After graduating from The National College of Chiropractic licensed Doctor of Chiropractic Stephen Becker interned at a general health center in Chicago. During the stint, he received hands-on training in the fields of orthopedics and neurology, among others. That experience has influenced his chiropractic care at Becker Spine and Sports Institute, where he treats back pain, sciatica nerves, and herniated disks. His techniques include spinal-decompression therapy, the Graston Technique, and the Cox Technic flexion-distraction technique. He advocates holistic treatments as well, such as massage therapy and acupuncture.
Beauty Couture's facials are designed not just to treat the skin, but also the mind; the treatments integrate results-oriented skincare with deep relaxation techniques. Each session begins with a skin consultation, which allows the aesthetician to customize each service with acne remedies, collagen infusions, or whatever a particular guest might need. Specialty services include an organic renewal facial and a deep-cleansing treatment, as well as facials for men and teens. Add-ons allow for further customization, such as microdermabrasion or eye, lip, and hand treatments. The team uses Shiseido products, which, with more than 130 years in business, is one of the beauty industry's oldest and most trusted brands.
The menu also includes a succinct selection of body treatments, such as seaweed body wraps, body-slimming radio-frequency, and Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Furthermore, waxing and back treatments help keep bodies smoother than The Fonz after his usual bath of grease and pomade.
Doctor of Chiropractic Edward Fischer studied at the University of Bridgeport before opening Fischer Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Rather than treating symptoms, he and his staff address underlying causes through chiropractic adjustments and massage. His cohort, Dr. Brianne L. Prior, earned her doctorate at Logan College of Chiropractic and later trained with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Now she uses low-force and soft-tissue techniques to gently treat children, elderly patients, and those with disabilities.
Both chiropractors help patients lose weight by coaching them through the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method. This program lowers insulin levels through a menu of 67 meals made with high-quality proteins that encourage quick absorption and curb appetites. Low in both complex and simple carbohydrates, these products help the body burn stored fat until it whistles like a teakettle.
Formerly known as the Wellness & Tranquility Center, Shakir Whitehead of The eLements Spa was unsatisfied with the way people would shrug off pain as an unavoidable product of aging, especially when there were more probable triggers such as diet, stress, hair color, and lack of exercise. Drawing on this idea, and the deep appreciation of his friends and family for his incredible backrubs, he decided to become a licensed massage therapist. Now in the comfort of his own private studio, Shakir can alleviate chronic tension with flowing Swedish strokes, or address lower-layer aches with deep-tissue or trigger point therapy. When not befriending muscles, Shakir befriends his community, volunteering his time for Whole Foods and Susan G. Komen charity events.
At LaVinia Spa, certified massage therapists combat back and neck pain in addition to stress. Their services relax muscles and minds simultaneously through the art of customized massage, offering modalities that range from classic Swedish to trigger-point therapy. During aromatherapy treatments, the spa also supplements kneads with Young Living Essential Oils, which are derived from plants, trees, and the faux flowers on restaurant tables that really believe in themselves. LaVinia offers acupuncture sessions, as well, both in one-time and ongoing packages.
The specialists at Urelax Oriental Natural Therapy have a simple goal: to turn the spa’s name into reality. Facial massage, foot reflexology, and anti-stress back massage target troubled regions directly, easing tension in ways specific to that area's needs. Alternatively, the whole-body massage aims to treat the complete human form and the baseball cap sitting directly above it. But whether the haven’s therapists release knots with acupressure techniques, or soothe aches with hot stones, they work to balance the body and ensure the flow of “qi”—life energy.