The massage therapists at Ahhh! Massage want each of their treatments to feel like a vacation from the stresses of daily life. They seem to have taken this idea to its local extreme, decorating their treatment rooms so that each resembles an exotic locale: Hawaii, Fiji, and the Caribbean islands are all represented. Along with the therapists’ soothing Swedish, therapeutic, deep-tissue, or prenatal massage strokes, the tropical decor encourages guests to slip into a state of relaxation disturbed only by the banging of steel drums or the howl of a lonely toucan. When they aren’t tending to backs and shoulders, the staffers perform hot-oil scalp massages and cleansing foot scrubs; the breezy facility also houses an infrared sauna and hydraulic massage beds.
Nail technician Amanda beautifies hands and feet at Essenza Salon and Medi Spa with an array of nailcare services, including express manicures and stone-massage pedicures. Visitors can also opt for paraffin dips for hands or feet that leave skin as soft as a billionaire’s caviar-stuffed mattress.
Tranquility Salon & Spa's talented skin tamer, Autumn, restores faces tormented by dryness or signs of aging in 50- to 60-minute HydraFacial skin-resurfacing treatments. The aesthetician harnesses the powers of hydradermabrasion to scour follicles deeply while hydrating the epidermis and removing temporary tattoos proclaiming distain for water. The treatment cleanses surfaces, boots dull, dead cells, and extracts impurities. HydraFacials also cloak skin in antioxidants that protect nobly against weathering and aim to reduce wrinkles, excess oils, and irregular pigmentation. All results manifest immediately following the treatment, and a lack of downtime lets clients leave the studio to strut proudly and show off their newfound smoothness.
Balanced Health Solutions' Dr. Dale Kelly calls upon more than 24 years of medical expertise and countless hours of continuing education as he fine-tunes outer appearances with a menu of body-bettering services. The seasoned technician wields a microcurrent device to oust fine lines and wrinkles on the face, as well as shape and tone muscles throughout the body. A member of Washoe County Search and Rescue who is enthusiastic about helping others, Dr. Kelly steers visitors on the path to healthier living with nutritional analyses, allergy treatments, and GPS systems that lead to broccoli.
Trained in aromatherapy, reflexology, and all manner of massages, Leah Taylor customizes all of her services to fit her customers' needs. Taylor doles out massages in packages that range from 15 minutes to two hours in length, allowing clients to designate exactly how much time they’d like to be tenderized before they reemerge into the world or baste themselves at home. Prenatal, sports therapy, and Swedish massage number among Taylor’s many specialties, with most services supplemented with add-ons such as hot-stone treatments and reactive-heat muscle therapy.
An Aveda concept salon, Shine staffs expert aestheticians who woo customers with a comprehensive menu of beautifying and calming services. Haircuts ($35 for women, $20 for men) feature complimentary head, neck, and scalp massages to calm scissor-fearing tendrils, while non-scalp follicles can be sentenced to waxing, from simple lip pruning ($10 and up) to a full Brazilian deforestation ($65 and up). A manicure ($20) and pedicure ($35–$65) can restore shoddy digit tips to their original state of glamour. Pre-prettified figures can revel in a 30-, 60-, or 90-minute signature relaxation massage ($35–$85) from the licensed therapist, which features an effleurage barrage designed to ward off tax nightmares and melt away tensions. This Groupon can also be used toward products or pricier services such as the aromatherapy hot-stone massage ($80 for 60 min., $110 for 90 min.), which blots out agitation with essential-oil scents and sizzling basalt rocks.
The beauty specialists at Above and Beyond Salon primp customers with everything from haircare to airbrush tans. Lavish nail designs, including glitter tips, top off mani-pedis, and even the kiddos can feel pampered with mini manicures. Along with salon services, the stylists beautify the skin and body with seaweed wraps, European facials, and microdermabrasions.