ABOUT OUR WATER EXERCISE CLASSES
The pools and sauna are open by appointment.
TO SIGN-UP FOR EVERYTHING CALL (775) 883-4434
To download or see our weekly schedule click here.
Please arrive 10 minutes early for classes.
To see our membership options and pricing click here.
We offer the following pool exercise classes:
Stress & pain relief exercises performed in neck deep water. Decreases levels of pain; increases caloric consumption; improves oxygen supplies to the body; greater range of motion & ability; increases core & muscle strength; lowers sensations of stress; reduces joint stiffness; improves balance; minimizes problems with anxiety, fatigue, & depression. Ai Chi uses core & diaphragmatic breathing, plus a series of movements performed in a slow, focused, graceful manner. We combine Tai-Chi and Qi Gong with Watsu techniques, while in warm water (92 f). *Ai Chi is the QUIET TIME on the pool schedule. This class is 55 minutes.
You can see our Ai Chi class Quick Start Guide in different Ability Levels HERE
AQUA CARDIO: (Water Aerobics)
This water aerobics class is a full body strength building water workout for all ages that pumps up your heart rate. Water exercise equipment is used to increase resistance for greater cardio conditioning. The low impact nature of the class reduces stress on joints and allows you complete control of intensity. This class is 55 minutes.
AQUA CARDIO EXPRESS: (Water Aerobics)
30 minutes of AQUA CARDIO (Express classes are good for people who are time constrained or significantly out of shape.)
AQUA GYM CIRCUIT: (Pool Gym H.I.I.T. Circuit)
This water exercise HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class gives you cardio conditioning PLUS full body muscular strengthening. The circuit uses a mix of unique equipment like underwater bikes, treadmills, shoulder machines, trampolines, and arm machines. Show up 15 minutes before class to review the circuit. Starr and Susie are constantly changing things up! This class is 55 minutes.
Improves balance and breathing patterns; improves flexibility and muscular stability; soothes the nervous system; aids in detoxification by increasing blood circulation; calms the mind and body relieving stress. Aqua Yoga uses the unique forces of water to strengthen and lengthen your body. This class is in WARM (92 f) water, and is 55 minutes. *Aqua Yoga is the QUIET TIME on the pool schedule.
B.A.D. CORE: (Pilates & Barre In The Pool)
(B.A.D. = Back ~ Abs ~ Derrière) Yes, it is PILATES & BARRE in the water. Great for your back, belly, butt, knees, hips, improves your balance, etc. Builds core / powerhouse strength & improves range of motion, maximizes flexibility, at a moderate pace. Attention to control, breathing, flowing motion, concentration, centering, precision, routine, and isolation are key principles. This class is in WARM (92 f) water. This class is 55 minutes.
These water exercises will strengthen & lengthen your lower back, hips, glutes, IT band, calves, ankles, and foot muscles to keep your knees stable. The same training protocols apply whether you're healing from a knee injury or trying to prevent knee injuries. This class is 30 minutes.
Water Exercise Private Training Sessions w/Starr Nixdorf, ATRIC
Starr’s exercise instruction will zero in on your exact needs, creating a customized program for you. You will save 25% by paying for and scheduling three sessions in one week, or four sessions in two weeks. Starr is Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute certified (ATRIC #140905049) and certified by the Aquatic Exercise Assoc.
Other Personal Training Sessions:
Paradise Certified Trainers and Aqua Pros can work with you on your specific concerns. Personal trainers are independent associates during these sessions. You need to speak to them directly to create your schedule and map out your wellness adventure.
For Membership options click here or pick up our Membership flyer when you come in for a tour.
Terms & Conditions:
- a. ALL classes, Open Swim, and sauna sessions must be reserved by front desk staff in person or by phone and are based on availability. You CAN be put on a waiting list for classes and Open Swim times that are full.
- b. Reservations can be rescheduled by front desk staff during business hours, for up to one week into the future with a minimum of 12 hours advance notice, based on availability. Advanced cancelations are greatly appreciated so we can call the people on our waiting list.
- c. To drop in - call for availability.
- d. Reservations for classes, Open Swim and sauna sessions must be paid for prior to use or delivery.
- e. There are no refunds or credits for missed sauna, Open Swim, or class reservations.
- f. All activated Monthly Memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable.
- g. Your Membership is valid from activation date agreed on at time of purchase.
- h. Class times and Open Swim times are subject to change. When you have reservations, we’ll give you notice.
- i. Prices and terms are subject to change without notice.
- j. If a reservation is canceled by Paradise due to Aqua-Pro illness, equipment breakage, etc., you will receive a credit for that reservation.
- k. If we are forced to close Paradise, all memberships will be suspended for the duration of the closure.
We currently have a styling station available. We do not have openings for a nail technician and massage therapist.
Paradise Salon~Spa~Wellness is the coolest salon spa in Carson City. We offer more than a station to rent. We offer a complete business platform to help you, the successful stylist, to excel. If you are ready to take the next step in your career and really want earn an above average wage, consider what we have to offer you to ensure your success:
- Clients. Plenty of walkins to help fill slow times.
- A luxurious spa environment to work in.
- A private, lockable space to keep your supplies in; including your own dispensary sink!
- A fully optimized web page of your own that is viewable and useable on any device.
- Use of fully optimized salon software package that allows you to book appointments from any device you own, track and see reports on your business and much more.
- An app for your phone and/or tablet to book your clients on the go.
- Client online scheduling.
- Concierge service during business hours.
- Participation in email cross marketing promotions with non-competing associates.
- Wellness/fitness membership.
- A separate private common room for waxing, permanent makeup, facials etc.
- 6 other stylists and numerous other seasoned professionals to work with.
- and more... come see it or take the video tour.
Why consider renting from us? First of all, you can rent a station anywhere and do hair, but without the business supporting your efforts it's hard to get to the next level and really start earning substantial money in this industry. Our support is the best around. Secondarily, the quality of life at work for you and your clients is critically important. After all, if you don't enjoy being at work, why be in this industry? I invite you to come by and tour our beautiful 7,266 sq. ft. spa facility.
If you like what you see call the front desk at (775) 883-4434 and schedule an appointment to speak with Perry.
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Hello Carson City! I’ve been reading these stories for months now and I find them very interesting. As I am part of the Paradise community I find the tales give me a sense of pride.
When I read the stories as a person going into life’s 3rd act they give me hope. I am so happy for the people featured in them because they have overcome so much.
But as fascinating as the stories are, I noticed there was something missing from them. My story is totally different from all the stories so far, so I told Starr and Perry that I wanted to tell my story. What’s different about me is that there was nothing seriously wrong with me when I came to Paradise. I was merely suffering from sitting disease and since I retired, a case of house gravity.
I swear, Hollywood could make fifty films based on the lives of the struggles of the people in the Paradise community.
So far as I know, there are no Supermen working out at the facility. There may be a spy, or two, but if there are they are really good, ‘cause they’ve got me fooled! So I am not talking about those kinds of movies.
I’m talking about films about every day people overcoming every day, but terrible physical problems. Real heroes overcoming real problems. My problem is a fear of drowning, not water, just drowning.
But here is my message to you – don’t let your health get so bad that someone could turn your life into a heart breaking, disaster film. That’s no way to treat your family.
I don’t have any major physical problems. I am fairly fit for a man my age. And I plan to stay that way. That’s why I came to Paradise in the first place.
I wasn’t exactly ready for the Senior Olympics, mind you. I had my aches and pains. And things that were so simple when I was young, and/or younger, had become challenges. Things like climbing stairs two at a time or squatting down to pick up a quarter off the floor. Before I started coming to Paradise, I was starting to wonder when Washington was going to abolish stairs in favor of escalators!
Now? I don’t mind taking the stairs, and I’m comfortable getting in the water to exercise.
I guess what I’m saying is… wake up, people! We’re all getting older, and there is no Fountain of Youth. Actually, there is. It’s here at Paradise.
Taking an hour long pool exercise class three times a week is not going to make you look like Johnny Depp or Madonna. But… hey, wait a minute. They’re both pushing sixty, so maybe you can look that good… if you’re 45! For sure, you’ll feel stronger and more energetic.
It’s pretty simple stuff, friends. A healthy life is a better life. No matter what other problems you may have in this strange experience we call life, being healthy makes them easier. Ask anyone here, they’ll tell you so. But you already know this, right? Do you really need to suffer a major health setback to get your act together enough to do what you already know you need to do?
I’d put some weight on after my first hip replacement surgery. Talk about rubbing salt into a fresh wound, huh?
Hip replacement surgery, while becoming more and more common, is not a little thing. It’s a last resort, when all else has failed to alleviate debilitating pain. I am talking about excruciating pain from walking. Just from walking. Not from running a marathon, or climbing a mountain. Just from walking.
Walking is a simple pleasure. I took it for granted, until I could barely do it anymore. So, I was looking forward to walking again, after my surgery. Then I put on weight while recovering, which made it hard to walk. Clearly, I needed a Plan B. “Come with me to paradise,” a friend said. That became Plan B. It should have been Plan A.
My friend had been taking water cardio classes at Paradise three times a week, when she urged me to join her. She’d lost weight. I’ve always loved being around water, so I was not hesitant to join her when she pointed out the obvious to me. You are buoyant in the water, so exercising is not tantamount to taking a literal physical pounding. In fact, exercising in water is so easy on your joints that it doesn’t hurt. You hardly know you are working out, until the results become obvious. I had just never thought of exercising in water until she brought it up.
I lost 20 pounds pretty quickly. All the weight I’d put on after surgery melted off in the Paradise pool. I wonder how much body fat has melted off in that pool? A lot!
Did I mention that working out at Paradise is actually fun? It is! So much fun that it’s addictive. It’s a good thing that it’s addictive, because I had to have a second hip replacement surgery.
Shotgun, both barrels. Bang, Bang! But I’m not dead! “Missed me, missed me, Mr. Reaper, you ain’t gonna kiss me!”
Recovering from the second surgery was much easier than the first, and I credit Starr and the rest of the Paradise staff for that. If not for them, I’d have been in poor physical condition going into the operating room.
But three-a-week sessions following my first hip replacement made it possible for me to skip a lot of pain and suffering after my second. And for that, I am eternally grateful, to Starr and the Paradise people, and my friend who introduced me to Paradise.
I’ve been going to Paradise for a year and a half. The term ROI springs to mind when I think about Paradise. ROI stands for Return On Investment.
I’m no Warren Buffet. I don’t have much money invest. But I have time to invest. Time to invest in myself. And after my first hip replacement, I realized it was time to invest in myself. In my health.
What have I gotten in return for my investment? Better health, obviously. Physical and mental. Just ask my husband.
Three times a week. Are you seriously going to tell me you can’t afford that? Are you going to tell me that your time is so precious that you can’t afford to invest some of it in your health? Seriously?
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease two years ago. In reality, Parkinson’s had started creeping in at least three years before that. As a violin teacher, I’d noticed that my bow handling was getting more and more robotic, but I ignored it.
Do not ignore the little signs. Talk to your doctor about even the smallest things if they are persistent.
When my massage therapist noticed that my arms didn’t swing when I walked, I had to stop living in denial and face reality. Unfortunately, my current reality is that I am stiff as a board, and my body shakes when I try to do anything. Unless I am submerged in water, that is.
Gravity is a damnable thing to Parkinson’s victims. Being in water is close to Nirvana for us. Paradise, Nirvana, same thing, right?
I wish my house was underwater. I wish I was a mermaid. I wish I didn’t have Parkinson’s Disease. None of those wishes are going t come true anytime soon, if ever, so I am grateful to Starr and her team at Paradise for making life more bearable.
If you don’t know anything about Parkinson’s Disease let me tell you this. It’s caused by the gradual loss of dopamine producing cells in the brain. Dopamine? It regulates movement. And emotion.
So, as your brain stops making dopamine, you get stiffer. And you get tremors. You can become depressed and anxious. The side effects of the drugs they prescribed
were awful. I had no desire to live in a haze, so I went to Paradise.
If you want to understand how absurdly difficult life can be for someone afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease, consider this: I feel stiffness and tightnessunder my hair. It’s like wearing a hat that is two sizes too small. Crazy, huh?
But that all changes when I jump in the pool at Paradise. As soon as I hit the water I go from feeling like the Tin Man after the monsoon season, to feeling like Jane Freaking Fonda, some sort of ninja ballerina.
I can move to the music in my head when I go through my routine that Starr designed for me personally. There is NO WAY I could go through one of Starr’s workout sessions out of the pool. I would look and feel like a zombie trying to do yoga.
I feel so good after my sessions in the Paradise pool. My muscles are softer, my range of motion is better. Any pain I wake up with disappears. Even when I have my bad days I really want to come to Paradise.
Riding a bike is when I feel most “normal”. Biking in the water is an awesome experience. It’s fun, and if it’s fun you will do it! Even life on land is better on the days I can’t make it to Paradise.
Next I’m going to try the infrared sauna. I am told that infrared heat helps PD symptoms go away.
Short of a cure for Parkinson’s, Paradise is the best thing I can wish for, and I don’t need a genie to grant that wish.
There is an enduring debate over whether or not you should trust your mechanic. The basic argument, of course, is that while your mechanic may be competent enough to fix your car, he may also be unscrupulous enough to make sure you have to keep coming back, by fixing one thing, but breaking another.
I was plagued by a not dissimilar problem a couple years ago, but it was not about something as trifling as my car, it was about my spine.
I’d had a spinal fusion in 2011. When I started to get pains again, I went to a physiotherapist, who asked about my exercise habits. I told her I was working out at the public pool. Wrong, she said, go to Paradise and see Starr.
Now, I don’t want you to get the idea that the staff at the public pool were trying to harm me, in order to keep me coming back and refilling their coffers. Perish the thought. Fine people, all of them.
No, mine is not a story about unscrupulous individuals. It is, rather, a story about some purported professionals being less competent than others. The nice folk at the public pool simply lack the expertise of Starr and her staff at Paraidise. My physiotherapist understood this, and so did I just a few weeks after taking out a membership.
It was the difference between night and day. The staff at the public pool were well intentioned, but what do they say the road to Hell is paved with? Hell is the opposite of Paradise, right?
Spinal fusion surgery is a last resort for those of us who suffer debilitating back pain. If you have never experienced painful problems with your back, thank your lucky stars, because it is a truly horrendous plight to have to suffer through.
As I say, the surgery is the last resort. So, if you are starting to experience back pain, if you are not yet enduring protracted and substantial discomfort, you should start taking counter measures pronto.
By all means, consult your doctor, but I am confident he or she will tell you to start a regimen of physiotherapy that includes water based exercise.
If you want to save a couple bucks by trying the public pool, go right ahead. But remember, you get what you pay for.
At Paradise, what you’re paying for is relief from pain. What you’re paying for is better health. What you’re paying for is expert care and maintenance.
Starr knows what works for whatever problems you are having. And she knows what doesn’t work for those problems, too. I have been working out in the pool, thinking I was doing something right, only to have Starr come over and say, “Do this Loraine.”
If I miss a few consecutive sessions at Paradise, I can feel it. And every time I start to feel it, I know that my options are clear – get back in the pool, or go back to the operating room. It’s a simple decision to make, and I advise you to think about what your next move is.
I’m a woodworker. A cabinet maker. Have been for a long time. It’s grueling work. Physically demanding.
After long years of hard labor, I was promoted to management. I don’t have to do as much punishing work as I used to, and it’s a good thing, because all that backbreaking work was literally backbreaking.
Wait. I never literally broke my back, but I sure did do some damage, and I really felt it when I was required to move heavy stuff around, which I still am, from time to time.
When I was out of the office, pitching a potential customer, I noticed Paradise. I walked, across the street, and through the doors. B I N G O!
One look around, and I knew Paradise is what my aching back needed.
I wasn’t going to be a fulltime desk-jockey. To keep my job, I was going to have to be fit enough to step away from the desk, and get physical, and there’s no such thing as, “Fake it ‘til you make it,” when you have to push and shove.
The aquacise class I was taking at Paradise was great for relieving the pain in my back. But when I met Starr, and she showed me some stretches, and exercises, specifically for my back, everything changed. My back not only stopped hurting, it felt strong again.
The stretches released the strain in my muscles from my hips to my ribs. Then Starr hooked me up to the Aqualogix drag equipment, which increased resistance. That’s how you strengthen your back. And that’s how you keep your job.
I no longer fear that my back problems, now minor, will result in me losing my job. I have to be careful, but I can still bull around heavy stuff with the kids, thanks to Paradise.
My job demands a lot of my time, so I don’t always get to spend as much time at Paradise as I’d like. Mostly, I like going in on Saturdays, when it’s not so busy. I workout on my own, but I still take the occasional class to learn new things I can do to improve on what I’ve already achieved.
And the far infrared sauna is a perfect compliment for my exercise regimen. An hour in the pool, followed by a half hour, sometimes more, in the sauna, and I feel like a million bucks.
Sometimes, after a good workout, I just float around on a noodle, weightless and care free. And pain free!
On a lazy Saturday afternoon, Paradise is a much better place than the couch.
Some of the kids at the shop are intrigued by my comeback. I suppose they thought it was over for me, the poor old-timer. But I showed ‘em! And they now know that I’ll be around until I take my retirement.
Those kids think they’re indestructible. Well, so did I. But they will learn, probably the hard way, that a lifetime of physical toil comes at a price. I tell them they should get ahead of the game, by coming to Paradise, but they don’t listen. Something tells me that I’ll see them at Paradise, sooner or later.
SAUNA USE LEADS TO A HEALTHIER BRAIN AND MORE
Listening to a pod cast about how to improve muscle growth, endurance and generate better brain function has me really excited today. To sum up what Dr. Rhonda Patrick presented: If you use the sauna for "Hyperthermic Conditioning" you can increase your body's production of Growth Hormone. Science has proven that Growth Hormone (IGF-1) increases muscle while reducing fat, helps repair lean muscle, increases the growth of new brain cells, AND it prevents your brain cells from dying. You can also increase your body's production of Growth Hormone with strenuous exercise but your body will become acclimated to strenuous exercise over time and it will be less effective. BUT you can use the sauna for 30 minutes a day and enhance your body's performance. This is less stressful on the body and just as effective! But don't stop exercising all together, you just add the sauna on those days when you need a rest from pounding the pavement or slamming the weights. Super simple, super effective, sit in the sauna for 30 minutes.
This is the video: http://youtu.be/aHOlM-wlNjM
Who should not use a sauna is answered in this article from the American Journal of Medicine: http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(00)00671-9/abstract
Sauna use leads to a healthier brain, enhances endurance, and increases muscle while reducing fat!
REDUCE STRESS WITH A MASSAGE IN CARSON CITY
Massage is defined as systematic manual or mechanical manipulations of the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes, including stress reduction. Some of the physiological benefits are improved muscle tone, circulation, and glandular activities. It promotes health and wellness while reducing stress. Soreness and stiffness of muscles will also get relief.
A professional massage also benefits all the other systems of the body. For example; a massage therapist can use cross-fiber friction and compression movements to help prevent the formation of adhesions and fibrosis in muscles. A therapist may also use friction, vibration and percussion movements to produce a stimulation effect on the nervous system, while gentler strokes such as petrissage produce a sedative effect for the relief of tension. Massage movements that are directed toward the heart will facilitate the flow of blood and lymph back toward the heart. All these movements improve the circulation of blood, which in turn supplies beneficial nutrients to the skin.
Because mind, body and spirit are one, massage is a good start in the pursuit of your personal practice and process for stress reduction.
Massage should be avoided if you have a condition that appears to be a contraindication (medically inadvisable) to massage. Similarly, if you have a medical or mental condition that needs medical attention such as pain, redness, swelling or high temperature, massage should be avoided.
In a future musing, I hope to discuss simple roles we can take on for our own state of health and wellness. These include meditation, exercise, low-fat/high fiber diet, the balance between work and play, keeping a positive mental and spiritual attitude, healthy aging and stress resistance, the benefits of epsom salt baths and essential oils, self-acupressure for common ailments and more on massage. My source for much of this information came from; Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage by Mark F. Beck
Lisa Crowley @ Paradise Salon/Spa/Wellness is your massage therapist in Carson City.
ARTHRITIS PAIN RELIEF TIPS AND TRICKS
First, what is arthritis? (Source: Arthritis Foundation)
Simply put it is painful inflammation of the joints. There are over 100 different types of arthritis... Symptoms are joint pain, swelling, stiffness, a loss of range of motion, plus pain can be moderate to severe, coming and going, etc. Diagnosing arthritis is complex, but we are not focusing on diagnosis. That is for you and your doctor to do together.
What can you do about arthritis pain?
Here are a few GENERAL actions you can take to relieve the pain of arthritis.
Regular non-impact physical activity (water exercise is excellent)
Maintaining a healthy weight (diet is #1, eating fresh healthy food)
Strengthening the muscles around the joint for added support
Balancing activity with rest (a good night’s sleep is priceless)
Using hot and cold therapies (ice packs, warm water soaks, sauna)
Qigong can be used for relief from arthritic discomfort as well
What is Qigong?
Life is energy. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the word for that life-force energy. Qi is everywhere, it’s in the earth, the galaxy, and your body. Qigong is meditation with movement; a conscious form of very gentle exercise. Qigong enhances the body’s natural healing abilities, it helps you to cultivate Qi through slow movements, smooth breathing, and focused thoughts.
The Chinese physician believes Qi imbalance is the cause of many illnesses. An emphasis is put on rebuilding the overall health and strength of spirit of the person, restoring a proper supply of Qi and blood to the body’s cells.
Aquatic Qigong called Ai Chi is taught in the warm saltwater pool at Paradise.
Theory: There are 3 levels of relaxation. The first level is postural relaxation. The second is relaxation of the muscles & tendons. The third is deep relaxation reaching into the internal organs, allowing you to sense their state. In the case of Qigong treatment for arthritis, when you have reached the third level of relaxation you can lead the qi deeply into the joint where it will repair the damage. And so the Qigong treatment must begin with relaxed and gentle movements to smoothly increase Qi circulation. The first stage of treatment is to learn how to relax and avoid muscle/tendon tension and stress, which can increase pressure on the joint and continue to damage it. (This is why water is wonderful, the buoyancy takes all the stress off the joints.) You must also place your mind on the tender joints. The more you bring your mind deeply into the joint and relax it, the more Qi will circulate smoothly and freely to repair the damage. The best time to practice Qigong is in the morning, it gets your energy flowing after being still all night.
Practical: XU HONGTAO MEDICAL QIGONG SELF MASSAGE
Sitting comfortably with relaxed muscles, take 9 slow deep breaths, women L (left) hand over R(right), Men R hand over L, placed on the low belly. Your mind is calm focusing on what is going on inside your body. Visualize energy in your body moving, taking away stagnant or stale Qi.
- Warm your hands by rubbing them together 9 or 18 times
- Make 3 slow circles around your eyes, feel the warmth from your hands
- Brush your hands over & around your ears 3 times, combing your hair back
- Make 3 sweeping strokes down the back of your neck and shoulders
- Make 3 sweeping strokes downward on the chest
- Make 3 sweeping strokes downward on the front of your hips
- Make 3 strokes down reaching as high as you can on the kidney region (low back)
- Make 3 inward circles around kneecaps, 3 outward circles around kneecaps
- Make 3 long sweeping strokes down the outside of the legs
- Make 3 long sweeping strokes UP the inside of the legs
- Make 3 circle strokes around the elbow joint, women L then R, men R then L
- Make 3 long strokes down each arm, women L then R, men R then L
REPEAT 3, 6 or 9 times, ending as you started, sitting comfortably… etc.
Some more tips for success:
- Do not do heavy exercises when inflamed, gently massage the joint & do light Qigong.
- When you have less pain & stiffness, take advantage & practice a little more.
- Don’t overdo it. If you have significant pain 2 hours after, you overdid it.
- Practice a comfortable length of time and gradually increase the repetitions.
- Focus your mind on the body part, imagine breathing in and out of the joint.
- Practice in nature for maximum benefits.
- Bundle up if cold increases your arthritis pain.
- As always, your doctor is the one to talk to before beginning a new exercise routine.
- This Qigong self massage is a tiny sampling of the EXPANSIVE knowledge in traditional Chinese Medicine.
- Use anti-oxidants to help reduce inflammation. We personally recommend SOD, CoQ10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Turmeric Curcumin, Hawaiian Astaxanthin, or Vitamin C, along with a diet rich in dark colored fruits and vegetables.
I hope this helps you get relief.
Starr Nixdorf, ATRIC
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FAR INFRARED SAUNA
Infrared saunas are a useful tool for natural healing and prevention. Infrared light can penetrate human tissue, which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits making infrared saunas one of the "hottest" therapies for overall healthier living. If you want to get yourself back into balance, getting into an infrared sauna may be the ticket to achieving your wellness goals. See what "The Doctor's" say about this.
Come in and use our sauna for only $10.00 a day. If you just can't live without it, buy a pass - 10 visits for $80.00.
B.A.D. Core Class
(B.A.D. = Back ~ Abs ~ Derrière) Yes, it is PILATES in the water. Great for your back, belly, butt, knees, hips, improves your balance, etc. Builds core / powerhouse strength & improves range of motion, maximizes flexibility, at a moderate pace. Attention to control, breathing, flowing motion, concentration, centering, precision, routine, and isolation are key principles. This class is in WARM (92 f) water. This class is 55 minutes..
This water exercises will strengthen & lengthen your low back, hips, glutes, IT band, calves, ankles, and foot muscles to keep your knees stable. The same training protocols apply whether you're healing from a knee injury or trying to prevent knee injuries. This class is 30 minutes.
AQUA CARDIO CLASS
This water aerobics class is a full body strength building water workout for all ages that pumps up your heart rate. Water exercise equipment is used to increase resistance for greater cardio conditioning. The low impact nature of the class reduces stress on joints and allows you complete control of intensity. This class is 55 minutes.
AQUA CARDIO EXPRESS:
30 minutes of AQUA CARDIO (Express classes are good for people who are time constrained or significantly out of shape.)
A soothing massage can help you unwind and provide you with other health benefits. Our therapeutic massage is designed to help you de-stress and find relief from pain and muscle tension. You may want to consider combining your massage session with a visit to our far infrared sauna for added benefits before and after.
Getting ready for a sports event? Just finished a sports event and need relief, let our experienced massage therapist's work out the kinks.
Reiki is a way of channeling healing energy. Reiki is a Japanese word meaning "universal life force energy." It is a hands-on technique, much like when the Bible speaks of a "laying on of hands." There is no disrobing required to receive Reiki. It goes through clothing, blankets, and even casts. It is always safe, and there are no side effects. Reiki promotes relaxation, decreases stress, and may lead to deeper levels of healing. It is primarily concerned with health, not dis-ease. Reiki works on healing the body, mind, and spirit. Reiki is also known to enhance traditional medical treatments too.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in substantial physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained a physical injury.
SILK WRAP NAILS
Whether or not your nails are healthy and strong, you may benefit from our silk wrapped nails. Silk nails is another nail enhancement to help you get the perfect nail. Silk is an excellent choice for you if your nails are naturally week, cracked, brittle, or otherwise damaged. Its main goal is to strengthen and beautify so you can have that clean, flawless, and smooth finish. Ask our nail technician if this is right for you.
Our pedicure services are soothing and relaxing in our luxury pedicure thrones. Skin exfoliation and hydrating massage extend up to your knee. The single-use, customized foot bath, with vibration massage will give your feet a new lease on life. Afterward, the perfect polish application makes them look as good as they feel.
Whether it be express, basic, pampering, party, or gentlemen's manicure, we got you covered.
Gel nails are a type of artificial nail. When compared to an acrylic nail, it can look more realistic. They generally last 10 to 12 days before requiring maintenance, and they take a little longer to do. Another advantage is that they don't have that killer odor, which makes the service a little more pleasant.
There are two types of gel nails - "file-off" and "soak-off." Please consult with your nail technician as to which one is right for you.
Acrylic nail enhancements have been the staple of the industry for a long time, and with good reason. They are durable and easy to care for at home, and quick to apply in the salon, making them a less expensive option. Although the fumes may be unpleasant if your rough on your nails and want them to last, maybe they are for you. Consult with our nail tech whether acrylic nail enhancements are right for you.
Let us remove the unwanted hair from anywhere on your body. We have a variety of methods at our disposal to make this as comfortable and effective as possible.
Let our skilled brow specialist help your ‘windows to the soul’ pop like never before with brow shaping or microblading brow treatments.
Let us create a beautiful Up Style for you on your next special event! Perhaps it's a party you want to have your hair look fabulous for, to fit your wedding style, or simply just because; we can dress up your hair to fit the occasion.
While this hasn't been the most popular service with today's trends, we were doing perms when they were! We have the experience to get your perm done quickly and efficiently with long-lasting curls and minimal damage. We can create the texture you want on long or short hair! Prices do not include cut.
Do you go to great lengths for your hair? Why wait months for your hair to grow when long luscious locks could be minutes away? Whether you’re looking to add length and volume to short or thinning hair, change your color or add highlights, hair extensions could be the answer. These extensions are produced in a selection of lengths, colors, and styles to suit you, from ultra-straight locks to sun-kissed waves to tight curls made from human or synthetic hair.
We have been the premier place to get pierced since 1991. We continue to be that today. You'll find our expert piercers can place a piece of jewelry nearly anyplace you wish. We have a large selection of jewelry to choose from, so if you want some more bling in your life, come to Spear Me inside Paradise. For more information about Spear Me follow the link.
We're dedicated to wellness! We believe "when you look marvelous, you feel marvelous," and much more. John Travis, MD, MPH, states it this way, "While many people think of wellness only in physical terms (nutrition, fitness, stress reduction), its originators envisioned it as a multidimensional concept, incorporating the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of a human being.
Many of our services could be classified as wellness things; however, some items aren't services, and you will find them listed here.
Take advantage of our fine personal trainers who will lead your group class for your own personal success.
Aquatic exercise in our therapy pool offers a friendly, kid-free atmosphere. Whether you are taking a class led by one of our trainers or enjoying the warm pool on your own, we're sure you will benefit significantly from the time you spend here.
Our 34 by 20-foot pool is heated to 86 degrees, so you can get your aquatic cardio therapy exercises done without overheating, but not be cold either.
For your non-cardio therapy aquatic exercises, we offer a 7 by 10 hot-soak therapy pool heated to a comfortable 98 degrees, ensuring you feel great during your session.
OUR BODY PIERCERS
Let us make you look modified.
OUR AQUATIC PROFESSIONALS
Our water exercise professionals are certified to teach everything from gentle Ai Chi and Yoga classes to aerobic and cardio classes as well as High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) using the AquaGym equipment. They can customise training programs for most mobility levels targeting the right exercise for you or your loved one.
OUR MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Let us make you feel good.
OUR NAIL TECHNICIANS
Let us make your fingers and toes look good.
OUR MAKEUP ARTIST
Let one of our talented makeup artists give you that look for any special occasion in your life or just for a fun night out. Our makeup artists can help you achieve that new look you've been craving! Come follow us on Facebook as The KryBar, instagram at @TheKryBar, or twitter @theKrybar.
SPEAR ME BODY PIERCING
Spear Me Body Piercing is located inside Paradise Salon and has a large roomy piercing room and a big jewelry selection. Visit the Spear Me website for all things piercing or call us and let our auto-attendant inform you about location, pricing, minor piercing policies, and more. 775 883-4434
Leah is occasionally taking walk-ins on Monday's from 10-5 and Tuesday-Friday 10-6pm, but to ensure you get in, you'll want to make an appointment.
THE PARADISE BEAUTY STORE INCLUDES BEAUTY SUPPLIES AND BODY PIERCING JEWELRY
Find your favorite beauty products in our beauty store. We stock the products we know and love so that you can take them home and recreate the look we gave you. Our haircare brands include ELC, WondHAIRful, Nioxin, Nicolas, Kenra, Reuzel, IT&LY, Babelash, ELEVEN, Oligo Blacklight, Viral, Zoya Nail Polish, Elumen, Amir Lotion, and more.
THE FAR INFRARED SAUNA
Infrared saunas are a useful tool for natural healing and prevention. Infrared light can penetrate human tissue, which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits making infrared saunas one of the "hottest" therapies for overall healthier living. If you want to get yourself back into balance, getting into an infrared sauna may be the ticket to achieving your wellness goals. See what the Doctor's say about this.
Sitting in the sauna regularly can build lean muscle, prevent neuropathy (the death of brain cells), rebuild brain cells, reduce fatty tissue, and so much more. Check out this YouTube video.
Come in and use our sauna for only $10.00 an hour per person. If you can't live without it, buy a 10 pack for $80.00. Changing rooms and showers are currently closed. You may wear a bathing suit or shorts and a t-shirt (sorry, no nudity); footwear and 2 towels - one to sit on and one to wipe yourself with - are best. Have ample water to drink. Be aware that Jewelry can get hot in the sauna. Our facility is co-ed, this is great for couples or friends that like to enjoy sauna time together.
OUR THERAPY POOLS
Our therapy pool measures 34 ft long and 20 ft wide. We keep it at 86 degrees - warm enough to be comfortable but not so hot you'll overheat while you water exercise. Additionally, we heat the pool to 92 degrees to accommodate people who are sensitive to cooler water temperatures and provide multiple water classes for pain relief at those times. See our class schedule for specific times.
We also have a small hot therapy pool that is 7 foot by 10 foot heated to a comfortable 98 degrees. We suggest using it when you are doing stretching exercise.
The saltwater chlorination system ensures a pleasant sanitary experience that feels better on your skin.
Our clean changing rooms have showers to make it possible for you to get ready for work and fit some exercise into your busy schedule.
The entire facility is handicap and wheelchair friendly. After all, we want to help people to improve their mobility, and we have designed the space to make it easy and comfortable for you, should you need it.
This is an adult-only pool, and children under the age of 18 are not permitted unless it is strictly for therapeutic use and accompanied by an adult.
We have the following ways for you to enjoy the use of our pool:
Open swim or water exercise or aquatic therapy pass: For $10.00 an hour, you can use the pools, water exercise equipment, and do whatever swimming workout routines you desire.
We offer a variety of aquatic rehab and water exercise in our pool, taught by Paradise staff. These are designed to address a multitude of conditions and a variety of fitness levels. Pain relief comes from increased movement and exercise, and pool exercise is a proven method to treat both pain and limited mobility.
See the water exercise classes section of our web page to see what events and classes we have available. Reserve your place, since pool space may be limited. Keep checking back, and/or sign up for our newsletter to keep up with us as we develop more classes for you. Classes are priced by the trainer and do not include a day-use pass. Download our flyer for more information.
For a complete experience, we recommend using the pool and the FAR Infrared Sauna. The sauna will help increase circulation and aids in weight loss and healing, among other things. Follow the link for a complete description of the features and benefits of the far infrared sauna.
The pool is open for your enjoyment Monday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. General use is only closed during classes, so please see the class schedule for when the pool use is restricted. See our FAQ for what to wear and bring.
Microdermabrasion, also known as Microderm, is one of the easiest and most effective anti-aging treatments you can get. Its benefits are many: Microderm softens fine lines and wrinkles, helps to smooth coarsely textured skin, decreases the appearance of scarring, decreases pore size, and reduces superficial hyper-pigmentation, also known as age spots.
For certain skin, types microdermabrasion can be used in conjunction with a chemical or enzyme peel to increase their effectiveness.
This item cannot be booked online. Please call the esthetician directly to find out more.
Facials can address a variety of needs ranging from premature aging and environmental damage to acne flare-ups to a dull and patchy complexion. Custom facials can treat a variety of needs ranging from premature aging and environmental damage to acne flare-ups to a dull and patchy complexion. When it comes to our skin, sometimes it’s tough to face the facts. If your complexion is causing you stress and could use a pick-me-up, you may want to consider booking a custom facial.
These tailored treatments can cater to all skin types and may include deep cleansing, extractions, exfoliation, or more high-tech procedures such as peels. For an added treat, we offer a quick head, neck, and shoulder massage to complement the facial.
We are absolutely the premier place to get your hair colored. Color for us is an artistic endeavor utilizing the latest in scientific research to ensure the outcome is accurate to what we promised and as healthy as possible for your hair.
With all of this comes excellent techniques that place the color precisely where it will look it's best. So if you are considering color for the first time, need a touch-up, or you need some corrective work; we are the place.
We UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEE the quality of all our haircuts. Should you experience any problems within 7 days, we will correct it free of charge. All cuts include shampoo, blow dry style and hot iron work as needed. Our cut prices vary with the stylist you choose. Everyone is an independent contractor and determines their own price structure.
Our spa massage services will provide you with the expert relaxing touch that is suited to your specific needs. Our massage therapists offerings are broad. Should you desire any other type of massage that is not listed, please let us know, and we'll see if we can get a massage therapist to do it for you.
NAIL TECHNICIAN SERVICES
Our Nail Technician services include basic manicures that clean, shape, condition, and care for the fingers, hands, toes, and feet as well as nail enhancements. Whether it's an express manicure, something more pampering, or artificial nails - we are here for you.
We offer all the usual services you expect from a salon. Cuts, colors, and perms. Fusion hair extensions, tape extensions, and temporary extensions are also selectively available. See the details of each of our services and then shop for the associate you like best. Most hair services can be booked on-line for your convenience or call the associate directly.
Let them make your skin radiant. There are so many ways to accomplish this, check out the services menu to see all the options you have.
OUR HAIR STYLISTS
Let our hair stylists help keep you looking good. Our cosmetologists have years of experience. We do not accept new cosmetologists in the industry as our associates. Each associate is a tried and true veteran in the beauty industry, so you can be assured you are getting some of the best hair services Carson City has to offer.
Be sure to examine everyone's detailed pages to see their biographies, prices, and offerings and then schedule with them, call us or go on-line.
OUR ASSOCIATES ARE THE BEST
We're doing our best to gather the finest people in Carson City together to give you a great experience all the way around. This is the complete list of individuals associated with our vision to make your life better.
Click on the menu to the left to sort the list according to your specific interest.
Every service provider here is an independent contractor and is solely responsible for their services. Each provider sets their prices, schedules, and terms by which they will deliver their service to you. Please click on the "Details" button to view their page and see these terms.
Most of the time, you can reach them either on their personal cell phone to schedule your service. If you would like to make appointments with multiple providers for say "A day of beauty" call Paradise directly and our concierge will be happy to make the necessary arrangements for you.
Want to be an associate of ours? Click on the "employment" link at the bottom of this site and submit a resumé. We would love to hear from you.
WE WANT TO HELP MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER!
Take a step toward a beautiful and healthy lifestyle here at Paradise. Our 7,266 sq. foot facility is set up to help you improve your life in a variety of ways. First, we are a Salon and Spa; However, in addition to hair, skin, nails, permanent makeup, and massage; we offer other wellness services that are unique in our area. Our therapy pool, far infrared sauna, and piercing studio (Spear Me) allow you to work on your fitness as well as your beauty.
If you’re new to Paradise, watch this virtual tour video to get a feel for our layout. Though pictures say a thousand words, nothing beats seeing this place for yourself.
Come on in, and our concierge will be happy to give you a comprehensive tour and explain how our facilities can help you improve your life.
Here is a rundown of everything have to offer: Seven stylists to take care of your hair, an esthetician for all your skincare and waxing needs, two nail technicians to beautify your hands and toes, an eyelash extension technician for an effortless lash look, a permanent makeup artist to enhance your natural beauty, a massage therapist to work out the kinks in your body, a body piercer to help you put jewelry in all the right places, and aquatic fitness instructors to help you get fit through classes or private instruction. In addition to the salon, spa, piercing, pool, and retail areas, we have put special attention into our relaxation spaces, to make your stay here as comfortable as possible. Our favorite is Alice’s Lounge; a newer space you MUST come see for yourself. Our mission is to help make your life better, and through our facilities, we can be your one-stop-shop for all your beauty and wellness needs.