Bella Medica's alternative cosmetic treatments address a host of bodily concerns—from aging and loose skin to smoking habits and weight gain—using natural, toxin-free green spa practices. Tackling sun-damaged and acne-prone skin, the anti-aging skin Medica Vitalize chemical peel aims to seize youth back from Father Time, throwing hourglass sand in his eyes and forcing him to eat minute rice. The peel employs a blend of retinoic, resorcinol, beta-hydroxy, and alpha-hydroxy acids to help smooth the texture of facial skin by removing its outer layers and innermost repressed feelings. One of the only superficial peels suitable for all skin types, the Vitalize peel incurs little to no downtime after treatment.
Under the expert guidance of Dr. Scott Morris, the staff at Complete Clinics harnesses the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches. During each session, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistline, back, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water-slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time.
Doctors Melissa Ryan, Ronald Masukawa, and Susan Crowe are the talented physicians behind Midwest Wellness Health Center, which has been providing holistic healthcare to McHenry County for more than 15 years. Dr. Ryan brings an expansive background of sports injuries and applied kinesiology to all of her chiropractic and acupuncture sessions. Throughout her career, she has found success utilizing acupuncture on a diverse client base, treating them for conditions such as stress relief, weight loss, insomnia, headaches, and cancer pain. Dr. Ryan's sports rehabilitative work complements Dr. Masukawa's in-depth knowledge of women's health and his focus on fertility. Dr. Crowe's family-practice specialization and psychology degree to create a rock-solid team ready to tackle any malady. Their expertise in holistic treatments allows Midwest Wellness Health Center to treat not just individual problems, but the whole patient. Patients of the facility can request acupuncture or individualized nutritional counseling or seek general chiropractic care.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere."
To make this challenging, yet hopeful, philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. This focus, shared by Body & Brain Holistic Yoga and The Life Yoga, forms the basis of the studio's classes and consultations. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Helmed by the friendly Schwartzwald family since 1984, Discovery Day Camp imparts helpful life lessons, youthful camaraderie, and physical activities to otherwise-bored children during summer’s sunny reign. With sessions broken into height-appropriate three-legged race heats, Discovery offers programs for kids in preschool to first grade (three days/week), preschool to second grade (five days/week), and senior camp for third through sixth graders. Rates for four weeks of camp (up to $2,150) or eight weeks of camp (up to $4,100) vary based on age, extended day, and transportation options.
Endermologie Chicago keeps its machines humming seven days a week behind the quaint façade of Red Cottage Salon & Spa. Endermologie's combination of deep massage and suction smoothes and contours faces, thighs, buttocks, and bellies, augmenting the work of a healthy diet and active lifestyle. The procedure imparts special benefits to bodies taxed from undergoing liposuction, giving birth, or being born.