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.
Most salons offer a range of hair and nail services before sending their spruced-up clients back into the world, but Le Bella Salon & Boutique goes a step further. In addition to pampering clients with haircuts, no-chip mani-pedis, facials, and eyelash extensions, the beauty emporium stocks boutique apparel and accessories. Clients can complement their new look with a glitter-accented hoodie, sparkling chandelier earrings, or designer jeans without making a trip to the mall or asking too much of their personal genie.
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.
Dragonfly Integrative Wellness, Inc.’s therapists draw from Eastern methods to help improve clients’ overall health and mental well-being with massages and other holistic therapies. During craniosacral therapy and reiki, practitioners place gentle touches on bodies to release tension and balance bodies’ energy. Tui na incorporates traditional massage techniques to focus on chronic pain at acupressure points. Available massage therapies include Thai massage, which is based on stretching movements, and shiatsu bodywork, which helps to relieve pain and stress by stimulating pressure points.
Upon entering the tranquility lounge at One Salon & Spa, clients receive a warm, soothing cup of complimentary herbal tea. The elegant ambiance—accented with contemporary furnishings and an earthy palette of beige and umber—allows visitors to sink into a deep state of relaxation inside private treatment rooms. One Salon & Spa’s team of specialists offers an exhaustive menu of salon, spa, and cosmetics services, including a variety of facials, spa manicures and pedicures, and massage-therapy approaches.
Massage therapy is more than Luisa Berardi Caraballo's job—it's her calling. As the winner of the Distinguished Service Award from AMTA Illinois Chapter in 2012, the owner of Melrose Muscle Therapy is dedicated to helping others through the art and science of massage. She tailors treatments, such as Swedish massages, sports massages, and myofascial release sessions, to her clients' individual needs. Luisa teaches classes on couples' massage and infant massage for babies particularly stressed during tax season. She also frequently shares her massage musings on her blog, A Muscle Therapist's Thoughts.