Ixchel Muhlberger has at least two ways to treat each patient who walks into Mayan Moon Healing. First, the licensed massage therapist can use soothing massage strokes to increase circulation and ease muscle tension, not to mention relieve pain and even improve athletic performance. But for problems that massage can't help, she can call upon her background in Oriental medicine to provide acupuncture treatments, which improve energy flow and help promote the body's self-healing properties. Taking these two talents together, she can customize her treatments to address a wide range of problems, from anxiety and depression to chronic pain, migraines, and sleep disturbances. Though her massages and acupuncture treatments can help clients deal with all these issues, Ixchel specializes in orthopedic injuries, women's health, and pain management.
Dragonfly Integrative Wellness, Inc.’s therapists draw from Eastern methods to help improve clients’ overall health and mental well-being with massages and other holistic therapies. During craniosacral therapy and reiki, practitioners place gentle touches on bodies to release tension and balance bodies’ energy. Tui na incorporates traditional massage techniques to focus on chronic pain at acupressure points. Available massage therapies include Thai massage, which is based on stretching movements, and shiatsu bodywork, which helps to relieve pain and stress by stimulating pressure points.
At Salternative Spa, the staff creates a healing sanctuary with an Earth-friendly philosophy, as evidenced by their toxin-free soaps, natural essential oils, and organic cotton towels and bathrobes. The spa's signature healing treatment, halotherapy, places clients in a chamber of breathable salt particles designed to act as a natural decongestant, improve immune system function, and decrease headaches. But that's not all the spa offers?there's also sensory-deprivation sessions in a flotation tank, yoga and meditation classes, an infrared sauna, and reflexology and acupressure therapy.
By the time they enter one of six private treatment rooms at Azul by ElleHomme Holistic Spa, guests have already started flirting with serenity. Before appointments, clients cozy up with a cup of hot tea while relaxing in a robe and slippers. Restful music lilts through the space as staffers carry out their signature services. Licensed massage therapists and aestheticians deliver a pampering trifecta of treatments, sorted into massage, skincare, and healing therapies such as reiki. The staff brings brightness back to faces with Revision Skincare products, delves into aches with deep-tissue massage, and puts pairs at ease in the master couples' suite, whose soundproof walls create a cozier space for two than a pair of tandem footie pajamas.
Signature Service: Massage therapy
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Under Pressure Chicago's owner and massage therapist, Jessica Hester, believes in no-frills, results-oriented massages that manipulate muscles and tendons to increase range of movement and decrease tension. Her Swedish massages work to release tension from bodies, and her deep-tissue massages fight postural strain in those who sit at a desk for long periods of time and rarely get up to stretch or do the Charleston. Jessica's prenatal massages alleviate discomfort in pregnant women, as well as help prepare them for delivery, and her Thai massage boosts circulation and improves joint mobility.
At Pampering Moments, the staff keeps it simple by offering just two treatments: massages and mani-pedis. They relieve tension with a cornucopia of one-hour massages that draw on varying techniques and levels of pressure. Swedish massage, for instance, channels long, soothing kneads bent on relaxation, and aromatherapy massages stimulate the olfactory centers for added tension-fighting power.
To tackle outer beauty, they tend to the extremities with mani-pedis. Spa manicures and pedicures treat digits to a relaxing session, which can be enhanced with a paraffin dip. After a no-chip manicure, the polish resist cracks even when scratching your pet rock's favorite spot.