Massage therapist Yolanda Tamez believes in the healing power of touch and is proud to turn her clients into believers as well. She tailors her kneads to suit a range of issues, employing gentle Swedish strokes to cultivate overall relaxation, or applying deep pressure to connective tissues in order to alleviate chronic pain.
For Dr. Lucas Odahlen, D.C., achieving total-body wellness involves more than just one method, and none of those methods include pharmaceutical drugs. Instead, the doctor and his staff of medical professionals immerse their clients in natural-wellness practices that address and alleviate chronic pain and stress. Chiropractic care tackles issues such as fibromyalgia, work injuries, and carpal tunnel syndrome, while therapeutic massage employs various modalities to simultaneously relax and rejuvenate clients without making them listen to a cat purring for hours. The team also arms clients with natural tools for weight loss and smoking cessation.
Be Well Therapeutic Massage‘s licensed massage therapist Cindy Contractor is a student of traditional Chinese medicine, reflexology, and Jin Shin Do. At her private wellness studio, Cindy and fellow massage therapist Tambra Williamson offer more than 10 types of massages that target various audiences; prenatal services correct postural imbalances for expectant mothers whereas reiki stimulates the body's self-healing capacities for individuals with chronic pain. After muscles are kneaded into blissful repose, clients can treat stiff joints to the warmth of the infrared sauna, which may increase metabolism and eliminate the need for night-vision goggles.
What began in 1985 as a small, six-chair salon has evolved into Color Room Salon & Day Spa, the realized vision of beauty expert and master stylist Pamela Anderson. Today, Anderson's 4,200-square-foot space boasts 18 styling chairs, 25 employees, and membership in both the National Cosmetology Association and the Chicago Cosmetology Association. You can see Anderson's Romancing Freedom collection in a fashion shoot featured in Salon Magazine and on the website Tupelu. Hair's How magazine noted that "body and volume, form and ease of detailed styling" were showcased in the "dramatic, glamorous" collection.
Anderson pours as much heart and creativity into the design of her salon as she does into updos and highlights. Estetica magazine says that she has successfully used a "refreshing palette of bright colors" to create a modern ambiance that, like a rapper sampling an Enya tune, is best described as "urban chic meets New Age charm." Warm red and orange tones are juxtaposed with an abundance of green plants, and red crystal vases and colorful abstract paintings boldly accent the walls' muted hues.
The caring team outfits guests with comfy robes for services ranging from cuts, colors, and Hairtini steam-conditioning treatments to indulgent mani-pedis, facials, and massages. The staff also gives back to the community, hosting charitable functions for organizations such as the National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana, the St. Jude House in Crown Point, and the Ronald McDonald House.
Husband-and-wife Doctors of Chiropractic Diane and Chris Hayes join forces to relieve a range of painful symptoms with noninvasive treatments, helping to break clients' reliance on unnecessary medications. Although they can use the office's x-ray technology to get a clearer picture of bone structure, the doctors mostly rely on their encyclopedic knowledge of spines, joints, and common Twister injuries when they perform hands-on adjustments or Activator instrument adjustments, depending on the patient's needs. As further proof of their commitment to holistic well-being, they also offer weight-loss programs that help patients develop new eating and exercise habits in order to prevent the onset of serious health complications.
Elements Salon Spa Retreat's team of experienced aestheticians and salon educators imparts self-confidence with accentuating hair, skin, and nail services performed in a calming spa environment. Stylists spruce up hair with cuts or partial or full highlights, which add a sparkle of brightness to bring focus to a patron's face or draw focus away from their third and fourth arms. In secluded rooms, aestheticians dip into PCA Skin supplies to nourish skin during facials, and mani-pedi stations provide quick touchups as well as more involved Shellac and gel treatments. Elements Salon Spa Retreat's clients further slip into a relaxing state by sipping on a complimentary glass of tea, hot cocoa, or wine.
Doctor of Chiropractic Chris Tomshack opened the first HealthSource office in 2006 and has watched his business take flight, growing to more than 250 offices nationwide. The expansion is due in part to progressive-treatment protocols and business systems and in part to the experience Dr. Tomshack gained while in the US Air Force and the MBA program at the University of Toledo, and at Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he graduated summa cum laude. At each of his offices, a team of chiropractors, licensed massage therapists, and trainers helps to alleviate ailments such as disk degeneration and fibromyalgia. The team can also tailor treatments to alleviate pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, or arthritis, and its progressive-rehab program works with body areas that are known to cause trouble, such as weak lower backs and rebellious pinky toes.