For 20 years, Doctor of Chiropractic Catherine Gray has taken a whole-body approach to alleviating pain and helping each client find their physical potential. She leads a handpicked team of holistic health experts, including Doctor of Chiropractic Theresa Burns, who specializes in caring for athletes and children; personal trainer and medical exercise specialist Chris Chronister; and two licensed massage therapists. The doctor showcases her dedication to healing bodies in every facet of her career. In addition to owning and operating MorningStar Chiropractic, she runs a consulting company that helps students transition from chiropractic school to private practice, and is a quarter-time faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Jeff Zachman, L.Ac has also recently joined the team.
The team takes a multifaceted approach to chiropractic care, addressing damaging subluxations and their physical consequences with methods ranging from cervical traction to ultrasound physiotherapy. They also offer soothing reiki sessions to balance chakras impacted by stress or metaphorical meteors.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, such as the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The beauty team at Villager Salon and Spa pampers and primps clients in a combined spa and salon setting. On the salon side of the facility, a small band of experienced hair stylists with years of experience bestows hair sculptures with a parade of high-end hair and beauty products by Paul Mitchell, Coppola, and Kenra. Villager's equally tight-knit spa technicians carry out their own collection of services, each with a diverse skill set that encompasses trigger-point massage techniques, waxing, and the use of hot stones for massages and extreme juggling.
The seven cosmetologists at JB Cavour Salon Spa wield more than a century's combined experience in the beauty business, as well as an arsenal of botanical Aveda products. Now in its second generation of family ownership, the recently renovated sanctuary keeps a healthy stream of “ahhs” flowing out the big bay window with luxurious massage, skincare, and hair services.
Business school might not be the first place you'd imagine a massage therapist earning a certification. Ever since graduating from the massage therapy program at the Minnesota School of Business, however, Sherri Anderson has used her kneading know-how to relax countless achy muscles. Versed in myriad modalities, including Swedish, sports, and hot-stone massage, the certified massage therapist incorporates whatever techniques best treat each client's needs. Besides decreasing soreness, her massages help lower blood pressure, increase posture, and improve range of motion more effectively than transplanting your brain into Stretch Armstrong. Sherri works as part of The Circle of Healing Arts, a wellness cooperative whose other services run the gamut from life coaching to reiki.
Posh22 Salon and Spa may be owned by two master stylists, but this place is about much more than hair. That's largely because these stylists surround themselves with aestheticians and massage therapists who are also masters in their respective fields.
One trait the whole team shares is a passion for beauty, whether they're highlighting hair or brightening complexions with facials. Many of the treatments here go above and beyond what you might expect; aside from the traditional massage modalities, for example, there's a unique variety for expectant mothers that simulates the natural motions of labor.