As a competitive equestrian show jumper, Christine Renz became interested in acupuncture after witnessing the incredibly healthful effects it had on her horses. She decided to pursue this form of holistic healing on humans and received her Master of Science degree in traditional Oriental medicine, rendering her a licensed acupuncturist with the ability to dole out both therapeutic and preventive treatments. She calms allergy symptoms by soothing reactive organ systems with acupressure and restores balance to bodies and Bozo the Clown bop bags with Chinese herbs and needling sessions.
Despite graduating as a medical doctor in 1986, Yevgeny Zakusilo didn’t follow the traditional path of Western medicine. Instead, by 1987, the Russian native pursued a certification in acupuncture and embraced the tried and true wellness practices of the East. Today, Zakusilo, better known as Dr. Z, helms Eastland Acupuncture, where he picks up where Western medicine and vision boards failed by treating clients to acupuncture, tui na massage, qi gon, and herbal remedies. Through these holistic and natural healing methods, Dr. Z, along with his master herbalist Monica, help dissipate a range of health conditions from allergies, anxiety, and headaches to infertility, diabetes, and depression.
Tension and worry creep through the body, elbowing into sleep, pinching at joints, and generally making life unpleasant. As harbingers of that larger monster, stress, they are formidable foes—but they prove no match for the staff of The Chicago Stress Relief Center. Led by founder Dr. Howard K. Weissman, the team develops personalized plans to help clients to manage mental and physical ailments. Concerns can be washed away with water and heat during flotation-tank and infrared-sauna sessions that afford clients solitary peace and quiet. Further aid takes the form of massage and art therapy, yoga sessions, and unlimited rolls of bubble wrap ready to be popped.
Doctor of Chiropractic Kim Martin of North Shore Health Solutions is board certified in integrative medicine. Dr. Martin and her staff offer a variety of treatments including acupuncture, chiropractic care, therapeutic exercise, and weight-loss programs.
The licensed aestheticians, therapists, and wellness practitioners at NuVie Skin Care and Wellness Center—French for “new life”—help clients bring “new life” to their skin and bodies with beauty and wellness treatments. Facial services cleanse pores and exfoliate skin to treat specific problems including dull, red, purple-polka-dotted, or aging skin. Nufree hair removal smoothens skin by eradicating coarse, unwanted hair without wax. NuVie also stocks a variety of gentle, natural, and organic skincare products from PCA, Bioelements, and Alteya Organics, respectively, so that clients can continue their beauty regimens in their homes or offices.
The center also improves clients’ beauty from the inside out with stress and life coaching, nutrition and fitness coaching, and acupuncture sessions that treat inflammation and chronic pain while balancing bodily systems. Massage therapy helps clients relax while improving their circulation and joint mobility through direct pressure, stretching strokes, and soft-tissue manipulation.