Certified massage therapist Qiana Shelton believes relaxation should be easy. That's why she presents clients with the option to enjoy a Swedish massage in her South East–side spa or in the comfort of their own homes, and schedules appointments seven days a week until 8 p.m. While Swedish massage is the only style available for home service, Shelton's business excels in many techniques, ranging from sports massage to trigger-point therapy, and her spa even hosts couples massages for partners, friends, and tense buddy cops, as well as instructional classes on infant massage.
With today's side deal, $65 gets you $130 worth of services at Holistic Health Practice, the River North spot for alternative healing. Choose from an array of nontraditional therapies to get your energy on track, your spine in line, and your muscles humming with happiness. The friendly practitioners and staff at Holistic Health Practice will put you at ease and listen to your needs to treat your whole person instead of targeting a local symptom. You may find your achy back and pinkie hangnail, though seemingly unrelated, stem from the same problem.
Designer haircuts and conditioning and coloring with Aveda products
Nine customized facials with Dermalogica and Aveda skincare products
Seven massage therapies with additional flourishes such as warm oil and hot scented towels
Spa packages tailored to wedding-day pampering, male clients, couples, or detoxification
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Rather than a handshake or an elaborate welcome dance, the staff at Eshe Day Spa and Salon greet each guest with a smile, an aromatic foot soak, and a mug of herbal tea or a glass of water. Though the spa—where staff perform services ranging from aromatic facials and body treatments to natural microdermabrasion—remains calm and quiet, the hair salon teems with bubbly conversation and laughter. As they chatter with clients, the stylists use Aveda haircare products to repair signs of breakage, reduce dandruff, and restore shine.
Beginning with a single therapist who exclusively worked from home and made house calls, lillieAnn’s eventually grew large enough to lay roots with a physical location. The practice’s priorities remained the same despite this growth, and the therapists fully commit to treating their clients’ specific concerns by incorporating personalized combinations of massage modalities. These combinations draw from an arsenal of techniques and can include gentle Swedish strokes, firm deep-tissue pressure, or rejuvenating sports-massage work. To complement massage services, aestheticians perform waxing treatments and facials, which leave skin as smooth and hydrated as a water balloon full of face cream.
Chicago magazine praised the studio’s affordability and “no-frills” setting as well as the therapists’ dedication to custom treatments, placing lillieAnn’s on its 2010 Best of Chicago list.
SpellBound Bodywork captivates weary bodies and epidermises with custom massage and skin services that flow from the deft hands of beauty experts. Clients shed plush robes and chainmail undershirts before massage therapists—who specialize in ashiatsu techniques—apply healing hands, organic creams, and heated lava shells or basalt stones in rooms drenched with muted light and soothing scents. Products from glo therapeutics star in personalized facials and chemical peels designed to restore youthful elasticity to cheeks and fight damage incurred by free radicals, aging, or attempts to kiss porcupines.
At My Massage Spa, deft therapists unwind tangled muscles and soothe stressed minds by tailoring treatments to individuals. Pain, discomfort, and tension turn into contented sighs as they flee before warm stones and long Swedish strokes. A staff member taps into experience in prenatal and aromatherapy modalities and a past life as a warm bath to soothe bodies, and each massage is designed to promote holistic health, emotional balance, and supple muscles.