Even though she earned her massage therapy license in 1999, Alison Wajvoda hasn't slowed down when it comes to education. From a stint as a massage therapy instructor at Chicago's Banner to extra training in nutrition and health management at Purdue University-Calumet, she now combines her bodywork expertise with an understanding of what makes the body tick. She blends this know-how with training in reiki and chakra work, balancing inner energies as well as organic systems. Now the owner of Light Body Wellness, LLC, she sets patients on the path to better living with treatments and services ranging from massage and reiki to nutrition and weight loss counseling.
For more than 30 years, Phaze One Day Spa has welcomed clients into its space for everything from haircuts to full-body massages. Guests can peruse a collection of scarves and jewelry as they wait for their appointment with the hairstylist, or they can take a gander at the selection of OPI nail polishes for their upcoming manicure, pedicure, or polish-wrestling event. Beyond the main floor, soft lighting blankets the spa’s private treatment rooms, creating a relaxing oasis for a wax, Swedish massage, or custom facial fortified by Murad skincare products.
Inside Nine Dragons Foot Finesse's bright, fuchsia room, practitioners target acupuncture points with a Chinese modality that has been passed down for 5,000 years. The philosophy of reflexology theorizes that all parts of the body can be affected by target points on the feet, activating self-healing, increasing metabolism, and heightening blood circulation without the need for repeated viewings of The Birds. While each session focuses on the feet, the whole body gets attention from the therapist, including the head, back, and legs.
New Health Centers consists of more than 400 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
Dr. Shenita Staggers received her chiropractic degree in 2008, but she didn't stop there. She also obtained an acupuncture certificate, and took post-graduate courses in nutrition, shoulder injuries, lower-back pain, and wellness so that she could offer her patients comprehensive treatment. Together with her staff, Dr. Staggers designs individualized treatment plans that go beyond one specific injury to encompass all areas of a client's health and well-being. In addition to chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture treatments, she can also prescribe corrective exercise, massage, and nutritional advice to help patients gain and maintain optimal wellness.
Keep It Young’s professional, certified aestheticians act as comfort concierges, summoning their experience and a philosophy of treating spa services as a craft to curate custom, soothing experiences for every client. Making good on the spa’s name, they strip away signs of aging with a comprehensive roster of services, eliminating age-inducing stress with massage, and buffing wrinkles with medical-grade facials, microdermabrasion, and resurfacing treatments. In addition to cleansing skin, they help keep epidermises smooth through hair-removal treatments that uproot fuzz with techniques such as body sugaring, electrolysis, and waxing. Whether returning smoother complexions to faces with IPL acne-clearing treatments, or harvesting wax to make homemade vinyl records during ear candling, the meticulous pamper practitioners aim to keep clients relaxed.