Inside Stacey Jae's Massage Studio, therapists apply custom strokes to attack chronic pain in toughened muscles, tailoring services to suit athletes, sufferers of chronic pain, or those with fibromyalgia. Owner and Fair Oaks Massage Institute graduate Stacey Jae draws from more than 3,000 hours of experience and more than 500 hours of education to alleviate specific problems. Though her specialties include deep-tissue massage and injury prevention, she also blends in aromatherapy and hot stones for relaxation-focused sessions. No matter what modality they prefer, Stacey allows her customers to maintain complete control over their appointment, draping them to their comfort and always letting them dictate how much yodeling is too much.
A plump Buddha statue stands guard near the entrance of Chakras Healing And Day Spa. Along with Persian rugs and earth-toned walls, he's part of the award-winning spa's decorative strategy meant to ease clients' minds. Client peace of mind is one of the highest priorities of Chakras' staff, which is composed entirely of veteran providers including the spa's manager, Jennifer, who has 12 years experience as a skincare specialist. Jennifer believes Chakras' exclusive use of high-end products and reliably comfortable ambiance are two chief factors that attract clientele. For example, while treatment rooms at some other spas have sterile, clinical-looking furnishings or are haunted by ghosts, Chakras' treatment rooms sport hardwood floors, ornate wall hangings and drapes, and soft lighting.
At Bare Skin Perfected, guests are greeted by trained technicians, ready and waiting to help them trim years off their faces and bodies. Advanced skin-clearing treatments and facials refresh complexions and also help to combat dehydration, acne, fine lines, chalk lines, and rosacea. Massages promote inner and outer wellbeing by increasing blood flow and relieving achy joints, and quick-drying airbrush tans mist skin in a golden sheen, using a formula made from 100% organic ingredients.
Within the calming confines of Lima Salon and Spa, Terri Tagami aims to make good on her practice's name by relaxing her clients with multiple massage modalities. She wields finesse in Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage, and can combine the soothing techniques to create fully custom treatments. Each session harnesses massage therapy's bevy of natural benefits, such as improved circulation, diminished pain, and increased range of motion. To bolster freshly kneaded musculature, Terri can also help patrons shed extra poundage with body wraps, which waft infrared heat to melt away cellulite, toxins, and swallowed ice sculptures.
Makeup artist Colette English believed that women should have a place to go that provided them with all necessary hair, skin, and makeup services for weddings, special events, and everyday touchups. To make this happen, she assembled a group of her most talented peers, who united their powers as the staff of All Dolled Up Hair, Skin and Makeup. The team offers a full menu of in-studio and on-location services, including photo shoots, which have won them awards such as Best of Weddings on The Knot and Bride's Choice on WeddingWire. As subscribers to the maxim that a person's education is never complete—like construction in Chicago—the staffers continually participate in training programs, which also keep them abreast of the latest trends and styles.
PamperingAngel owner Julie Gramyk is also a registered nurse, channeling her medical expertise into a passion for pampering to create a variety of treatments that are both indulgent and results-oriented. Her team includes licensed aestheticians and a certified massage practitioner, who work tirelessly to restore confidence and mobility through services that range from full-body waxing to raindrop therapy. Julie also spends her time working as an independent consultant for Rodan + Fields, incorporating the company's renowned line of anti-aging products into facials that target everything from sun damage to the puffy under-eye circles that plague many goldfish.