The staff and state-certified massage therapists at Heavenly Massage have left no stone unturned when it comes to their clients’ relaxation. At each Heavenly Massage location, the music, lighting, and decor all serve the same goal of enhancing peace of mind. Though massages—ranging from hot stone to lymphatic drainage—are the signature service, the staff also offers nailcare, skincare, waxing, and body treatments.
Everyone at Oak Brook Salon and Spa is a specialist. Through a combination of technical ability and beauty-industry savvy, these specialists tailor their offerings to clients' unique features and image goals. Hairstylists bring services such as cuts, colors, and deep-conditioning and hot-oil treatments to the table. Skincare experts administer custom facials that target blemishes and signs of aging, such as wrinkles and dinosaur scratches. Oak Brook Salon and Spa also staffs massage therapists to soothe sore muscles and relax troubled minds with aromatherapy, therapeutic, and hot-stone massages. Other options include spa mani-pedis and henna tattooing.
The board-certified and licensed massage therapists at Elements Therapeutic Massage address health and stress-related conditions with gliding strokes and concentrated kneads. Their deft hands apply pressure to areas of discomfort to maximize joint flexibility and encourage the release of the body’s natural supply of painkillers, which include serotonin, endorphins, and stevia. Elements' staff makes a point of listening to each customer's wellness goals and expected outcomes, and customizes each massage session with a specific combination of techniques. Massage can also assuage depression, speed healing from injuries, bolster sleep quality, improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and strengthen the immune system.
The staff at Spa Vargas Wellness pampers bodies and minds with luxurious spa services that deploy the spa's own line of naturally sourced products. Moving to their new location, the team at the Pheasant Run Resort outfits clients with cozy robes and slippers before inviting them to relax in an aromatherapy waiting room, which is more fragrant than a dessert buffet at Strawberry Shortcake's house. Nimble hands can exfoliate skin with a sea-salt or mud scrub, and the spacious Moroccan-style Vichy shower rejuvenates skin during hydrotherapy treatments. The calm-inducing crew passes on kneading know-how to up-and-coming massage therapists and play-doh sculptors at Spa Vargas University.
Veronica Lugo was introduced to massage after sustaining injuries in a car accident. As part of her therapy, Lugo went to a chiropractor's office to receive clinical massages and experienced first-hand the healing properties of therapeutic bodywork. Wall sconces cast a warm circle of ambient light inside her treatment room, where Lugo puts her massage license, continuing education in clinical techniques, and spring-loaded extra arms to good use. She prefers to root out chronic aches by helping her clients over an extended period of time. "Ideally it's best that they do massage regularly, at least once a month," she says. "I like it when they come in regularly so I can actually see how it helps."
Though he founded Enlightened Hands Wellness & Massage, it would be inaccurate to describe Michael J. Bouvier simply as a massage therapist. He's an accomplished wellness arts practitioner who has done everything from study under master herbalist Ron Teeguarden to taking hands-on anatomy courses to becoming a certified qigong instructor. In regards to massage, Michael has mastered many techniques, including, though not limited to, myofascial release and reflexology. True to his holistic approach to care, his service menu covers a broad range of treatments. Massages might incorporate Swedish, deep-tissue, or trigger-point modalities, while qigong sessions and stability ball classes teach posture exercises, stretches, and breathing techniques to relieve stress and recharge the body's AA batteries.