Peace of Mind Float Spa casts a gravity-defying spin on relaxation with sensory-deprivation flotation tanks. The tank's solution of filtered, sterilized water mixes with 800 pounds of Epsom salts to imbue guests with a feeling of weightlessness that aims to induce deep relaxation and alleviate physical ailments. The water is heated to skin temperature to simulate a state of anti-gravity typically experienced only by astronauts or koalas at an all-you-can-eat eucalyptus buffet. An oxygen aromatherapy treatment can heighten the effects of floating before or after the treatment with one of four scents. The relaxation destination also hosts a far infrared sauna, which uses soothing heat and infrared rays to penetrate the body and aid natural detoxification.
As a world traveler and seasoned surfer, skier, and mountain biker, Dr. Sam Vella does what it takes to keep his body in healthy, functioning order and helps other outdoorsy types do the same. As the chiropractor behind Vella Chiropractic, he treats conditions ranging from osteoarthritis to sciatica so that his patients are left healthy and ready to scale mountains, paddle across lakes, and fight the sun back beneath the horizon every night. Hands-on adjusting, spinal decompression, cold laser therapy, and light force chiropractic are just a few of the techniques he uses to help patients find relief, and he can even treat expectant mothers with the Webster technique?a method of helping breech babies to turn naturally.
Katrina Craig Johnson’s clients aren’t just time slots in her appointment book. She hopes to build a lasting relationship with each person through her beautification services. Those include eye-catching mani-pedis and removing unwanted hair on the face, body, and tail through waxing. She offers a handful of facials—including chemical exfoliation peels and corrective facials—that gently combat acne and sensitive skin.
Using an alchemical arsenal of stimulating strokes and subliminal stress relievers, Psychic Spa becalms bodies and consoles chakras during each signature Mind, Body, and Spirit package. Commence clear-headedness with a 55-minute massage, as Psychic Spa's all-knowing knot-kneaders employ light, gliding, Swedish strokes to lift the spirit, increase lymphatic flow, and soothe tension brought on by workplace bat infestations.
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.