Nestled in Green Gables Farm, Whole Body Studio and Spa nurtures holistic wellness with relaxing yoga classes and supportive personal-training sessions in a tranquil spa setting. Within the serene yoga studio, pupils fluidly glide into seated, reclined, and standing postures during stress-melting Hatha yoga as soft lighting radiates from sloped ceilings and wooden pillars maintain stoic tree poses. Students may also contact Whole Body Studio and Spa to enroll in specialized classes, such as therapeutic prenatal yoga or the Mom and Baby Yoga class, which whimsically whisks new mothers and infants through rejuvenating asanas.
At his two gyms in Bloomingdale and Rockford, Elite Defense Systems' chief instructor Matt Numrich leads practical, defense-oriented classes focused on jeet kune do, the hybrid martial art and philosophical system developed in 1965 by Bruce Lee. Jeet kune do focuses on efficiency and personal development, guiding students through a mixture of more than two dozen arts.
Though Elite Defense Systems offers one-on-one training, group lessons for men, women, and children are recommended for their sense of community, their varied sparring partners, and their chances for students to combine into a five-piece battle robot. Including Matt, the gyms have a staff of only three instructors and three assistants, allowing for a closer student-teacher relationship.
Focusing on whole-body wellness, Serenity Massage & Aesthetics offers a wide variety of holistic and therapeutic services to soothe weary spirits. Serenity’s experienced massage therapists apply their knot-kneading know-how to eliminating stress and alleviating pain during one-hour aromatherapy massages. With each breath, one of four aromatic blends designed to relax, enrich, revive, or de-stress fills your lungs, pampering capillaries with powerful plant extracts such as ylang-ylang and lavender. Essential oils aid tension tamers by elevating moods, relieving congestion, and clearing nostrils of anxiety-inducing dimes and marbles. Therapists complement internal harmonization with a combination of light- and medium-pressure massage to increase circulation and allay agitated torsos. Mollycoddle life-size action figures in the cozy confines of peaceful and private massage suites, outfitted with rich colors, calming candlelight, and a relaxing massage table.
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.
Mane Expressions scissor-wielder Michele S. unleashes a host of styling skills to rejuvenate lackluster locks. The savvy stylist can deftly trim strands to get rid of split ends or strategically hide poorly planned forehead tattoos before a partial highlight illuminates freshly shorn noggins with subtle streaks. Alternately, during a keratin smoothing treatment, a professional frizz fighter soaks cuticles in a formaldehyde-free protein serum to banish frizz and coax reclusive shine out of hiding. The 90-minute process can treat all hair types, including color-treated coifs and wigs woven from spaghetti.
Healthy Balance Reflexology founder and therapist Karla Fernet helps to heal bodies through a combination of pressure and massage techniques that can improve circulation, eliminate toxins, and reduce stress. Bask in the self-sufficient, healing benefits during a 90-minute massage that targets issues related to head, back, knees, or unresolved angst stemming from childhood inabilities to master Operation. Submit hands and feet to a session of muscular and spiritual mending while your neck indulges in a warm, herbal wrap. Conclude treatments with a relaxing foot soak set against the roar of an in-spa fireplace.