Licensed cosmetologist Sita Patel uses techniques culled from her native India and applies her more than 10 years of cosmetic experience to artfully beautify her clients. She enlists professional products from brands such as Bioelements and American Crew during hair services, securing loose tendrils into bridal updos adorned with glistening gems. She can also remove unwanted hair using an ancient threading technique that is completely free of chemicals and less taxing for the skin than waxing. Henna tattoos dress arms in ornate decorations more temporary than regular tattoos but less temporary than a career as a human cannonball.
From the desk worker with an achy lower back to the mom-to-be with sore joints to the athlete with knot-ridden shoulders, Ridge Massage offers a massage style for everyone. In addition to classic therapeutic, deep-tissue, Swedish, and maternity massages, the therapists also administer reflexology and scalp-rejuvenation sessions to relieve pain and promote relaxation.
But don't let its name fool you—Ridge Massage is a full-service spa, also offering an array of facials for men and women that can treat acne, lessen signs of aging, and finally remove that face paint from your kindergarten carnival. Techs also rid clients of unwanted hair with whole-body waxing services.
Educated in Cracow before moving to Chicago and receiving her cosmetology license, Kate of Your Touch of Beauty has a globe-spanning knowledge of aesthetics. Drawing upon everything from eyelash extensions to manicures and collagen facials, she helps to revitalize the skin and highlight each client's natural qualities. What's more: she can cover the complexion of anyone who walks through the door with real gold during her 24k Gold facial.
Certified massage therapist Qiana Shelton believes relaxation should be easy. That's why she presents clients with the option to enjoy a Swedish massage in her South East–side spa or in the comfort of their own homes, and schedules appointments seven days a week until 8 p.m. While Swedish massage is the only style available for home service, Shelton's business excels in many techniques, ranging from sports massage to trigger-point therapy, and her spa even hosts couples massages for partners, friends, and tense buddy cops, as well as instructional classes on infant massage.
Massage therapist Cheri hand-blends plant-derived essential oils to target specific ailments such as headaches, anxiety, or insomnia with soothing, chemical-free aromatherapy scents. A padded table cradles bodies as Cheri’s intuitive massage strokes chase away stress and overly chatty shoulder angels during in-studio sessions.
At Clinical Massage Therapy, the licensed therapists aim to do more than simply relax their clients. Each of their carefully selected repertoire of nine styles was chosen for its capacity to boost clients' overall health and decrease stress. With regular massage sessions, the therapists can help minimize clients' chronic health issues and melt away stress before it has a chance to erupt in a misplaced argument with noisy backyard squirrels. Each massage begins with a consultation, after which therapists treat the needs of individual backs with skills gleaned from ongoing education classes.