Massage therapy is more than Luisa Berardi Caraballo's job—it's her calling. As the winner of the Distinguished Service Award from AMTA Illinois Chapter in 2012, the owner of Melrose Muscle Therapy is dedicated to helping others through the art and science of massage. She tailors treatments, such as Swedish massages, sports massages, and myofascial release sessions, to her clients' individual needs. Luisa teaches classes on couples' massage and infant massage for babies particularly stressed during tax season. She also frequently shares her massage musings on her blog, A Muscle Therapist's Thoughts.
At Asha SalonSpa, aestheticians and massage therapists combine forces to ensure the whole-body well-being of clients. Spa services such as facials, microdermabrasions, and prenatal care coddle the corpus from head to toe, beginning with a neck pillow and cup of tea. At the salon, makeup and nail services revitalize faces and fingers, and hair treatments such as cuts and color rely on Aveda’s natural line of products. Asha also offers several massages, including deep-tissue, couples, and chakra-balancing modalities, allowing patrons to unwind without setting off their clockwork motors.
Many businesses offer massage therapy, but few are able to identify and treat the source of the problem. But that's exactly what happens at The BodyLux Rx, a wellness center that's home to 20-year chiropractic veteran Dr. Kathleen Morris. Although the clinic's massage therapists untie tricky muscle knots with massage services for athletes, moms-to-be, and anyone else who suffers from achy muscles, that's only one part of the center's efforts to relieve pain. Like birds who camp out all night in front of worms' houses, patients who schedule appointments with Dr. Morris get so much more, from in-depth orthopedic and neurologic testing to chiropractic manipulation of the full spine and extremities.
The decor at The BodyLux Rx is as modern as the treatments. All rooms have individual sound and lighting controls, and guests can bring an MP3 player to their appointment so they can listen to their own collections of soothing tunes or gibbon mating calls as they lie back on crisp linens. First-time massage subjects should consult The Bodylux's helpful tips page to prepare for an appointment.
Laronda Kelley, the licensed massage therapist at Isario's Therapeutic Touch, specializes in therapeutic massages that use heat and aromatherapy to soothe sore muscles. She and her small staff offer a number of spa services, all of which come with a rousing massage. These include a lemon and tea-tree-oil foot treatment and organic cocoa body treatment that fights aging and breakouts.
Unless you’ve been cloned, your body is unique. That’s why licensed massage therapist Geraldine Brazley tailors her bodywork to each client’s individual needs. In the comfort of her and business partner LaRonda Kelley's cozy Tranquil Therapy Center, Geraldine can relieve tension with flowing Swedish strokes and heighten relaxation with indulgent add-ons such as aromatherapy and invigorating foot scrubs.