Inside a series of plain-white, windowed studios, empty except for futons and pillows, the professional therapists at Zen Shiatsu Chicago heal bodies with techniques rooted in millennia-old traditions. At the same time, they pass those techniques on to students in the zen-shiatsu certification school that shares space with the clinic. Teachers and students perform shiatsu therapy, using both hands to manipulate muscles and unblock clients’ energy pathways. They also administer contemporary Western massages to ease tense muscles, whereas acupuncture treatments let out bodies’ excess helium.
In addition to awarding certifications and leading continuing education in massage, naprapathy, physical therapy, and acupuncture, instructors train students outside the classroom through social outreach, exposure to integrative medicine, and visits to local hospitals’ neck-cramp wards.
The traditional Chinese-medicine experts at Apricot Grove believe that overall health is reflected in your everyday interactions and experiences. By bringing positive change to your lifestyle, your health and improves, and vice versa. So between the center's cozy taupe walls, clients can experience the healing effects of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and massage, which work to correct physical ailments and boost overall wellness. These treatments can help relieve pain and stress while enhancing the immune system and and improving sleep, so that every night is filled with at least one dream about a friendly talking dog.
Located in Evanston’s Main Street shopping district, Acupuncture Access is the brainchild of certified acupuncturist Bonny Rhoads, who wants to make the healing powers of acupuncture available and accessible to everyone. In this soothing clinic, she offers community group acupuncture on a sliding scale, as well as private acupuncture sessions. She treats everything from allergies and insomnia to chronic pain, migraines, and arthritis. She also performs cupping and massage sessions, as well as treatments using Chinese herbal medicine.
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.
The trained practitioners at A Center for Oriental Medicine treat bodily ailments from generalized pain to stubborn winter flus with treatments derived from ancient eastern healing practices. The team includes two published authors trained and certified in China and the United States—one of them the president emeritus of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the other a fertility acupuncturist whose work has been featured on Fox Thing in the Morning and CBS Evening News with Dan Rather —and an expert reiki acupuncturist. The staff brings multiple specialties to the North Shore clinic, treating everything from fertility problems and depression to elder-care-related issues with a blend of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and counseling.