mothers day

Celebrate Mom in style this Mother's Day!

Give Mom a unique experience that will create beautiful memories and show her just how thoughtful and creative her family is! We have curated 5 unique ideas to help you give mom the perfect Mother's Day outing, the one who has loved you unconditionally and always has your back!

5 Mother's Day experiences that will melt Mom's heart:

1. Take Mom for a nature day outing!

5 Unique Experiences to Celebrate Mother's Day!Pick a gorgeous spot. We recommend heading to the Oregon coast, the Gorge, Sauvie Island, Columbia River, or to a local park. If you want to stay city bound some of our favorite spots are: Mt TaborMary S. Young State Park in West Linn, Portland Japanese Garden, and Sellwood Park.

Impress Mom by your thoughtfulness and plan a complete outing! Grab a backpack or wicker basket, or both, and organize the goods for a successful day. Take her to the most scenic spot you can see at your chosen destination. Walk her to the best and prettiest place to see the area, and give her a deluxe picnic complete with chilled rosé or kombucha. Head to Whole Foods, Market of Choice, or New Seasons and take advantage of their epic prepared foods department and easily put together and exquisite spread for Mom.

Some tips to help you make the day unforgettable:

2. Get sporty with Mom!

Whether Mom plays tennis, rules at soccer, has a yoga practice, gardens like a champ, or loves to head to the professional sports arena, we encourage you to do Mom's favorite sport with her! Think about Mom's 5 Unique Experiences to Celebrate Mother's Day!favorite activity and set up a date to recreate with her and then head to lunch or out for beers. Again, have fun with mom! Don't make her plan her own day. Think about what she loves to do and set it up. Go big and play hard with mom!

The Portland Timbers are playing at 1pm on Mother's Day this year. If you can't get tickets, head over to Santa Fe Taqueria on 23rd and watch the game there, they'll have drink specials and excellent taqueria food. Maybe Mom likes to dance? Aztec Willies has $5 Salsa nights on Sundays, including Mother's Day.

3. Spa Day!

mother's dayIt's our speciality, of course! Book a spa day for mom, give her a gift certificate, or have her come in for our Royal Escape, created with just for Mom! We have over 50 spa services to choose from, all of which are delivered with a 5-star touch. Click here to learn how you can WIN a our Royal Escape for Mom!

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4. Take Mom out on the town on NE Broadway!

Because we are located on NE Broadway, we have the scoop on the best experiences in the neighborhood. Why not explore the whole area? You can of course take Mom here for excellent luxury spa services, and you can also simply park and take her out on foot to enjoy this unique Portland neighborhood.

5. Plant Flowers for Mom!

Mothers DayInstead of giving Mom cut flowers that will perish in a week or two, give her living blooms! Head out to the nursery or garden center closest to Mom and buy some pots, potting soil, and live plants. Or shop for a hanging planter that she can enjoy all season long and think of you every time she waters it. Watering is fun for plant lovers!

Give Mom something ALIVE that she will enjoy they entire season. Maybe you want to weed along her house, sidewalk, or patio and plant some lovely blooms along her walkway! We are pretty sure she would be delighted with some long lasting blooms this season.

 

In three simple steps, you will get instant results with HydraFacial!

Simply put, the HydraFacial provides the fastest and most effective results on the dermatology marketplace. While the HydraFacial is doctor recommended, you can access this incredible skin technology right here at our urban day spa.

We are thrilled with the results we see every day from HydraFacial treatments. We see how it improves yourInstant Results skins appearance and health from the very first treatment. We also see that monthly treatments give our clients lasting and rewarding results. Skin becomes healthier, firmer, and better hydrated. The HydraFacial is an ideal part of your wellness and beauty routine.

With this blog and vlog, we want to show you how the HydraFacial works and break down the 3 simple steps that make it so effective (and fast!) While we offer longer, more robust HydraFacial treatments with all the extras, our basic service only takes 30 minutes and the results are stunning!

Instant Results in Three Steps:

1. Cleanse & Peel:

In the first step, your Esthetician will use the HydraFacial vacuum to loosen up dead skin, clogged pores, and cleanse the surface level of your face. The Active-4 serum used in this step will remove dead skin cells to reveal healthy skin. The Glysal, a mixture of glycolic and salicylic acids, will go deeper into the pores and prepare them for the next step.

2. Extract & Hydrate:

Get Instant Results with HydraFacialNow comes the Beta HD serum and intensified suction, which provides extractions and cleansing at a much deeper level. Essentially this part of the process will clean up your T-zone, remove blackheads, and leave your pores clean! At the end of your treatment you will be able to see all the impurities and dead skin that was removed during your treatment. Your skin will get a personalized, targeted boost of nutrients at this point that will aid in hydration and balance.

3. Fuse & Protect

This is where we pump your skin full of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid, combined in the HydraFacial's signature Vortex Serum. Now that your skin has been cleaned and exfoliated at the deepest levels, it is ready for the nutrients that will aid in improving your skin's vitality, glow, and retaining lasting results! This process leaves your skin protected and vibrant. To ramp up the results, we highly recommend getting a treatment once a month for a series of 6 and then every couple months to maintain your results.

You can see how powerful this dermatology technology is! Our clients loves how the Express HydraFacial lasts only 30 minutes.

Long lasting results:

The HydraFacial delivers instant and long-lasting results that you can see and feel. With ongoing treatments, you’ll notice intensely improved hydration, minimized dark spots and dramatically reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also highly effective for acne.

See all thee steps in action in the video below!

 

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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Additionally, you can add hot stones to any massage treatment!

 

 

Why would Ashiatsu be the best deep tissue massage for you?

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Ashiatsu is tremendously relaxing and an oh-so-deep kind of therapeutic massage. Literally a Japanese word meaning "foot pressure," Ashiatsu has grown dramatically in the West over the past 20 years since it's introduction by Ruthie Hardee.  This extremely deep tissue massage is performed with the therapist’s feet while using overhead bars to provide support and balance. The therapist will go very deep, using their feet to apply with long broad strokes.

Simply put, you get the benefits of a very deep tissue massage without the discomfort often associated with trigger point therapy. Deep strokes from elbows and hands, while effective, can hurt due to all the pressure that is focused on a small area. With Ashiatsu, your therapist uses their core strength while they adjust their weighted pressure using the bars to apply wonderfully deep, broad strokes.

What are the main benefits of Ashiatsu?

Ashiatsu- The Best Kind of Deep Tissue Massage

Because your therapist is using the weight of their body, with the assistance of the bars, they are able to give you the greatest benefits of deep tissue massage.  Your therapist continually regulates the pressure of your massage using the overhead bars, while they are able to target many more angles of your muscles with this technique. This gravity-fueled approach enables Ashiatsu therapists to deliver up to 3x deeper pressure than with traditional hands-on treatments. With this incredible access to your musculature and fascia there are many added benefits!

Overall posture improves.

Ashiatsu strokes help elongate the spine by lengthening muscles that have become shortened and compressed.  This aids in effective pain relief. Additionally, these long targeted strokes stimulate the lymphatic system which stimulates detoxification and circulation. Overall, we see a big improvement in posture and and range of movement. Drinking water after each treatment will help aid the process. 

Pain relief.

Deep tissue massage has extensive benefits to most conditions that cause pain. Ashiatsu takes what regular deep massage does for pain to the next level. The increasing circulation that results frees up space for the nerves while pumping lots of oxygen through the blood stream assisting the treated area.

We recommend weekly Ashiatsu treatments for best results!

A series of one massage a week for 6 weeks is recommended for best results! Buy your discounted 3 pack series Here!

We specialize in our ability to provide Ashiatsu massage, it is one of our most popular services! We have several talented therapists available 7 days a week from 9am-9pm here at our day spa! Learn more here and book 60-90-or 120 minute Ashiatsu treatments here!

 

Open the heart of your loved one this Valentine's Day with a gift that inspires!

As winter begins to slowly draw to an end, the shortest, most loving month is upon us! Whether or not you are getting ready to valentines giftcelebrate with your special someone, February undoubtedly gives everyone the opportunity to show their love through gestures of beauty and thoughtful gifts and cards. When considering a Valentine's gift, we highly encourage investing in experiences and products that create connection and interpersonal expansion.

At Zama, we consider the whole month of February to be Valentine's Day!

Why limit the celebration of love to just one day!? We have put together a Valentine's day gift guide that will be sure to open the heart and bring in the love. And yes, you can celebrate Valentine's the whole month, why not!?

Heart Opening Valentine's Day Gift Guide:

Chocolate:

Yes, chocolate is undeniably one of the most commonly thought of gifts. There is a reason for this! Chocolate triggers brain chemicals that stimulate feelings of love and sexual desire. Not only is chocolate an aphrodisiac, but it also contains many healthy promoting properties as well.

The higher the cocoa content, the more health benefits there are. Cocoa is rich in anti-oxidants that contribute to lowered cholesterol, improve heart health, and stimulate a positive immune response. Also, cocoa, used topically, protects your skin and pumps it full of vital nutrients.

Valentines GiftWe finish many of our signature packages here at Zama with high quality, vegan truffles made by Missionary Chocolates. They are available for purchase in our spa store and locally made right here in Portland. Go the extra mile with your chocolate gift and purchase artisan chocolates that are high in cocoa content and void of filler ingredients.

Even better, give your chocolate to your loved one as a delectable surprise. Pull the box out after a long walk together, or during a shared cup of tea. Consider bringing it to the bedroom as part of a romantic evening. Wrap it up and place it somewhere unexpected, like on a work station or on the car dash. Make it a pleasurable experience!

Stones & Crystals:

Consider a Valentines gift of stones and crystals! In recent years these earthy treasures have increased in popularity, however they Valentines gifthave always been beloved by those who delight in the fantastic of natural wonders. Stones and crystals are excellent gifts that can be used to add beauty to the home or office and can be used in a variety of ways, from practical to healing to spiritual.

Want to feel like you are inside a large crystal? Come get a treatment in our salt caves!  Surround yourself with ancient slabs of crystallized ancient Himalayan salt stones. The health benefits are many and the beauty loving senses will be pleasurably stimulated.

Stones and crystals have many uses. Some love them simply for their aesthetic and use gems to create artful montages on window sills, bathrooms, bedrooms, altars,  center pieces, or really anywhere. Smooth valentines giftstones and crystals can be used to give massages and or to be held in the hand by tactile users. Many use crystals for their energetic properties and use them to ignite their physic, energetic, and healing abilities.

Dive into the study of precious stones and gems and with your loved one! Make an altar together that you both will enjoy or a smoothed one to massage each other with a carrier oil. Go on a crystal hunt together and decide which speak to both of you. The spirit in which you discover the precious stones you want to bring into your life will add to their value!

Furry friends:

Heart Opening Valentine's Gift Guide

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Pets are undoubtedly one of life's biggest joys for many. Dogs, in particular, have been proven to increase one's life span and overall happiness. Yes, pets are an added responsibility, but the work they bring adds to quality of the owner's life. Pets can decrease stress levels and increase a sense of belonging and connection. Dog walking not only improves the owner's health, but also helps you meet others and connect to local community.

Dogs fill your heart with love and make it stronger. Studies show that having a canine companion is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which contribute to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks.

A furry friend can be one of the most loving and memorable gifts ever. They joy and love created by bonding with a pet is undoubtedly inspiring and heart opening!

Spa Day!

Spa days are incredible gifts for the mind, body, and spirit. Uplift your loved one with a trip to a day spa for relaxation, pampering, and a therapeutic touch. The old adage, "you can't pour from an empty cup" remains true. The responsibilities of life add up and tire us out. There is nothing quite like a spa day to valentines giftmelt away the tension and stress of everyday living. Helping your loved one relax and receive healing touch and beautifying care will fill their cup back up and help bring on the love!

You can even book spa days together! From couple's massage to side by side pedicures, a trip to the day spa together is a sure way to bond and open up to one another. Here at Zama we have an extensive menu for both couple's services and personalized treatments.  Help your loved one open up and get inspired with the gift of therapeutic touch.

Live music:

Check out your local activities calendar for live music or special DJ experiences. Music uplifts our spirit and connects us to our body. Music creates an environment that connects us to one another. Whether your loved one likes to dance, tap their foot, sit back and experience, music will undoubtedly lift them up!

Additionally, going out together and trying new activities together increase neural pathways for love. According to Dr. Arthur Aron, a psychology professor who directs the Interpersonal Relationships Laboratory at the State University of New York at Stony Heart Opening Valentine's Gift GuideBrook, "partners who regularly share new experiences report greater boosts in marital happiness than those who simply share pleasant but familiar experiences."

Our recommendation, head out for a night of music and dance together! Delight in the music and doing something new that will create bonding. Just down the street from Zama is Aztec Willie's, where they regularly host Latin Dance nights with dance lessons.

If live music is more your thing, Portland is packed with opportunities. Pick up a copy of the Willamette Weekly for smaller local offerings or head on-line to Ticketmaster and take a look at the many larger shows that come through town. Add some music to your shared experience and open up the love!

Looking for the perfect Valentine's spa gift?

Check out our February Sweetheart Special! It combines the best of our spa with the delights of the season!

 

 

 

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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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.

PUMPKINS

**OCTOBER SPECIAL**

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

$179.00

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!

**FREE ENHANCEMENT MONTH!**

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

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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