The stylists at Edessa's Hair Salon draw on years of experience working with all types of hair to give each client the look they desire. They trim away split ends with precise scissor-snips, infuse strands with rich color, and deep-condition tresses with balms and butters by Redken and Biolage Hydrathérapie. Patrons can also peruse more than 150 shades of OPI nail polish for meticulous manicures and spa pedicures.
Founded in 2000, the Clairvoyant Center of Chicago aims to further students’ spiritual journey with meditation. The center holds introductory classes and a 14-month training program designed to strengthen intuition and promote self-healing. At fairs, the team conducts readings related to topics such as dreams, careers, and relationships.
New Health Centers consists of more than 400 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
Elvis Dur wants you to shut your mind off. "Nowadays everything is so fast, everything is so hectic . . . Just be [here]. Just relax 100 percent," he says. "Here" is Body in Balance, a haven that treats massage as a component of healing that can greatly affect the mental and physical states of clients. Dur's holistic approach is influenced, in part, by his experience working with body and emotional challenges as a physical therapist in Romania. When he and his family came to the United States, Dur began anew with massage therapy, but "I offer a different approach." Before each massage, Dur offers clients hot tea and asks them questions about their week to help erase everyday stress. "In this job, you need to talk to people," he says. Based on customers' massage preferences and emotional goals, Dur customizes therapeutic massages and other treatments to help improve clients' well being, encourage rejuvenation, and relieve tension and knots in problem areas. Unlike a doctor's office or clinic, clients can sip hot tea in the cozy relaxation room post-massage as quiet music and aromatherapy waft through the air. Read Body in Balance's mission statement here.
Sixth Sense Spa's aestheticians wield essential oils and plant extracts, combining natural agents to suit each client's skin or their beauty goals. Staff administer a host of fusion treatments such as the facelift massage, which combines acupressure, purifying facial products, and masks borrowed from local commedia dell'arte troupes.