Relax and unwind with signature massage experiences in Reno/Tahoe.

By Annie Flanzraich

Being a freelance writer is not the glamorous gig that movies and TV shows make it out to be. Rather than lounging in Louboutins while dreamily perfecting prose, my life more resembles that gif of a cat slamming its paws on a keyboard.

However, every once in a while, I get an assignment such as this one. For the following article, I did the hard, hard work of seriously investigating various massages and spas in the Reno/Tahoe area. And while some might shirk from being kneaded and plied with prosecco, I would never abandon my commitment to getting the real story.

The Spa at Silver Legacy
The Spa at Silver Legacy


Northern Nevada’s newest luxury spa experience, The Spa at Silver Legacy, offered me a peaceful respite from the aforementioned keyboard slamming. (That’s a lie. I brought my laptop with me to meet a deadline.) The alpine-inspired, naturally lit environs of the region’s largest spa treatment facility provides an idyllic setting for 12 massage options, ranging from classic to innovative. The team at the spa designed each massage with the area traveler in mind. For example, the Fiery Snow Massage incorporates traditional hot stone therapy and white cold marble stone chasers, while the Slide Mountain Detox Massage uses cleansing oils to decongest and promote the release of toxins naturally. Next time, I’m going to double down and try the Pair of Aces, which features two perfectly synchronized massage therapists creating a customized full body massage. silverlegacyreno.com

Edgewood Tahoe
Edgewood Tahoe


Another beautiful spa to sneak away to for some pampering is the Spa at Grand Sierra Resort. Before a massage, soak up the serenity in the spa’s indoor pool. Then, enjoy a massage treatment with aromatherapy to truly let go and relax. And while sticks and stones may sometimes break bones, The Sticks and The Stones massage treatments at this spa will soothe your muscles instead. The Stones features heated basalt stones while The Sticks uses heated bamboo sticks to decompress sore muscles while detoxifying and soothing the skin. grandsierraresort.com


Housed on the second floor of The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe, The Spa at Edgewood Tahoe offers an oasis inside a haven. With stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the cozy embrace of towering pine trees, this enchanting retreat is what you imagine when you think “Tahoe getaway.” The Spa offered the perfect location for a relaxing and romantic couples’ massage for myself and the husband. After being lulled to sleep by the rhythmic and relaxing hands of my massage therapist, we relaxed in our very own private lounge, bubbly in hand. edgewoodtahoe.com

The Spa at Edgewood Tahoe
The Spa at Edgewood Tahoe (jetsetchristina.com)


BioSpirit Day Spa in South Lake Tahoe offers an intimate and relaxing space for massage, facials and body treatments. When I visited, a group of women were enjoying a pamper party, sipping champagne and enjoying their private lounge area. What a great way to celebrate a special occasion or spend time with your besties! massagetahoe.com

David Walley's Resort & Hot Springs
David Walley’s Resort & Hot Springs


Get a massage by the mountains at 1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort Spa, which offers 360-degree views of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. Before indulging in a Swedish, deep-tissue or hot-stone massage, take a soak in one of the five mineral tubs ranging from 100-to-104 degrees Fahrenheit or the freshwater relaxation pool heated to about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. You may just find yourself healed from your daily stresses. davidwalleys-resort.com

David Walley's Hot Springs Shower
David Walley’s Hot Springs Shower

Well, there you have it — my hard-hitting piece into the deep-tissue world of massages in the Reno/Tahoe area. Next up, a pedicure expose to really show what it takes to polish even the roughest toes. (At least I hope so!)