Elite Rehab Institute’s chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and physical therapists may not share the same specialties, but they all have one thing in common: a belief in the efficacy of holistic medicine. At each of the clinic’s six locations, staffers work together to relieve aches and pains caused by conditions such as stress, asthma, and arthritis. Their multidisciplinary approach ensures care from multiple doctors at a decreased cost as well as access to advanced treatments. Chief among these treatments are active-release technique—a soft-tissue massage that relieves pain in overused muscles—and the four-step ideal-protein weight-loss program, which helps shed pounds by stabilizing blood sugars and injecting muscles with daily shots of helium.
Jillian's Day Spa beautifies bodies with an array of services including facials and sunless tanning inside its whimsically colored enclave. Choose Jillian's signature 70-minute facial for a personalized pore pampering using Bioelements skin-care products. In combining plant elixirs, aromatherapy oils, and overachieving ingredients, Bioelements renews skin more eagerly than the brownnoser who works in logistics. During each treatment, a skilled aesthetician smoothes skin's rubbly pathways by exfoliating under billowy steam before massaging through taut muscular tunnels of face and limbs. Sets of hot mitts and booties encase hands and feet like warm breakfast links, softening them while faces rise and shine with rejuvenated glow.
While the aptly named Wax It! Inc. does a ton of waxing, it also offers sugaring hair-removal treatments, facials, and eyelash-extension services. The beauty studio's facials are customized treatments that include cleansing, steaming, and exfoliation with natural products. Meanwhile, the eyelash-extension applications use synthetic extensions that replicate natural lashes and add fullness and length without the need for mascara.
New Health Centers consists of more than 400 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
A talented coterie of massage therapists, stylists, and nail artists hang their shingles in this peaceful space. Specialists nourish skin and hair with flower- and plant-infused Aveda products, anti-aging Bioelements skincare products, and eco-friendly Biolage haircare products. The hands of licensed massage therapists trace the body with honed techniques that target specific ailments; the gentle, sustained pressure of myofascial release combats chronic pain, and the gentle taps of Swedish massage share soothing messages via Morse code. Above all, D’Marie’s pamperers aim to foster a soothing atmosphere for every service, from mani-pedis to age-busting facial peels.
A former dairy farm may seem like an unusual place to open a health-and-wellness retreat. Yet in 1983, Heartland Spa transformed one into a holistic spa resort and garnered national attention, due in part to one famous guest: Oprah Winfrey. Surrounded by 32 acres of woodland on a 3-acre lake, the spa has been praised for its "uniquely Midwestern, unpretentious environment" by the Chicago Sun-Times. Its five-bedroom, two-bathroom Carriage House offers a peaceful retreat each evening. And to promote healthy eating, the resident chef creates nutritious meals, such as breakfasts that may include egg-white frittatas, oatmeal, or peanut-butter-and-banana muffins. Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort’s two-to-one staff-to-guest ratio ensures all guests are supported and pampered as they unwind during their stay. The red barn and surrounding grounds house workout facilities and a spa and salon, replete with an indoor pool. An underground tunnel even connects the manor to the spa barn. Yoga, Pilates, tai chi, cardio kickboxing, and other fitness classes take place throughout the day, and a locker room fully equipped with a sauna and hot tub makes for a relaxing reprieve. Spa services also await, including an aromatherapy manicure or a Swedish massage.
Each stylist and aesthetician at the full-service Salon Evania brings more than 15 years of experience to skin- and hair-beautifying efforts. Before each haircut, stylists assess each client's hair type and blood type, then snip strands and tint tresses into an attractive frame around facial features. Aestheticians cosset bodies in luxurious wraps such as the Egyptian myrrh treatment, which rejuvenates skin with Dead Sea salts and ancient oils while swaddling bodies in soft, genuine Egyptian linens. Nail technicians further enhance appearances with natural manicures and spa pedicures, in which warming paraffin gives toes a feeling of comfort previously available only to feet wearing marshmallow sandals.