We never miss a chance to enjoy the glimmers of sun we get here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s good for the soul. Many experts now believe that the sun's rays provide more benefit than harm (provided you get the right dose.) Science proves there are payoffs to a small daily dose of sunlight, including:
Daylight helps turn off your body's production of melatonin, a hormone produced at night that makes you tired. This can help you maintain a normal circadian rhythm, so you're more likely to feel drowsy at bedtime when it's dark out. Going outside for 15 minutes at the same time each morning gives your body a clear signal that it's no longer night.
A type of depression called seasonal affective disorder affects some people during darker months when they don't get enough sunlight. Experts now agree that sunlight has widespread mood-elevating effects, possibly because the "happy hormone" (serotonin) increases when nights are shorter and days are longer.
Elderly Alzheimer's patients exposed to bright lighting during the day, often get better scores on a mental exams, have fewer symptoms of depression, and lose less brain function than those exposed to dim daytime lighting.
Sunlight contributes to bone health in older adults. It is well known that vitamin D stimulates the absorption of bone-strengthening calcium. Research shows a direct correlation between both bone density and blood levels of vitamin D3. Higher blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a lower rater of fractures of virtually all types; lower blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a higher rate of fractures of all types.
The evidence is clear: the sun is good for you and you should feel free to enjoy it. Just be sure to use caution, stay hydrated, and use a good sunscreen!
Zama Massage Spa Makes its Television Debut
It's been an exciting week here at Zama as we prepare for our television debut! Zama owner Genevra Cardoso will be making an appearance on KATU's AM NORTHWEST to introduce viewers to our new Halotherapy Rooms - the only Salt Therapy Caves in Portland - as well as our array of other amazing therapeutic services. Watch for Genevra's segment on October 16th at 9am. Also, it's rumored that Genevra will be joined on-air by a well known local celebrity... Salt caves can be extremely beneficial for anyone in the performing arts and there are a few Portland A-listers that want to help us get the word out. Stay tuned for details on an announcement.
In addition, we just finished shooting our first broadcast television commercial! Television is yet another way to familiarize the Portland community with Zama's welcoming ambiance and exclusive spa services. We had a blast working with KATU's Terry and Kevin (KATU Director and Videographer). They did a really great job capturing the essence of Zama, and we look forward to the commercial's world premier on KATU the first week of October. Said Genevra, "I was a little nervous with my lines when we started but Terry did a great job setting me at ease, it was actually a lot of fun. We can't wait to see the commercial, it's very exciting!"
Just a reminder that our new Halotherapy Rooms will be opening on October 15th - right around the corner! Halotherapy combats ailments of the skin, respiratory system, and nervous system, and is also a great way to cleanse and energize your body inside and out. Come and relax in our salt caves - or even better, receive a soothing massage as you breathe in the restorative vapors. Like a hot cup of tea while you sit? We'd be happy to serve it up!
With all the excitement around here, we thought it would be the perfect time to celebrate with a fantastic 3 Day Special.
On Sept 26th, 27th, and 28th only, our guests will receive $15 off any of our spa services (60 minutes or more). Make an appointment today, and look forward to a relaxing weekend!
WEEKEND SPECIAL: $15 Off Any Spa Service!
• Any spa service 60 minutes or more
• This Friday, Saturday, Sunday only
• Cannot be combined with any other offer
Call 503-281-0278 or BOOK ONLINE
Autumn is a time for change. In that same spirit, Zama will be honoring the shift in seasons with an amazing addition to our spa. We are pleased to announce that beginning October 15th, Zama will offer Portland’s only Salt Cave (Halotherapy) rooms.
Halotherapy (taken from the Greek word “halos,” meaning, salt) is a simple and natural therapy, created in a microclimate-controlled environment (salt rooms or salt caves). By combining the healing properties of nature with innovative technology, we have created an environment that replicates the salt mines found in Eastern Europe and the Himalayas, where Halotherapy has been in use for over 150 years.
In 1843, a Polish physician first wrote about the benefit of salt mines. He noted that salt miners had much lower rates of lung disease compared to the rest of the population. He attributed the cause of the salt miners’ good health to the saline-saturated air in the salt cave.
Halotherapy is beneficial to those who suffer from asthma, allergies, and bronchitis, as well as skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
Clinical studies have shown that patients who use halotherapy have been able to reduce their use of medications, rate of hospital visits and frequency of asthma and allergy attacks.
Halotherapy is not only indicated during illness or disease; it is also recommended for healthy people, as it boosts the immune system and helps to combat the high amounts of pollutants, dust, and bacteria we inhale in our daily lives. Halotherapy also “recharges your batteries,” and promotes an increased sense of ease and well-being.
How DoesIt Work?
Salt’s healing benefits are particularly powerful when inhaled.
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, it moves deeply into your lungs, decreasing inflammation in the airways and helping your body to fight infection.
The Halotherapy room also creates a negative ion environment that decreases stress, promotes relaxation and increases an overall sense of well-being.
What Are Negative Ions?
Simply put, ions are atoms or molecules that take on an electrical charge. In today’s modern world, with the overuse of chemicals, rising pollution levels, and our constant use of technology, our environment contains too many positive ions, and not enough negative ions.
If you have ever felt invigorated after a long walk in nature, or have been uplifted by the energy of the ocean air and waves, it is likely you were experiencing the energizing effects of by negative ions.
There is a great article about the beneficial effects of the negative ions found at Niagara Falls. Read more about it here.
Halotherapy is 100% drug free, has no side effects, and is safe for both adults and children. It’s a great, natural way to stay healthy and happy during the long, damp Portland winters – or anytime. Book a massage in one of our Halotherapy rooms, or just inhale and relax. Either way, a visit to Zama’s salt caves will help you breathe easier and live better - naturally - from the inside out.
In addition to our new Halotherapy rooms, Zama will continue to offer the same wide array of other spa services. Our seasoned practitioners provide Acupuncture, Ashiatsu, Thai Massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, Pregnancy Massage, Cranial Sacral, Reiki, Organic Skin Care, Body Waxing and Natural Foot, Hand & Nail Treatments and Far Infrared Heat Therapies.
Currently, Zama is offering a September Soul Revival Package that includes Deep Tissue Massage, Hungarian Herbal Mud Facial, and Cranberry Vanilla Spice Pedicure, all for just $185.
Zama’s Mission is to provide a 5 star sanctuary of wellness for active professionals and athletes in the Portland Metro Area. Our inviting atmosphere is intended to make you feel welcomed, relaxed, and at home the moment you walk through our doors. As a guest focused facility, we provide a sacred space where you can escape the stress of daily life, alleviate pain in your body, mind or spirit, and reconnect to the essence of your true self.
We can’t wait to welcome you – it’s going to be a wonderful Fall!