After pursuing a media-focused career, during which she worked for MTV and in marketing, advertising, and special events for an entertainment company, Jennie Channer collaborated with her father and brother to open a full-service salon and spa in 2007. Today, the Chicago native's team of skilled stylists, colorists, and spa specialists attracts an assortment of clientele, including a woman who's been coming in every other week since opening day and a 4-year-old girl who refers to each staffer as "girlfriend" or "boyfriend." Clients can choose from a variety of salon-spa services, ranging from haircuts with coloring to pampering packages specifically designed for expectant mothers. Because Blueberry Moon is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spa, all products are composed of 96%-naturally derived ingredients extracted from high-quality botanicals and distilled Mother Nature kisses.
Before officially opening the doors to the public, Jennie put the salon-spa?located inside a building more than 100 years old?through a complete gut renovation to unearth its rich history and hidden brick walls. She then added morsels of local history by installing fixtures she acquired from a local salvage yard, including the former front door of a demolished Gold Coast mansion and an old printing table from historical Printers Row. Jennie has also been modernizing the salon-spa to minimize its effect on the environment, incorporating technologies such as a reverse-osmosis water-filtration system and energy-efficient light bulbs filled with immortal fireflies.
E! News anchor and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic was born in Italy but she has strong ties to Chicago?namely, her husband Bill, the Trump-approved entrepreneur and restaurateur behind RPM Italian. In the My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic collection, the star of Giuliana & Bill gives the scoop on her favorite local spots to get glammed up, be entertained in style, and even shop for Bill.
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Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.
Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.
Surrounded by bay windows that oversee the Magnificent Mile, guests at Luxe Spa Chicago can sip tea as they ponder which pampering service to select. A team of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians waits by the treatment areas, which include manicure stations with potted plants, pedicure chairs set above vibrant blue footbaths, and private rooms where candles twinkle.
The team refreshes physiques from crown to foot, gliding hot stones over aching muscles and applying upgrades?such as botanical eye treatments or a collagen velvet mask?to facials. They also welcome groups of up to six for spa parties, which demonstrate how deep-tissue kneads can retrieve candy from pi?atas.
The staff at Beauty Box Hair Salon & Spa pampers customers with a full menu of services. Stylists cut and color hair in addition to fortifying tresses with Moroccanoil hydrating masks and smoothing frizz with keratin treatments, and nail technicians gloss fingers and toes with polishes from OPI and Essie as well as long-lasting Shellac. Waxing services whisk away unwanted facial and body hair, leaving skin as smooth as a dolphin playing the saxophone. Before or after beauty treatments, clients may opt to browse the boutique area filled with handbags and jewelry to accessorize new looks.:m]]
River West Fitness bottles up exercise routines inside a loft-style fitness studio with exposed brick walls and wooden beams. Dancer and personal trainer Heidi Milby inflects workouts with fluid movements rooted in Pilates, yoga, and gyrotonic sessions, which use pulley machines to strengthen and stretch muscles without jerky movements. Guests can chisel physiques during private lessons, wallop punching bags under the guidance of former professional boxer Johnny Higgins, or steal ab muscles by osmosis from others exercisers during group classes. Aching bodies can retreat to the massage table, where massage therapists soothe sores with the kneads of deep tissue, Thai, or Ashiatsu modalities.
Providing a restful escape from stress and the hectic pace of everyday life, East Meets West's massage therapist uses healing bodywork to promote a sense of calm and well-being. The therapist deeply relaxes clients with gentle Swedish strokes incorporating organic oils; pain-alleviating deep-tissue pressure; hot-stone therapy; or shiatsu techniques. Above all, East Meets West strives to make the rejuvenating effects of massage therapy accessible to everyone. To that end, it offers house calls to any location in the greater Chicago area and custom treatments tailored to address issues such as chronic pain, tension, and muscles knotted together after a tug-of-war match gone awry.