Using the Apogee Elite laser system, Cosmedic Laser Spas' techs accommodate both light and dark skin types during laser hair-removal and skin treatments. The laser delivers pulses of light to destroy hair follicles at their root, and also skims skin terrain to erase signs of aging, including age and sun spots. Aestheticians further beautify façades by buffing away fine lines, blemishes, and smeared handprints with microdermabrasion treatments.
Harmonic Haven's owner and operator, Robin Kroupa, ameliorates ailments with a host of treatments deeply rooted in the concepts of wellness and holistic therapy. Choose from any of Haven's healing feel-goods, from the medium-to-firm-pressure profundity of a deep-tissue massage to the soothing strokes of a therapeutic massage that clears muscles of tension caused by subcutaneous SAT tests. Robin zeros in on aches and pains with trigger-point therapy, and fuses rhythmic stretching and breath work in a Thai massage that both relaxes and rewards stressed bods. Harmonic Haven’s eclectic repertoire of procedures aims to treat body and spirit through a mixture of physical manipulation and positive energy to spruce up muscle suits and balance out negativity from sneering electrons.
Established by a flaxen-haired pair of jewelry designers, Team Blonde tenders eye-catching creations among a host of attractive boutique items and spa services. The studio houses beads and baubles ideal for making earrings, bracelets, or a whimsical Eye of Agamotto. Spirited crafters can choose to create either a beaded bracelet or three pairs of earrings, after which a Team Blonde jewelry guru will add clasps and ear wires to each matchless masterpiece. Classes are kept to the intimate size of 5–10 adornment artists to allow for individualized attention and to avoid impinging upon the endangered earring's delicate ecosystem.
Bertuca Salon & Spa is devoted to providing upscale salon and spa services in a low-key, unpretentious environment. The skilled and attentive staff waits in the wings to take you by the hand, foot, or head-growth and ply your surface areas with beautifying treatments. The mani-pedi, which lasts around 45–60 minutes, includes a variety of skin-rejuvenating vitamins, organic oils, and botanical extracts. All products used are 100% natural, with nail polish from OPI for gleaming and glittering finger helmets and toe shells. Alternatively, a Brazilian blowout lasts about 90 American minutes; a skilled stylist will administer the professional, harsh-chemical-free smoothing treatment to transform frayed head threads into a mane of finely woven silk, eliminating frizziness and damage and improving hair health. After the treatment, the hair can still be worn wavy or curly, but will also dry smooth in a fraction of the time it may have taken before. Results last up to 12 weeks with proper maintenance, and after that the treatment simply washes away, returning hair to normal. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
The staff at The Holistic BodyLab works to maintain long-term health with natural, non-pharmaceutical treatments. Led by in-house medical director, Dr. Joseph Maides, and natural medicine doctor, Kevin Gill, they blend spa treatments, such as facials, with holistic treatments, such as massage, in order to revivify bodies both inside and out. This mix of modern medicine and age-old spa treatments aims to both soothe and heal, just like all those old lullabies about mockingbirds curing babies' tension headaches.
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.