The massage therapists at Body & Soul Organic Massage Studio use a toolkit’s worth of techniques and accessories to augment their soothing massage techniques and ease clients’ aches and pains. The hot-stone service uses the penetrating heat of warmed stones to loosen muscle tension on targeted surfaces. Organic lotions keep massages body-safe and environmentally friendly. Aromatherapy using essential oils eases bodily stress by soothing senses and assuring clients that they still, in fact, have a nose. On top of all that, the studio’s baseline massage services are far from basic and range from deep-tissue sessions that uproot buried knots to reflexology treatments that manipulate trigger points to banish tension.
Stylist and owner Robin DiPaolo designed Blue Orchid Salon and Spa to facilitate thorough relaxation with head-to-toe treatments. Besides standard cuts and colors, stylists calm wild hair textures with treatments such as japanese hair straightening, chemical relaxers, or soothing whale songs. On the spa side, aestheticians customize facials to each customer’s skin type, while massage therapists enhance Swedish or deep-tissue strokes with body polishes and hot stones.
If Dr. Louis has a special way of relating to his patients, it's because he was once a patient himself. After suffering a high-school football injury that traditional medicine couldn’t fully treat, he found his way to a chiropractor and never looked back. His experience inspired him to pursue a career in chiropractic, and Select Wellness Chiropractic, LLC represents the culmination of that goal.
At the full-service wellness center, Dr. Louis abides by a whole-person approach that targets the sources of pain rather than the symptoms. He specializes in treating athletic injuries sustained while sprinting to the finish, diving for the goal line, or giving the linemen a celebratory piggyback ride. In addition to chiropractic treatments, he and his staff offer Swedish and hot-stone massages designed to ease general stress and tension.
In 1992, Darek Zurawski founded the Lymphatic Therapy Center to offer manual lymph-drainage therapy, which uses massage-like motions to cleanse the body's lymphatic system. Today, he and his team use this technique not only to treat lymphedema—a condition that leads to swollen limbs—but also to alleviate chronic pain and banish aches. The center also offers therapeutic massages to help people relax from everyday stresses, such as office meetings or forced small talk with the bridge troll on their morning commutes.
Wellness expert Hope JelinekBerry, a licensed massage therapist and Usui reiki master, has described her transformative massage and bodywork techniques on NBC Chicago’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and discussed the benefits of massage with NBC Chicago's Fit Club trainer. Traditional massage techniques promote relaxation, but Hope JelinekBerry takes her practice a step further, integrating bodywork and lifestyle coaching to help clients lose weight, which can only otherwise be accomplished by sending it to wherever the remote control seems disappear to. Her modalities can also help improve sleep and heal clients more quickly. In addition to massage, Hope JelinekBerry empowers clients with aromatherapy and reiki healing techniques.
Licensed therapist Marcia Larson builds a rapport with her clients by familiarizing herself with their muscular structures. She believes that with this connection established, she can delve deep into muscles and tissue to extricate tension and stress with minimal pain and discomfort. Well-versed in both the physical and energetic aspects of massage, she customizes each treatment to her clients’ current needs, even if they vary from session to session. Marcia can help a guest relax on one day, find pain relief on another, or stimulate lymph flow on yet another. She learned the skills to render this wide slate of services while attending massage therapy school locally in Chicago.