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.
For students of The Studio, flying is not only possible—it's therapeutic. Instructors in beginners’ acro-yoga classes lead guests through the basics of gravity-defying poses and partner work, helping them balance upside down and infuse their yoga practice with trust and playfulness. During these and all classes at The Studio, the emphasis is on acceptance. The staff maintains a judgment-free atmosphere, where burgeoning yogis can feel comfortable attempting new postures without making everyone nearby crawl headfirst into a sleeping bag. The two classrooms—one heated for intense Vinyasa sequences and one kept at a standard temperature—are as calming and open as the minds within them, bordered by walls of large, panoramic windows. Under the supervision of certified teachers, most of whom have undergone hundreds of hours of yoga training, pupils hone their sense of body and breath awareness.
This welcoming ambiance helped The Studio earn the 2012 award for Best Yoga Classes in the Reno News & Review. However, the center is not solely focused on classes and views them instead as one component of a total-wellness regimen. Backing up the sessions, massage therapists untangle muscular knots in two private rooms with Thai stretching techniques or other classic modalities. In the lounge, plush floor cushions support patrons as they sip complimentary tea and peel clementines. Owner Rachelle often stands behind the raw-food and juice bar, prepping wholesome meals for lunch and keeping fruit from getting too full of itself.
Dena Marie’s Salon & Spa’s hairstylists specialize in formal updos. Augmented by Lox extensions—crafted from 100% human hair—or held in place by hair balms from Bed Head and Matrix, the formal looks prepare patrons for glitzy events from proms to the salon’s second specialty—weddings.
Their team, which also consists of manicurists, regularly attends continuing-education courses to keep their services up-to-date with the latest beauty trends. Fresh out of the workshops, they turn their shears and dyes toward shaping and coloring manes, and drape frazzled locks with shine during keratin smoothing treatments. They also provide spa treatments that include waxing and paraffin dips that remove dry skin from bodies more effectively than attempting to drive them out by playing annoying music over loudspeakers throughout the night.
While some people believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, others believe it resides somewhere closer to the edge. Both groups would feel right at home at The Eyelash Connection, where licensed aestheticians divide their time between helping clients enhance their outward appearances and curating a calm, stress-free environment designed to promote wellness from within. Their signature eyelash extensions help trim minutes off of home makeup routines with waterproof strands that are affixed one by one instead of in false-looking strips. Annual continuing-education courses also help the staffers resharpen skills, which they channel into full-body waxing services and personalized skincare facials designed to treat everything from acne-prone complexions to backs covered in scratch 'n' sniff stickers.
Licensed massage therapist Rachel Bradfield, who graduated from the Milan Institute of Sparks, customizes her kneads to address individual pain and ailments, and focuses on staying abreast advances in medical science. Rachel's expertise lies in Swedish, Thai, deep-tissue, sports, and shiatsu massage, affording such benefits as stress and tension relief as serene music soothe ears in a private setting. Armed with the client's detailed health history at the beginning of each appointment, Rachel choreographs each massage into a custom tap dance atop patrons' spines, with add-ons such as hot stones and aromatherapy. The office's flexible schedule allows guests to relieve bodies after a long day spent perfecting the worm for an upcoming family reunion.
The reincarnation of a historic house, Powder Room presents its visitors with vintage décor and a hardwood floor that stretches into private massage and skincare rooms. Freshly brewed coffee and tea flavor the waiting area's air, and light pours in from several windows with VIP access to the sun, illuminating two nail stations, a makeup station, and an elevated pedicure chair. G.M. Collin, Rhonda Allison, and ViVO Spa products back many of the spa's services, including mani-pedis, collagen treatments, and enzyme peels.