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!