According to the traditional Chinese practice of reflexology, the feet hold the key to improving function in almost every part of the body. Acupressure points on the soles of the feet serve as a corporeal switchboard with each section of the foot corresponding to a specific part of the body. Jennifer Liu was able to see these holistic benefits firsthand while working for an acupuncturist in China, so she opened Luxury Reflexology Massage & Relaxation Retreat to share this treatment with stressed Chicagoans.
During each session, clients recline on sofa-like massage beds as the therapists manipulate their soles with firm finger and palm pressure in semiprivate rooms decorated with cherry-blossom murals and flat-screen televisions. Strokes are made smoother with unscented lotions and oils that spare allergic reactions and sensitive noses. Liu says that more than 90 percent of her clients return for another session and that patrons who receive regular treatments enjoy better sleep.
Chiropractors Dr. Brendan Lee and Dr. Eric Soule have been in business for about 17 years, but despite the large number of clients they’ve amassed over that time, it’s very rare that a client has to wait more than a few minutes to see them. That’s because their two offices have a no-wait policy, and staff aim to usher patients from the lobby into large, private treatment rooms as soon as they arrive.
During appointments, the doctors consult with patients about their health history, then analyze chronic pains caused by injuries, accidents, or medical conditions. Drawing upon a wealth of chiropractic knowledge, doctors will then decide on one of several treatment options and make adjustments to the skeleton or recommend massage therapy that can remove tensions and toxins from soft tissues. In addition, they also practice acupuncture to treat the nervous system, which controls the patient’s ability to walk, run, and hopscotch, among over things.
For more than 30 years, Embassy Studios' technicians have cultivated flourishing heads of hair with a multitude of services, ranging from laser treatments to custom hairpieces to surgical transplants. They help healthy strands sprout from the scalps of men and women, working to seamlessly imbue strong, natural-looking tresses into thinning or balding manes. Embassy Studios also offers Neo Graft hair transplants, which aim to provide a more natural-looking hairline without scarring, staples, or sutures. The team also devises thoughtful, personalized hair-restoration plans for clients undergoing medically related hair loss. Services are also bolstered by a resident crew of stylists, who can guide customers toward flattering 'dos and appropriate products and dole out proper-care tips, such what kind of gloves to wear when cleaning locks with bleach.
Owned and operated by physical therapists, Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers welcomes patients into a massive network of 200 centers. Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers' cohort of therapists helps to restore the strength, motor skills, and physical functions of patients.
The overarching approach is defined by a patients-first philosophy—the therapists actively listen and understand their patients' issues before crafting individual recovery programs tailored to athletes, children, industrial workers, or cartoon coyotes with anvil-related injuries. The rehab pros also serve community youth by supporting programs such as Kick It Right, a soccer program designed to enrich children's lives.
Body Rituals Boutique Spa infuses its menu of soothing facials, massages, mani-pedis, waxing, and body treatments with plant essences to rejuvenate skin and energize chakras. Naturopathica products approach the skin with a holistic spirit, and manicurists prevent jealous mouths from gnawing on pampered nails by employing peace-loving SpaRituals nail products, which are eco-friendly and vegan. Located inside The Westin on Michigan Avenue, the spa provides a tranquil escape for both hotel guests and pedestrians seeking respite from the swinging bags and incessant limericks of frantic power-shoppers.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Leon Forrester Tcheupdjian has not only been in the lipo biz since 1981 but also has authored a textbook on the topic and developed several new surgical tools of the trade. Dr. T., who has dubbed himself "Lipodoc" and is backed up by Liposuction & Cosmetic Surgery Institute's team, specializes in all manner of fat removal and relocation, both by traditional means and with modern laser technology. He also wipes out wrinkles, veins, unwanted hair, and passé tattoos, and he is able to bring his treatments to many, since he speaks five languages, including Armenian, Arabic, and pigeon.