What makes it great: Clouds of incense and the gentle strums of sitar music surround guests at this Zen-inspired spa. Here, staffers specializing in Eastern techniques dole out services ranging from eyebrow threading to one of the city’s most rigorous shiatsu massages. There’s even a relaxation tent, where customers sit on cushioned seats amidst candlelight and gauze curtains[b].
Total Home Services liberates homes from oppressive floor filth, window gunk, and messy messes using eco-friendly products and various services customized to clients’ wishes. With acute attention to detail, these friendly domestic groomers hand-scrub kitchen and bathroom floors, dust light fixtures, and vacuum carpets using their own equipment. Oft-neglected regions of baseboards, door frames, and windowsills receive a loving laving, while easily dirtied refrigerators and microwaves get cleansed from the inside out, preventing old tomato sauce stains from mutating their way up the food chain. Customers can also choose to have their bed linens changed and washed, with Total Home Services focusing its tasks with respect to customer boundaries.
By the time they enter one of six private treatment rooms at Azul by ElleHomme Holistic Spa, guests have already started flirting with serenity. Before appointments, clients cozy up with a cup of hot tea while relaxing in a robe and slippers. Restful music lilts through the space as staffers carry out their signature services. Licensed massage therapists and aestheticians deliver a pampering trifecta of treatments, sorted into massage, skincare, and healing therapies such as reiki. The staff brings brightness back to faces with Revision Skincare products, delves into aches with deep-tissue massage, and puts pairs at ease in the master couples' suite, whose soundproof walls create a cozier space for two than a pair of tandem footie pajamas.
In her Today's Chicago Woman blog, Living Well and Beautifully, Tiffani Kim shares her thoughts on eating well, maintaining healthy skin, and dealing with stress. At her River North medical spa, open since 1998, she transforms these thoughts into action. A true renaissance woman, she?s also a fashion designer and artist. She creates a spa-like environment in which her legions of devoted readers can actively follow her online advice. Her staff of professional aestheticians and massage therapists exfoliates complexions with facials and soothes sore muscles with massages geared toward men, women, and teens. Medical Director Dr. Steven Abdelmalak specializes in laser treatments with the latest technology, cosmetic dermatology, and internal medicine.
A commitment to natural, plant-derived beauty unifies the 10 Aveda Lifestyle SalonSpa outposts of Asha SalonSpa. Organic products help enrich hair in each location's salon, where stylists specialize in precision haircuts while eschewing harsh chemicals in favor of plant-based Aveda color, pure organic makeup, and whispered requests to smooth down. Spa guests are greeted with a cup of tea and a cozy, signature herbal neck pillow amid the waiting room's earth-toned decor, where they await the start of their facials, massages, body treatments, or nail treatments. As with the salon, all of these services employ Aveda's signature plant- and flower-based products. In addition to their regular services, Asha locations periodically host special events and workshops on topics such as stress management.
Unless you?ve been cloned, your body is unique. That?s why licensed massage therapist Geraldine Brazley tailors her bodywork to each client?s individual needs. In the comfort of her and business partner LaRonda Kelley's cozy Tranquil Therapy Center, Geraldine can relieve tension with flowing Swedish strokes and heighten relaxation with indulgent add-ons such as aromatherapy and invigorating foot scrubs.