As an avid cyclist and licensed massage therapist, Liz Oehmen understands the discomfort that can be felt in the legs and hips. This personal experience, combined with her continuous pursuit of knowledge in her field, makes her uniquely suited to soothe aches at Sore No More Massage. Along with her specialization in sports massage, Oehmen employs a variety of modalities to help clients re-energize, detoxify, and relax. Therapeutic sessions employ techniques such as cupping and reflexology to address specific concerns, and prenatal massages ease the stress of filling out preschool applications. When Oehmen isn’t performing massages, she tends to clients with services such as manicures, body wraps, and ear candling. She also supports overall health by teaching raw-food-preparation and hula-hooping classes.
Within a clean and modern salon, proprietor Lisa Vogrich and her team of beautification beacons pamper physiques from head to toe with a multitude of services. Savvy strand specialists trim tarnished head helmets into updated shapes during haircuts, offered for women ($40+), men ($22+), children ($15+), and wax statues of children. Highlights ($65+ for partial, $75+ for full) add sunny luster to winter-weary locks, and full color ($60+) treatments are ideal for reformed clowns hoping to be taken seriously in a corporate career. Clients can obtain artfully arched brows ($15) or repel water on arms ($40) and legs ($60) with expert waxing services, or treat five-pronged pals to a manicure ($18), wherein a nail technician relaxes clappers with a massage before soaking, shaping, and painting.
At AMS Vision, a trio of accomplished doctors treat patients with both preventive and emergency eye care. Beyond basic services, including eye exams and contact lens fittings, the team is equipped to handle foreign-object removal, LASIK, and cataract consultations—for which they also co-manage the scheduling of surgeries and follow-ups. Upon having their vision corrected, patients will notice that the vision center has another side to it—a medspa. Here, practitioners administer Botox and other cosmetic injections, as well as laser treatments for vein therapy, hair removal (Oak Brook location only), and anti-aging facials, which can help clients go back and land the starring role in their middle school’s rendition of Annie.
Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.
Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.
After pursuing a media-focused career, during which she worked for MTV and in marketing, advertising, and special events for an entertainment company, Jennie Channer collaborated with her father and brother to open a full-service salon and spa in 2007. Today, the Chicago native's team of skilled stylists, colorists, and spa specialists attracts an assortment of clientele, including a woman who's been coming in every other week since opening day and a 4-year-old girl who refers to each staffer as "girlfriend" or "boyfriend." Clients can choose from a variety of salon-spa services, ranging from haircuts with coloring to pampering packages specifically designed for expectant mothers. Because Blueberry Moon is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spa, all products are composed of 96%-naturally derived ingredients extracted from high-quality botanicals and distilled Mother Nature kisses.
Before officially opening the doors to the public, Jennie put the salon-spa—located inside a building more than 100 years old—through a complete gut renovation to unearth its rich history and hidden brick walls. She then added morsels of local history by installing fixtures she acquired from a local salvage yard, including the former front door of a demolished Gold Coast mansion and an old printing table from historical Printers Row. Jennie has also been modernizing the salon-spa to minimize its effect on the environment, incorporating technologies such as a reverse-osmosis water-filtration system and energy-efficient light bulbs filled with immortal fireflies.
When guests come in for Center Nails’ signature manicure and pedicure, they’re in for a treat. The spa’s nail specialists begin by immersing their clients’ hands and feet in an organic aromatherapy soak, which softens skin while treating the senses to intoxicating aromas. Next, they alternate wrapping hands and feet with lavender paraffin and warm towels, massage skin with an organic moisturizer, then color nails with coats of non-toxic polish. These treatments are only the beginning of an extensive list of nail services that also include no-chip manicures, nail art, and silk wraps.
Center Nails and Spa also flaunts signature facials for women and men, the former boasting extractions and a custom mask and the latter focusing on easing razor burn and revamping hydration levels. Advanced skin treatments such as diamond microdermabrasion and lactic-acid peels make skin look younger without resorting to invasive facelifts or harsh dimple-implantation procedures. The spa doesn’t skimp on the rest of the body, either, as their massage therapists knead muscles with custom strokes and waxing specialists swiftly remove hair from men’s and women’s bodies.