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.
Neighboring Heavenly Mountain Resort's iconic gondola, Body Essentials' two corpus-nourishing locations each boast a wide variety of corpus-refreshing treatments. Once inside, patrons are sheathed in complimentary robes and slippers, in which they saunter with the comfort and confidence of regal polar-bear cubs into their private treatment rooms. There, aestheticians may pamper bodies with vitamin-infused facials, botanic body scrubs, or anti-aging treatments, such as the nonsurgical face-lift. Spa-goers' figures can also be invigorated with an aromatherapy treatment, which entices the senses with fragrant essential oils, massage, and a thermal wrap. Whether looking for a full spa day or a mini beauty retreat, Body Essentials' team happily indulges clients with a variety of signature packages. The Mana'ia, specially calibrated for men, drains stress and overworked lymphatic systems with endermotherapy massage and fulfills men's lifelong dream of becoming sushi during a seaweed wrap, and bridal packages treat wives-to-be days before and the day of the wedding with a list of preparatory treatments.
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.
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.
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.
Essential Kneads Wellness Spa Inc.’s owner and proprietor, Billie Jo Stokes, first learned the subtle arts of holistic healing from her Aunt Donna. Aunt Donna’s teachings opened the door to what would become Billie Jo’s life calling: to help clients heal with therapies such as Reiki and without the use of drugs or invasive medical therapies. She welcomes her clients into a realm of relaxation, where an Oriental motif of wall-hung fans and bedspreads combines with abundant plant life, wooden fixtures, and soft rugs. In these spaces, Billie Jo helps clients completely let go of the outside world and all of the anxieties and humanoid robots from the future that reside there.
North Lake Massage & Skin Care taps the talents of Kristen Cocca Pepin, a former certified athletic trainer, and Bethany Lambrecht, a licensed aesthetician, to create an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation. Kristen, Michelle, and Corina offer a variety of massage modalities, which range from Swedish and deep tissue to ashiatsu oriental bar therapy—an ancient Eastern Asian treatment that utilizes bars, creams, and oils that target inflammation and initiate pain relief. Bethany, Roxy, and Kris offer Bioelements facials that are customized to each client’s skin needs and include a retinue of cleansing and rejuvenating applications. Other services at North Lake Massage & Skin Care include airbrush tanning, infrared sauna, and waxing.