The staff and state-certified massage therapists at Heavenly Massage have left no stone unturned when it comes to their clients’ relaxation. At each Heavenly Massage location, the music, lighting, and decor all serve the same goal of enhancing peace of mind. Though massages—ranging from hot stone to lymphatic drainage—are the signature service, the staff also offers nailcare, skincare, waxing, and body treatments.
Certified reflexologist James Markgraf has been applying health-promoting acupressure to feet for 17 years. James has studied at three different institutes of reflexology and now brings his mastery of the method to his own private practice in Schaumburg. Poring over feet as if he's exploring the skull of a newly discovered dinosaur, James enters into a silent dialogue with the body, testing for problems that might pervade the patient's entire system.
Northwest Massage Therapy's sextet of massage therapists tailor their one-hour sessions to the needs of each personage. From their repertoire, muscle mitigators deploy styles such as deep tissue, with intense pressure to relieve chronic tension, or Swedish, which manipulates layers of muscle and connective tissue to help muscles function, promote relaxation, and may enhance muscle function. A one-hour session can tap into a wealth of both mental and physical benefits for patrons. Besides striving to swap stress for calm and creative thoughts, a massage can vanquish muscle tension, boost bodily circulation, and counsel the brain through painful bouts with migraines or melancholy over long-forgotten locker combinations.
While there are many styles of massage to choose from, the licensed massage therapists at Elements Therapeutic Massage blend a medley of kneading techniques to ease away tension. Their four-level approach helps to cater sessions to each individual client. Patrons looking for a light and relaxing massage receive a level 1 massage, whereas those with more muscle tension can opt for the medium pressure of a level 2 or 3, and clients bearing especially tangled muscle fibers or especially heavy jetpacks can find relief with the deeper manipulations and trigger-point work of a level 4.
Pilates Plus elongates figures and fortifies frames with a slew of mat, yoga, and dance classes led in a comforting, supporting environment. With a certified crew of instructors, stiff students can dabble in body-lengthening lessons, such as Pilates I, which teaches the program’s fundamentals of balance, flexibility, core strength, and two-by-four idolatry. For rhythm-enhanced exercise, Pilates Plus also offers dance-centric classes in Zumba, jazz, hip-hop, barre ballet, belly, and chair dancing, allowing the twinkle-toed to trim, tone, and tighten while meeting their groove quotient for the week.
At Velarde, guests are warmly welcomed within a contemporary space with gold-toned walls, exposed brick, and deep cherry wood. A team of expert stylists creates noodle-nest looks tailored to individuals' individual face shapes, personalities, and styles. Skilled skincare experts perform body treatments customized to skin type, and aestheticians do manicures tailored to every hand, foot, and flipper. Velarde specializes in microdermabrasion for the face as well as pink-and-white acrylic ($50 for a full set). The salon and spa has its own line of makeup and uses top-quality Dermalogica, OPI, Aquage, and Alterna products for other beauty-bolstering procedures.