Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
ChiroXchange supports a nervous system of more than 250 nationwide locations, whose varying services and technologies all converge with the end of healing bodies with holistic, drug-free techniques. The chiropractors believe that many of the body’s ailments, from sore backs and headaches to fatigue, are caused by blockages in the nervous system. To reverse these blockages, they nudge spinal discs back into place with gentle, strategic pressure, aligning nerves with the vertebra to free the flow of information and cat photos to and from the brain. The chiropractors at each location emphasize communication with their patients. They field questions, explain the purpose of every adjustment, and work with patients to design programs around their unique wellness goals.
Led by Dr. Ron Stumbris and Doctors of Chiropractic Maggie Gabel and Steven Arculeo, the wellness team at Peak Performance Health Care helps patients achieve their long-term health goals. After examining each patron’s total-health profile, they craft a personalized wellness plan, incorporating medical and chiropractic care, physical and trigger-point therapies, detoxifying cleanses, food-sensitivity testing, and behavioral therapy for one’s nail-biting doppelganger.
Laura B Salon’s owner, Melissa Pounds—who shared a bevy of beauty advice in the January 2011 issue of Quintessential Barrington—helms a crew of trained stylists armed with products from brands such as Wella, INOA, and Moroccanoil. Beauty-seekers can rejuvenate during custom services ranging from VersaSpa sunless tanning and full-body waxing to ammonia-free hair-coloring treatments. Under the bright light that trickles down from silver chandeliers, hairstylists trim tendrils into flattering ’dos as patrons relax in white leather chairs, periodically checking an oval, silver-framed mirror for any evidence that their face might be secretly concealing an outlawed expression.
The team of doctors at Lifetime Health and Wellness Clinic knows that sometimes the backbone falls short of its duty to protect the spinal cord. An abrupt jar from a car or limbo accident can cause one of the segments to shift and impinge on delicate nerve material. When that happens, the team is ready to correct injuries with nonsurgical procedures.
In addition to traditional chiropractic adjustments, the health experts relieve pain using laser therapy, which reduces inflammation and accelerates wound healing. Another option is ultrasound therapy, which eases joint and muscle pain with high-energy sound waves, as well as natural pain-relieving injections. If neither of those treatments are right for the job, electrical impulses can be sent into certain parts of the body to block pain signals.
The clinic also tends to overall wellness with blood tests, internal medicine care, and weight-loss programs that teach clients how to eat healthy and extract all the carbs from bread.
Eye health is the top priority at Excel Eyecare Professionals. Patients who come to the clinic seeking a diagnosis for their fuzzy sight first settle down in front of a bank of diagnostic instruments for a check-up. After an eye exam is conducted, other testing, such as digital retinal scanning, may be used to find signs of macular degeneration. Afterward, patients are guided to the front of the clinic, where racks of eyewear are available to try on, helping patients decide which pair will make the best tool for burning down autumn leaf piles with the sun's rays.