While conventional medical practices can nullify the physical symptoms of a variety of ailments, they oftentimes overlook the interconnectivity of one's physical, mental, and spiritual states. With this in mind, North Suburban Wellness's staff takes an integrative approach to medicine—creating personalized treatments that aim to achieve optimal vitality and wellness by incorporating a number of health methodologies. With chiropractic and nutritional medicine, the doctor boosts metabolism levels and addresses discomfort caused by conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome as the massage therapist relaxes muscles tense from hours of trying to keep one's skeleton from running away. For mental relaxation, the yoga instructor, who has been practicing for nearly 30 years, helps patients tend to worries with calming, methodical movements. Clinical psychology and biofeedback, kinesiotherapy, and Chinese-medicine specialists also lend their talents to the medical team to truly care for patients both inside and out.
Performance Factory Training doesn’t look like your average gym. Grunts and shouts echo off the rafters of the 5,000-square-foot facility, a cavernous warehouse that’s mostly empty, save for a smattering of kettlebells and cast-iron weight plates. The students here have little use for gimmicky equipment, as they focus on functional movements—pushing, pulling, squatting, and lifting, to name a few—that rely on body weight for resistance.
Though PFT’s instructors offer everything from personal training to football-specific workouts, their flagship program is CrossFit. This functional fitness phenomenon consists of a series of short, intense workouts that combine grueling strength and cardio training with basic gymnastics.
To prove that CrossFit’s for everyone, the instructors offer a two-week On Ramp program designed to get new students up to speed on the foundational movements. It’s hard not to get caught up in the daily workouts, seeing as how no two are ever the same. One day might involve shoulder presses and deadlifts, while another might require you to haul the tires of a car that was double-parked in the facility’s parking lot.
The curated programs at Highland Park Medical Weight are highly personalized, combining medical consultations, counselor support, and nutrition regimens to help clients achieve their goals. Doctors develop regimens of weight-loss medications, and counselors create nutritional outlines and meet with clients regularly to monitor their progress and offer support. The staff members' work isn't done when clients lose weight, though. The doctors and counselors hold monthly support meetings after programs are completed so clients can maintain their weight loss.
Nourished4life's weight-loss programs trim physiques by banishing toxins from the diet while introducing scientific superfoods that provide balanced sustenance. After an initial 15-minute phone call with a health coach who assigns verbal pushups, customers receive a package of powders, enzymes, and capsules. The company's signature superfood powder resides within this package, tucked alongside digestive enzymes and triple-fruit triphala capsules to scrub insides of built-up waste and toxins. These supplements come with a menu plan and an accompanying grocery list to ensure seven days of totally healthy fare. The company continually supports clients via email, and the package comes with step-by-step instructions on what to take when and how to monitor results without using a measuring tape as a belt.
At Dorota’s Cosmetics and Spa, experienced aesthetician Dorota Williams rounds out Shaping USA Fitness & Dance Studio's array of classes with a variety of relaxing spa treatments. Dorota thoroughly analyzes facial terrain before performing skincare services such as a smoothing microdermabrasion or chemical peel. She is also trained to wax away unwanted body hair and can professionally tint eyelashes, eyebrows, or Matchbox-car windows.