The term reflexology may conjure images of gentle knee taps at the doctor's office, but the practice has been a comprehensive form of Chinese healing for thousands of years. Health Foot Massage practitioners channel that therapeutic art during their private massage sessions. They begin with a consultation to determine the client's source of lingering stress. Afterward, they administer deliberate pressure to acupuncture points in the feet that are believed to be linked to deeper bodily aches. The benefits can be diverse, often ranging from fatigue and stress relief to improved metabolism, circulation, and flying ability.
The Lather Lounge is a Paul Mitchell–focus salon that creates an atmosphere which allows clients to look and feel their best with a menu of indulgent hair services. Before opening her own salon, Lynn Griglin spent 2.5 years honing mane-management skills at Vidal Sassoon in Chicago, before working as an educator for Paul Mitchell, where she trained fellow stylists in the art of hair chromatics. Her equally dedicated staffers conjure pleasant visits by providing two complimentary services of the client's choice, such as a steam facial or neck massage, with each haircut, waxing, or skin treatment. In addition to snipping signature 'dos and shaping eyebrows into elegant arches or intimidating lightening bolts, The Lather Lounge contributes to several charitable causes, including cancer research and an organization that uses hair clippings to clean up oil spills.
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.
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.
At Happy Feet & Spa, the staff works to soothe bodies and relieve arthritis, fatigue, and digestive disorders by focusing on the feet. The spa's massage therapists view feet as maps of the body that can relieve pain elsewhere, and work to treat that pain through reflexology massages, as well as full-body massages.