Most popular service: Chiropractic, decompression, massage
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
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What’s your favorite part about your job?
Seeing people healthy again and [achieving] goals they thought were unobtainable. Our relationships with each other create family.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
We get to know everyone. Everyone is welcome at our clinic, and we get a thorough understanding of each client's background and lifestyle to ensure we help them accomplish their goals.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
[We create] an atmosphere and place where we truly care about the whole individual for results. We look at clients beyond their condition. We look at pain, neurological, social, emotional, and environmental issues to ensure we treat effectively and quickly for long-term results.
Perhaps the most indulgent part of Spa Synergy is its massage-therapy treatments. The spa’s baker’s dozen of treatments range from the classics, such as Swedish and deep-tissue, to more specialized therapies, including reflexology, couples massage, and even Indian head massage, which relieves tension in the head, face, neck, and shoulders. The massage-therapy team even shares their knowledge of muscle manipulation during hands-on teaching sessions, which demonstrate techniques clients can use to massage their partners.
A number of other beauty specialists contribute to Spa Synergy's mission. Aestheticians treat wrinkles and blemishes with services such as microdermabrasion and facials specially designed for mature or teenage skin. Waxing services include Brazilians for men and women. Like tractor basketball, the spa wouldn't be the same without special equipment; clients can sweat it out in a far-infrared sauna or tackle cellulite with the vibrating GX-99 System.
Soft music plays in The Massage Suite's quiet chamber as therapist Jessica James glides her palm over a tense shoulder. Certified in Swedish massage, James deftly stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems with the style's flowing strokes. Her sensitive hands are quick to adjust to her client's desire for an increase or decrease in pressure, and she can incorporate stretching and hot stones to loosen stiff joints. Heat therapy is James' ally, as she also reaches for steamed towels and Prossage ointment to bathe taut sinews in gentle, penetrating warmth. Clinical specialties include easing sciatic pain, softening scar tissue, and restoring motion to frozen shoulders by getting a sinew from the same muscle group to tag it. Nine complimentary therapies such as peppermint foot scrubs and cocoa facials reveal her appreciation for aesthetic indulgence.
At Shelly's Advanced Skin Care, owner Shelly Pagnota and her team of trained and licensed aestheticians take a clinical approach to pampering their clients. This is most evident in their slate of rejuvenating facials. Aestheticians conduct nearly 15 types of facials, such as the age defense facial and the vitamin C peel and firm facial, which uses a combination of vitamins and glycolic acid to give the face a younger, firmer look. The staff adds on a chemical peel to every facial if needed, and also offers microdermabrasions and massage services.
The doctors of chiropractic at Chiro One Wellness Centers put patients at the core of their efforts. Though the centers are spread the country, with locations in Illinois, Kentucky and Texas, the company's mission remains to help patients and their surrounding communities reach their maximum potential through a combination of customized chiropractic treatment plans and education. This approach doesn't just assuage painful symptoms—it's also designed to uncover the root causes of ailments such as whiplash, insomnia, headaches, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and more.
In their efforts to improve communication in the central nervous system by addressing nerve interference, chiropractors provide spinal adjustments and supplemental treatments such as cervical traction, therapeutic exercise and balance-strengthening wobble boards. Their practice extends far beyond the wellness centers, however: community-outreach efforts take them to health fairs, offsite spinal screenings, and complimentary workshops on a range of wellness topics. They also devote themselves to nonprofit work with several organizations, including The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. At the Chiros Care Free Wellness Center, they examine and treat Chicago's homeless and HIV-positive population, fueled by their belief that everyone should have access to expert preventive care.
Ehmi Nail, Salon & Spa's talented technicians tend to clients in a space marked by stone tile, textured walls, and cozy leather seating. After brainstorming with clients during complimentary consultations, they give heads more breathable cuts or change identities with coloring, highlights, and straightening treatments. Files bring order to unruly nails during mani-pedis before techs lay down coats of color from OPI, Essie, and Chanel. Private rooms allow visitors to luxuriate peacefully during different massage modalities, which incorporate music, hot stones, and flickering candles to coax stress out of aching muscles. Technicians also decorate faces with professional makeup applications and facials. Ehmi Nail, Salon & Spa happily opens its doors to private parties, welcoming groups celebrating events ranging from a girls’ night out to the world’s prettiest fantasy-baseball draft.