Inside and out, the Massage Team office feels like a comfortable home. A welcoming stone façade greets visitors who then make their way into softly lit treatment rooms lined with dark purple walls and brown drapes. Once clients settle in, experienced massage therapists get busy kneading away stress with common massage types, including Swedish, hot stone, and deep-tissue, and lesser known varieties, such as the full-body Kerala Ayurvedic massage, which alleviates pain and restores bodily balance. In addition to performing massages, the team also offers ear-candling services, which remove impurities and lost quarters hidden deep within the ear canal.
Under the supervision of double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dhaval M. Patel, the team at Chicago Institute of Plastic Surgery specializes in clinical-grade cosmetic treatments that offer natural-looking results. Surgical procedures range from subtle to more intensive, and the staff also perform an array of med spa treatments that offer surgery-free alternatives. These include laser, peel, and injectable treatments that outfit clients with dewier complexions and smoother skin than a freshly waxed kiwi. And in addition to offering high-quality treatments, the staff also aim to create a serene, warm space with their friendly and uplifting demeanor.
Located in a renovated 19th-century home, Brennan Massage and Spa swathes visitors in quaint atmosphere. Rocking chairs and potted flowers cover the front porch, and inside, original woodwork and contemporary furniture furnishes sunlit rooms. The staff offers guests complimentary cups of organic tea and free baths in piles of woodchips before pampering them with organic, paraben-free facials, relaxing massages, or all-encompassing spa packages. The spa also features a variety of organic, handmade products purchased from small businesses, including scented lotions, shea butters, and skincare lines.
Every last person at The New Hair Image wants clients to leave the salon looking and feeling better than they did when they arrived. In keeping with that goal, stylists craft eye-catching hairdos, trimming and shaping strands or adding flair with highlights and perms. Waxing technicians remove unwanted stubble from eyebrows and upper lips, and nail artists pamper clients with indulgent manicures and pedicures. Mani-pedis can incorporate quick massages, soothing soaks, and UV-cured gel polishes?which can last for as long as two weeks without chipping, peeling, or evaporating into the stratosphere.
Makeup artist Lauren Doerries uses her pigments, powders, and liners to enhance—not cover up—her clients' natural beauty. It's a talent that she has honed for years at esteemed schools and spas in London, New York, and Chicago. Over time, she has taken that knowledge and applied it to a wide swath of clients, from runway models to brides and special-effects departments. But her ease with a brush and a wand doesn't limit her to only applying makeup—she also takes pride in sharing her skills during makeup tutorials and games of Trivial Pursuit: Makeup Edition.