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Harrah’s takes out the stress

Susan Wood, Tribune staff writer

From the industry that reinvents itself with the whims of the consumer, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is reflecting the public’s desire for pampering by opening a new spa.

Billed as an escape in mind, body and spirit, the spa, Reflections, offers 13 treatment rooms — 10 for massage, three for other treatments.

“We do get customers that come in with specific needs. Some people want to relieve stress. But the number one thing is people want to be pampered,” Reflections manager Damon Partridge said.

The health and beauty treatment facility located next to the hotel lobby opened in March. Bay Area residents make up the majority of clientele.

Harrah’s once provided minimal spa services from its health clubs, but Reflections represents the casino’s first opening of a full-service place.

There’s skin care treatment, including those for men — a growing market. In addition, one may receive a multitude of body therapy sessions such as mud wraps and mineral salt scrubs.

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And of course, massage tops the billing for specialty offerings that soothe life’s aches and pains — including aromatherapy.

Kay Rasberry of Dallas celebrated her birthday with this treatment, kissing her husband goodbye for the morning to take a journey in personal fulfillment.

Rasberry visited South Lake Tahoe last year on a five-day vacation with her friends. This time, she talked her hubby into accompanying her.

Rasberry found she and her friends skied, shopped, gambled, ate and saw Harrah’s long-running show Rain — based on a Beatles act.

The only thing missing was the spa experience.

“None of us pamper ourselves enough,” she said, coming out of the locker room.

— Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at swood@tahoedailytribune.com