Flower murals and rose-colored walls draw guests into The Pink Nail & Spa like honeybees into a garden; cushy leather seats await them, as inviting as lush flowers. Guests plop comfortably into the chairs during manicures, pedicures, and waxing services. Creative Spa manicures and pedicures condition skin with elixirs infused with citrus oils, antioxidants, and vitamin E. Nail technicians also pamper the hands and feet with relaxing soaks and moisturizing treatments. During regular spa mani-pedis, the techs knead palms and soles and slough off expired skin with gentle exfoliation tools. Clients can also opt to pamper their whole bodies with more than a half-dozen types of massage therapy, including Swedish and deep-tissue treatments that melt pain, tension, and subcutaneous cheddar wheels.
Massage therapy is more than Luisa Berardi Caraballo's job—it's her calling. As the winner of the Distinguished Service Award from AMTA Illinois Chapter in 2012, the owner of Melrose Muscle Therapy is dedicated to helping others through the art and science of massage. She tailors treatments, such as Swedish massages, sports massages, and myofascial release sessions, to her clients' individual needs. Luisa teaches classes on couples' massage and infant massage for babies particularly stressed during tax season. She also frequently shares her massage musings on her blog, A Muscle Therapist's Thoughts.
A commitment to natural, plant-derived beauty unifies the 10 Aveda Lifestyle SalonSpa outposts of Asha SalonSpa. Organic products help enrich hair in each location's salon, where stylists specialize in precision haircuts while eschewing harsh chemicals in favor of plant-based Aveda color, pure organic makeup, and whispered requests to smooth down. Spa guests are greeted with a cup of tea and a cozy, signature herbal neck pillow amid the waiting room's earth-toned decor, where they await the start of their facials, massages, body treatments, or nail treatments. As with the salon, all of these services employ Aveda's signature plant- and flower-based products. In addition to their regular services, Asha locations periodically host special events and workshops on topics such as stress management.
Many businesses offer massage therapy, but few are able to identify and treat the source of the problem but that's exactly what happens at The BodyLux. Although the clinic's massage therapists untie tricky muscle knots with massage services for athletes, moms-to-be, and anyone else who suffers from achy muscles, that's only one part of the center's efforts to relieve pain.
The decor at The BodyLux is as modern as the treatments. All rooms have individual sound and lighting controls, and guests can bring an MP3 player to their appointment so they can listen to their own collections of soothing tunes or gibbon mating calls as they lie back on crisp linens. First-time massage subjects should consult The BodyLux's helpful tips page to prepare for an appointment.
In her Today's Chicago Woman blog, Living Well and Beautifully, Tiffani Kim shares her thoughts on eating well, maintaining healthy skin, and dealing with stress. At her River North medical spa, she transforms these thoughts into action. A true renaissance woman, she’s also a fashion designer and artist. She creates a spa-like environment in which her legions of devoted readers can actively follow her online advice. Her staff of professional aestheticians and massage therapists exfoliates complexions with facials and soothes sore muscles with massages geared toward men, women, and teens. They also offer holistically minded acupuncture sessions and laser treatments that eliminate unwanted hair, tattoos, and spacecrafts illegally parked in the spa’s lot.
The Beauty Cell Inc.'s technicians keep exteriors looking beautiful and youthful with advanced laser treatments inside a brand-new Gold Coast haven. Multitalented lasers beam out a suite of treatments, including laser hair removal performed by a Cutera-certified technician who skillfully releases heated energy rays into the epidermis, where they target unwanted hairs and parasitic whack-a-moles popping up and down from pores. Along with laser treatments, The Beauty Cell Inc. also performs Botox and Juvéderm injections to smooth away wrinkles.