Le gustaría un masaje? If you answered "sí," then Verde Wellness & Massage is perfect for you. If you frantically tried to remember your high-school Spanish, drew a complete blank, and became stressed thinking about how practically everyone but you is fluent in at least two languages, well, Verde is perfect for you too. Its therapists can dissolve that stress, and if you want, help you practice your español.
The team kneads away aches and releases tension with more than a dozen massage modalities. Swedish massage boosts circulation with long, flowing strokes, table Thai massage increases flexibility with assisted stretching, and Dojo sports massage relies on a special lotion to treat sore muscles. The signature massage includes extras such as aromatherapy, hot stones, and a scalp massage that proves more satisfying than repeatedly walking under trees with low-hanging branches. Verde's therapists also inject some diversity into the center's services with their slate of reflexology and chakra-balancing therapies.
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.
At Wilson Fitness Studios, instructors help build better bodies through specifically designed workouts and plenty of personal attention. Led by owner and personal trainer Jessica Wilson, the gym’s team of seasoned instructors build classes around a strategic order of exercises designed to shape and strengthen the entire body. Their FIT classes keep muscles guessing with variable exercises, and Fitness After Baby classes help recent mothers get back in shape through a gently progressing workload.
Inside their shared offices in Naperville, and Bronzeville, Flawless Cosmetic Medicine Center and Dr. Tinsley & Associates, Inc. team up to provide skincare procedures, products, and education. Since 1996, the practice has performed plastic and cosmetic surgery in Chicago and on Grand Cayman Island. During that time, Dr. Tinsley himself has managed to balance the full-time duties of parenthood with a number of different positions in medicine, including stints as a general surgeon, a trauma surgeon, and a plastic surgeon. He also founded the scarless mole-removal treatment—SMR—which rids skin of moles in a much more effective manner than simply yelling at them to leave.
150 hours is a long time, especially since most watches don't register anything past 99 o'clock. But every year, that's the amount of time Dr. Christina Creevy-Knox spends in advanced professional-training programs. The chiropractor immerses herself in wide-reaching topics, from spinal biomechanics and fatigue syndrome to migraines and injury rehabilitation. And when not learning new things, she shares her expertise with others during lectures. Her team at Proper Balance Health & Wellness Center shares her commitment to continuing education. For example, Dr. Elliott Jordan, an Illinois Board Certified Chiropractor, enrolls in post-graduate programs to hone skills in areas such as sports medicine and nutrition. Fellow chiropractor Dr. Natalie Martinez, meanwhile, has expanded her skills into the world of acupuncture. With their combined expertise, the chiropractors can treat all sorts of issues, such as anxiety or chronic pain.
Before any treatments, the team takes their patients through a thorough diagnostic process. During this initial meeting, the doctors might use high-tech equipment such as the PulStar, which uses computerized sensors to examine each vertebrate and joint, hopefully revealing the specific cause of an issue. They then develop a personalized treatment plan to improve a patient's short and long-term health with chiropractic care and physiotherapy. To enhance treatments, the doctors also work alongside massage therapists and Lauren Landry, a certified yoga instructor.
Tucked inside the Landmark Building situated along Chicago's Printer's Row, Spa Anjou shelters clients from the nearby bustle with a tranquil umbrella of rejuvenating and relaxing spa treatments. The staff of trained aestheticians imbues Western-style aesthetic treatments with traces of Eastern philosophy, resulting in facials, microdermabrasion, and LED therapy that leave pores unclogged, fine lines diminished, and skin tones as healthy as an apple addict. The same glow carries over to the rest of the body, where aestheticians nourish the skin with Alaskan glacial mud from the Copper Riva Delta and unwind frayed nerves with reflexology and chair massages. Staffers also care for surface concerns, beautifying bods with additional services such as mani-pedis, eyebrow tints, and spray tanning.
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.