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.
At Derma Med Spa, Dr. M. Siddiqui and licensed aesthetician and laser technician Ekram Subuh help clients transform their faces and bodies with high-tech, noninvasive beauty and health procedures. Microdermabrasion and photofacial treatments remove layers of dead skin cells and splotches of hyperpigmentation from faces with high-tech techniques, while lasers zap away unwanted follicles on any surface of skin across the body. Doctors help clients fight signs of aging with targeted applications of Botox or Juvederm, and laser specialists remove ill-advised inkings of grunge band logos or grocery lists with tattoo removal. Even makeup services are offered from Chicago-based freelancer Ania Massat, who offers personal makeup application for everyone, from brides-to-be on their big day to an adult's first trip to the dentist.
Certified massage therapist Qiana Shelton believes relaxation should be easy. That's why she presents clients with the option to enjoy a Swedish massage in her South East–side spa or in the comfort of their own homes, and schedules appointments seven days a week until 8 p.m. While Swedish massage is the only style available for home service, Shelton's business excels in many techniques, ranging from sports massage to trigger-point therapy, and her spa even hosts couples massages for partners, friends, and tense buddy cops, as well as instructional classes on infant massage.
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.
ESPA's therapists and aestheticians put clients' minds at ease by using natural, eco-friendly skincare products as they provide treatments that promote mental and physical rejuvenation. This approach combines the indulgence of traditional day-spa treatments with the therapeutic benefits of holistic bodywork. Dead Sea salts, mineral-rich muds, green tea, oatmeal and honey, seaweed, coffee, stabilized Black Sea lye, and other naturally rich nutrient sources help accentuate the exfoliating, moisturizing, or skin tone-improving benefits of the spa's body treatments. During massages, the therapists can employ a number of specialized modalities as they alleviate tension and soothe aching muscles. Aromatherapy can promote an even greater sense of calm and relaxation, and Reiki treatments restore balance to the body's natural energies by replacing the AAA batteries that power every joint.