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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!?
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!
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!
Check out our February Sweetheart Special! It combines the best of our spa with the delights of the season!
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?"
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
We are often asked, why get a couples massage? How does it work? And is it only for romantic partners?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Halloween is right around the corner and we're getting in the holiday spirit with several seasonal specials here at the spa, not to mention, the recent Grand Opening of our HaloTherapy Salt Caves! The salt caves have been very popular with our regular clientele and now we're spreading the word to people who may not be as familiar with Zama yet. We recently started airing a television commercial and Zama owner, Genevra Cardoso, made a guest appearance on KATU's AM Northwest just last week.
After you run around from house to house helping your little monsters exorcise their demons, you may be wondering what to do with all of that coma inducing candy. Several local communities have "Buy-Back" programs, often offering up to $1.00 per pound for your little critter's booty. Some of it will be eaten, sure, but just one look at the amount of calories in an average Halloween haul and you'll want to make sure the bulk of it goes anywhere besides your family's tummies. For information on local, Portland area buy-back programs, click here.
You may know about the new massage services offered in our innovative HaloTherapy salt caves but did you know that you can just come and relax during our "drop-in" hours? When inhaled, the saline vapor in our salt caves purifies the lungs, drawing out mucus and impurities, a process which was first recognized in natural salt caverns dating back to ancient times. The therapeutic inhalation of salt is made possible with the use of our state of the art halo-generator, which produces micro-sized salt particles. As you inhale the salt into your lungs, it decreases inflammation of the bronchial passages and helps to fight infection. These natural benefits are highly therapeutic for anyone suffering from allergies, asthma, skin conditions, joint pain, snoring, and more. The HaloTherapy room also creates a negative ion environment that decreases stress, promotes relaxation, and increases an overall sense of well-being.
Sip spicy tea and unwind (fully dressed) during a 45 minute saline therapy salt cave session. Inhale therapeutic salt vapor while you lean back and enjoy the full-body comfort of our Lafuma zero gravity chairs. The ergonomic design offers full body comfort and the resistance levers help keep the chair in an optimal position. "Drop-in" hours begin on the hour, every hour however you must arrive 15 minutes prior to the hour. You can always drop by to see if we have an open chair (we have 6) but it's strongly suggested that you make a reservation to ensure your spot. You can do that online or by calling one of our concierges at the front desk.
Salt Cave Therapy - 45 min - $39
Salt Cave Therapy (child 12 & under) - 45 min - $25
Halo Massage 60 min - $114, 90 min - $144
Couples Himalayan Dream Massage- 60 min-$275, 90 min - $325
Find out more about these services HERE!
Pumpkin Renewal Package
• 60 min Warm Cocoa Butter Massage
• 30 min Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
• Pumpkin Vanilla Spice Pedicure
Includes spicy tea and vanilla salted caramel truffle
Learn more HERE!
For a limited time only, purchase a gift card for $100 or more and receive a FREE 45 Min. Salt Therapy Session