Amid hair-snipping stylists, licensed aesthetician Nikki Shahan attends to epidermal needs. Nikki employs custom skin masks, powerful chemical peels, ultrasonic treatments, and grandmotherly cheek pinches to rejuvenate skin of all types.
Equipped with an all-natural paste refined throughout the ages, New Beginnings Skin Care & Massage’s therapists abolish unwanted hair from a variety of bodily geography with the ancient Egyptian method of body sugaring. After entrapping hair from root to tip in the sticky glaze, therapists gently lift hair out in its natural direction, freeing surfaces from fuzzy patches or worn out Dukakis '88 bumper stickers. Less painful than waxing, sugary remedies can be applied anywhere on the body, including the eyebrows ($15+), the bikini line ($25+), or the chest and abs ($65). Sugar treatments begin to deplete follicles after several sessions, often forcing threads to disappear completely before starting new lives as mysterious strangers in hardscrabble mountain towns.
Led by a stylist with more than two decades of experience, m Studio’s expert aestheticians trim tresses and whisk away unwanted hair with high-quality products and able shearsmanship. In the hands of careful waxing technicians, Cirepil Blue wax, imported from France and formulated to forefend irritation, encapsulates undesirable hairs, preparing beach-bound bodies for unbeatable skinny-dipping relay-race times.
Old Hot Springs Resort sources natural mineral water from 35,000 feet below the Earth’s surface to fill pools and baths for a health-enriching experience. The springs carry a lengthy history, including use by settlers back in 1849 on their way to the gold rush, and before then by Washoe Indians perfecting their synchronized diving routines. The water teems with healthy minerals such as sulfate to strengthen skin and hair, calcium to fortify bones, and potassium to aid muscle function.
Adults splash and swim in aquamarine outdoor pools kept at 98 degrees in the summer and 102 degrees in the winter, or sunbathe on the surrounding patio. Meanwhile, private baths, with water from 95 to 110 degrees, proffer an intimate place for couples to canoodle and spies to exchange confidential microfiche. Staffers drain and refill pools every day, barring the use of chemicals or city water to maintain the mineral water’s purity. After soaking, patrons can deepen their relaxation with a hot-stone massage, held in a hushed room lit with petite lights, or snag refreshments from an onsite restaurant and bar.
After Andrea Felesina earned her master's degree and started a career as a registered nurse, she couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to take a holistic approach to health. Her curiosity led her to the Bodhi Tree School of Massage, where she acquired national certification in massage therapy. With her newfound ability to blend eastern and western techniques, Andrea opened Sierra Nevada Holistic Services inside a ranch-style cottage. In addition to offering therapeutic-massage services, Andrea also leads yoga nidra meditation sessions, drawing on training she received from yogi Amrit Desai. Yoga nidra combines light stretching, breathwork, and guided imagery to completely relax the body and banish the stress of wondering where the keys to the bomb-squad van are. Andrea also concocts her own aromatherapeutic blends to ease muscle aches, indigestion, and depression with help from fellow practitioner Sue Fritz, who brings 40 years of medical and holistic training to the table.
Once it makes its way in through the large window draped in elegant, red cloth, sunlight refracts off the many mirrors lining the earth-toned walls, illuminating the staffers as they wield scissors, nail brushes, or specialized facial ingredients. At hairstyling stations, certified Redken color specialists dye strands with flattering hues, and Great Lengths hair-extension experts elongate locks without inconspicuously feeding them into a moving escalator. Nail techs in a private suite draw from shelves of OPI polish during mani-pedis designed to gussy up natural or acrylic nails. The resident aesthetician, meanwhile, can perform waxing and skincare services and highlight features with permanent-makeup applications. For special events, such as weddings and dances, the entire team eagerly joins forces to help clients look their best.