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.

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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 hot stones benefitstechniques, 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.

hot stones benefitsHere 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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Cupping induced spotted muscular backs are all the rage thanks to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Specifically, Michael Phelps. Twenty-three gold medals and five-time Olympic competitor, he knows a thing or two about recovery and how to keep his body in an optimal state for performance. In addition, many celebs, like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Anniston, have been spied wearing sexy backless dresses with the marks of a recent cupping treatment. They too promote this ancient healing practice.

Athletes Love Cupping

rings-1287753_640Cupping, a well known practice among massage therapists and acupuncturists, has been used since ancient times. This widely used therapy can treat a multitude of ailments. Thanks to the telltale spots on Olympic athletes, the media mainstream is buzzing with enthusiasm. We like to think of the tennis ball sized round circular marks as a badge of top notch self care.

While many athletes love cupping, there are many compelling reasons to consider it beyond the competitive arena. Yes, this ancient therapy helps athletes recover faster, alleviates pain, and promotes flexibility. However, the rest of us can benefit from the power of cupping so that we may better perform in our everyday lives as well.

How It Works

Cupping essentially creates a suction cup, or vacuum. The suction pulls the skin back and loosens muscles and tendons. This increases flexibility while alleviating inflammation. Impurities, toxins, and dead blood cells are then pulled to the surface of the skin. The popular circular dark purple marks are created in this process.

Add increased blood circulation and oxygenation to the list of benefits! In this process, cells are given a fresh infusion of blood that is rich with oxygen and nutrients. Detoxification, blood flow, and lymphatic circulation are triggered which reduce swelling, inflammation, and congestion.

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.

Top 3 Lesser Known Benefits

While many of our clients at Zama add cupping to their massage sessions for reasons of pain relief, we would like to highlight some our favorite lesser known benefits.


Cupping wakes up the body and makes it feel invigorated and energized. At the same time, it creates an ideal environment for healing the body and mind by relaxing and sedating the nervous system. These uplifting and relaxing benefits for the mind and body can help combat depression. The causes for depression are complex and vary from person to person. However, the benefits of this therapy support the body in a way that helps alleviate depressive symptoms. Improved digestion, lymph drainage, decreased stress, and detoxification promote healthy thoughts and emotions.


The relaxing effect of cupping helps to support healthy digestion. Add in abdominal massage via cupping and the intestines respond favorably.  Massage Magazine reports "with regular abdominal cupping, there is an increase in digestive secretions that enhances peristaltic movement. Cupping will improve appetite, digestion, bile flow and metabolism, aid in the treatment of distension and acidity, help with conception, relieve constipation and promote regularity of the bowels." Common areas for digestive cupping are around the navel, over the bladder, around the kidneys, and over the stomach.


Cupping therapy strengthens the immune system. It promotes detox, circulation, and lymphatic flow. Better yet, it will help clear away phlegm and congestion caused by flus and colds, which will speed up recovery. Cupping can help alleviate respiratory symptoms caused by allergies and asthma as well.MagCuppingBack7

At Zama you can add this unique treatment to any massage. Our blend of massage cupping and magnetic acupressure cupping will make the results of your 30, 60, 90 or 120 minute massage last much much longer.


Does it hurt to stand or sit?  Experiencing painful tingling, numbness, or radiating sharp pain down your backside? Does this nagging pain seem unstoppable?  Sciatica may be what is ailing you.

pain, back pain, sciaticaWhat is sciatica or sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatica is common.  40% of us have experienced it at some point. Many are unaware that this common “back pain” is caused when the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the human body, is irritated or pinched.

Sciatica is often caused by a compression or bulge in the lumber spine. Spinal injuries and degeneration, issues with the sacroiliac joint, and tightness of the piriformis muscle are other causes of sciatica.

The sciatic nerve branches from your lower back to your hips, buttock and down both legs. It is most common for someone to only experience pain radiating down one side of the body and not both at the same time. The pain you may experience will most often feel like a pain in your low back to buttock area which will radiate down the hip into your legs and may feel like a sharp stabbing, burning or a throbbing that can also create numbness or tingling in the legs and feet. Many people may feel weak or have difficulty moving their leg. This pain can be a constant or shooting pain that may come and go throughout the day.

Who is at risk for sciatica?

Those who have postural issues, diabetes, sit for prolonged periods, and lift large loads are most likely suffer from this painful condition. Women often experience this condition during pregnancy due to pressure being created on the sciatic nerve from the developing uterus. 

How can we prevent ourselves from experiencing sciatica?

Forming these daily habits can help you and keep you in the best possible physical condition to avoid sciatica:

  1. Regular exercise. Keep your back strong and pay attention especially to your core strength. The muscles in your abdomen and lower back are incredibly important for proper posture and alignment of your spine. Do your crunches!!
  2. Use proper posture. The average adult sits for a majority of the day whether it be driving or working. Sitting in a hunched over position or with your legs crossed is a great way to make yourself susceptible to the excruciating experience of sciatica. A great way to improve your posture; take a small rolled up towel and place it between your lower back and the back of your chair to maintain your normal back curve. This can help in working toward a healthier core strength and posture.
  3. Good body mechanics. If you are in a place where you may be standing for an extended period, find an item that will allow you to keep one foot elevated, maybe a stool or box. When you are moving or lifting things, lift with your legs and refrain from using back strength to get the job done. Move your spine straight up and down, keep your spine straight (not hunched over) while lifting an item from a low point and keep the load close to your body.
  4. Take breaks. We sit much more than we should. Try and implement small breaks into your day of sitting to get out and enjoy the sunshine for 3-5 minutes several times a day. Adding stretching into this break will help you in your journey of being sciatica free.
  5. Whole foods and anti-inflammatory diet. Focusing on a high quality diet that limits white sugar, white flour, and fried foods will help prevent and ease sciatica. Foods that decrease inflammation like turmeric, berries, omega-3s, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and fruits and vegetables are perfect for preventing and reducing pain.

How can we relieve sciatic pain?

The upside of sciatic nerve pain is that 80%-90% of people heal with time and rest without prescriptions or surgery. Although this condition can heal on its own, there are many natural ways that we can treat sciatica ourselves.

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  1. Hot and cold therapy. Heat on the painful area will loosen and relax tense muscle. Add cold therapy to reduce swelling. Switching between the two can be beneficial in reducing the pain caused by sciatica.
  2. Keep yourself active! Moving around as much as possible will keep your body from stiffening and worsening the condition. Motion reduces inflammation.
  3. Stretch! Stretching your legs, back, hips and pectoral muscles can reduce pain almost immediately. Foam rolling is an excellent way to stretch your muscles and roll out muscular stiffness.
  4. Get a massage. Massage therapy has been proven to have a number of benefits for back pain, including increased blood circulation, muscle relaxation, and release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain relievers). Add cupping to your massage for nerve pain. Massage cupping is the most natural approach to sciatica relief. Adding cupping to your massage promotes enhanced blood circulation and muscle relaxation while decreasing inflammation and promoting detoxification in the affected areas. 

Book a massage appointment today. Booking a massage appointment at Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa gives you one on one time with a licensed and trained massage therapist who will answer your sciatica and back pain questions as well as give you tips on how you can further treat yourself at home. CLICK HERE to see our massage menu.

Hey Portland! Our December Special is here and it is so much more than sweet savings. It is more than an affordable way to gift three 60-minute therapeutic spa treatments. In one word, the December Special is: Magic.

Frequent, closely scheduled, therapeutic bodywork is more than the sum of it's parts. It creates wellness alchemy. Put together a series of massagesdetox wraps, facials, mani and pedi treatments, or any other therapy we offer and here is what you will create:

There's Magic the December SpecialJump-start a healing path. 

Whether the receiver of these treatments needs to address chronic pain, stress, poor immunity, self-esteem, or emotional well-being, scheduling 3 treatments close together will magnify the already excellent results of our treatment offerings. Three sessions creates momentum. Momentum creates action, change, and motivation. When we need relief from an injury, lifestyle induced pain, illness, or the effects of chronic stress, we need help to get back onto a path of wellness. This is why we love the December Special because it helps our clients come in and get more of what they need and as a result, they are able to feel the effects of healing and momentum together.

Increased healing power.

Studies have shown that repeat deep tissue massage done in a short window of time increases the therapeutic benefit, especially for those suffering from adrenal fatigue and anxiety issues. Circulation, lymphatic drainage, and detoxification that accompanies massage will powerfully support the body's healing process.

A huge pick-me-up.

There's Magic the December SpecialOur clients work hard. They are often facing many stressors. They are care-taking loved ones while upholding demanding careers. Creating needed time and routine for self-care can definitely can be challenging. We know this and for this reason, we want our clients to make it through our doors frequently. We make luxurious opportunities for feeling good easy. According to the Chopra Center, the power of touch stimulates healing on a mind and body level, gives rise to emotions, and elevates our consciousness. Now who doesn’t want that!?

At Zama, our work and treatments are so much more than our business, it is our calling to serve and help our friends, family, and community feel great so that they can live well and happy. We can't wait to give your loved ones the magic of the December Special. Three healing treatments for $225, more than $19 dollars savings per treatment.

Buy Now Online through December 31st or call for your convenience 503-281-0278.


Salted Caramel Indulgence

Zama Massage and Therapeutic Portland ORKickoff your day of luxury with a 60-minute Warm Cocoa Butter Massage tailored to address your individual therapy needs. A chocolate aroma fills the air as warm cocoa butter is drizzled over your skin for a soothing and hydrating effect; a truly wonderful escape from the chilly fall weather!

Next, indulge with a customized 60-minute Chocolate Mousse and Salt Stone Facial, which utilizes the healing capabilities of cocoa to nourish and hydrate skin. Cocoa is naturally high in antioxidants and this chocolate mousse masque is also rich in Vitamins-E, C, and B3, which boost collagen and rejuvenate skin. Salt stones are used during the massage portion and offer a deeper layer of healing and skin repair.

Finally, sit-back and relax during a stress busting 45-minute Caramel Kiss Pedicure. A longer and more luxurious service than a standard pedicure, it includes an aromatic and detoxifying scrub for the feet and legs, a hot towel wrap for the feet, callous removal, and a hydrating massage cream to restore and renew. Finish with a gentle buff to shine or polish from our five free Deborah Lippmann nail line!

Salted Caramel Indulgence

60-Minute Warm Cocoa Butter Massage

60-Minute Chocolate Mousse & Salt Stone Facial

45-Minute Caramel Kiss Pedicure

*Includes Spicy Tea and Salted Caramel Truffle

Price: $225

Call 503-281-0278 to schedule your appointment or Book Online now.

The most common response we hear when our clients are checking out is: "How often should I schedule my massage sessions?" Of course, there is no set answer, but studies indicate that massage at regular intervals is most beneficial to your overall health. A weekly massage may seem an indulgence, but new research suggests it can have major health benefits.

General Health

Massage improves blood circulation and lymph fluid movement. It decreases blood pressure and strengthens the immune system. People who receive regular massages have greater joint flexibility and range of motion. Massage enhances athletic performance, promotes deeper and easier breathing, enhances the health and nourishment of the skin, and improves posture.

MassageWhile the physical benefits of therapeutic massage are great, perhaps the most notable effects of therapeutic massage are its emotional benefits. Many of the ailments found among persons in today's society are stress-related. Massage has been found to be extremely effective in stress and anxiety reduction, and it has also been proven to reduce the symptoms and feelings of depression.

Stress Reduction

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), therapeutic massage has been found to foster peace of mind, promote a relaxed state of mental alertness, help relieve mental stress, improve ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately, reduce levels of anxiety, and increase awareness of mind-body connection.

Focus and Attention

Research studies have found that workers who receive regular massages perform better at their job tasks than those who did not receive regular massages. Additionally, office workers who were regularly massaged were more alert and less stressed than those who weren't regularly massaged.

Pain Relief

Athletes frequently receive massage to alleviate muscle pain. Massage has been proven to reduce pain and swelling caused by strained muscles and ligaments. Additionally, it helps to relieve tension-related headaches and headaches related to eye strain.


Therapeutic massage can stimulate weak and inactive muscles resulting in a faster, more complete recovery from illness or injury in which inactivity causes muscle deterioration.


Call 503-281-0278 to book an appointment or Book Online now.

FarmHouse Fresh Clementine Body Oil

Featured this month with our Harvest Glow October Special is a house favorite: Clementine Body Oil from FarmHouse Fresh Goods. At first scent, a glisteningly-sweet dreamsickle of ripe clementine oranges will lift your spirits! This beautiful vitamin-rich body oil brings an instantly silky, soothing feel to skin. Antioxidant rich Olive Fruit and Grapeseed oils combine with Orange Peel, Jojoba, Sunflower Seed and Apricot Kernel oils to nourish and calm the most sensitive of skin types.

Use in your bath water or apply directly to skin as a light but deeply hydrating body oil. Clementine imparts wonderful benefits to skin as Grapeseed and Olive Fruit oils have powerful antioxidants which diminish the damaging effects of sun, enhance the synthesis of healthy collagen and elastin and improve skin's texture. Plus with this delectable scent, you'll be the sweet breeze that blows in!

Visit our online store or call 5o3-281-0278 to learn more!

Pumpkin, Spice & Everything Nice!

Our Harvest Glow October Special was created to help you reap the rewards of a busy summer. Now that the kids are back to school, you deserve this treat, and we plan to make you feel great! Your body and soul could use some attention, so we crafted the perfect Fall spa special to help you restore balance and find harmony in your day-to-day life.

OctoberThis package starts with our most popular service, a 60-minute Swedish Massage complimented with a delightful Clementine Body Oil. Swedish Relaxation Massage is beneficial during times of increased physical or emotional stress, such as transitioning back to the school schedule, and can be highly beneficial as part of your regular wellness routine. It's long been known that Swedish Massage can have benefits beyond the massage table; this type of massage can boost immune function and restore hormone balance as well. Relax as the scent of ripe Clementine oranges lift your spirits! This beautiful vitamin-rich body oil brings an instantly silky, soothing feel to skin. Powerful antioxidants will diminish the damaging effects of sun all while enhancing the synthesis of healthy collagen and improving your skin's texture.

Harvest Glow October Special

Next, lay-back as you enjoy a hint of the seasons with our 30-minute Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. This nourishing treatment will reveal clearer, smoother and more luminous skin, while reducing inflammation, fine lines and wrinkles. Pumpkin is excellent for use on all skin types, especially if your skin is damaged from overexposure to the sun. Pumpkin facial masks, moisturizers and peels nourish your skin and promote the absorption of Vitamins A and C, key nutrients in repairing damaged skin.


Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 11.40.52 AMFinally, indulge in a 60-minute Harvest Glow Warm Honey Pedicure utilizing FarmHouse Fresh Goodies. Soak your feet in buttery whole milk and Chicory Root to warm and soften tight skin before a salt scrub removes any dead or damaged skin. Our warm Honey Heel Glaze (on Oprah's favorites list!) is softly brushed over your feet and toes before they are nestled in a hot towel cocoon. Enjoy an aromatic and detoxifying scrub for the feet and legs, a hot towel wrap, callous removal, and a hydrating massage cream to restore and renew. As you sit back and unwind, your achy feet will be calmly soothed in our handmade copper bowls, filled with warm water and honey-pumpkin scents. Finish with a gentle buff to shine or polish from our 5-free Deborah Lippmann nail line!


Harvest Glow October Special

Swedish Massage with Clementine Oil

Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel

Harvest Glow Warm Honey Pedicure

*Spicy Tea and Salted Caramel Truffle included


Call 503-281-0278 or Book Online now.

Every Weekend Warrior Deserves The Royal Treatment

Just in time for the summer road races, we've combined our two most popular spa services into one package to help all of our Weekend Warriors find the relief they so desperately need. August is like the 50 yard line of summer and we know that means you’ve been hitting the pavement hard in anticipation of your big event. Whether it's running those long distance foot races, cross-fit training, scaling steep mountains, or just working up a sweat in the garden, we created this special for the semi-pro athlete in all of us!

TreatmentLet us take care of you from head to toe with our 75 minute Weekend Warrior Massage and 60 minute Deep Blue Deluxe Pedicure. A perennial spa favorite, the Weekend Warrior blends the best of our Sports Therapy and Deep Tissue massages, utilizing steamed heat-packs for any achy soreness and cold-packs for any acute pain. While hydrotherapy works its magic, Deep Blue Rub is applied to tender areas. As you sit back and ease into your Deep Blue pedi, your aches and pains will disappear with a therapeutic foot and calf massage, again enhanced by our cooling Deep Blue Rub. Warm eco-fin booties heat your muscles and wipe away any remaining pain. Finally, your nails are restored to their pre-race luster with one of our complimentary, 5-Free Deborah Lippmann nail polishes.

The Royal Treatment

75 minute Weekend Warrior Massage
60 minute Deep Blue Deluxe Pedicure

All for just $150!

*Includes chilled cranberry honey kombucha from Oregonic Tonic

Call 503-281-0278 to book your appointment or Book Online now.

Stephanie Dagostino, LMT

After receiving her first massage while working as a front desk coordinator at a salon spa, it became clear to Stephanie Dagostino that she wanted to become a massage therapist. She felt deeply compelled to help bring this wonderful gift of relaxation and healing to others. She immediately sought out her calling and went to the mountains of Colorado to study massage therapy and has since been practicing for the last 15 years. She especially enjoys working with clients over a period of time, getting into deeper layers of healing, and witnessing the progress from visit to visit. She is trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cupping, Relaxation, Hot Stone Massage, Craniosacral and Pregnancy Massage.

Call 503-281-0278 to book an appointment with Stephanie or book online here.

Tune Your Weekend Warrior This July

Featured Service:

JulyAre you training for a marathon or just all tied up in knots? The Weekend Warrior Signature Massage is a perfect fit for anyone with tired, sore muscles that need some extra attention. This popular service is now available for 75 minutes of pain eliminating, muscle taming relief just in time for race season!

This custom massage was created to support athletes, active professionals, and cubicle warriors. It includes a special combination of a Sports Therapy + Deep Tissue Massage, and aims to repair muscles after a good workout. Combining massage with your pre or post-event care routine helps you to recover more quickly. The Weekend Warrior Signature Massage incorporates steam heat packs for any soreness or tension or cold packs for any acute pain. Book online here.

Featured Product:

OJulyur July Featured product is like magic in a bottle: Deep Blue Rub. The perfect post-workout muscle tamer, Deep Blue Rub is an all natural pain relieving and anti-inflammatory cream that turns your sore muscles into butter. With a sensation similar to that of icy hot, the Deep Blue Rub truly penetrates into your sore muscles and gives you that perfect moment of “ahhhhhh” relief. This product is ideal for anyone training hard for their next triathlon or just tuning up for a 5K. Find Deep Blue in our online store.

Hood To Coast

JulyZama is proud to be the Official Massage Partner of The Hood and Portland To Coast race series! That means we'll be on site for each of the races with a team of highly trained sports massage therapists offering chair massages and providing stress relief for all you Weekend Warriors. Deep Blue Rub will be available for purchase at each race for instant relief. We had a blast recently at the Helvetia Half Marathon and we plan to be at Crawfish Crawl, Pints to Pasta, Hood to Coast, Veterans Day, and Turkey Trot. Look for our tent at these events, we would love to see you!

July Special: Cool as a Cucumber

cucumberThis revitalizing package begins with a stress relieving 60 min Deep Tissue Massage followed by a 30 min Kale Citrus Facial, which features Eminence’s new potent C + E Collection. This ‘super food’ cocktail combines citrus, rhubarb, leafy greens and avocado oil that helps reduce the appearance of skin damage, fine lines and wrinkles. This luxurious facial includes a cleanse, masque and moisturizer.

Finally, for fresh feet and vibrant toes, enjoy a stimulating Watermelon Mint Pedicure. Detox salts pull toxins from those hard working feet and anti-oxidant rich Watermelon Farmhouse Fresh Scrub leaves your feet feeling great and looking beautiful. Choosing from a variety of 5-Free Deborah Lippmann polishes will make your feet happy for sun and sandals! Served with a refreshing Cucumber Mint Infused Mocktail and Salted Caramel Chocolate Missionary Truffles.

Cooling Cucumber Detox

60 min Deep Tissue
30 min Kale Citrus Facial
Watermelon Mint Pedicure

All for just $185! Book now.

*July is Free Enhancement Month*

Add Massage Cupping to your massage for the entire month of July!

[VIDEO] Watch below to learn more about Medical Massage Cupping:

Call us at 503-281-0278 or Book Online here.

We Are Pleased to Introduce Lindsey Smith, LMT

Lindsey Smith was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Growing up, she always loved helping others feel better. After high school, she completed the 1500 hour program at the Paul Mitchell Beauty School, where she was licensed in Esthetics and hair design. After realizing her true passion was massage, Lindsey took a turn in her career and enrolled in the 800-hour massage program at East-West College of the Healing Arts, she completed the program in December of 2011. Immediately out of school, we scooped her up, her strong healing hands and therapeutic touch were just what Zama was looking for! We are so lucky to have Lindsey who will be celebrating 3 years at Zama this month! Lindsey specializes in Deep Tissue, Ashiatsu Deep Feet Therapy, Hot Stone and Far-Infrared Body Wraps.

Book an appointment with Lindsey here or call 503-281-0278 to speak with a spa concierge.

Our May Special Is Just Right For Mom!

Remedy Hot Stone Therapy - Zama Massage Therapeutic SpaGive your hard working mom the gift of "Spa Love" at Zama with our May Special. We'll take exceptional care of her on her special day. She'll start with a luxurious 60 minute Hot Stone Massage, during which we will utilize heat from Basalt stones to melt away the tension stored deep in those muscles; it will warm her up and relax her inside and out.

Next, we'll ease mom into a 30 minute Glow Facial. All facials at Zama include cleansing, exfoliation, masks, extractions if wanted, hot towels, massage, aromatherapy, pressure point treatment, and hydration. Each of these steps will be customized based on mom's unique skin care goals or concerns. Mom will glow when she's through with this "spa favorite."

Zama Massage and Therapeutic Portland ORFinally, sparkling champagne and delicious vegan chocolate truffles are served during her 60 minute Hot Stone & Cocoa Butter Pedicure. Mom will soak and soften her feet in warm, aromatic essential oils while we carefully analyze her nails to properly address her specific needs. Expert nail and cuticle care will leave her toes looking beautiful. Her legs and feet are then exfoliated, which refines and softens skin. Heated cocoa butter will deeply nourish and hydrate her skin, providing a decadent aroma to her session.

This is the Mother's Day treat that mom will be talking about for years. Warning: smothering love and multiple expressions of gratitude may ensue. This package is available now and can be purchased for anyone, anytime during the month of May.

Mom's Spa Retreat

60 min Hot Stone Massage
30 min Glow Facial
60 min Hot Stone & Cocoa Butter Pedicure

All for just $199

*includes free gift plus champagne and chocolate truffles


Month of May only: On any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, we are offering a Free Salt Cave Session* with the purchase of any 60 minute or longer service.

*must be used that day only, cannot be combined with any other specials, discounts or promotions

Call 503-281-0278 to book a Mom's Spa Retreat or Book Online now.

Spring Clean With A Zama Detox!

Our Spring Clean Detox is back by popular demand! Last April we introduced this package that includes three of our most popular services to give you the ultimate Spring Cleaning! It's officially Spring, time to clean up your body, mind and soul and give you freedom in your movement and calmness in your mind. This package includes the following:

Detox Foot Soak

Healing Foot Cream Portland OR - Zama MassageStart with a detox peppermint foot soak, scrub and massage to melt stiff, sore feet and release toxins! A eucalyptus peppermint muscle scrub exfoliates the feet and lower legs, followed by a stimulating foot massage with Zama’s own peppermint grapefruit healing cream. This relaxing foot treatment is incredible if you're looking for a little extra attention for your feet and lower legs.

Detoxifier Massage

Zama Massage and Therapeutic Portland OR

Relax and unwind with a 75 min Detoxifier Massage. We'll utilize cupping techniques to compress and knead your aching muscles and get rid of more toxins. Cupping is an ancient Taoist medical practice that dates back to the year 281 AD and is amazing for drawing out inflammation. Magnetic Acupressure Cupping is known to help both chronic and acute conditions such as arthritis, tendinitis, sciatica, carpel tunnel, low back pain, neck and shoulder aches, plantar fasciitis, and more. Trust us, you'll be hooked after one treatment.

Clear Skin Facial

Zama Massage and Therapeutic Portland ORAfter your pain relieving massage, a Clear Skin Facial will get you ready for Spring with a crystal clear complexion. The Clear Skin Facial is moisturizing and clarifying, and revitalizes, exfoliates, and eliminates signs of acne so you will glow with new found confidence in no time.

Finally a refreshing glass of Kombucha awaits in the Copper Room where you can relax after your services. Bring a friend and get away for the day!

Spring Clean Detox Package

30 min Detox Foot Soak
75 min Detoxifier Massage
30 min Clear Skin Facial
*Includes a refreshing glass of Kombucha


Call 503-281-0278 to book your Spring Clean Detox Package or Book Online now.

Is a Body Detox Right For Me?

A good body detox can do more than make your eyes sparkle and your skin glow – it can boost energy levels, improve digestion and help shed a few unwanted pounds. The purpose of any detox plan is to take the load off the organs that detoxify the body – the liver, kidneys and bowels – while at the same time supporting and improving their performance. A detox is a serious endeavor and should not be undertaken lightly, do your research and consult a physician before you begin. Done properly, there are many benefits to a good detox; here are a few:


A good, thorough body detox benefits both the physical body and the mind as well. A sense of equilibrium-of-the-mind is achieved when you feel that your body is cleansed of toxins and your body generally feels more pure.


One of the major benefits of a body detox is the positive affects it has on the aging process. By getting rid of the toxins and "junks" in the body, you are actually reducing the workload of the natural detoxification system of the body. During a detox diet, you are helping the system to get rid of toxins and at the same time, you are significantly reducing the intake of toxin into your body. Reduced stress on the body's detoxification system will lengthen the life span of organs such as the liver, kidneys and bowels. This will add years to your life and at the same time, enable you to enjoy a healthier and fuller life.


We already know for a fact that the natural cleaning process done by our body takes up a lot of energy, so by freeing or reducing the workload of the body's natural detoxification system, we use less energy, freeing up more energy for other daily activities. More energy leads to more physical activity which is why we often feel the need for a massage. It's important for people with an active lifestyle to receive regular massage treatments, the benefits of which we explored in a previous blog.


A body detox will leave our body cleansed and free of toxins. This will significantly reduce the workload of the body and freeing it to focus other more important tasks such as fighting chronic degenerative diseases, repairing and restoring our body. Significant physical benefits that will be gained through body detoxification:

Detoxing at Zama

Zama Massage and Therapeutic Portland ORHere at Zama we have searched the world over for the most cutting edge detox services. From Halotherapy sessions, (Salt Cave Therapy) that detoxes the respiratory system to Far Infrared Heat Wraps that detoxes the organs and cells we have some great services to relieve the body of those toxins. One of our guest favorites is the 75 minute Signature Detoxifier Massage which combines the benefits of Deep Tissue massage with the ancient healing powers of massage cupping. Cupping is an ancient Taoist medical practice that dates back to the year 281 AD and is amazing for drawing out inflammation.

Stay tuned for April's Detox Special that combines all of these services in an affordable package to help you look and feel great for Spring!

Call 503-281-0278 to schedule an appointment or Book Online

Melt Into March at Zama Massage!

This package is a perfect fit for anyone with tired, sore muscles that need some extra attention or is just wanting to relax and let Winter melt into Spring. As the weather improves and our outdoor activity gets more frequent and rigorous, it's important to take care of those muscles we haven't used as much during the Winter. This package was crafted to help you ease back into your workout routine and hit the 2015 race circuit in stride.


This Moist Heat Massage was created to support athletes, active professionals, and cubicle warriors. It includes a special combination of a sports therapy and a deep tissue massage, and aims to repair muscles after a good workout. Combining massage with your pre or post-event care routine helps you to recover more quickly, read more in a recent Zama blog. The Moist Heat Massage incorporates steam heat packs to melt any soreness or tension while the hydrotherapy penetrates into sore muscles and give you that perfect hour of “ahhhhhh” relief.


muscle meltThe Hot Stone & Warm Oil Pedicure begins with a glass of refreshing sparkling cider. As you soak your feet in our soothing and detoxifying Epsom Salt, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint Oil foot bath, you will feel yourself slipping into a deep state of relaxation. Following your foot soak, you will receive expert nail and cuticle care. Rough spots are diminished and softened with a peppermint foot scrub, leaving your feet perfectly pampered and looking their best. Aches and pains will disappear with a intoxicating hot stone massage for your feet and calf muscles while warm oil is massaged in and moisturizes the skin. Nails are then buffed or polished, leaving your feet softened and soothed and ready for Spring!


Finally, look your best with our refreshing Pineapple Peel Facial. This spa service is great for all skin types, exfoliating the skin without irritating. Relax while Eminence Pineapple Enzyme Peel infuses the skin with active vitamins and bioflavonoids, deeply hydrating and plumping the skin, all while evening skin tone and assisting with hyper pigmentation. Eminence Key Lime-Vanilla Age Corrective Masque is then applied resulting in a refined, smooth finish with fewer fine lines. Top it all off with a few dollops of Tropical Vanilla Day Cream and a Citrus Lip Balm; Trust us, your skin will look amazing after this treatment!

March Melt Away Special*

60 Minute Moist Heat Massage

60 Minute Hot Stone & Warm Oil Pedicure

30 Minute Pineapple Peel

(*Includes Sparkling Cider and 10% Off Any Added Wax Service)

All for Just $215!


Massage for Athletes

Whether you're gearing up for the Shamrock 5K or training for the Portland Marathon, keeping your mind and body in prime condition is essential to any athlete. Proper relaxation and release of lactic acids not only helps you recover faster from your last race, it can also help you perform at your optimum level in the next. For years now, we've been helping local area athletes prepare for and recuperate from the rigors of athletic competition. The following is a short list we've observed.

Maintenance of Muscles

Massage can help improve muscle recovery, which leads to more efficient training. With increased circulation, tissues are better able to receive nutrients and other substances that are vital for optimal body functioning. Massage also helps decrease the swelling of muscles and relaxes and stretches sore muscles.

Massage Pre-Competition

Pre-competition massage can be a tool for increasing or decreasing the stimulation level of nerve cells, ligaments, and joints, which helps in keeping them loose and flexible. This can help to prevent excessive micro-trauma. Massage before a competition focuses on stretching and warming up the tendons and ligaments of the legs and arms. These connective tissues do not have their own blood supply; therefore it takes longer to warm them up. Massage improves the bodies' circulation; hence improved blood flow to the tendons and ligaments.

Massage Post-Competition

massage for athletesA massage after an athletic event is very relaxing for the body and the mind. Massages performed after a workout or competition help to relieve the effects of muscular fatigue. Massage helps the body by relieving soreness and stiffness and it allows the muscles to maintain flexibility and looseness. The joints, tendons and ligaments are also helped in the same manner. Research suggests that post-workout or post-competition massage can speed up recovery time by as much as two times faster than rest alone. When given a massage, the body is able to transport nutrients and oxygen better to the muscles because of the enhanced blood flow.

Massage And Injuries

Massage has been shown to accelerate the recovery of injured muscles. Massage also allows for a greater range of motion of the injured muscle. However, massage therapy for muscle damage should not be performed immediately after the injury. Massage therapy should not be given any sooner than 48 hours after an injury occurs to be sure the swelling and pain have ceased before receiving the massage therapy. For a quicker recovery, the RICE method should be utilized. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) Read more about RICE method here. Follow this up with massage therapy and this will put you on the road to recovery!

Massage Speeds Recovery Time

Therapeutic massage helps the body recover from the stresses of strenuous exercise and facilitates the rebuilding phase of conditioning. The physiological benefits of massage includes improved blood and lymph circulation, muscle relaxation and general relaxation. These in turn lead to removal of waste products and better cell nutrition, normalization and greater elasticity of tissues, deactivation of trigger points and faster healing of injuries. It all adds up to relief from soreness and stiffness, better flexibility and less potential for future injury.

Give us a call at 503-281-0278 to speak with one of our wellness consultants if you have any questions about whether or not massage should be a part of your workout and recovery routine or book online here.

Romance is in The Air at Zama!

Warm Cocoa Butter Massage

Looking for a heart-felt gift to celebrate Valentine’s Day or looking to give yourself a special treat this month? Look no further than our Roses and Chocolates Romance Package, available all month at Zama! Ease into your spa day with a 60 minute Warm Cocoa Butter Massage. This cocoa infused session utilizes both Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage techniques with the decadent aroma of chocolate to promote deep relaxation and relieve tension. As the scent of chocolate surrounds you and the warm cocoa pools at the base of your spine, you will immediately begin to relax and melt away. Heated cocoa butter will 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.

Rose & Chocolate Hydrating Facial

Just in time for Valentine's Day, this is a chocolate lovers dream! Indulge your senses while the aroma of Sweet Rose Essential Oil opens up your heart and begins this entrancing experience! After a thorough cleanse and exfoliation of the face, melt into chocolate with Eminence Chocolate Hydrating Masque. romanceYour skin will begin absorbing the powerful vitamins and oils to help hydrate, rejuvenate, and repair your skin. This facial is excellent for reducing wrinkles, hydrating skin, and supplying age defying antioxidants. Feel stress melt away with a scalp, neck, shoulder, arm and hand massage. Each session ends with a special raspberry chocolate heart treat.

Lavendar & Rose Pedicure

De-Stress and unwind as you relax in our sacred garden room. Soothe your tired achy feet in a warm bath of rose petals and lavender epsom salts. Our detoxifying Himalayan foot scrub then peels off dry skin, leaving your legs and feet feeling new! Once you soak and soften your feet, our Himalayan salt foot scrub will shed off dry skin, leaving your legs and feet feeling rejuvenated. Expert nail and cuticle care leave your feet looking gorgeous. Following specialized nail care, your soles and legs are then massaged with a luxurious, locally made lavender massage cream that softens skin and locks in moisture. Finish with a gentle buff to shine or polish from our five free Deborah Lippmann nail line!

Roses & Chocolates Romance Package

60 min Warm Cocoa Butter Massage
60 min Rose & Chocolate Hydrating Facial
Lavender & Rose Pedicure
*includes champagne, raspberry heart truffles from missionary chocolates and a long stemmed rose
All for just $229!
Call 503-281-0278
or Book Online Now

The Perfect Couples Massage Special

We've crafted the perfect couples massage to make your Valentine's Day a day to remember. Available all month long, this special is sure to make hearts swoon and is a beautiful way to celebrate any occasion. Enjoy a 60 minute Couples Warm Cocoa Butter Massage while you and your loved one relax in the tranquility of one of our couples rooms. couplesJust imagine warm, organic fair-trade cocoa butter being drizzled over your body... as the scent of chocolate surrounds you and the warm cocoa pools at the base of your spine, you will immediately begin to relax and melt away. Cocoa butter is highly 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 is particularly luxurious during the colder months and is sure to ignite a spark in any heart! Let us help fan the flames of romance with complimentary champagne, raspberry heart truffles and a long stemmed rose, ooh-la-la!


Lovers' Indulgence Couples Massage Special:

60 Minute Couples Warm Cocoa Butter Massage
*includes champagne, raspberry heart truffles and a long stemmed rose

This special is available all month long for just $215!

Call 503-281-0278

or Book Online Now

Massage Away Your Mid-Winter Blues!

The Holidays are over, and January is rolling on. Got a case of the Mid-Winter Blues? Let us massage them away at Zama! For many of us, getting back into old routines can be difficult and depleting. Have you taken the time to de-stress, detoxify, and ground yourself for the year ahead? This is the perfect time to make a New Year's resolution for self-care, and Zama is here to help!

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Massage is a simple, enjoyable, and affordable way to take care of yourself. Whether you are an athlete, have been injured in an automobile accident, need to address acute or chronic musculoskeletal issues, or simply need to relax, Zama offers a massage service that will meet your needs.

The benefits of Massage are numerous:

At Zama, we offer Swedish Relaxation Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Thai Massage, De-tox Massage, Halotherapy Massage, Far Infrared Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Couples Massage, and a variety of Massage and Spa packages. Call or visit our website today to learn more, and to book the service that's right for you.


Revitalize With Halotherapy!

Although the Winter rains bring the promise of a lovely, verdant Spring, they also bring colds, flu, and the Winter Blues. With this in mind, January is the perfect time of year to indulge in Halotherapy! Salt therapy dates back to ancient Egypt, and is currently used throughout Europe, Canada, and cutting-edge US cities. Halotherapy offers numerous health benefits, particularly to the skin, respiratory, and nervous systems. Zama is proud to house the only Halotherapy Salt Caves in the Portland Area. So come relax in one of our Zero Gravity Chairs as you immerse yourself in the healing powers of salt, or book your massage service in one of our Halptherapy rooms. Either way, prepare to relieve that Mid-Winter slump! Call or visit our website to learn more about the benefits of Halotherapy, or to book your service.

Treat Your Sweetie (and yourself)!

Zama Massage and Therapeutic Portland OR

Zama friends and customers, don't forget - Valentines Day is right around the corner! If you are looking for a unique gift that is sure to put a smile on your loved one's face, look no further! Zama will be offering an amazing special just for you and your sweetie. Details coming soon!


January Featured Product: 21 Drops Headache Blend

This month, we are featuring just the thing to help you recover form the hustle and bustle of the holidays: Headache Aromatherapy from 21 Drops!

Tension? Overindulgence? Changes in the weather? Whatever the cause, this blend will relieve your pain and stimulate proper blood flow. Headache fuses the 100% natural essential oils of soothing lavender, invigorating peppermint, and clarifying rosewood, blended in 100% organic Jojoba Oil.

Headache is free of parabens, sulfates, and synthetic dyes and fragrances, and is not tested on animals. It’s a healthy alternative to over the counter or prescription headache medicines, which can cause dependence, rebound effects, or other health issues.

Headache will ease your pain, soothe your senses, and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face your day. Stash one in your purse, in your medicine cabinet, or by your bedside. For best results, keep close and use often!

Start The New Year Right Detoxing at Zama!

New You Detox Special

Man Receiving Facials, Portland Oregon Photo - Zama MassageReady to get super charged for your New Year's Resolutions? Our January special will give you just the kick start you need! For 30 minutes, begin the detox process while enjoying gentle warmth in our Far Infrared Heat Wrap. This heat relieves pain and speeds up the healing process by increasing circulation and facilitating oxygen to detoxify your body. After the wrap, a 60 minute deep tissue massage follows with a 21 Drops Headache Blend aromatherapy application. This blend - which happens to be our January featured product -  is great for alleviating chronic or acute pain and chasing away the winter “blues!" Finally, enjoy a guest favorite, our 60 minute New You Rejuvenation Facial. Using natural and organic products, this custom facial is designed to soften and hydrate your skin. It stimulates blood flow and increases cellular activity, giving your skin a radiant glow! It includes exfoliation, a hydrating mask and a moisturizer specific to your skins needs. Last but not least, a neck, shoulder, and arm massage leaves you feeling NEW again!
**New You Detox Special**
Far Infrared Heat Wrap
Deep Tissue Massage
New You Rejuvenation Special
$185.00 (2.5 hrs)

Make Massage A New Year's Resolution

Did you know three out of four Americans (75 percent) claim their New Year's resolution is to focus on taking better care of themselves and achieving a more complete work/life balance? A study found that a majority of Americans believe massage is an effective way to relieve stress and a great way to relax as compared to other methods such as drinking an alcoholic beverage or exercising. Further, sixty-nine percent of respondents agreed that regular massage therapy is an important part of overall physical health and well-being. Improve your quality of life: relieve stress and pain by making massage one of your New Year's resolutions.

That's right, our Holiday Special was such a success, we've extended the deadline one more week! Now through January 7th, book any 3 of our 60 minute Spa Services for just $198!

Give us a call at 503-281-0278

or Book Online today!

Brittany Dikeman, Lead LMT at Zama

Brittany Dikeman has been a massage therapist for over a decade. She started her massage career at the age of seventeen, and has spent most of her career discovering modalities and techniques to help people manage and eliminate pain. Relieving tension headaches, increasing range of motion, relieving stiffness, healing injuries sustained from motor vehicle accidents or over-training injuries, reducing work related tension, and increasing overall general relaxation are Brittany’s specialties. She has mastered deep tissue and trigger point therapy as well as ART (Active Release Therapy) and cupping (magnetic and silicone cups are her favorite types of cups to use.) Brittany is honored to be working at Zama and is proud to be leading Zama’s extraordinary and experienced team of over 20 massage therapists.

Book an appointment with Brittany today!

Holiday Cheer at Zama!

Annual Holiday Special

Where has the time gone? It's already mid-December! Amid the Holiday hustle and bustle, its important to take the  time out to indulge in some self-care. Here at Zama, we have created a special that will leave you feeling refreshed, restored, and relaxed. We want to help you - our VIP - look and feel your best at all of your Holiday events! So purchase this Holiday Special anytime in the month of December and you will receive any three of our 60 minute Spa Services for just $198! Choose massage, facial, heat wraps, foot treatments... the choice is yours! Call Zama today or book online!

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December De-Stress Special

Speaking of great deals, if you haven't had a chance to try our De-Stress December special yet, now is the time. With all the activity, it's hard to find the time for relaxation, but it's always worth it! Imagine  a couple hours of absolute peace and tranquility where you melt away, surrounded by the scent of rich chocolate and uplifting peppermint. A little indulgence goes a long way for a happier, healthier holiday season. And we all know that when we feel our best, we look our best too!Holiday December Detox Special

**December De-stress Package**

30 minute Tension Tamer Massage

60 minute Himalayan Hot Stone Age Defying Facial

Chocolate Indulgence Seasonal Pedicure

Complimentary Ghiradelli Hot Cocoa

All for only $150!

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One of Portland's 50 Must-Dos this Winter

In case you missed it, we recently received a generous write-up from the good folks at Portland Monthly Magazine. Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 10.02.03 AMThey listed Zama as one of the 50 Most-D0s in Portland this winter and as One of the 15 Best Places to Pamper Yourself. Says PoMo: "Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa’s dimly lit chambers are both paneled in rosy-hued Himalayan salt bricks and filled with vaporized salt air, all the better to help you suck the mineral deep into your lungs to, in theory, supercharge your respiratory and immune systems."

New Year's Eve Date Night Special

Book our New Year's Eve Date Night Special: a 60 minute Couple's Date Night, side-by-side massage performed in the peaceful serenity of our warm couples rooms with complimentary hot towels, champagne and strawberries dipped in chocolate, all for $195. This is a great way to unwind after the holidays or start your New Year's resolutions treating yourselves to a little spa pampering.

January New-You Detox Special

Stay tuned for an update on our popular January New-You Detox Special which will incorporate elements of our Detox Massage and New You Rejuvenation Facial. We know that January is a month that we all look for ways to purify and cleanse and we have tailored the perfect package to help you start the New Year balanced and restored.

Holiday Manicure

Need tHolidayo treat those busy hands? Everyone wants to look their best during the holidays. Come in anytime this month for our special Holiday Manicure. Add to an existing service or book it by itself. Either way, at just $25, it's a real Holiday treat!




**Please note that we close at 5:00 pm Christmas Eve (you can still purchase last minute gift certificates online!) and will be CLOSED on Christmas Day and New Year's Day**

From all of us at Zama to you and your families: Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


Give us a call at 503-281-0278

or Book Online today!

December De-Stress Package

December is upon us, and the Holidays are officially in full swing. That means lots of shopping, parties, visits with friends and family - all of the things that make the Holidays special! This time of year is certainly magical, but it can also be stressful to juggle so many obligations. At Zama, we want to help you take care of a very important person in your life - you! In this spirit, we designed the December Special with YOU in mind : The December De-Stress Package!

Begin with our 30 minute Tension Tamer Massage to relax your tired muscles, release those knots, and alleviate Holiday stress. Massage has multiple benefits for the mind, body, and spirit including pain relief, increased circulation, boosted immunity, and reduced anxiety. The dim lighting, ambient music, and himalayan salt lamps used in our massage rooms will help you ease into a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind. Arnica Oil from Molly Muriel will enhance this treatment by reducing pain and swelling of your overworked muscle tissues with the healing power of Arnica.

December is heating up at ZamaNext, turn back the hands of time and clear toxins with our Himalayan Hot Stone Age Defying Facial. This relaxing, 60 minute facial treatment incorporates warmed Himalayan Salt Stones that contain an abundance of essential minerals that exfoliate, soften skin, mineralize, gently detox and leaves your skin with a renewed glow and sense of well-being. Because of its location and how it was formed, Himalayan Salt is extremely pure and free of contaminants or pollutants. It gains its pink color from the high content of Iron. It also contains trace amounts of 84 minerals and elements including Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Iodine, Zinc and Sodium. This treatment utilizes Eminence Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser, which contains finely ground olive seeds that dissolve once washed down the drain (unlike traditional exfoliant beads which can end up where fish live). Wash away impurities, remove surface debris and experience smooth skin like never before with this multi-action, exfoliating cleanser infused with exotic monoi. We also use a Bamboo Age Corrective Masque and Bamboo Firming Fluid (both from Eminence) that work to dramatically firm and tighten skin while reducing the signs of aging.

Finally, treat your feet to chocolate peppermint indulgence! Our Seasonal Pedicure includes a refreshing peppermint/eucalyptus soak and scrub from San francisco Salt Company, heavenly Chocolate Body Butter from Moxie Organix, and complementary Deborah Lippman nail polish. Ghiradelli hot cocoa included! Feel free to add a Holiday Manicure for only $25.

Book the Massage, Facial, and Pedicure all together for just $150!

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Ladies Night

Now that we've taken care of you, how about a special Holiday evening for you and your favorite gal pals? Ladies Night Out is coming to NE Broadway this Thursday, December 4th from 5-9pm! Here at Zama, we are thrilled to be one of twenty NE Broadway businesses that will participate and celebrate the season with great deals, free food and drink, gifts, and more! Each business will offer something special just for you and your lady friends.

At Zama, purchase $10 in raffle tickets and receive a complimentary skin consultation or 10 min. chair massage - and enter to win a variety of enticing spa services and products. Experience our new salt caves while enjoying bubbly and Holiday treats. Purchase $50 in retail products to receive a FREE 45 minutes salt session. Click here for more info.

Annual Holiday Package

Now through December 31st, we’re offering our Annual Holiday Special Package: Purchase any 3 of our 60 minute spa services for only $198! This package is a great gift for a friend, a loved one, or even for yourself (you deserve it!)

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December Featured ProductDecember HotShotz

Heat up this Holiday Season with HotShotz, our December Featured Product! A heat pack like no other, HotShotz is our most popular product during the wintery months. These amazing heat packs make the best stocking stuffers! At the press of a button, these portable, re-usable little wonders heat up to 130 degrees. Read more about this wonderful stocking stuffer that's always warmly received.


Happy Holidays!

Hera at Zama, we have an abundance of Holiday cheer, and we want to share it! During these hectic Holidays, let us nurture and celebrate you, our valued customer - mind, body, and spirit! Let us help you look and feel your best, so this will be a December to remember!


**December De-stress Package**

30 minute Tension Tamer Massage

60 minute Himalayan Hot Stone Age Defying Facial

Chocolate Indulgence Seasonal Pedicure

 Complimentary Ghiradelli Hot Cocoa

All for only $150!

(add a Holiday Manicure for only $25)

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The Holiday season is upon us, and here at Zama, we’re definitely in the spirit! Beginning Black Friday through December 31st, we’re offering our Annual Holiday Special Package: Purchase any 3 of our 60 minute spa services for only $198! This package is a great gift for a friend, a loved one, or even for yourself (you deserve it!)

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In addition, on Black Friday weekend only, we are offering 10% off all of our in store and online spa products. You may also purchase a $100 gift card and receive a FREE 45 minute salt therapy session! We feature only the purest, most luxurious, top tier products for facial care, body care, skin care, and wellness. Zama’s spa products make great gifts and stocking stuffers - or treat yourself! After all, what better time to look and feel your best than the Holiday season?


Heat up this Winter with HotShotz! We want to introduce you to our most popular products for the wintery months - HotShotz- the heat pack like no other! These little heaters make the best stocking stuffers! At the press of a button, these portable, re-usable little wonders heat up to 130 degrees, increasing blood flow and delivering penetrating heat, oxygen, and nuholidaytrients straight to your injured area. No more cords, microwaves, or pots of boiling water for you! HotShotz will continue to deliver heat for 30 minutes up to 4 hours, depending on the level of insulation you provide. Use HotShotz before, during, or after your workout to address or prevent injuries, and to keep your body in optimal shape through the wintery months - and all year long. Shop our selection of HotShotz products here.

November Special

In the mood for something truly relaxing and indulgent? There's still time to take advantage of our November Salt and Stone Special! Receive a 30 minute Himalayan Foot Ritual, a 60 minute Himalayan Hot Stone Age Defying Facial, and a 60 minute Swedish Relaxation Massage, with complimentary spicy tea and vanilla salted caramel truffle, for only $199. What better way to gear up for weeks of parties, shopping, and holiday cheer than treating yourself to a little indulgence at Zama?


For another great way to celebrate the season, check out our new Halotherapy rooms and services. Salt therapy has been used for centuries, and provides numerous benefits to the skin, respiratory, and nervous systems. Zama is proud to house the only Halotherapy rooms in the Portland Area. Make your appointment to experience this exclusive service today!

The Zama staff cannot wait to shower our cherished customers with Holiday cheer. We know how to celebrate you - and your loved ones - in style! Come in and see us all season long!


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November Special: Salt and Stone Detox

November is a month of giving thanks! We're abundantly grateful for all of our amazing customers and give thanks for an unforgettable 2014. November can also be a time when energies get out of alignment due to holiday stress. Our November spa package is designed to help your body detox and fortify your soul for the coming holiday season. We've crafted the perfect combination of massage, facial, and foot treatments to cleanse your most deeply rooted impurities and restore balance to your life.

November Himalayan Foot Massage SpecialHimalayan Foot Ritual

Allow yourself to completely let go with this rejuvenating detox package. Enjoy a Himalayan Foot Ritual and let your feet and legs rest in a warm bath of Himalayan salts. Grapefruit essential oils and Himalayan scrub relieve your feet of toxins while exfoliating dead skin. The salts used in our treatment are from the world renowned San Francisco Salt Co. These coarse salts, which are incredible skin exfoliants, are mined from ancient sea beds inside the Himalayan Mountains. This salt was formed over 200 million years ago in the primeval sea where the first signs of life formed in the mineral rich water. Himalayan Salt has long been used in warm water as a holistic treatment for poor circulation, high blood pressure, dry, damaged or irritated skin, muscle soreness, joint pain and for detoxification. You will love the way this treatment makes your feet feel!

Himalayan Hot Stone Age Defying Facial

Next, turn back the hands of time and clear toxins with our Himalayan Hot Stone Age Defying Facial. This relaxing, 60 minute facial treatment incorporates warmed Himalayan Salt Stones that contain an abundance of essential minerals that exfoliate, soften skin, mineralize, gently detox and leaves your skin with a renewed glow and sense of well-being. Because of its location and how it was formed, Himalayan Salt is extremely pure and free of contaminants or pollutants. It gains its pink color from the high content of Iron. It also contains trace amounts of 84 minerals and elements including Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Iodine, Zinc and Sodium. This treatment utilizes Eminence Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser which contains finely ground olive seeds that dissolve once washed down the drain (unlike traditional exfoliant beads which can end up where fish live.) Wash away impurities, remove surface debris and experience smooth skin like never before with this multi-action, exfoliating cleanser infused with exotic monoi. We also use a Bamboo Age Corrective Masque and Bamboo Firming Fluid (both from Eminence) that work to dramatically firm and tighten skin while reducing the signs of aging.

Swedish Massage

Finally, achieve Nirvana with a 60 minute Swedish Massage which induces deep relaxation and helps to alleviate stress. Swedish Massage is beneficial during times of increased physical or emotional tension, like the holidays, or simply as part of your regular wellness routine. November Swedish Massage SpecialOther benefits include: Increased circulation, toning of the skin, relief from migraines and tension headaches, enhanced immune system, increased joint mobility and flexibility, lower anxiety, and better sleep. Each of our Swedish Massage therapists are trained in various modalities encompassing anatomical and energetic perspectives, and bring an integrated and intuitive approach to each session. The dim lighting, ambient music, and glowing candles used in our massage rooms will help you ease into a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind. To learn more about Zama's famous Swedish Massage services, watch this informative video. Enjoy warm spicy tea and nosh on salted caramel truffles between services. Add a 45 minute salt therapy session to this package for only $15!

Salt and Stone Detox:

30 min Himalayan Foot Ritual

60 min Himalayan Hot Stone Age Defying Facial

60 min Swedish Relaxation Massage

*Includes spicy tea and salted caramel truffle*

All for just $199!

Add a salt therapy session for only $15

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We're Getting in the Halloween Spirit at Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa

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Happy Halloween!

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.

Halloween Candy Buy Back Programs

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.

Zero Gravity Chairs in our HaloTherapy Salt Caves

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.

Happy Halloween from Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa!


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

($39 value. Limited time offer, not to be combined with any other coupon, discounts or promotions. Valid Oct. 15-31, 2014)





Zama Massage Spa October Specials

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October is officially upon us, and Fall is in the air - which means that the air here at Zama is rich with the scent of pumpkin and spice and everything nice. Starting in October, all massages at Zama will include hot towel treatments. Hot towels will be used on each client, one over the back, two wrapped around the feet, and one under the neck. October is also free enhancement month; clients will receive complimentary warm cocoa butter on their hands and feet the entire month! Our October specials will get you in the Autumn spirit. No tricks - just treats!

Pumpkin Renewal Package

Massage - Deep Tissue Massage is the most popular service at Zama. It involves focusing prolonged pressure on the inner laFALL_MASSAGE_2yers of the muscle fibers and connective tissue, then massaging against the grain of the muscle tissue to break up the adhesions or "knots" that cause discomfort. Spend 60 minutes in total bliss while luxuriant, warm cocoa butter is massaged into your deserving hands and feet. The velvety texture of cocoa butter will deeply hydrate and nourish your skin, and give your massage that extra ahhhhh.

FALL_MASSAGE_3Facial - Celebrate the change in seasons with our 30 minute Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel featuring Eminence products. This nourishing treatment will reveal clearer, smoother and more luminous skin quickly and naturally, while reducing hyper-pigmentation, inflammation, and fine lines and wrinkles. The gentle exfoliation of our Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel will leave you glowing. Pumpkin is excellent for use on all skin types, but especially if your skin is damaged from environmental conditions such as overexposure to the sun. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which soothes and softens your skin, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help to remedy damage produced by free radicals, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Pumpkin facial masks, moisturizers and peels nourish your skin and promote the absorption of these nutrients.

FALL_MASSAGE_4Pedicure - Halloween is almost here - so treat your feet to a Pumpkin Vanilla Spice Pedicure. Soak your feet in warm water as you inhale the delicious aroma of our pumpkin and vanilla spice softening bath salts. Vanilla spice scrub will hydrate your skin while exfoliating your feet and lower legs, increasing micro-circulation and leaving your skin smooth, radiant, and nourished. Your legs and feet are then massaged with a luxurious pumpkin massage cream that further softens skin and locks in moisture. Finish with a gentle buff to shine or choose from one of our five complimentary Deborah Lippmann nail polishes.



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


Remember that our new Halotherapy Rooms will be opening on October 15th - we couldn't be more excited to bring this innovative therapy to Portland! Halotherapy combats ailments of the skin, respiratory system, and nervous system, and is also a great way to cleanse and energize your body. Relax in our salt caves - or even better, receive a soothing massage as you breathe in the restorative vapors.

Look for Genevra on KATU's AM Northwest on October 16th at 9am and please keep an eye out for our new T.V. commercial and tell us what you think!


Warm Cocoa Butter for your hands and feet included with all massage services!

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. SternwheelerAlso, 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.

What is Halotherapy?Zama Salt Caves

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.

More Good News!halotherapy

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!


Short on time?

Look and feel your best, in under an hour, with our December Specials!


30 Min. Short & Sweet Facial (with a free brow wax) $29

Zama Massage

This customized express organic facial will revitalize your skin and leave you glowing.  Our skilled estheticians will cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin and expertly shape your brows, so you can relax and look your best at those holiday parties!

30 minute De-Stress Aromatherapy Massage $39

Deep Tissue Massage - Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa

Short on time and suffering with tight neck and shoulders?  Melt that holiday tension away with an upper body focused deep tissue massage using our 21 Drops De-Stress aromatherapy blend oils.


30 Min. Holiday Manicure - $29DeborahL1

This specialized nail treatment is so much more than just a manicure.

Feel the tension begin to melt away as your body warms up with our heated neck wrap.  You then receive nail and cuticle care to keep your hands healthy and happy through the New Year.  Using our peppermint infused hand cream a relaxing hand and arm massage follows, leaving your skin feeling soft and luxurious.  Finally, an application of our beautiful, five-free and vegan nail polish colors from Deborah Lippman, that are sure to impress at holiday parties!

In less than 5 days, more than 20,000 eager runners, and thousands more of their supporters, will be participating in the Portland Marathon -- A marathon Runner’s World called  “the best people’s marathon in the West.”

Runners have been preparing for this event for months.  They work hard to stay hydrated, and they carefully plan their meals to ensure their bodies have the right fuel to get them through the race.  They also log countless hours of training, and if time and resources permit, they get regular bodywork to support the repair and recovery of their muscles.

In an article on, Melissa Eisler speaks with massage therapist, Mary Owen, who likens getting bodywork while training, to the regular maintenance of your car.  Mary says, "It's amazing how many athletes don't even think about getting bodywork, especially when they are in season.  Regular maintenance is always recommended to athletes that are consistently overworking the same muscle groups.  But during those tough parts of the year, when athletes are racing, competing and doing their most rigorous training, that's when it's most important."
Read the full article here:  Tune-up-your-body-with-sports-massage-therapy

Hal Higdon, a long time contributor to Runner's World, states that runners should take as much care in the recovery phase of training as they do in its preparation.  He suggests including massage into your recovery regimen 28-48 hours after the race is completed.  Read his post race recommendation here:  Post-Marathon-Zero-Week-Training-Program

At Zama massage, our highly trained massage therapists are ready to assist you in your pre and post race care.  We have created a special massage, The Weekend Warrior, designed specifically for you - athletes training for, or recovering from, the Portland Marathon, on October 6th, 2013.

Some benefits of massage can include:

Massage also has many powerful physiological effects such as decreasing heart rate and cortisol levels, resulting in overall feelings of relaxation, improved moods and lower rates of stress.

Not a runner?  No worries.  These tips are good for all active members of our community!

Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa

2149 NE Broadway Street
PortlandOregon 97232
Off street parking in back (compact cars only).

Phone: 503.281.0278


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