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.
Each one-hour visage revamping begins with a thorough cleansing treatment and is accompanied by a soothing massage of the neck, shoulders, hands, and arms. Strive to tighten wizened skin with the C-Quench Facial (a $95 value), which sees one of Elements Salon Spa Retreat's experienced aestheticians infusing skull sheaths with vitamin C and retinol in an attempt to decrease the visibility of wrinkles and sun damage. Those with more sensitive or acne-prone skin should opt for the Oxy Trio Facial (a $90 value) to obtain a countenance that's clearer than Mr. Rogers's background check. Elements Salon Spa Retreat also satiates its guests with complimentary coffee, tea, wine, and snacks.