Lorraine, a certified reflexologist since 2007, approaches healthcare from the ground up, focusing on the soles of the feet to treat a range of chronic health conditions. Under the premise that nerve endings on the foot correspond to every organ and gland in the body, Lorraine applies strategic pressures to heels, toes, and arches to relieve conditions, such as stress, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis. At the start of treatment, clients sink into a zero-gravity chair while Lorraine massages the feet. Then, using her thumbs in a rapid inchworm motion, she “thumb walks” up and down the foot, clearing away toxins and painful memories of stepping on pies.
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.
Cevene Care Clinic’s team of experienced doctors and specialists strives to alleviate aches and ailments with an approach to health that emphasizes the manifold connections between body and mind. The clinic is separated into four distinct divisions—pain management, immediate care, general practice, and chiropractic care—to ensure that clients receive treatments customized to their particular health-care needs. A physiatrist and an osteopathic physician work alongside medical doctors within these divisions, sharing their knowledge with clients as well as with each other to arrive at custom treatment solutions. These solutions may combine a number of services from the clinic’s expansive menu, such as general-practice medicine, neurology, massage therapy, and laser therapy to keep tobacco cravings and Stormtroopers at bay.
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.
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.
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.