Mom does it all: homework helper, chauffeur, food prep, and that’s all with logging hours at work and making time to play. Which is why Mother’s Day is the right time to give mom a few hours off and let her soak, steam and relax her cares away. Read on to find out where you can send mom to rejuvenate for her special day (and moms, please forward this on to drop the hint).

photo courtesy of Blooming Moon Wellness Spa

Blooming Moon Wellness Spa
For the new mama or mama-to-be, head over to the all-female staffed Blooming Moon Wellness Spa, located in a large old house in North Portland. The “Pampered Mama Package” includes a one hour pregnancy or aromatherapy massage, head and neck treatment, mini facial and pedicure all for $235. For relaxing on a budget, let mom enjoy being pampered during the “weekday happy hour” offered every Tuesday through Friday. She’ll get a half hour aromatherapy Epsom salt foot soak and foot massage for only $35, plus includes wine and a cheese plate!

Hours: Tue-Sun 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
1417 N. Shaver St.
971-279-2757
Online: www.bloomingmoonspa.com

Sole2Sole Foot Reflexology and Massage
Let’s face it, half of the reason we get a pedicure is really for the foot massage! Ditch the pedi and indulge mom with a full-on, sixty minute foot soak and massage, that also includes arms and hands. Portland’s best-kept secret is this tiny reflexology shop that is conveniently located on Killingsworth in North Portland, and for $40 for an hour-long foot reflexology massage, the value can’t be beat!

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
1901 N. Killingsworth St.
503-283-7688
Online: sole2solereflexology.com

photo: Thomas Pompernigg via flickr

Aloe Wellness + Spa
Relaxing alone is great, but sometimes mom just wants to hang with friends! Treat her to a day of walking around the Northwest shopping district, and then send her to Aloe Wellness + Spa where a group of three can unwind in a thirty minute foot soak for only $32, or let her and four of her besties enjoy in an hour of pampering for $50.

Hours: Tue-Sat 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
2113 NW Northrup St.
​503-232-0920
Online: aloepdx.com

photo: SANTÉ Aesthetics and Wellness via Yelp

SANTÉ Aesthetics and Wellness
Does mom need more energy to help keep up with the littles, and life in general? Head over to SANTÉ in NW Portland, where an hour-long reiki session costs $90. Reiki is an alternative medicine originating in Japan, where a therapist is said to channel energy through touch. SANTÉ also has a hot soaking pool, cool dip pool, steam room, and a UV light room which can be added to any service for $15 or $25 for a day pass.

Hours: Tue-Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun-Mon by appointment
210 NW 17th Ave
971-407-3066
Online: santepdx.com

photo courtesy of Kanani Pearl Spa

Kanani Pearl Spa
Let mom feel like she’s in Hawaii without having to step foot on a plane! For the ultimate indulgent experience The Perfect Day spa package will knock it out of the park. This four hour (wow!) experience includes time in the steam room, a body scrub, an eighty-five minute massage, a signature facial and a catered spa lunch. It comes with a price tag of $393, but mom will legitimately forget all of her cares during this day-long experience, and gratuity is included.

Hours: Sun, Mon 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wed – Sat 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
1111 NW Marshall St.
503-242-5500
Online: www.kananipearl.com

photo: Q.A. via Yelp

Löyly
The best solution to school year blues is a trip to Löyly, which is a sauna modeled after those found in Scandinavia. Sauna-goers relax in the steam for 10-20 minutes, followed by a rinse off in cold water. Repeat as many times as you wish during your $23 session. While Löyly has more spartan than a “day spa”, it allows for deep relaxation and quietude. Check locations for gender-specific hours.

Hours: Sun-Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Southeast Location
2713 SE 21st Ave, Portland
503-236-6850

Northeast Location
3525 NE M.L.K. Blvd, Portland
503-914-4303
Online: www.loyly.net

Everett House Healing Center
For a truly unique experience, let mom try “flotation” at the Everett House Healing Center. Flotation takes place in a tank of water filled with 800 pounds of Epson salt, which reduces gravity and allows the body to float in a dark and silent space. While this may not be for everybody, some mamas may relish in the chance to be in a silent space for 90 minutes. The service is also said to reduce swelling and blood pressure, increase circulation, and decrease lactic acid. Floats are by appointment only and cost $60.

2917 & 2927 NE Everett Street
503-232-6161
Online: www.everetthousehealingcenter.com

photo: Pamela A. via Yelp 

Ruby’s Spa and Salon 
Perhaps mom and dad could use a mini getaway for Mother’s Day. Located at the McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, Ruby’s Spa and Salon offers hour-long couples massages for $225, which comes with the added benefit of being able to use the outdoor, lagoon-like, heated soaking pool, that is only open to hotel guests and those with spa appointments. For a real treat, book a room and dinner reservations!

2126 S.W. Halsey St. in Troutdale
503-669-8610
Online: www.mcmenamins.com/edgefield/rubys-spa-salon

What is your favorite spa indulgence? Tell us in the comments section below!

— April Hasson