Zip Fitness's staff strives to keep intimidation from creeping in to each of the five gyms. To welcome all exercisers—even those who have never had gym memberships before—Gym Geniuses stroll through each location donning bright-red shirts that signal their availability to help guests operate the various machines and guide them in drafting fitness goals and coming up with routines for the day. They've stocked each location with strength equipment from brands such as Precor and Life Fitness, and a guided strength circuit's 30-minute full-body workout takes the guesswork out of toning physiques. Rows of cardio equipment include treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and recumbent bikes, along with rowing machines and StairMaster step mills. For stretching and ab work, bands, balls, and body bars abound, and free weights include dumbbells, barbells, and tamed school bells.
Gold memberships unlock additional perks, such as unlimited access to Hex II tanning booths and the ActivTrax online fitness and nutrition coach, which plots out workouts and offers nutrition tools tailored to each user's goals, from slimming down to having the flexibility to comb your hair with your feet.
Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' 34 Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths—such as VersaSpa—or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.
Though their specialties may differ, the doctors and therapists at Intuitive Healing LLC share one important trait: they understand that each human body is a complex organism and that no two are quite alike. This common understanding leads them to reject a one-size-fits-all approach to health and rely instead on custom detoxification and wellness programs. To keep bodies comfortable on their journey toward better health, Intuitive Healing’s licensed massage therapists draw on a range of modalities that include trigger-point therapy and neuromuscular therapy. Their detoxifying facial massages stimulate circulation and soothe muscles caught in the self-defeating cycle of frowning at how sore they are from frowning.
For more than a decade, the technicians at Spray of Sunshine have been safely darkening skin using FDA-approved airbrush-tanning techniques. During 30-minute airbrush-tanning sessions, techs spray micromists of DHA bronzer, which bonds to skin to produce the appearance of a natural, even tan without the labors of lounging on a beach chair strapped to a sun-bound rocket. Tans typically last up to 10 days, depending on upkeep and maintenance practices.
The efficient tanning team can also perform mobile services at the home or office. The technicians arrive with all necessary equipment, carefully coating bodies in bathrooms or garages to avoid giving tans to already-entitled housecats.
Earth Mama Esthetics owner and aesthetician Karen Ley understands that the success of a skincare regimen hinges on the quality of the ingredients, which is why she stocks her spa exclusively with Dermalogica skincare products. As a Dermalogica certified skin therapist, Karen and her staff nourish and hydrate faces with three client-customized facials, a custom chemical peel, and microdermabrasion treatments. Robe-clad men and women can also partake in full-body waxing and ear piercing using Studex products.
The interior at this strip-mall spa is likewise changed with warm red and cream hues; four newly built and remodeled treatment rooms filled with high-quality aesthetic machines greets guests with the promise of imminent transformation.
While the aptly named Wax It! Inc. does a ton of waxing, it also offers sugaring hair-removal treatments, facials, and eyelash-extension services. The beauty studio's facials are customized treatments that include cleansing, steaming, and exfoliation with natural products. Meanwhile, the eyelash-extension applications use synthetic extensions that replicate natural lashes and add fullness and length without the need for mascara.
The professionally trained staff members at Color Me Bronze specialize in color. Whether they’re guiding clients through six levels of tanning beds or airbrushing Fake Bake’s streak-free formula onto skin, they help foster a sun-kissed glow. In addition to deepening hues, the staff supplies clients with a light-activated whitening gel that simultaneously brightens teeth during UV-tanning sessions. Additionally, other products are available to help enhance tans post treatment.