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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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!