Massage therapist Mia Corvin possesses a unique respect for the art of massage. More than just a pampering treat, she believes that massage's healing touch is vital to a well-balanced life. To Mia, awakening the senses and savoring tranquil silence—features inherent to a massage studio—are hardly superfluous. They're the things that make life worth living. She created Elixir Vitae Spa to share these essentials with others.
Named after the Latin phrase for the alchemical "elixir of life," the spa lives up to its mystically medicinal name. There, healing massages deliver non-invasive therapies powered by gliding Swedish strokes, deep-tissue pressure, and heat from simmering volcanic stones. Clients can also extend their calming treatment with a full list of add-ons, which range from aromatherapy sessions powered by essential botanical oils to steamy hot towel foot wraps.
One of seven Tickel-family spine shifters, Dr. James Tickel treats Chicagoland vertebrae with expertise honed over a lifetime of international healing stewardship. The doctor kicks off each patient's inaugural session by evaluating their joints, muscles, and nerves individually and in concert, uncovering any of chiropractic's myriad treatable conditions, including tennis elbow, allergies, headaches, and general tension after a summer job subbing for Atlas. Tickel's certified un-crookers specialize in upper-cervical-specific work and sports-focused therapies, with other healing services including therapeutic modalities and multiple methods of massage.
Ixchel Muhlberger has at least two ways to treat each patient who walks into Mayan Moon Healing. First, the licensed massage therapist can use soothing massage strokes to increase circulation and ease muscle tension, not to mention relieve pain and even improve athletic performance. But for problems that massage can't help, she can call upon her background in Oriental medicine to provide acupuncture treatments, which improve energy flow and help promote the body's self-healing properties. Taking these two talents together, she can customize her treatments to address a wide range of problems, from anxiety and depression to chronic pain, migraines, and sleep disturbances. Though her massages and acupuncture treatments can help clients deal with all these issues, Ixchel specializes in orthopedic injuries, women's health, and pain management.
Licensed doctors Tim Erickson, Lori Portnoy, and Eric Eickhorst eschew needle-based acupuncture, instead easing myriad ailments with gentle electrical stimulation, fingertip pressure, and metallic balls. After a consultation to determine the appropriate treatment itinerary, patients receive full spine x-rays and an exam. Next, a brief relief treatment stretches spines to help reduce muscle spasms and aches while preparing patients for International Crabwalk to Work Day. The acupuncture treatment usually lasts fewer than two minutes and helps to attack causes of corporeal discomfort, such as ulcers, abnormal blood pressure, and headaches.
At Photon LED Therapy, machines beam wavelengths of blue, yellow, and red light into the body simultaneously to promote natural healing from within. Each therapy session uses LEDs and a proprietary delivery system to stimulate biological responses at the cellular level, triggering the release of enzymes that increase cellular metabolism. Aside from boosting energy and alleviating stress, light therapy can be used to treat skin problems, help athletes heal from sports injuries, and counteract signs of aging.