If you want to stay city bound some of our favorite spots are: Mt Tabor, Mary S. Young State Park in West Linn, Portland Japanese Garden, and Sellwood Park.
Impress Mom by your thoughtfulness and plan a complete outing! Grab a backpack or wicker basket, or both, and organize the goods for a successful day. Take her to the most scenic spot you can see at your chosen destination. Walk her to the best and prettiest place to see the area, and give her a deluxe picnic complete with chilled rosé or kombucha. Head to Whole Foods, Market of Choice, or New Seasons and take advantage of their epic prepared foods department and easily put together and exquisite spread for Mom.
Some tips to help you make the day unforgettable:
- pack a lightweight tapestry, table linen, or thin blanket to sit on or brighten up a picnic table
- pack a thermos of hot coffee or tea if it is chilly
- use plastic utensils and paper plates to keep your bags lighter
- bring mom a small surprise gift to give her on the picnic, maybe a sweet necklace, cute sunglasses, or festive hairclip
- set a playlist of her favorite music to enjoy in the car ride
- make her hand-made cards by everyone from immediate family
- take lots of selfies with Mom to cherish the memory!
2. Get sporty with Mom!
Whether Mom plays tennis, rules at soccer, has a yoga practice, gardens like a champ, or loves to head to the professional sports arena, we encourage you to do Mom's favorite sport with her! Think about Mom's favorite activity and set up a date to recreate with her and then head to lunch or out for beers. Again, have fun with mom! Don't make her plan her own day. Think about what she loves to do and set it up. Go big and play hard with mom!
The Portland Timbers are playing at 1pm on Mother's Day this year. If you can't get tickets, head over to Santa Fe Taqueria on 23rd and watch the game there, they'll have drink specials and excellent taqueria food. Maybe Mom likes to dance? Aztec Willies has $5 Salsa nights on Sundays, including Mother's Day.
3. Spa Day!
It's our speciality, of course! Book a spa day for mom, give her a gift certificate, or have her come in for our Royal Escape, created with just for Mom! We have over 50 spa services to choose from, all of which are delivered with a 5-star touch. Click here to learn how you can WIN a our Royal Escape for Mom!
Additional top spa experiences for Mom are:
- Salted Chocolate Massage: She'll love our custom, aromatic warm cocoa butter massage in our salty Halo room!
- Salt & Stone Detox: This amazing spa day treatment combines a salty Himalayan Foot Ritual, Himalayan Hot Stone Age Defying Facial, steam treatment, 60 minute Custom Massage, and a hydrating local kombucha.
- The Zama Mama Prenatal Package: If Mom is expecting, she will truly appreciate our 90 minute Pregnancy Massage combined with 30 minute Eucalyptus foot soak, scrub and massage.
- Tropical Escape Facial: Have her sit back and enjoy a 75 minute tropically inspired facial complete with all the luxury touches.
- Hot Stone & Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicure: This longer, more luxurious pedicure will send Mom to pedicure nirvana! You can image that warm cocoa butter, hot stones, and the most delicious FarmHouse Fresh products will send Mom straight to her happy place!
4. Take Mom out on the town on NE Broadway!
Because we are located on NE Broadway, we have the scoop on the best experiences in the neighborhood. Why not explore the whole area? You can of course take Mom here for excellent luxury spa services, and you can also simply park and take her out on foot to enjoy this unique Portland neighborhood.
- Give Mom an excellent hipster coffee experience at Saint Simon Coffee Co. Located at 2005 NE Broadway St, you'll love their Portland styled atmosphere and high quality coffees. We love their locally brewed chai tea and menu of cold brews!
- Walk with her to our local flower shop Broadway Floral, located at 1638 NE Broadway and put together a gorgeous bouquet stem by stem. They have a truly spectacular flower selection that will make Mom's heart swoon!
- Take Mom for brunch, breakfast, or lunch at the Cadillac Cafe, located at 1801 NE Broadway St. Enjoy DELICIOUS dishes in their festive 50s styled environment. We love their kombucha mocktails and are partial to their Hazelnut French Custard Toast and their Cajun Catfish and Eggs, but really you can't go wrong!
- If Mom likes zestier, south of border style food and drink, then definitely head to Aztec Willies Taqueria, located at 1501 NE Broadway. Their margaritas and salsas have been voted BEST IN THE CITY! All their tortillas are made to order right in front of you. We recommend their aged rib-eye burrito, shrimp ceviché, and fish tacos! The Passion of Argentina is equally spicy, sweet, and tangy and goes perfect with their house chilé verde quesadilla.
- Broadway Books, located at 1714 NE Broadway, is an independent bookstore that has been open since 1992. Come bring Mom to this fun, indy bookstore that features local authors and staff that can direct you all to your next best read!
5. Plant Flowers for Mom!
Instead of giving Mom cut flowers that will perish in a week or two, give her living blooms! Head out to the nursery or garden center closest to Mom and buy some pots, potting soil, and live plants. Or shop for a hanging planter that she can enjoy all season long and think of you every time she waters it. Watering is fun for plant lovers!
Give Mom something ALIVE that she will enjoy they entire season. Maybe you want to weed along her house, sidewalk, or patio and plant some lovely blooms along her walkway! We are pretty sure she would be delighted with some long lasting blooms this season.
In three simple steps, you will get instant results with HydraFacial!
Simply put, the HydraFacial provides the fastest and most effective results on the dermatology marketplace. While the HydraFacial is doctor recommended, you can access this incredible skin technology right here at our urban day spa.
We are thrilled with the results we see every day from HydraFacial treatments. We see how it improves your skins appearance and health from the very first treatment. We also see that monthly treatments give our clients lasting and rewarding results. Skin becomes healthier, firmer, and better hydrated. The HydraFacial is an ideal part of your wellness and beauty routine.
With this blog and vlog, we want to show you how the HydraFacial works and break down the 3 simple steps that make it so effective (and fast!) While we offer longer, more robust HydraFacial treatments with all the extras, our basic service only takes 30 minutes and the results are stunning!
Instant Results in Three Steps:
1. Cleanse & Peel:
In the first step, your Esthetician will use the HydraFacial vacuum to loosen up dead skin, clogged pores, and cleanse the surface level of your face. The Active-4 serum used in this step will remove dead skin cells to reveal healthy skin. The Glysal, a mixture of glycolic and salicylic acids, will go deeper into the pores and prepare them for the next step.
2. Extract & Hydrate:
Now comes the Beta HD serum and intensified suction, which provides extractions and cleansing at a much deeper level. Essentially this part of the process will clean up your T-zone, remove blackheads, and leave your pores clean! At the end of your treatment you will be able to see all the impurities and dead skin that was removed during your treatment. Your skin will get a personalized, targeted boost of nutrients at this point that will aid in hydration and balance.
3. Fuse & Protect
This is where we pump your skin full of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid, combined in the HydraFacial's signature Vortex Serum. Now that your skin has been cleaned and exfoliated at the deepest levels, it is ready for the nutrients that will aid in improving your skin's vitality, glow, and retaining lasting results! This process leaves your skin protected and vibrant. To ramp up the results, we highly recommend getting a treatment once a month for a series of 6 and then every couple months to maintain your results.
You can see how powerful this dermatology technology is! Our clients loves how the Express HydraFacial lasts only 30 minutes.
Long lasting results:
The HydraFacial delivers instant and long-lasting results that you can see and feel. With ongoing treatments, you’ll notice intensely improved hydration, minimized dark spots and dramatically reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also highly effective for acne.
See all thee steps in action in the video below!
Spring is time for physical, emotional, and spiritual renewal and transformation!
"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'"~Robin Williams
The light has returned, the days are warming, nature comes alive, and for most, our energy increases. After a long, dark, introspective and inside bound winter, Spring is a welcome change and opportunity to upgrade your health and holistic well-being. Get your body and your lifestyle ready to enjoy the party!
Renew for Spring and you will feel balanced and energized for the demands of the coming months. Here are our top mind, body, and spirit Spring renewal tips:
1. Connect to the earth.
Smell the dirt, the blooms, the rain, the wind, the changes in the world. Take time to observe what is actually happening in your local environment. Bring your senses into the experience: taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound. This acclimatizes your body to nature's rhythm and cycle, which in turn is renewing and restoring for your nervous system. Hiking, gardening, walking, eating outdoors, and sporting are all great ways to take in the season and bring your overall well-being into increased harmony.
2. Unplug from technology
Seriously, put that phone down! Most modern humans increase their technology habits during the colder months. Spring is the perfect time to break that habit! The benefit of decreased screen time is to increase opportunity for self-care, connection to others, connection to the earth, and time to harness the natural energy of the season.
That Netflix season can wait and we are pretty sure that you can enjoy Instagram, maybe even more, with a less uninspired scrolling. Some successful tips for breaking cell phone habits are:
- sleep with it in a different room,
- put your phone down by 7pm,
- unplug one day a week,
- never bring your phone to your meal table,
- shut off unnecessary notifications,
- and consider adding a speaker to give you information you would normally go to your phone for, ie: Alexa. Alexa give me a recipe for asparagus!
3. Spring clean and de-clutter!
Your physical environment has a major impact your brain patterns, energy levels, and emotions. De-cluttering can free you from old emotions and renew your energy to bring in new life. Get rid of the clothing, pots and pans, books, magazines, unfinished projects and outlived household items that you don't regularly use. Chances are that if you didn't use it last spring, you won't use it this Spring. Clean your fridge and discard expired food-stuffs. You'll feel so much better, we promise!
4. Clean up your emotions
Feeling weighted down by anxiety or depression? Spring is a great time to clean up your interior world and give your mind and emotions an opportunity to refresh and renew. Consider:
- Commit to making decisions you’ve been putting off.
- Reach out to your important relations and check in.
- Have the discussions you've been avoiding.
- Consciously address negative thought patterns by seeking external help or do the work on your own that you know works around bringing your mind to a positive place.
- Organize your finances for peace of mind.
- Eat well, hydrate, and exercise for a mood boost.
- Give yourself permission to simply let go of the past.
5. Feed your optimism!
Whether it be with nutrition, exercise, mindfulness practices, connection to community, appreciation for beauty or accessing joy through seasonal rituals, do it! Spring is the perfect time to pursue joy and get rid of stagnant winter energy.
Most of us who live in the northern hemisphere are long overdo for a boost of positivity by the time spring rolls around. Sun deprived and vitamin D deficient, we are often depleted by the start of Spring. A seasonal detox is a great way to boost your mood as well. Check out our detox tips here.
Curious about what spa treatments we recommend for Spring?
Head to the spa for the ultimate Spring renewal experience! While we don't think you can go wrong with anything self-care related, here are our top Spring bookings!
- Seasonal Pedicure- get those toes sandal ready and freshen up your feet!
- Infrared Detox Wrap- sweat out those winter toxins and walk away feeling a ton lighter.
- Detoxifier Massage- let the cupping and deep tissue massage do the work of releasing stagnant energy, relieving aches and pains, and priming up your circulation.
- Visit our salt caves for the best in allergy relief! Visit for FREE Mondays-Wednesdays with any 60 minute or longer treatment!
Adding Hot Stones Can Result in a Longer Lasting Massage!
Few things feel more luxurious than getting massaged with hot stones! Hot stones, which are actually warmed to somewhere between 110 to 130 degrees F are used as healing tools during a hot stone massage. The benefits of adding hot stones can really amp up the therapeutic value of a massage. They provide intense relaxation while allowing the therapist to provide a deep and targeted massage. Additionally, the positive effects of a hot stone massage take place during the massage and can last hours and days beyond the massage.
Smooth basalt stones are used during a hot stone massage.
Basalt, which is cooled volcanic lava, is the best rock for hot stone massage. These volcanic stones are highly regarded due to their smooth texture and unparalleled iron content. They hold their heat the longest and slowly release their therapeutic energy. Basalt stones originate in the mountains and are river rocks, which makes them smooth and feel amazing. The benefits of hot basalt stones are expanded by their energetic properties which are both calming and energizing.
History of hot stone massage.
Hot stones photographed with bamboo, orchids or candles have become a common image of spa tranquility in recent years. Don't let this commercial look fool you though, hot stone therapy dates back to early civilization. In China they were used to improve internal function of organs and blood flow while the ancient Romans used them in bath houses and saunas. The use of hot stones for both bodywork and ceremonial reasons can be traced to North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India.
The techniques that are used in most hot stone massage practices are similar to those from Chinese acupuncture techniques, Hawaiian healing practices, and Native American ritual uses.
In 1993 massage therapist Mary Nelson, who was suffering from chronic shoulder and wrist pain rediscovered this ancient practice. As the story goes, she was in a sauna prior to receiving a massage and through connection to her Native spirit guides she was "called" to use the stones in her massage. She chose some of the smoother stones from the sauna and brought them to be used in the massage. It felt great for her AND her therapist! From there she developed LaStone Therapy which ignited the modern use of hot stones across the US and world.
Increase the benefit of your massage with hot stones.
Here at Zama we use the heated basalt stones as extensions of the therapists hands. We love bringing these therapeutic stones into our treatments because they increase the benefits of the massage. The heat from the stones opens the door for therapists to work even deeper on trigger points in really tight muscles.
The heat from the stones penetrate deep into the muscles and fascia. The therapist is then able to access deep layers of muscles and fascia, which in turn increases circulation and release and renewal in hard to reach areas. The heat from the smooth stones warms, calms and invigorates the client.
The unique properties of basalt stones are infused thermal energy and grounding power into the body. A hot stone massage will relax you at the deepest level while charging up your energy body. Energetic pathways, ie: meridians and/or chakras, are stimulated with the hot stones which connects the mind to the body. This gives you a deep sense of renewal, grounding and connection.
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Additionally, you can add hot stones to any massage treatment!
Why would Ashiatsu be the best deep tissue massage for you?
Ashiatsu is tremendously relaxing and an oh-so-deep kind of therapeutic massage. Literally a Japanese word meaning "foot pressure," Ashiatsu has grown dramatically in the West over the past 20 years since it's introduction by Ruthie Hardee. This extremely deep tissue massage is performed with the therapist’s feet while using overhead bars to provide support and balance. The therapist will go very deep, using their feet to apply with long broad strokes.
Simply put, you get the benefits of a very deep tissue massage without the discomfort often associated with trigger point therapy. Deep strokes from elbows and hands, while effective, can hurt due to all the pressure that is focused on a small area. With Ashiatsu, your therapist uses their core strength while they adjust their weighted pressure using the bars to apply wonderfully deep, broad strokes.
What are the main benefits of Ashiatsu?
Because your therapist is using the weight of their body, with the assistance of the bars, they are able to give you the greatest benefits of deep tissue massage. Your therapist continually regulates the pressure of your massage using the overhead bars, while they are able to target many more angles of your muscles with this technique. This gravity-fueled approach enables Ashiatsu therapists to deliver up to 3x deeper pressure than with traditional hands-on treatments. With this incredible access to your musculature and fascia there are many added benefits!
Overall posture improves.
Ashiatsu strokes help elongate the spine by lengthening muscles that have become shortened and compressed. This aids in effective pain relief. Additionally, these long targeted strokes stimulate the lymphatic system which stimulates detoxification and circulation. Overall, we see a big improvement in posture and and range of movement. Drinking water after each treatment will help aid the process.
Deep tissue massage has extensive benefits to most conditions that cause pain. Ashiatsu takes what regular deep massage does for pain to the next level. The increasing circulation that results frees up space for the nerves while pumping lots of oxygen through the blood stream assisting the treated area.
We recommend weekly Ashiatsu treatments for best results!
A series of one massage a week for 6 weeks is recommended for best results! Buy your discounted 3 pack series Here!
We specialize in our ability to provide Ashiatsu massage, it is one of our most popular services! We have several talented therapists available 7 days a week from 9am-9pm here at our day spa! Learn more here and book 60-90-or 120 minute Ashiatsu treatments here!
Open the heart of your loved one this Valentine's Day with a gift that inspires!
As winter begins to slowly draw to an end, the shortest, most loving month is upon us! Whether or not you are getting ready to celebrate with your special someone, February undoubtedly gives everyone the opportunity to show their love through gestures of beauty and thoughtful gifts and cards. When considering a Valentine's gift, we highly encourage investing in experiences and products that create connection and interpersonal expansion.
At Zama, we consider the whole month of February to be Valentine's Day!
Why limit the celebration of love to just one day!? We have put together a Valentine's day gift guide that will be sure to open the heart and bring in the love. And yes, you can celebrate Valentine's the whole month, why not!?
Heart Opening Valentine's Day Gift Guide:
Yes, chocolate is undeniably one of the most commonly thought of gifts. There is a reason for this! Chocolate triggers brain chemicals that stimulate feelings of love and sexual desire. Not only is chocolate an aphrodisiac, but it also contains many healthy promoting properties as well.
The higher the cocoa content, the more health benefits there are. Cocoa is rich in anti-oxidants that contribute to lowered cholesterol, improve heart health, and stimulate a positive immune response. Also, cocoa, used topically, protects your skin and pumps it full of vital nutrients.
We finish many of our signature packages here at Zama with high quality, vegan truffles made by Missionary Chocolates. They are available for purchase in our spa store and locally made right here in Portland. Go the extra mile with your chocolate gift and purchase artisan chocolates that are high in cocoa content and void of filler ingredients.
Even better, give your chocolate to your loved one as a delectable surprise. Pull the box out after a long walk together, or during a shared cup of tea. Consider bringing it to the bedroom as part of a romantic evening. Wrap it up and place it somewhere unexpected, like on a work station or on the car dash. Make it a pleasurable experience!
Stones & Crystals:
Consider a Valentines gift of stones and crystals! In recent years these earthy treasures have increased in popularity, however they have always been beloved by those who delight in the fantastic of natural wonders. Stones and crystals are excellent gifts that can be used to add beauty to the home or office and can be used in a variety of ways, from practical to healing to spiritual.
Want to feel like you are inside a large crystal? Come get a treatment in our salt caves! Surround yourself with ancient slabs of crystallized ancient Himalayan salt stones. The health benefits are many and the beauty loving senses will be pleasurably stimulated.
Stones and crystals have many uses. Some love them simply for their aesthetic and use gems to create artful montages on window sills, bathrooms, bedrooms, altars, center pieces, or really anywhere. Smooth stones and crystals can be used to give massages and or to be held in the hand by tactile users. Many use crystals for their energetic properties and use them to ignite their physic, energetic, and healing abilities.
Dive into the study of precious stones and gems and with your loved one! Make an altar together that you both will enjoy or a smoothed one to massage each other with a carrier oil. Go on a crystal hunt together and decide which speak to both of you. The spirit in which you discover the precious stones you want to bring into your life will add to their value!
Pets are undoubtedly one of life's biggest joys for many. Dogs, in particular, have been proven to increase one's life span and overall happiness. Yes, pets are an added responsibility, but the work they bring adds to quality of the owner's life. Pets can decrease stress levels and increase a sense of belonging and connection. Dog walking not only improves the owner's health, but also helps you meet others and connect to local community.
Dogs fill your heart with love and make it stronger. Studies show that having a canine companion is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which contribute to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks.
A furry friend can be one of the most loving and memorable gifts ever. They joy and love created by bonding with a pet is undoubtedly inspiring and heart opening!
Spa days are incredible gifts for the mind, body, and spirit. Uplift your loved one with a trip to a day spa for relaxation, pampering, and a therapeutic touch. The old adage, "you can't pour from an empty cup" remains true. The responsibilities of life add up and tire us out. There is nothing quite like a spa day to melt away the tension and stress of everyday living. Helping your loved one relax and receive healing touch and beautifying care will fill their cup back up and help bring on the love!
You can even book spa days together! From couple's massage to side by side pedicures, a trip to the day spa together is a sure way to bond and open up to one another. Here at Zama we have an extensive menu for both couple's services and personalized treatments. Help your loved one open up and get inspired with the gift of therapeutic touch.
Check out your local activities calendar for live music or special DJ experiences. Music uplifts our spirit and connects us to our body. Music creates an environment that connects us to one another. Whether your loved one likes to dance, tap their foot, sit back and experience, music will undoubtedly lift them up!
Additionally, going out together and trying new activities together increase neural pathways for love. According to Dr. Arthur Aron, a psychology professor who directs the Interpersonal Relationships Laboratory at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, "partners who regularly share new experiences report greater boosts in marital happiness than those who simply share pleasant but familiar experiences."
Our recommendation, head out for a night of music and dance together! Delight in the music and doing something new that will create bonding. Just down the street from Zama is Aztec Willie's, where they regularly host Latin Dance nights with dance lessons.
If live music is more your thing, Portland is packed with opportunities. Pick up a copy of the Willamette Weekly for smaller local offerings or head on-line to Ticketmaster and take a look at the many larger shows that come through town. Add some music to your shared experience and open up the love!
Looking for the perfect Valentine's spa gift?
Check out our February Sweetheart Special! It combines the best of our spa with the delights of the season!
Pour on the chocolatey decadence with our February Sweetheart Special!
We have put together our most tantalizing massage, facial, and pedicure to pour on the love for that special someone in your life! We've made this special available from Jan. 20th - Feb. 28th. This gives you plenty of time to spoil yourself or your loved one all month long! Purchase as a gift certificate or surprise your sweetie with this service by booking it online!
This specialized package includes:
- 60 Min Warm Cocoa Butter Massage
- Roses & Chocolate Hydrating Facial
- Dipped in Chocolate Pedicure
- Package is for 1 person
Enjoy a Sparkling Rosé & Salted Caramel Truffle all for $289!
First, a Warm Cocoa Butter Massage...
You or your loved one will be in heaven with this service. Relaxing on a heated massage table your therapist will drizzle warm, aromatic cocoa butter over your body while you receive a personalized combination of therapeutic deep tissue and relaxation massage. The massage will focus on the areas of your body that need it the most, giving you exactly what you need. The cocoa butter will warm you up and deeply hydrate and nourish your whole body. Our warm cocoa butter massage is deeply relaxing.
Next, a Roses & Chocolate Hydrating Facial...
The Eminence Chocolate Mousse Masque will deeply nourish your skin while pumping it full of vital nutrients and vitamins. Beware, it smells so good you'll likely want to eat it! Don't worry, we'll have an amazing truffle for you at the end of your Sweetheart Special. Next a light steam with a hot towel and a thorough cleansing with extractions (if you want them). Then, a very relaxing and rejuvenating facial massage with FarmHouse Fresh Strawberry Smash moisturizer. Finally a soft mist of Eminence's Sweet Red Rose Tonique. By this point in the Sweetheart Special, you will feel like a deeply cared for Valentine!
Finish with our decadent Dipped in Chocolate Pedicure!
Finally, for more chocolatey goodness, finish with an extravagant pedicure. First we'll soak your toes in a Butter Brulèe Foot Soak, which will soften and freshen your skin and fully relax your feet. A full cuticle care treatment and nail shaping is next. Then the Chocolate Foot Masque, we'll leave this on for about 15 minutes while you sit back and relax with a tall glass of rosé champagne and a salted caramel truffle. And finally everyone's favorite part, a tension taming foot and leg massage with aromatic Strawberry Smash Moisturizer. We'll complete this divine pedicure by giving your toes a fresh coat of Deborah Lippmann nail polish.
With our February Sweetheart Special, we'll pour on the love and care we know your special someone deserves!
YOU might just be the special someone that deserves this Valentine's treatment! We are big on self-love and self care and want to treat you to a beautifying, relaxing, and therapeutic experience.
Buy a gift certificate or Book on-line 24/7 here or call 503.281.0278! Available from Jan. 20th-Feb. 28th!
What is fascia blasting!?
We promote only the best in holistic wellness and take great care with the products and recommendations we bring to our 5-star day spa. Fascia blasting has developed considerable fame in the weight loss and cellulite removal industries over the past couple years. With this in mind, our goal is to give you a balanced perspective of this wellness tool, with a focus on holistic wellness and actual functionality. The question everyone is asking "Is fascia blasting a fad or fab?"
How does fascia blasting work?
You might have heard about it already on your favorite social media platforms, it has gone viral this past year. Fascia blasting is a term that usually coincides with the use of a FasciaBlaster, created by Ashley Black. A FasciaBlaster is a white plastic wand with claw-like attachments that you rub over the area you are targeting. There are many other tools on the market that are similar that have a variety of names like "massage roller stick, cellulite blaster, cellulite massager," and so on.
The idea behind fascia blasting is to manually break up fascia, the sheath of connective tissue that is below your skin and surrounds muscles and organs.
When our fascia has become compressed, hardened, or immobile, it leads to many conditions such as pain, poor mobility, cellulite, sagging skin, weak circulation, and nerve issues.
The goal of fascia blasting is to release and soften fascia to reduce pain, smooth skin, and increase mobility.
The original FasciaBlaster was created to relieve pain after hip replacement surgery. After anecdotal evidence of cellulite reduction with use of this FasciaBlaster, the use of this massage wand exploded in the beauty and weight-loss industries.
What are fascia blasting benefits?
While there are no scientific studies on fascia blasting, there are many passionate users sharing their stories on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and other popular social media sites. How-to-videos, compelling before and after photos, and testimonials have successfully placed fascia blasting into the on-line limelight. Fascia blasting users are reporting the following improvements: cellulite reduction, fat loss, muscle performance improvement, facial uplift, butt lift, reduced skin sag, muscle definition, pain relief, increased mobility, and improved posture and alignment.
How does fascia blasting work?
Photo courtesy of Ashley Black
How these massage sticks are used depends on the type of results you are looking for. For those looking for pain relief, they will generally target the areas they are focusing on. Those looking to improve skin smoothness and weight loss will generally use their blasters over their whole body. The use and actual results using a FasciaBlaster are varied. Many join on-line forums to get help, encouragement and ideas for using this tool.
It is recommended that you do fascia blasting immediately after a workout, use of a heat pad, or sauna while the muscles are warm. Massage oil or coconut oil is recommended. The claws or pressure points on the massage stick are then firmly massaged onto focal areas for 3 to 5 minutes. This massage is generally uncomfortable or painful. Up to four sessions per week are recommended for best results.
What are the users saying?
We went on-line and asked many users about their experience with fascia blasting. What we learned from anecdotal evidence is that many users are having great success in the area of pain relief and mobility. Results seem to be more mixed with cellulite reduction, weight loss, and skin improvement.
We learned that many struggle to keep up with the fascia blasting recommendation of frequent use and therefore aren't getting results. On the other hand, the users who are seeing improvements are absolutely thrilled and are passionately encouraging others to try out the method. We even heard from multiple yoga practitioners that their flexibility and postures have improved dramatically.
Our recommendations regarding fascia blasting:
Being in the massage business means fascia release is our game! We love seeing our clients and community get the results. We have always recommended foam rolling and trigger point therapy in addition to regular massage. Cupping also provides great results in improving fascia health and breaking up adhesions. As for using a FasciaBlaster or massage stick, we support its use according to the manufacturer guidelines. We also recommend staying hydrated, adding collagen to your diet, good nutrition, and athletic training to support your fascia goals. And finally, we recommend going long on self-love and self-care.
Keep your relationship with your body in perspective and appreciate your body for all the amazing things it does for you every day!
If you peruse the internet looking for top 2018 wellness trends, you might think it strange foods like dried crickets and unheard of superfood spices like moringa, will be taking over the wellness scene in 2018. While these reports are entertaining and exotic, we have compiled what we project the actual 2018 wellness trends will be!!
1. Personal strength & holistic wellness.
Whether or not your natural body type is slender, thick, sculpted, or curvy, the move to be healthy inside and out will remain the top wellness trend. Women's empowerment has rapidly become a daily headline. Promoting what is actually best for women's health is a natural side effect of this movement. Wellness trends will continue to move away from pressuring impossible beauty standards, to promoting holistic wellness, strength training, fertility, connection, and personal empowerment. Focus on men's mental health, fertility, need for connection, and stress reduction will be at the center of the wellness scene as well.
At Zama, we got you covered with the highest quality, organic, holistic treatments, from therapeutic massage, skin care, halotherapy, nails, waxing and more. Improved holistic health and self care for both men and women is our highest priority and focus for 2018 wellness trends!
2. HIIT training.
High Intensity Interval Training remain on the rise for everyone in 2018. HIIT is not new to the wellness scene, but year after year it continues to build in popularity as results grow along side the scientific evidence. A good HIIT program will build strength and conditioning through short, intense sprints. Weight training and/or cardio sprints combined with recovery intervals are common. Translation? Go balls to the wall for abut 40 seconds and then back into a feel good stretch for about 20 seconds. You push your body's performance envelope, making all kinds of new personal gains. Injury rates are decreased when there is a quality recovery program used between intervals.
The shorter sessions that HIIT offers appeals to many time pressured, performance loving health seekers. Expect to see HIIT styled workouts added into new fitness programs through fitness trainers, group fitness, yoga, and athletic programs. Fitness seekers looking for results will love HIIT, but definitely need to be willing to breath hard and be sore the next day. (Massage anyone!?)
Sounds futuristic, right!? We had to do some research to better understand this one, as it is newer in the health scene. Biohacking typically involves specific lifestyle and dietary routines to improve the functioning of your individual body. Some take it a step further with wearable technology that administer electrical pulses (really!) Specific performance enhancing nutritional supplements are common.
Biohacking is characterized by its self guided process, which usually involves daily self-testing and monitoring. Tracking things like food intake, PH levels, blood sugar, body composition, key-tones, and other measures are characteristic of bio-hacking. There is a large range of variation of how extensive people are willing to bio-hack. Some are using laboratories to get specific feedback and others simply journal their physical response to the lifestyle inputs they test, such as rest, specific nutrients, and exercise patterns. Ketogenic diets, infrared lights, and brain boosting supplements are popular amongst bio-hackers. Our in house specialized Far Infrared Wraps are perfect for those looking to tap into their ultimate lifestyle performance!
4. Intermittent fasting.
Fasting has been on the wellness scene since the early 1930s but has built serious momentum in the past few years. Fasting intermittently has aided many folks in performance improvement, athleticism, decreased inflammation, weight loss, digestion, mental clarity and more. Many people swear by it and there is a growing body of research that cites lasting, improved health.
There are many different approaches to intermittent fasting. Some require 24 hours complete fasting once a week, while others have you eating all your nutrition in an 8-hour window. There are many varieties in intermittent fasting approaches. Research and different options are growing, so definitely educate yourself on what might be right for you. This style of nutritional management is popular with bio-hackers!
5. Sleep Optimization
Finally, sleep is popular again!! A good night's sleep has been proven to improve health and productivity, and reduce health problems like weight gain, anxiety, and hormone imbalance.
Many industry leaders have spoken out in favor of good sleep as token in successful careers, versus the old mindset that successful people don't sleep. The problem is that years worth of poor sleep habits make it difficult for many people to catch a good night's rest. Sleep aides like weighted blankets, CBD oil, sound therapy, essential oils, and more are used to help folks get a good night's rest.
We definitely recommend receiving a regular massage as part of your sleep improvement journey. Massage activates your parasympathetic nervous system, ie: rest and digest. As a result, regular massage helps train your nervous system to calm down and rest, which results in better sleep!
Good health is at the core of our work and mission. We wish you the healthiest year yet in 2018!
Book 24/7 on-line or give us a call 503.281.0278!
There is a reason why we provide our clients free cupping for the month of January!
Our gift to you this month is free cupping! Cupping is powerful for detoxification, lymphatic flow, and circulation.
We love how it gives our clients fast pain relief.
Lower back, joint, and muscle pain are often significantly reduced with cupping therapy. Some say that cupping is the deepest form of deep tissue therapy, penetrating 4 inches deep into the fascia. Due to increased blood flow and release, the pain relief is often immediate.
Cupping has been popular amongst many holistic health consumers for years. The Rio 2016 Olympics brought cupping into the mainstream! Cupping isn't just for athlete's though, nearly everyone can benefit.
This incredible therapy not only provides pain relief and supports athletic recovery. It improves digestion and immunity, while helping decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Get a free cupping enhancement with any massage anytime during January.
Enjoy! We want to help you feel renewed and restored.
Zama Team Awards - An Annual Highlight!
Our Annual Holiday Party + Zama Team Awards Ceremony was a blast this year! We celebrated our amazing team with a Great Gatsby Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre event privately held at Stockpot in Beaverton. In addition to a very fun night of entertainment, we also spent some time recognizing the Zama team and all of their accomplishments! Expert touch, customer service, knowledge, training, results, effort, kindness, and more go into bringing our customers 5 star therapeutic care every day we open our doors.
We know our staff are phenomenal!
We hear it in our customer feedback as they are leaving, the on-line reviews we receive, and the repeat bookings. This year, we had the pleasure of promoting Brittany Dikeman to Assistant Spa Director and Clayton Stuhr to Lead Massage Therapist. These two have worked long and hard together building the massage team and strengthening their skills, making them the best of Portland!
We deeply appreciate the expert customer care from every single person in the company; from our entire front desk team, Esthetics team, Massage team, and finally our behind the scenes staff.
Drumroll...And the Awards Go To:
Perfect Attendance: (These ladies never missed a day of work.)
- Amy K.
- Alicia H.
- Natashia T.
Healing Hands: (No Complaints after thousands of services.)
- Amy K.
- Erik R.
Above and Beyond: (Always going the extra mile and saying "Yes, I can do that" regardless the task.)
Customer Service Super Star:
Shining Light: (Brightens the room with her infectious smile and positive energy.)
Worker Bee: (Amazing work ethic, always willing to do whatever is needed to help the operations of the spa.)
Parent Award: (Always caring about the well being of every person at the spa.)
- Sofia P.
Picasso Award: (Creating beautiful signs and displays for around Zama.)
Multiple Hat Award:
- Erika B. (Billing, Errands, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Front desk, Friend, Rule Book.)
And finally the MVP goes to:
- Clayton S. (this is the 2nd year in a row he has won this award!)
What's better than a spa boutique full of holistic healing and beauty packages perfect for stocking stuffers!?
We have hand selected the best in holistic healing and organic beauty products for our spa treatments. We share these highest quality goods in our spa boutique. This December we have added a sweet spa retail gift special, where you spend $125 in any of our spa goods and receive a very special FREE gift. Perfect for stocking stuffers!
Curious about what stocking stuffers you might find in our spa boutique? Here are our top 5 customer favorites!
1. Baby Foot.
Baby foot is a genius invention. It comes in the form of booties that are filled with 17 types of natural extracts that exfoliate and moisturize at the same time. Simply wear the booties for 1 hour and watch as over the course of 5 to 6 days the old skin will peel away, leaving your feet feeling as soft and smooth as a baby's foot! We love this product so much we had one of our staffers review it, read here!
2. Quinsyberry Body Oil.
Made by FarmHouse Fresh, this delightful body oil is a crowd pleaser! Quinsyberry Body Oil is luxuriously hydrating and its aroma is filled with comforting and refreshing apple blossom & tea notes. Made with blackcurrant extract and rich in vitamin C, it’s perfect for replenishing skin’s softness and thirst. The antioxidant properties found within blackcurrant extract also work to repair damaged skin and restore its natural glow.
3. 21 Drops Aromatherapy
We adore 21 Drops Essential Oils and we use this product in house free with all of our massage services. You can purchase any of their award winning roller blends in our spa store. Come sample their effective blends, crafted to sooth many common health concerns. Ranging from stress relief, to sleep concerns, headaches, energy, and much more, we have a perfect blend for the unique health seeker in your life.
4. Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser
Honestly, all of our Eminence products are top sellers. We particularly love Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser this time of year because it is perfect for fall and winter skin care. It is gentle and quite effective in the moisturizing and exfoliation department. Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser washes away impurities, removes surface debris and helps you to experience smooth skin like never before with this multi-action, exfoliating cleanser infused with exotic monoi. Perfect for winter and perfect for renewing your beloved skin.
Hotshotz are simply amazing! These magical and healing warmers can emit heat for up to 4 hours (depending on size and insulation.) With one easy click of a button, a HotShotz heat pack will instantly crystallize and heat up to a toasty 130 degrees! Lay or press it against any area of stiffness to encourage muscle relaxation or to reduce pain, it will leave you moving freely and able to continue on with your day! By applying therapeutic heat to an area of pain you will experience increased blood flow through the tissue. The increased blood flow helps relieve pain, while delivering oxygen and nutrients to the injured, sore muscle area. Check out the video below to see them in action!
Stop by our Spa Retail Store in person or on-line. You can also purchase a gift certificate, good for our services and store! And don't forget our Holiday Special is available through Dec. 31st! Save $$$ on spa services!!
Ouch! Chronic shoulder pain is frustrating and debilitating...read on for insightful tips!
Shoulder pain is one of the most common conditions we see at Zama. We would like to help you prevent shoulder injuries and give you a few simple tips to soothe and prevent shoulder pain.
We often take our shoulders for granted, until we have an injury.
Everyday activities such as driving, picking up your child, brushing your teeth, showering, sleeping, even working at a computer become difficult and often excruciating. If fitness is a priority, a shoulder injury can be even more upsetting, as many regular strength building activities have to be put on hold until the shoulder heals.
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, which also makes it prone to injury.
The shoulder joint is a complex system built of bones, joints, connective tissues and muscles. The most common cause of shoulder injuries are related to overuse and repetitive activities such as swimming, tennis, job related movements like use of power tools or cutting hair, or extended hours sitting at a computer. The most common shoulder injuries are bursitis, tendonitis, tendon tears, instability, arthritis, and fractures. The common theme with shoulder injuries is that they usually are created over time and take weeks, months, and years to heal. Unfortunately, shoulder issues are not easily resolved, this is why we like to focus on prevention!
Top 5 shoulder pain prevention tips!
Stay in good overall shape.
Strengthen your wrist, arm, shoulder, neck, and back muscles to help protect and decrease stress on your shoulder. Strengthening your core will take pressure off of your shoulder during weight bearing activities and improve your posture.
Focus on posture.
Whether you are standing or sitting, focus on bringing your shoulders down and back, away from your ears. Engage the back of your body to pull your shoulders into alignment. Check in with your feet and see that they are evenly resting on the floor if you are sitting, or evenly pressing into the floor if you are standing. Engage your abdominal wall by internally pulling your navel to your spine.
Externally rotate your arms often.
Too much internal rotation of the arms leads to excessive wear and tear on the shoulders. Simply focusing on externally rotating your forearms outward will open your shoulder joint and release tension.
Mix up your upper body activities.
Avoid repetitive activities at work and in your exercise routines. Work with a physical trainer, experienced yoga teacher, or other movement specialist to ensure that your regular activities contain variety and whole body strength and flexibility builders.
Work with a massage therapist, acupuncturist, or chiropractor.
Did you know that during a regular, preventative massage your therapist can tell you which muscles are getting too much action and which ones not enough? Work with an experienced body worker and they will help you prevent potential injury and give you a list of activities and exercises you can do to bring your body into alignment and balance. Pretty cool, huh!?
Tips for soothing and helping unresolved shoulder pain:
As we discussed earlier, there are many causes of shoulder pain and there is simply not one single effective approach. The following are our top tips that have proven to be successful for many suffers of shoulder pain. Definitely see your doctor for specific recommendations.
Ice and heat therapies.
Use ice to control pain after activities and while you are recovering and seeking pain relief. When you are first experiencing an injury, apply an ice pack for 15 minutes every other hour for the first few hours, and then three times a day until you’re free of pain. Conversely, heating up deep tissue with moist heat pack or ultrasound treatment can aid in deep tissue recovery.
This could simply mean more sleep and de-stressing, which will loosen your body and aid in recovery. This may mean taking a break from straining activities or using a sling to immobilize your shoulder joint. Each injury is unique. Some require taking a break and others simply require greater self care and increased recovery activities. Keeping a good attitude about pain is important, as well. Overly stressing about an injury can make it worse. Many injuries can be simultaneously addressed while staying active and embracing activities that take stress off the shoulder joint and strengthen stabilizer muscles.
Essential oils and topical treatments.
Yep, we, along with millions of natural remedy aficionados love the soothing power of plant based topical therapies. Apply diluted lavender, frankincense, peppermint, and wintergreen oils for natural muscle relaxation, inflammatory support, and pain relief. Deep Blue Rub and arnica creams are proven to sooth and provide instant pain relief. Biofreeze is an in-house favorite as well.
- Cupping.Cupping provides phenomenal pain relief. Cupping uses suction to soften adhesion(s), open up connective tissues, stimulate blood flow, induce relaxation and most importantly relieve pain. The result: expedited recovery, improved range of motion, and decreased pain.
Massage, massage, massage!
Every day we see our guests drastically feel better with the variety of massage technologies we offer. Our Detoxifier Signature Package and Pain Away Package are built to support you during times of injury and pain. Massage, cupping, and our moist heat therapies will increase circulation, while decreasing inflammation, which will speed up your recovery and get you back into all the activities you love and need to do!
Be radiant this season with excellent fall skin care!
Bring on the layers, pumpkin spice everything, apple explosion, spooky festivities, natural wonder, and epic loads of excitement! While your soul soars in the feast of autumn, your skin is likely begging for an updated skin care routine. Summer humidity and its radiant sun glow is now gone. Cool, crisp temperatures often result in dryer skin, breakouts, and diminished skin color and tone.
You might notice that your skin is dryer, more oily, or both!
As the seasons transition to fall, we see a buildup of summer skin damage from wear and tear of the elements. Breakouts are actually more common in fall, the build up of dead skin from the summer and fall dryness with the cooler temperatures locks in your natural oils and bacteria. On top of this, your skin is needing more hydration and care. We recommend a fall specific skin care routine, to combat seasonal dryness, damage from the summer, oil production, and to prepare for the coming winter.
1. Head to the spa and receive a facial.
Take the guesswork out of your fall skin care routine questions, and receive a professional facial complete with a personal skin profile analysis with one of our trained estheticians. Your skin will be in need of deep exfoliation, hydration and a boost of retinol. We have an extensive facial menu here at Zama. You can choose exactly what would suit your needs best. The Head to Toe Age Rewind Facial includes a robust facial treatment complete with cutting edge Eminence products and will also take care of your feet, shoulders and arms! Our Hydrafacial MD series provide a fast and efficient way to pump your skin full of Antioxidants, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid while deeply exfoliating and cleaning your skin.
2. Change Your Cleansing Routine.
During the summer, lighter gel and foaming cleansers are great. During the colder months, these cleanser can be too drying. We recommend adding in a more gentle and hydrating lotion cleanser. Make a spa-like ritual at home by adding a rich, creamy, cleansing lotion then removing it with a warmed, steaming wash-cloth.This will warm you up, open your pores and delight your senses! As you likely can see by all our facial treatment, we highly recommend Eminence facial products. Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser is excellent for the fall and winter seasons!
Come fall, it is time for exfoliation. To prevent those pesky breakouts, mentioned earlier, it is critical to remove the dead skin that traps oil and leads to breakouts. Fall is generally a better time for a regular exfoliation routine, as during summer skin tends to be more sensitive due to increased exposure to the elements and chemicals. Regular exfoliation will help to lift skin discoloration from the sun, remove dull, dry skin and encourage newer, healthier skin cells to form.
Choosing a cream cleanser with an exfoliant, or using an enzyme based exfoliant a few times a week will make a huge difference. Consider doing a whole body exfoliation with an oil based exfoliant to remove dead skin all over and hydrate deeply.
4. Go With A Heavier Moisturizer.
It's time to switch from the lighter cream moisturizer you used during the summer, to a thicker more protective moisturizer. Combating the cold, drying air and temperatures will be critical in the coming months. It is important to apply something a little heavier to prevent moisture loss. We still recommend protecting with an SPF all year long. Consider applying your daily SPF under your heavier cream. Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer is a dream! You will love how thick and rich it feels on your thirsty skin.
5. Protect your lips.
Seriously, right!? Avoid chapped lips like the plague this winter! Moisturize daily with a non-petroleum lip balm to prevent winter chapping. Drink lots of water (always!) to hydrate from the inside out. Take steam baths and let your skin soak up lots of steamy moisture.
Skin care is often an overlooked part of wellness. Healthy, hydrated skin will improve your overall sense of well-being, confidence and beauty!
Unfortunately, car accidents tend to happen more in the Fall and Winter seasons. At this time many of our clients seek Auto Injury Medical Massage. Motor vehicle accident injuries recover most effectively with a combination of holistic treatments, including massage therapy. Fortunately, insurance covers auto injury medical massage treatments. Zama specializes in massage therapy, therefore we are extensively equipped to help our injured clients!
Oregon law requires that all auto insurance companies provide personal injury protection benefits. This means that there is financial help available for medical bills and alternative treatments. We recommend that injured persons know their rights and seek holistic care for best results. Restorative therapies can provide many additional healing benefits after a traumatic accident.
Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa makes it as easy as possible for our Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) clients to receive high quality care. We have hundreds of hours of experience providing auto injury medical massage therapy for those suffering from an injury related to a car accident. Check out how we partner with our MVA clients here for a seamless and supportive recovery process.
Benefits of Auto Injury Medical Massage
When you've been in an accident, you need effective pain relief, relaxation, and therapies to the injury site(s). Auto Injury Medical Massage highly benefits injuries related to MVAs. We commonly treat whiplash, neck and back injuries after accidents. Tendon damage, muscle spasms, and myofascial pain respond favorably to therapeutic massage. In addition, headaches, migraines, and insomnia, lesser known MVA issues, are significantly helped by massage.
When in a car accident, injuries often go beyond muscles, bones, and ligaments and into the neural system. The autonomic nervous system needs to be restored after the stress and trauma of an accident. Massage therapy relaxes the mind and emotions, effectively restoring balance back into the nervous system. Muscles will also need to relearn to relax so that they can function for alignment stability and joint mobility. Swedish massage techniques provide excellent relaxation therapy and is commonly used in Auto Injury Medical Massage. Effectively addressing the nervous system promotes relaxation, which in turn greatly assists the healing process.
We can't say enough about the benefits of massage therapy for an injured person. Circulation and lymphatic drainage help to reduce pain and swelling by bringing fresh blood and nutrients to the injured site. It helps the body to relax and loosen so that it may heal. In addition, the associated mental and emotional stress associated with motor vehicle accidents are supported by massage therapy. Massage therapy not only addresses the actual physical injury, but reduces mental and emotional stress caused by the injury. Healing is a mind, body, and spirit journey.
Get Help if You Have Been Injured!
Thankfully, massage can bring immediate relief to painful injuries caused by accidents. More permanent pain-free healing most often requires a series of treatments. Injured muscles need an intentional therapeutic sequence to help release contracted muscles, improve mobility and range of motion, and prevent the formation of scar tissue.
If you or someone you know suffer from motor vehicle accident injuries, be sure to check out our extensive article here on how Zama can aid in the process.
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Take years off your skin with a series of HydraFacial treatments!
The HydraFacial MD is the most simple and effective age rewind treatment out there! While the HydraFacial literally takes years off your face and leaves it healthy, you don't have to wait for the results. If you have not tried the HydraFacial MD yet, we highly recommend you come in and enjoy it's immediate and impressive results.
Here are a few inside tips to maximize the benefits of the Hydrafacial MD. Read about our Express HydraFacial MD for an overview on how it works and why it is effective.
First and foremost, invest in the HydraFacial Series!
For best results, schedule the 2nd treatment in one to two weeks after the 1st treatment to get skin in full cycle then once per month for maintenance and continued beauty!
Dermatologists and Estheticians alike recommend a series of 6 treatments to improve the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, acne, and oily skin.
You will see results from your first treatment, however most people need the HydraFacial Series to make the desired changes to their skin condition. The HydraFacial series will give you much longer lasting results, specific care crafted for your unique skin each treatment, and an appearance that literally looks years younger!
Bonus! When you purchase a series, you pay for 5 and get the 6th for free!
What is the difference in the three different HydraFacial series Zama offers?
- Our Express HydraFacial MD takes only 30 minutes. Busy professionals and healthy skin seekers on a budget love the express because it is fast. But don't be fooled, this treatment series packs a punch. Each treatment includes a deep cleanse, infusion of Antioxidants, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid, exfoliation and extractions.
- Our Advanced HydraFacial MD is a slightly longer treatment at 45 minutes and includes all the same ffeatures as the Express. Your decollete is included with lymphatic drainage across all facial points. This treatment is perfect for clients looking to firm up skin and improve overall skin health on both the face and neck.
- Our Zama Signature Hydrafacial MD combines all the extras offered with the HydraFacial with the luxury touches of our spa that will relax and tame your muscles too. This deluxe treatment lasts 75 minutes and includes everything offered in the Advanced, plus a 5 step Hydrafacial protocol, LED treatment, Dermabuilder lip treatment, neck exfoliation and firming treatment, Honey Heel Glaze, hot towel foot soak, and therapeutic massage for hands, feet, shoulders, neck.
What are the upgrades?
Add Britenol and Dermabuilder to help increase results in the areas you are wanting!
Britenol, a potent spot corrector, will leave skin radiant with a more even complexion. Dermabuilder is a uniquely formulated combination of peptides that is designed to recharge skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
LED light therapy is even more effective after a HydraFacial treatment. LED light therapy can help to remove wrinkles, improve the appearance of age spots, minimize the appearance of scars, and help heal minor wounds. Whether you are looking to improve age related skin concerns or acne, the LED treatment is recommended.
We also offer a lip treatment using dermabuilder to naturally plump and soften lips.
And finally, we offer an exfoliation and firming treatment to your neck and decollete to decrease and prevent signs of aging.
How do I know which HydraFacial MD series is right for me?
Give us a call and we can help you assess the exact series you need! When you come in, your Esthetician will find out more about your skin needs and ensure you are on the right track!
Buy 5 Get 1 Free! Book your Hydrafacial Series Here!
A 5 Star Customer Experience for every service is our spa mission and goal.
From the person you talk to on the phone when you book your appointment, when you are greeted by our front desk, to the very end of your spa treatment, we aim to give you 5 star care.
We know you love meticulous, high quality care when you come to a spa and we thought you might want to know which of our most popular 5 star services are booked at the fastest rate. We only put the highest 5 star services on our menu and are excited to share with you the ones we are seeing the highest bookings.
Deep Tissue Massage:
Deep tissue is hands down our top seller with more 5 star praise than any other service. We are a spa that focuses on pain relief. We provide our staff with in-service training throughout the year so that we can continue to guarantee top quality, pain relieving deep tissue massage.
In the words of Raynette in her 5 star review on Facebook:
"Brittany is so insanely talented. I have chronic back pain from injuries, surgeries and stenosis that cause debilitating muscle spasms and trigger points and a pinch nerve in the neck that even a nerve block is not helping that much with and she was able to release so much pressure through deep tissue today. I am so excited for the next 24 hours of the results and helping me cleanse my body. I always recommend Zama because every experience and service has always been hugely helpful. See you soon!"
We have many couples massage offerings and all of them have received high praise. Have you read our blog about the multi-faceted benefits of couples massage? Getting a massage together gives you all the regular benefits plus the added bonus of a high impact relational experience. Win-win!
In the words of Megan in her 5 star review on Yelp:
"Fantastic 60 min couples massage with cocoa butter! Very relaxing atmosphere and very friendly staff. Enjoyed the sparkling cider and salted chocolates after the massage. Definitely will be back for more and will recommend to friends and family. This was our first massage ever and will definitely have more to come in the future. I would recommend getting this massage at the end of your day, just because the cocoa butter is nice to have after a long day. All in all we will be back again soon."
Have you heard of the Hydrafacial MD? It is, without a doubt, the fastest, most effective technology on the market today for restoring your skin to its healthiest state by removing impurities and replenishing your skin with essential nutrients. The Hydrafacial MD is used in clinical settings, top rated by dermatologists, and loved by our staff and customers alike.
In the words of Kendra in her 5 star review on Facebook:
"I came into Zama Massage for my first ever hydrafacial from Iman, and absolutely loved it! I had such a wonderful experience from the moment I stepped through the door. This space has great vibes! The ambiance is so cozy, I immediately felt relaxed and at peace. I barely waited at all after checking in with the friendly receptionists before Iman greeted me for my appointment. She was so warm, personable and made me feel very comfortable. She talked me through the service and explained the process of the facial in detail - she even showed me all of the gunk she extracted from my pores after! I felt so fabulous after leaving Zama, that I booked another series of appointments with Iman! I came back for another hydrafacial and a pedicure from her, too! She is so wonderful and made me feel so special on my pamper day! I have recommended Iman and Zama to all of my friends and family."
Signature Zama Pedicure:
Who doesn't love receiving a pedicure? An excellent pedicure is so much more than freshly painted toes. It is therapeutic, cleansing, relaxing and beautifying. Our Signature Zama Pedicure includes all the touches that send our customers away feeling renewed from literally their shoulders to their toes! This extensive pedicure includes Hot Shotz for your shoulders, Honey Heel Glaze for deep hydration, massage, and even a gift from Puerto Vallarta.
In the words of Rebecca in her 5 star review on Yelp:
"I LOVED ZAMA! It was the most peaceful pedicure I have ever received. I HIGHLY recommend Devonie. She offered outstanding customer service. She was so sweet, funny, and genuine! My toe nails came out flawless. She took great care of me and was sooooo BEYOND AMAZING. I give this place 5 stars! I was offered drinks and a yummy chocolate. I am absolutely coming back! I LOVE ZAMA 🙂"
Soak up the sun!
We highly recommend enjoying natural sun this summer. The benefits of sunbathing are vast, including:
- Builds the immune system
- Lowers depression
- Decreases skin irritations such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis
- Cleanses and oxygenates the blood and increases circulation
- Increases production of vitamin D
Too much sun can lead to sunburn, which we all know is not helpful to our health. Sunburns damage the top layers of our skin, are uncomfortable, increase the signs of aging, and in some cases can lead to dangerous conditions such as melanoma. When sunburned, helping your skin recover fast with natural methods is advised.
Our best tips for natural sunburn care:
Fresh aloe vera, from the plant is the best for sunburned skin. Time tested, and simple, fresh aloe vera rubbed on sunburned skin aids in hydrating the skin and providing comfort for the burn. If you don't have access to a plant, use a product that is 100% aloe. Stay away from lotions that have aloe as an ingredient. Most have fillers that are harmful and unnecessary.
Drink lots of extra water to hydrate from the inside and apply high quality, all natural hydrating oil to your skin. Being well hydrated will help your skin heal faster and reduce sun damage. Here at Zama, we adore Farmhouse Fresh Body Oils. Quinsyberry Body oil is quick-absorbing, lightweight and silky feeling. Made with blackcurrant extract and rich in vitamin C, it's perfect for replenishing the skin's softness and quenches its thirst. The antioxidative properties found within blackcurrant extract also work to repair sun damaged skin.
Essential oils can help with both the burn inflammation and repairing your skin quickly. Peppermint oil cools and relieves pain from sunburn. Here's how to create a peppermint spray: Simply combine 20-30 drops peppermint oil in 2-4 ounces of water in a glass spray bottle and mix in a pinch of salt. Mist the peppermint tonic onto the sunburn and enjoy its cooling, painkilling effects!
Lavender and frankincense oils are also helpful in repairing sun damaged skin. Mix the oils together and apply directly to burned areas. Many essential oil users report great success using this combination to prevent peeling and their aid in quick recovery.
Get a facial:
Our Organic Custom Facial provides our clients with the unique care they need, including the after effects of sun damage. Waiting a couple days after the initial burn so that your skin can begin to heal is advised. We use exfoliation to combat the sun damage and leave you with healthy thriving skin.
Custom facials at Zama include cleansing, exfoliation, masks, extractions (if needed or wanted), hot towels, massage, aromatherapy, pressure points, and hydration. Each of these steps is customized based on your unique skin care goals and concerns. Book a facial now!
Long Term Skin Care Routine:
We use Eminence here at Zama because the products are made with the highest quality ingredients. The Bright Skin line is phenomenal for improving skin tone, combating signs of aging, skin hydration, lightening sun spots, and improving overall appearance of skin. Daily SPF in your moisturizer will help prevent sun damage and help you retain your skin vitality!
We highly recommend that you incorporate foam rolling into your wellness routine.
As much as we'd love to give you a massage everyday, we know it is not practical for you to get into to see your massage therapist as much as your body needs. Foam rolling, also called myofascial release, is a set of exercises performed with either a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane, or your own hands. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to speed the recovery of muscles and bring your body into a more relaxed and loosened state.
Why Foam Rolling Works:
Regularly using a foam roller offers many of the same benefits as massage, including reduced inflammation, scar tissue and joint stress, as well as improved circulation and improved flexibility. Essentially, foam rolling allows the user to apply pressure to the exact spots on their body that needs the attention. Foam rolling compresses the fascia which in turn provides circulation and breaks up scar tissue in overly used areas of the body.
How you can learn to use a foam roller:
Our first recommendation is to get instructions from your massage therapist, trainer, or personal wellness expert. Someone that is working directly with you can give you the most pertinent instructions for your unique body and physical experience. Look for classes at your local gym or yoga studio to increase your overall knowledge. The internet, of course, is a great reference. Here at Zama, our therapists are prepared to give their clients foam rolling tips and we sell foam rollers, tigger point balls, and Theracanes right in our spa boutique.
More Foam Rolling Benefits:
In addition to increased flexibility, recovery, and circulation, there are a whole host of foam rolling benefits. Remember, foam rolling gives you the same benefits as massage! You can expect improved immunity, athletic recovery, decreased soreness, and better performance.
We recommend foam rolling before your workout of choice. You will find that you get more out of your training when you roll your muscles in advance. Whether you're a yogi, runner, or cross fitter, lengthening your hamstrings, gluteus muscles, and opening your hips via a foam roller will help you get into your optimal performance zone much faster.
Other considerations for athletes:
Being an athlete is one of the most rewarding experiences at any age. Tuning into your body and using it to experience life fully improves health, happiness, and vitality. Athletic training is one form of self care, however adding in time for recovery, repair, and nutrition are important. You will get further faster by tending to your holistic health.
In addition to foam rolling, we recommend massage, detox, Infrared Body Wraps, and hydration, hydration, hydration!
Happy training everyone! We are here to help your meet your goals and feel your best.
Purchase one of our recommended foam rollers here:
Hey Hood to Coast Runners! We've got the perfect recovery special for you!
Zama is offering all Hood to Coast Runners $20 off our Weekend Warrior Signature Massage. Included in this effective recovery massage is:
- Combination of Sports Therapy and Deep Tissue Massage
- Steam Heat Packs
- Deep Blue Rub
We know that Hood to Coast requires that your body be at its very best. Training is intense and the event itself is grueling. We highly encourage you to take advantage of our Weekend Warrior Massage offer to help your body recover and prepare for the big event.
We are extending this special through the end of September!
Take advantage of this incredible offer during your training and after. Your body will thank you!
Feel like you are on a white sandy beach with our June Special: A Taste of Paradise!
Included in our June Special:
- 75 Minute Tropical Escape Facial
- 60 Minute Hawaiian Dreams Massage
- Refreshing Drink & Salted Caramel Truffle
- All for $199!
Our June Special, A Taste of Paradise, is the perfect spa vacation.
We put together an alluring tropical spa experience just for you. If you can't head to the tropics, head straight to Zama. We've got you covered! You'll experience our most exotic custom facial, combined with a Hawaiian scented relaxation massage. Included in your spa paradise is a refreshing drink choice and tasty truffle.
The Tropical Escape Facial:
A white sandy beach paradise awaits with Zama’s Tropical Escape Facial. You can let all your worries go with this one. Experience aromas of the tropics combined with expert pampering and the highest quality Eminence facial products.
Recline like you are on a beach lounger and completely relax during this 75 minute Tropical Escape Facial. Your esthetician will customize your facial experience to meet the needs of your unique skin.
Included in the Tropical Escape Facial is: Deep Cleansing, Moisturize and Massage, Hands and Feet Scrub and Hot Towel, special Finishing Touches.
Hawaiian Dreams Massage:
Drift into deep relaxation with your 60 minute Hawaiian Dreams Massage. You'll be transported by Hawaiian Frangipani, White Ginger, and Plumeria scents while your therapist will customize your deeply relaxing massage experience.
Once you and the massage therapist discuss your massage preferences, they will leave the room, allowing you to disrobe to your comfort level and relax on one of our heated massage tables. The dim lighting, ambient music, and glowing candles will help you ease into a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind. Your massage therapist will use Hawaiian oils, and pressure is adjusted accordingly throughout the session.
Walk away from A Taste of Paradise feeling completely restored and aglow. You deserve a mini vacation!
Enter and win a very special spa experience for dad!
Father's Day is June 18 and Zama wants to give a day of deep relaxation to an outstanding Dad! It is easy to enter, just tell us why your dad, or an outstanding dad you know, deserves a day of renewal and indulgence at Zama; we'll take care of the rest!
Here's How to Enter:
- Follow us on Instagram.
- Look for our post announcing this contest and tag 2 people. You are welcome to enter as many times as you like.
- Tell us why your deserving dad needs a Man Spa Day this Father’s Day by e-mailing us at: Marketing@ZamaMassage.com. Be sure to put your Instagram handle/user name in the email.
The Grand Prize is the Men's Wellness Package at Zama. The winner will be announced June 16. Good luck and we can't wait to hear about the amazing dad in your life!
*Fathers's Day contest rules here
This last week DIY Network aired Zama's salt caves to tiny home and do-it-yourself lovers across the country.
The secret is out about the Zama salt cave experience! People are buzzing about the tranquil and therapeutic experience inside our salt caves.
Word about Zama got out to the DIY Network and the producers of "Tiny Luxury," a fun lifestyle show that features luxuriously crafted tiny houses. Once the network producers came by the spa for halo massages, they were hooked! Many creative ideas and great business plans are born inside our relaxing, free flowing negative ion environment.
How Zama got featured on national television.
After experiencing our salt caves the DIY producers recommended that Tiny Luxury feature salt slabs in one of their tiny luxury homes. They sent the crew over to Zama to scope out our salt caves and use the caves to inspire the design of their next project, the "Tiny Home of Zen."
The Tiny Home of Zen turned out so well, it was used as the Tiny Luxury's Season 2 opener! This last week we got to see Zama on national TV! We invited many of our regular customers and toasted! Photographed from left to right is, Genevra Cardoso, Zama's owner, Brittany Dikeman, Massage Director, and Allee Lindahl, Spa Director and CEO.
Check out the Zama clips of the episode Tiny Home of Zen or watch the whole episode here.
Allergies are the worst! If you aren't suffering from itchy eyes, congestion, headaches, and inflamed nasal passages, it is likely your spouse or child is! We feel for you. When pollen counts rise or that certain tree is in bloom, you or a loved one suffers the never ending drudgery of allergies.
When allergy season hits, most people run to the drug store for over the counter anti-histamine decongestants, in hopes of easy and immediate relief. Unfortunately, allergy medications have side effects that make the user feel much worse, not better. Side effects can range from dehydration, to anxiety, weight gain, low-libido, drowsiness, dizziness, and many more disturbances that are arguably worse than the actual allergies.
We have good news for you! Here at Zama we are armed with Portland's only salt caves and many other holistic allergy relieving treatments.
Here are our top three recommendations for allergy relief:
See and hear how the salt caves work in the video
we have included in this blog. Salt therapy does wonders for many health issues, especially respiratory ones. Sitting in our salt caves will help open up your respiratory system while boosting your immunity. Many users walk away from their salt session symptom free or feeling significantly better.
Enjoy a relaxing salt session, the soothing atmosphere will calm you, while the salty air will administer its natural healing with each deep, cleansing breath. Our state of the art Halogenerator will maintain circulation and an optimal salt infused environment. Salt is naturally anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal. Salt destroys the irritants that prevent wellness.
Our massage therapists can use lymphatic and facial massage techniques to open up your sinus passages.
Head and scalp massage frees up your flow of mucus and then reduces congestion. Massaging the clavicle and neck areas also relieves a constricted, tightened throat. Because lymph nodes are located in the neck, and these lymph nodes can be responsible for sinus buildup.
Massage of the lymph nodes can lead to a release of sinus pressure through lymph node drainage. A massage will relax you as well, which combined with the congestion clearing, will help calm the body and reduce the allergic response.
Cupping enhances circulation and pulls out the toxins that linger in your body's tissues. Releasing toxins while improving blood flow will help address the root cause of allergies. Our bodies respond poorly to seasonal threats when immunity is low or we have other systemic imbalances. Cupping is an efficient method of improving the body's overall function.
Our favorite recommendation for allergies is our Signature Detoxifier Massage with a Halotherapy upgrade. With this treatment, you get all three of our recommendations- salt caves, massage, and cupping!
If you put two people together that just had the same great experience, they are compelled to connect in a myriad of positive ways. Learn the top 5 benefits of couples massage!
We are often asked, why get a couples massage? How does it work? And is it only for romantic partners?
1. Couples massage is a powerful connector.
Spending time together with a loved one can be filled with stressful day-to-day worries. Getting a massage together gives you an opportunity to unwind, quiet the noise of daily life, and make time to simply BE together. Kick off date night or partake in a mid-day retreat with a couples massage!
2. Massage opens us up both physically and emotionally.
It stimulates the release of many feel-good hormones, while promoting cellular circulation and a sense of renewal. After a massage we feel physically alive and emotionally open. We ride a natural high from the release of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. Put two people together that just had the same great experience, they are compelled to connect in a myriad of positive ways.
3. Couples massage is a highly effective form of couples therapy.
Esther Boykin, a licensed marriage and family therapist states that "during a massage session, people are almost instinctually driven to let go of the past and the future and turn their attention to the present moment. This practice of being fully engaged in an activity together can help couples reconnect, and with a little effort, they can bring that same level of mindful awareness to their time outside of the massage.”
Couples massage can help partners let go of anxieties that prevent them from connecting. Massage increases feelings of affection and intimacy, helping couples feel bonded and happy both during the massage session and after.
4. Couples massage doesn't have to be romantic.
Family members and bonded friends can take advantage of paired massage, as well. It is common for people who have tight bonds take advantage of the many benefits of receiving a massage together.
In a couples massage, each person has their own therapist and receives a personalized treatment. One partner may just need relaxation while the other receives treatment on a specific problem spot.
5. Couples massage promotes a shared healthy lifestyle.
Our strongest bonds are the ones that are healthy. Massage promotes preventative and holistic health. Sharing this experience will likely guide each couple to plan more opportunities to be healthy together.
How it works.
All you need to do is simply choose the experience you are wanting for the two of you. When you come in, each of you will fill out your own intake paperwork. This will let your therapists know exactly what you each need. You'll then be guided to your therapy room and given the specific experience you desire. Oh and don't forget to add an enhancement from our menu at check in!
At Zama, where pain relief meets luxury, we have an extensive couples therapy menu.
Whether you simply want a foot soak together or a full spa package, we got you covered! Like the sound of Couples Warm Cocoa Butter Medley or the Couples Escape Package? We've got lots more! Check out our couples offerings here.
Are you experiencing tightness or chronic pain in your lower back?
While massage, cupping, and acupuncture are ideal for soothing and healing low back pain and sciatica, we know it isn't always possible to get into a massage therapist right away. Yoga and stretching are fantastic tools to relieve back pain. Often, all you need is just clear floor space and comfortable clothing.
We recently invited local yoga instructor Katy Fay to our salt caves to lead us through a simple yoga flow aimed to relieve low back pain and sciatica. We think you will love the easy, feel-good sequence she created for us.
Simple Yoga for Low Back Pain Flow:
Bring one knee into your chest, pressing low back into the floor. Feel out the body and take multiple full breathes, aimed at creating more space in the body as you bring your knee closer to your chest. If you would like a deeper stretch, extend the leg, as seen in the photo. Flex and point foot to create more openness in your body.
Benefits of this pose:
Tight hamstrings cause poor posture, which in turn weakens the core and leads to back injury. Inflexible hamstrings are a common cause of lower-back pain and sciatica. Loosening the hamstrings will help lengthen the lower back, which in turn alleviates pain and prevents injury.
Use one arm to assist your leg across your body into a supine twist. Feel your hips begin to stack. Breathe and relax, allowing both shoulders to relax downward. Gaze in the opposite direction, turning your chin away from the twist.
Benefits of this pose:
When you actively engage your lower belly, and work to draw your shoulders down toward the mat while moving the weight of your legs down into the floor, you will be helping to create space in your lower back. This pose elongates spinal muscles, which in turn help release tension in the back.
Half Pigeon Variation:
Ground hips and and cross ankle over the thigh. Reach arms either behind the thighs, or take a deeper stretch be reaching around the bent knee. As you breath deeply, press your knee towards your chest. Flex your feet to make sure your legs are active and engaged. Once complete, release the leg carefully and slowly.
Benefits of this pose:
Stretches the IT (iliotibial) band, which runs on the outside of the knee, and helps strengthen knees, stretch outer hips, and inner thighs. This in turn helps create release and more space in the low back, allowing the spine to naturally stretch.
Repeat flow on both sides.
Be patient with your body. Allow it to gradually go deeper into these stretches as you develop more flexibility. Pull up the knees to your chest and rock your body side to side, massaging the low back.
Finish with Reclined Butterfly:
Bring the soles of the feet together and widen the knees. Relax here for many deep breathes, or as long as it feels good on your backs and hips.
Benefits of this pose:
Calms the nervous system while gently stretching the inner thighs, groins, and knees. Increases circulation. Eases tension in low back, giving it space to extend.
Enjoy this pain relieving simple yoga flow with Katy Fay!
Click on the video to do it with her.
Due to high customer demand, we are growing our team!
We aim to connect with the highest quality, experienced professionals who love the art of massage and client care. We provide professional development, holistic job perks, and genuine care for our team.
If you know of someone who is a good fit for Zama, please forward them this announcement.
Deep Tissue, Ashiatsu and Sports Massage Therapists Needed!
We know bodywork. We have been featured on Drew Carney KGW and KATU AM Northwest. We are a guest-focused facility, where pain relief, detox, spa pampering, and heart centered care exist under one roof. Our therapists are personally trained to reflect the level of care our clients expect. Each and every guest has the opportunity to experience freedom and healing from stress and pain, and Zama provides them with an overall sense of extraordinary care. Every guest here is a VIP.
Zama is home to the only Salt Therapy Caves in the state of Oregon.
These innovative healing caves are specifically for healing asthma, allergies and relieve stress and respiratory issues. As an LMT, you will have the opportunity to massage clients in the caves which benefits both you and our guests. Mutually beneficial healing!
We have openings for experienced part-time and full-time Massage Therapists.
Must have evening and weekend availability. We are looking for dedicated, flexible employees to work with the best of clients, products and staff. You must be able to give deep, pain relief focused massage ready and willing to learn cupping, magnetic cupping and more. We are a team that values our employees and rewards our staff through generous compensation and ongoing incentives.
-Weekend on call availability
-You are a dynamic therapist who has high standards of excellence
-The foundation of your work is therapeutic and very deep
-You are confident as a therapist and have at least 1 year of experience
-You value a healthy lifestyle and are committed to your own personal development
-You are interested in and follow trends in the wellness, beauty and/or spa industry
-Naturally enjoy giving superb Customer Service
-Excellent communication skills and understands the importance of teaching your clients self care.
-Professional presentation and demeanor
-Upbeat & happy personality
To apply, email your cover letter and resume! Tell us why we should hire you!
Contact our Massage Director Brittany at: email@example.com
Whether this Valentine's season is destined to be the most romantic on the books, or one to dive more into the joy of loving yourself, or both, now more than ever is the time to keep your love strong!
All great art, writing, music, theater; basically all things good, is knitted together with love. We are particularly smitten with this love summary from Brené Brown:
'Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.'
In current times of the modern busy-ness, consuming technologies, political divides, and struggles to keep our loved ones well and happy, it is easy to lose sight of how simple and attainable love can be.
Our love list is by no means exhaustive, however our hope is that you read it and think of what you would add to it...
How to Keep Love Strong:
Try something new together.
Mix up your routine, whether it up with your spouse, a friend, or a family member. People who frequently try new things together have more bonded, higher-resonance in their relationships, according to research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Especially couples.
Check out something new in your neighborhood, go for a hike, make something handmade together, have a dance party (or go to one!), get a couples massage, sing a new duet. So many options if you think about it, right!?
Stop & rest.
Exhaustion leads to stress, anxiety, and illness, which can leave us lonely, depleted, and trapped in an over-extended cycle. Our modern culture heavily emphasizes productivity, profit margins, and career success. The art of nurturing is ever important to cultivating love in our life. Nurturing our relationships, nurturing our health, nurturing the earth, and nurturing our non-human friends fills our love banks.
Feeling a lack of love in your life? Slow down, get some rest, regroup, and nurture your own well-being first. Sometimes a chiropractic adjustment will make all the difference. We recommend Dr. Alvis here in NE Portland.
As Elizabeth Gilbert says, "Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy." The essence of our human existence is lifted by creative experiences, no matter if it is chopping garlic in the kitchen, braiding your child's hair, putting on makeup, or taking that just right photo for Instagram. If you are feeling the creative flow, you will definitely have a better, more satisfying day with more love to give and receive. Everyone needs a creative outlet, big or small. Creativity may take just 5 minutes, or 5 hours, but either way, it is crucial to living a more loving life.
We definitely have some recommendations! Our favorite creative inspiration is to take a walk in the Lansu Chinese Garden here in downtown Portland. We also love eating cheese filled verde chicken quesadillas over at Sante Fe Taqueria on Northwest 23rd and delighting in their wall to wall murals while sitting under their new halo chandelier in the bar. And finally, taste testing vegan and handmade chocolates over at Missionary Chocolates in NE Portland inspires our inner magic makers.
Give. Give. Give.
Never has there been a time better than now to give to others, give to animals, and give to the planet. Our driven society often has us overly focused on advancement, consumption, and entertainment. Giving to others makes us more whole, loving, and an enhanced sense of worth back to us. As author and love activist Glennon Doyle Melton says, “People who need help sometimes look a lot like people who don’t need help.” We never know who exactly needs our kindness, but by giving it more freely we are sure to reach those who need it.
Some of our favorite organizations to give our time, money, and resources to are: Oregon Humane Society, Portland Polar Plunge supporting Special Olympics, and feeding the homeless with the Union Gospel Mission downtown Portland.
Quiet your mind, open your heart.
Whether it be organized religion, bedside prayer, or the meditation cushion, we recommend a spiritual practice that helps you feel connected to your heart. To your soul. To your community. Love flows from an intentional spiritual practice.
Eat your soup.
When in doubt, have a warm bowl of pho (shout out for Pho Van Fresh in the Pearl!) Or cheese, might we recommend Sweet Fire at Portland Creamery?
With your people. With someone new. With a furry friend. With an open heart.
Got someone special out there who needs some love or want to give the perfect gift for Valentine's Day?
Book yourself, your friend or loved one our February Special, The Royal Treatment! The ooey gooey warm cocoa butter drizzling all over with a 60 min massage + a 60 min hot stone and warm cocoa butter pedi combo will warm their hearts! All for $150. Book Here!
Zama's February Special, The Royal Treatment, will warm your skin and delight all your senses. It is the ultimate relaxation experience that you'll definitely want to book more than once! The Royal Treatment combines aromatic cocoa butter, the ultimate whole body skin hydration, hot stones, deep tissue work, and delicious treats. Sounds amazing, right!?
The Royal Treatment Includes:
- 60 minute Warm Cocoa Butter Massage
- Hot Stone Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicure
- Champagne & Salted Caramel Truffles
You'll Start with the Hot Stone Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicure:
Sit back and relax with our longer and more luxurious pedicure! Enjoy a festive glass of bubbly and a Missionary Chocolate Salted Caramel Truffle. Our Hot Stone Warm Cocoa Butter Pedicure will bust your stress and relax you to the bone.
You'll begin with our Butter Brulee Powder Milk Bath from FarmHouse Fresh. Then we’ll exfoliate your feet and legs with an aromatic Triple Shot Caramel Coffee Sugar scrub.
Next, you’ll sit back and relax with a hot towel wrap for the feet. We’ll drizzle fair trade warm cocoa butter down your lower legs and feet. And then the grand relaxation finalé, a hot stone massage. Your feet and legs will be deeply nourished, your skin will feel hydrated and your mind will rest.
After our expert nail and cuticle care for your feet, we will finish with a gentle buff to shine or polish from our five free Deborah Lippmann nail line!
Next comes the ultimate 60 minute massage:
We'll personalize, just for you, the exact massage your body needs. Your therapist will interview you and determine what techniques will give your body the pain relief or relaxation you are looking for.
Our Warm Cocoa Butter Massage uses heated Cocoa Butter to warm you up and deeply nourish and hydrate your skin. Cocoa butter is beneficial for all skin types. It aids in preventing or easing stretch marks, soothes dry itchy skin, and provides relief from skin conditions such as Eczema or Psoriasis. Our warm cocoa butter massage is great any time of year, but is particularly luxurious while it is cold out.
Book The Royal Treatment as a perfect winter treat for yourself, perhaps for your Valentine or a deserving friend or relation. We'll give her or him the royal touch they deserve!
BOOK ONLINE HERE or call 503-281-0278!
Zama team awards are presented every year at our holiday party.
This year we celebrated in true Portland style at the Punch Bowl Social. Our team works with heart throughout the year to bring our clients thoughtful, meticulous, quality care in every session.
The Zama team knows when to hustle and when to slow down and take extra care.
Their many small daily actions throughout the year add up to large results for both our customers and our business. They create long term positive benefits for the many, many clients that come through our doors! We are grateful for our team and all that they bring our customers.
This year during our award ceremony we recognized many of our team members for their leadership, commitment to clients, personal growth, efficiency, and personal excellence.
Let's put our hands together for the Zama team and recognize the following contributors!
Jen O'Connor: Front Desk Lead Supervisor
Jen is a first time supervisor. She has excelled in personal development and growth. She models what she learns and represents best practices. She is an excellent model for the front desk team!
Bri McCaw: Front Desk Lead, Billing Specialist
Bri took over our billing department and has made huge improvements in efficiency of billing and turn around time for booking MVA clients.
Annie Schmidt: Marketing Coordinator
Annie leads Zama through our social media channels, creation of video content, and on site marketing programs. Annie has excelled at encouraging Yelp
, and Google+
reviews to help with business growth. She jumped right into the role and has been eager to grow and learn.
Brittany Dikeman: Massage Director
Brittany continues to grow the massage department and offer cutting edge education and training to her team members. Through many of Brittany's efforts, the Zama team provides the best massage Portland has to offer.
Iman Godfrey: Nail Lead
Iman has worked tirelessly to grow the newest department to Zama. She brings in fresh ideas to stays ahead of the competition in such a competitive and creative department. She invests time and training to create the top nail technicians on her team.
Emily Martin: Lead Esthetician
Emily encourages her team through love and care to give the best quality skin services along with the most effective services in Portland.
We did not leave out the FUN awards!
Zama's MVP: Clayton Stuhr.
This year's MVP was chosen for his incredible commitment, positivity, and the light and joy he spreads each and every day! Clay uplifts everyone around him. He performed 1,252 massages, was requested for 250 massages, 35 cupping sessions, 22 warm cocoa butter, 37 hot stones, 35 prenatal massages, 8 moist heat massages, and impacts lives every day at Zama. His touch is felt both in, and out of the treatment room.
Champagne Award (Sparkling personality): Bre’Anna Glynn
4th and long, Hail Mary: Erika Brown (4th and long is an award for the employee who always pulls through when we need a game saver!)
Dr. Do-Little award: Annie Schmidt (Talking more about pets at office than spouse or family.)
Babies Bottom Award : Aaron Hill & Matthew Kerrigan (Smoothest in times of crisis.)
Greatest Growth: Jasmin Crump
Enjoy some more photos from our festive staff awards party!! Big thanks to Punch Bowl Social for an extra fun venue!
In the last 10 years yoga has grown by about 1000% percent! The new millennium has brought many versions of yoga into the mainstream. Yoga classes have hit the fitness, wellness, and healing industries. We at Zama are thrilled! While we adore helping our clients feel better, we love seeing them take ownership of their health through vehicles of wellness like yoga!
The holiday time of year can be fun, full, magical, and often stressful. When life gets too busy and overwhelming, restorative practices such as yoga and meditation are even more important. Those who practice yoga and meditation are more likely to be more efficient, clear headed, emotionally resilient, and avoid negative stimuli more frequently.
For this reason, we have lovingly put together this blog to inspire you to incorporate simple yoga poses and practices frequently, at home, at the office, or even while shopping. Take frequent mini breaks to care for your body, clear your mind, and move difficult emotions through your body.
Zama's 12 Days of Yoga
The First Day: Easy Pose/Meditation
Relaxing the mind is at the core of practicing yoga. We take what we learn in our yoga practice and bring it into our daily lives. Mindfulness helps us break bad habits, eliminate negativity, and diminish stress.
For meditation beginners we recommend starting with 3 to 10 minutes every day. Longer sessions of 2o to 30 minutes can be even more restorative. Simply sit in lotus position or in a chair, preferably with an upright spine, and focus on your breath. Anytime during the day is great, but first thing in the morning is highly recommended to establish a more relaxed flow to your day.
Allow stress and worry to take a backseat and let creativity and positivity to fill up your mental and emotional space. Meditation is a cornerstone habit for successes of all kinds. Even holiday success.
Second Day: Mountain Pose
Mountain pose is simple, yet powerful. It improves posture, which prevents many back issues, especially sciatica. In mountain pose, we stand with our feet together and toes slightly lifted. The pelvis is tucked and the rib cage is lifted. Shoulders are relaxed and rotated back and down. Practice mountain pose while waiting in long shopping lines, or take a standing break in a sit down meeting. This pose strengthens the core and helps give you the best gift of all, proper alignment.
Third Day: Corpse Pose
Who doesn't love Śavāsana? Corpse pose can be done lying on your back. Your shoulder blades are pulled back, and resting evenly on the earth. The legs are splayed open and heels are in and the toes flop out. Your eyes are closed and everything is relaxed. Your gaze is inward. Sound good, eh?! While corpse pose takes little to no effort it delivers benefits we all need: relaxation, better rest, and relief for depression and stress. The best place for corpse pose is below the holiday tree or in a room where no one can bother you!
Fourth Day: Neck Stretch
Okay, admittedly, this one is not officially yoga, but it is super helpful and very easy to do at your desk. We got this one from the Yoga Journal. They say, "Sit upright without letting your back touch the back of the chair. Align your head directly over your spine and feel the crown of your head lifting. You may want to hold on to the side of your chair seat with your left hand. Breathe in, and on the exhalation, drop your right ear toward your right shoulder without lifting your right shoulder or turning your head. Take several breaths in and out, feeling the stretch on the left side of your neck." Repeat on the other side.
You'll love how you can do this one in the office or the breakfast table and no one will look at you funny! Enjoy how it lengthens and stretches the neck.
Fifth Day through Tenth Days: Yoga for Digestion
Let's face it! The holidays are the fullest time of the year when it concerns our bellies! Egg nog, roasts, cakes and cookies, champagne, creamed squash, holiday brunch, you name it! Our bellies need extra attention and care. Be sure to check our article on how to reduce your sugar intake.
To improve digestion we need to increase circulation, internal massage, and release of gas. We encourage poses that help give you an inversion as well as a twisted spine. Down Dog, Camel (see photo) Bridge, Boat, Wide Child's, and Spinal Twist Poses all give your organs the support and encouragement they need help your body better care for its self. Be sure to click into each pose for instructions and benefits from Pocket Yoga.
Eleventh Day: Breathe Deeply
Breathe through the holidays. Breathe while you do yoga. Breathe in the shower. Breathe while you drive. Breathe while at work or Holiday shopping. For reals, just breathe! Deep breaths are even better. You will never look strange focusing on your breath, and you will ALWAYS get results. The benefits of breathing deeply and focusing breath work are many! According to the Chopra Center, deep breathing benefits are:
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Lower/stabilized blood pressure
- Increased energy levels
- Muscle relaxation
- Decreased feelings of stress and overwhelm
Twelfth Day: Gratitude
Practicing gratitude is the number one positive psychology tool and arguably the best life hack. Whether you sit and meditate on all the wonderful ways your life is showing up for you, full of gifts and opportunities, or you do gratitude practices such as: journaling, letter writing, dinner table rituals, keep a gratitude jar, or simply employ a gratitude mindset, you are well on your way to experiencing a happier season.
There is even a science to gratitude! Researchers have found that gratitude opens the door to healthier relationships, improved physical and mental health, reduced aggression, and improved self esteem. An active gratitude practice will definitely help make your holiday season magical, calm, and meaningful.
And on that note, we want you to know that whether or not you are stopping by our website for the first time or visit Zama regularly, we appreciate you! Zama is a heartfelt, creative therapeutic endeavor that is deeply fulfilling to the owner, staff, and clients. We are so happy to have you be a part of our community.
Warm up and use our featured hot stones in the cooler months! Whether you take advantage of our Remedy Hot Stone Signature Massage or use them as a treatment enhancement, these warmed, magical stones will give you the healing thermal touch your body needs. Take a look at our video to see the stones in action.
Hot Stones provide relaxation at the deepest level.
Warming the body and increasing blood flow is not only deeply therapeutic for our body's musculature, but also the nervous and immune systems. Athletes, massage connoisseurs, and pain-relief clients love how these warmed basalt stones penetrate deep into their muscles.
We see incredible results on clients who need "something more" with their treatment.
Hot stones are both grounding and soothing. The basalt stones help relieve mental and emotional stress. They melt away physical and mental tension. A hot stone massage may also help you combat some of the symptoms of anxiety disorders and depression. Those who appreciate the mind and body connection of massage also appreciate a sense of deeper connectivity and mental clarity.
Our Remedy Hot Stones are basalt, chosen because they release heat slowly, and years of water erosion have made them smooth and soothing to the touch. Using basalt stones is also a great way to connect with the spirit of the Northwest! Native Americans have been using basalt stones for centuries for both physical and spiritual healing purposes, including sweat lodges and abdominal massage for cramps.
Zama's Remedy Hot Stone Signature Massage is among our most popular services. This 75 minute session infuses both Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage techniques. Ease painful symptoms, warm the body, and enhance a deep mind and body connection with this one, while restoring in peaceful relaxation.
It's the Most Sugary Time of the Year!
Many call this time of the year the Annual Downhill Slide. "It all starts with Halloween!" we say. We dig our favorite childhood candies out of the kids' Halloween bags. We adore spicy (read:sugary) lattes and nogs. Holiday candies and treats are lined up in every office, gathering, and holiday themed get togethers. Everywhere we turn, there is a sweet something made of sugar calling our name!
Now, tell me. How often during the holidays do you experience emotional upheaval, illness, weight gain, and sluggish energy? Lack of sunlight and fresh air, high stress, and poor sleep all contribute to low health swings. Arguably, sugar can be named the number one culprit for undesirable health issues. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, added has a strong association with suffering depression.
We love sweets, treats, and celebration just like the next person, but want to encourage our community to limit sugar intake over the next couple months so that they feel energized, healthy, and full of joy for all this special season offers.
10 Sweet Tips to Quiet Your Sugar Tooth
1. Add spices in place of sugar to reduce cravings and lower blood sugar.
Fresh nutmeg, a natural aphrodisiac and anti-depressant, is delicious in black coffee, oatmeal, and warmed milk. Lower blood sugar with cinnamon. Dust it on apples, toast, and add it to any sweet or savory dish for extra kick. Ginger stops sugar cravings in its tracks and helps digestion, especially in the cooler months. Boil fresh ginger in water for a spicy and satisfying tea.
2. Drink more water.
Hydration is at the top of almost every health list out there. Dehydration leads to unhealthy cravings, especially sugary ones. If you know you are headed out to an event that will have a lot of sugary treats, drink 32 ounces before you go to limit your likelihood of losing control. Drink 20 ounces every morning when you wake!
3. Eat your roots!
Add natural sweetness to your diet while reducing all at once. Carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, onions, radishes, garlic, burdock, etc... all nourish your body while making you feel grounded, satisfied, and way less likely to hit the dessert table.
4. Eat breakfast.
Just like mama said, right?! Seriously, eating breakfast will help stabilize your blood sugar while preventing late afternoon sweet cravings. Breakfast helps heighten our energy throughout the day, making us less likely to have the post lunch energy slump which is when we are way more likely to say yes to the office cookie tray we avoided all morning long. For best results, have a low glycemic, high protein breakfast.
5. Limit sugar days to 2 or 3 days a week.
Eat sugary treats on the days that have "T" in them. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Knowing that you can have treats on certain days may help you feel less deprived and more in control. Having sugary drinks and desserts daily is what gets us in big trouble. If we simply take more days off then on with our indulgences, we are way more likely to stay balanced.
6. Be aware of added sugar.
Sometimes we kid ourselves into thinking we are not having a lot of sugar when we aren't having dessert. We need to also be diligent about how drinks, energy bars, muffins, yogurts, and snacks. Most processed foods are loaded with extra sugar. Holiday coffees and chai steams, the same. Don't let your low sugar plans get ruined by added sugar in all your drinks and snacks!
7. Set up a sugar challenge with a friend or loved one.
If you are serious about staying on track with your health this season, then get your support team together! Get an accountability buddy to help you both stay healthy and leaner over the holiday season. Set goals together and connect daily via text, snapchat, email, face-to-face, or the good old telephone.
8. Mix up your holiday traditions to include other delicious treats.
Roasted nuts, spiced and dried fruits, granola, and spicy teas are all fun alternatives to cakes and candies. Making aromatic bath salts, candles, and oranges with cloves are also fun ways to give the senses a treat while avoiding yet another sugar snack! We recommend the Salted Carmel Indulgence for the ultimate treat! But, adding warm cocoa butter onto any massage will do the trick for sure!
Exercise, fresh air, sweating, and being with other people are also great ways to stop sugar cravings in their tracks. Exercise releases endorphins which make happy! Often we reach for sugar treats when we want a quick happy feeling.
Most sugar binges occur when we are overtired, stressed, and need quick energy. Get at least 7 to 8 hours of restorative sleep a night to prevent the need to run to Starbucks for an eggnog latte or chocolate covered espresso beans.
Our newest, most comprehensive facial is our November Special. Creating VIP treatments is our speciality. Our Head to Toe Age Rewind facial will make you feel like you are ready to step on the red carpet! Pamper and beautify from head to toe before the holiday calendar rules you. Feel young and sparkly for all your upcoming festivities!
Included in the Head to Toe Age Rewind Facial:
- 75 minutes of blissful beautifying relaxation
- Clean, tone, and exfoliate face with extractions (if needed)
- Moisturizing facial massage
- Baby Foot Peel
- Steam and warm towels
- Age defying masque
- Shoulder and arm massage
- Cutting edge age defying Eminence products used & performed by a trained esthetician
Are you ready to shed a few years with Zama’s Head to Toe Age Rewind Facial? You’ll walk away with fresh, youthful skin from your head down to your toes. In this age rewind treatment we combine cutting edge skin technology for both your face and feet, while helping you relax and restore. Our Baby Foot peel treatment takes our Head to Toe Age Rewind experience to the next level. The results are incredible, you’ll lose up to 7 layers of skin painlessly resulting in fresh, baby soft feet! Then you’ll receive a VIP facial experience, beautifying and relaxing you from head to toe!
Your Step-By-Step Head to Toe Age Rewind Facial
Step 1: Baby Foot Peel
First, we’ll clean and steam your feet. Next we’ll slide your toes into the Baby Foot Treatment booties. We’ll take care to keep your feet warm and comfortable with heated booties during your whole treatment.
Step 2: Facial Steam and Cleanse
Next, comes the refreshing and satisfying warm towels and facial steam treatment. Now that your pores are open, we’ll cleanse and exfoliate, leaving your face fresh and clean. If needed, we’ll perform extractions. Enjoy both the effectiveness and the sweet aroma of our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant from Eminence. You’ll love how it removes dead skin cells and generates newer, younger skin growth.
Step 3: Bamboo Age Corrective Masque
Now that you’ve been cleansed, you are ready for our secret weapon: the Bamboo Age corrective Masque. This masque has been proven to increase collagen production by 25% in just 6 days! After the masque has worked its magic, we’ll apply our Hibiscus Age Corrective cream line which will target your fine lines and wrinkles. This line has three specific creams for your eyes, neck, and even a spot treatment for deeper lines. Between these three creams, you are sure to see the results you are wanting!
The perfect finish to this facial is the Bamboo Firming Fluid. This product has a natural retinol that further assists in the age rewind! The most luxurious part of this facial is the massage. Our talented Estheticians take great care in massaging your shoulders and arms putting you into complete bliss!
Book HERE or purchase a gift certificate online HERE!