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].
Diversified Touch Massage brings soothing massage therapy into the offices of local businesses and welcomes guests onto its studio’s massage tables. With Diversified’s mobile services, therapists station chair massages inside the nerve centers of such businesses and government agencies as ComEd, AT&T, the CTA, the Chicago Police Department, Blue Plate Catering, Griffith Laboratories, and various schools, easing muscle aches and tension. Diversified Touch Massage also offers a cocktail of massage services at its studio, practicing a blend of deep-tissue, sports, Swedish, and prenatal techniques.
Ellehomme Holistic Med Spa soothes clients as soon as they step into its 4,000-square-foot realm, which is overseen by a medical director, registered nurses, and aestheticians. They specialize in cosmetic treatments, from injectables, such as Botox and Juvederm, to laser hair removal and other services that smooth skin and eschew sandpaper.
In one of the massage spa's five treatment rooms, licensed therapists plunder ligaments for stashes of stress, using more than five modalities such as reflexology and deep tissue. Terry-lined waffle robes and cozy spa slippers escort clients to treatments and the relaxation lounge, where they mentally prepare themselves for reentry into a society filled with stress and evil robots.
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 nationally certified massage therapist, Ellen is a master of many modalities. Still, every massage she administers will be different, since she understands that each client has different needs. From the tired office worker to the weekend athlete, she custom tailors treatments to address each person’s specific needs pain, stress, and the amount of tension they hoard between their shoulders.