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Cucumber water does more than just taste good on a hot day. It actually has many benefits for our bodies. Cucumbers keep you hydrated and healthy. The best part is, cucumber water is easy to make!

On average, we are supposed to drink 6-8 cups of water a day. When we stay hydrated, we are maintaining the right body temperature and assisting in the cleansing of toxins. Adding cucumbers to our water changes up the taste and makes it more interesting to drink. This can encourage us to get our proper intake of water!

Drinking cucumber water, and staying hydrated in general can also help us lose weight. Cutting out sugary drinks, and replacing it with refreshing cucumber water will cut out a lot of fat in your everyday diet. Sometimes our body even confuses hunger with thirst. When you are feeling a little hungry, have a drink of cucumber water first and see if the hunger goes away!

Cucumbers are even packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent and delay cell damage from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Oxidative stress can lead to chronic ailments such as: Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, eye degeneration, and heart disease. It is often recommended that we eat fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants, which include cucumbers! They are rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese.

The cucumbers in cucumber water also helps lower blood pressure and boosts bone health. Cucumbers are packed with potassium which helps regulate the amount of sodium in our kidneys. One cup of sliced cucumbers also has 19% of the daily recommended value of vitamin k. This vitamin helps build healthy bones and tissues!

Lastly, cucumbers are great for your skin. Water alone already helps flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion; and cucumbers are high in vitamin B-5 (commonly used to treat acne). So next time you have a thirst you need to quench, be sure to give cucumber water a try. It’s tasty and good for you!


Cupping Therapy

Cupping is practiced as Traditional Chinese medicine and was developed thousands of years ago. Jars made of glass, bamboo, or plastic are placed on your body during cupping treatments and suction is used to pull the skin and muscles upwards – a perfect alternative to those wanting muscle work done, but like to avoid the intensity that comes from deep tissue massages. The technique will help increase and enhance circulation and relieves pain. You can also try cupping therapy if you’re looking to alleviate problems caused by stress, allergies, fatigue, and anxiety.

Here at Project Zen our therapist practices Moving Cupping. The focus areas are covered in massage oil or lotion and the cups placed on the skin and then slid across the affected region (most commonly cupping takes place on the back).

Please note that when trying Cupping Therapy your skin can turn red, blue, or purple from the treatment and discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. Don’t be discouraged through! Cupping doesn’t hurt and has been described by most people as a tight, but relaxing sensation.

Currently Cupping Therapy is offered only at our San Francisco location. 415-500-4777.

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

image1As we all are looking for relief from stress and tension, Deep Tissue massage is the most frequently requested style of massage. Pressure can release and ease muscle tension; heat can also be included and provide a more relaxing session, with the use of Hot Stones.

A hot stone session begins with select stones being steamed to a perfect temperature, based on your level of comfort. As the stones warm the tension areas, the included pressure and deep effleurage stroke quickly release and relax previously rock-hard muscles. The stones sculpt the contours of your body transferring the heat of the stones to unwind all your knots and sores.

Often times a hot stone massage can induce sleep so a hour and a half session is recommended. It is also suggested to plan the rest of your day to relax and rest and don’t operate any heavy machinery afterwards.

Hot Stone was the first massage I ever received and it is by far the style I prefer to spoil my guests with. I hope you will come in and experience the joy of taking time for yourself; call today to make your appointment!

Jason Engberg CMT
(available Fridays and Sundays at Project Zen Burlingame)

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3 YEARS IN A ROW!!! Thank you for voting us “Best Massage”. As we all know- The SF Bay Guardian has been the “go to” source for finding the BEST of what San Francisco has to offer. We are honored to have been the pick for best massage 3 years in a row, and we are super sad that the Guardian has recently closed up shop. They have left quite a legacy though, and we couldn’t be more ecstatic to have been a part of it all. R.I.P Guardian

DIY- Lavender Dryer Bags


With summer coming up, our social media pages are being bombarded with pictures of beaches, outdoor BBQs, and plenty of vacations in the sunshine. For those of us who are staying in the city this summer, we know that with the clouds and wind- some days we might just want to stay inside and bundle up with a good book, a loved one, or our Netflix account. The only thing that can make that better is to have a fresh pair of sheets that have the relaxing and comforting scent of lavender. With these DIY lavender dryer bags, you can have that year-round and for half the cost of buying pre-made ones or buying dryer sheets!

You only need two supplies: dried lavender buds and reusable cotton tea bags – both can be found at your local health food store!

Fill your bags about 1/4-1/2 way full and make sure that you tie a very tight knot to ensure that the lavender buds don’t spill in your dryer. For an extra scent try adding a few drops of lavender essential oil into the bags as well! It’s as simple as that! You’re ready to use your lavender dryer bags.

Each bag that you make should last around 10 cycles. If you prep all your bags ahead of time make sure that you keep them fresh by storing them in a jar. These aren’t just for the dryer either – try storing the bags in your dressers or at the top of your closet to keep all of your clothes smelling fresh!

-Desiree Hasley

Project Zen Licorice Mint Tea


Project Zen’s special blend of herbal mint and licorice tea is given after each massage to help you maintain your Zen state of mind. Our blend of tea is all-natural, caffeine-free and steeped to perfection to make sure that you stay just as relaxed after your massage as you were during! Why herbal mint and licorice though? Peppermint and licorice can have many health benefits – both have been used for herbal remedies in traditional Western medicine.

Peppermint has been proven to help support a healthy digestive system and can help to relieve an upset stomach. The cool refreshing flavor and distinct aroma of peppermint can also help individuals stay focused and less anxious, while still keeping you relaxed and calm. Licorice also helps soothe upset stomachs and can have a relaxing effect. In addition to having great health benefits, licorice acts as an all-natural sweetener for our special herbal blend of tea so you don’t have to worry about any excess additives in your drink!

After your next massage, take a few minutes to sit and relax with your cup of tea and savor the blend of flavors. Take notice of the calming effect it has on you. We offer our tea in take home bags – loose leaf and individual tea bags – so that you can continue your relaxing experience in the comfort of your own home.

-Desiree Hasley

Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Beautiful Blonde Girl. Healthy Long Curly Hair.

Curling irons, blow dryers, and straighteners tied in with the crazy San Francisco winds can leave our hair dry and damaged. You don’t have to break the bank with expensive shampoos, conditioners and treatments though to bring that moisture back and give your hair that just left the salon look!

Here’s what you’ll need to make an at home Coconut Oil Hair Mask:

1 Sauce Pan
1 Spoon
1 Mixing Bowl
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil (of course we recommend Project Zen Coconut Oil)
1 tbsp. Organic Raw Honey

Mix the ingredients in the bowl and for optimal results, blogger Stephanie Sterjovski suggests that after mixing the ingredients to heat them in a saucepan in order to open hair follicles.

Section off wet hair and begin to generously apply the mask from top to bottom, focusing more on areas that are more dry and damaged. Wrap your hair in a bun and if you’d like place your hair in a shower cap. Keep the mixture in for 30-40 minutes, then wash and rinse, and enjoy your healthy, smooth, shiny hair!

-Desiree Hasley

Benefits of Thai Herbal Compress


The Thai Herbal Compress has been used for centuries as a detoxification treatment. It has countless benefits for the body and is frequently used to aid in muscle and soft tissue aches.

Soft balls are filled with a special blend of Thai herbs and are steamed before being pressed onto fatigued muscles. The heat induces muscle relaxation while the herbs relieve muscle and joint pain, help to increase circulation, and provide nourishment for the skin. The heat also increases blood oxygen flow, thus oxygenating vital organs and allowing them to be more efficient.

By blending the Thai Herbal Compress with massage, one can receive maximum benefits for the body. The heated muscles will become more open to manipulation while the herbs will provide a detoxifying boost to any form of massage. This special treatment can also have a therapeutic effect due to the scent of the special herbs. The herbs used in the Thai Herbal medicine ball typically include tamarind, kaffir leaves, lemongrass, ginger, and eucalyptus which will have an relaxing yet uplifting aromatherapy effect.




Coconut Oil for healthy body, skin, hair and face

Coconut oil is at Project Zen. This natural moisturizer is used by our therapist’s during Spa treatments. Coconut oil is an allergen-free product that can be used for all skin types and is also healthy for your hair. This natural product is known for helping rehydrate the skin, even skin tone and even fight off harmful bacterias.
At home care with Coconut Oil:
    We strive to help you maintain balance in and out of the Spa! Keeping consistant with body work, massage and skin care for your healthy lifestyle routines. Project Zen Burlingame and San Francisco offers cold compressed Coconut Oil retail for maintaining your skin care after you leave our sanctuary Spa.
    – Coconut Oil is healthy for your digestive system it can increase your metabolism, while being a natural energy booster for improving your daily endurance.
    -Coconut Oil studies are now showing the healthy effects it may have on diet, Alzhemiers disease and type 1&2 diabetes.
    – Known for fighting skin diseases such as, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and acne.
    -Coconut Oil also helps promote healthier hair, for frizzy hair applying directly to the hair or for longer stronger hair; Coconut oil can help produce healthier hair from the inside out.
Coconut Oil is a favorite for Spa Treatments, keep up with your skin’s health inside and out!

Celebrating 2 years in a row as “Best Massage”

Thank you Bay Area for voting us “Best Massage” for the 2nd year in a row in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s “Best of the Bay” poll. This annual best of release has been a defining list of the BEST this city has to offer since 1974, and the Bay area community continues to rely on it when seeking out the best and most innovative businesses in the community. We are so honored to be featured again in their 2013 edition.