Inside Nine Dragons Foot Finesse's bright, fuchsia room, practitioners target acupuncture points with a Chinese modality that has been passed down for 5,000 years. The philosophy of reflexology theorizes that all parts of the body can be affected by target points on the feet, activating self-healing, increasing metabolism, and heightening blood circulation without the need for repeated viewings of The Birds. While each session focuses on the feet, the whole body gets attention from the therapist, including the head, back, and legs.
Even though she earned her massage therapy license in 1999, Alison Wajvoda hasn't slowed down when it comes to education. From a stint as a massage therapy instructor at Chicago's Banner to extra training in nutrition and health management at Purdue University-Calumet, she now combines her bodywork expertise with an understanding of what makes the body tick. She blends this know-how with training in reiki and chakra work, balancing inner energies as well as organic systems. Now the owner of Light Body Wellness, LLC, she sets patients on the path to better living with treatments and services ranging from massage and reiki to nutrition and weight loss counseling.
With a background as a personal trainer, Doctor of Chiropractic John Procopio believes in rooting out the causes of health anomalies rather than just obscuring the symptoms. Throughout his 22 years in practice, Dr. Procopio has perpetually sought out additional certifications, including specialties in acupuncture, lifestyle counseling, and manipulation under anesthesia. The center bolsters Dr. Procopio's preventive approach with an in-house gym, nutritional counselors, and confidence-building tic-tac-toe tournaments, and a team of aestheticians augments inner beauty with facials, waxing, and body sculpting.
New Health Centers consists of more than 400 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
For more than 30 years, Phaze One Day Spa has welcomed clients into its space for everything from haircuts to full-body massages. Guests can peruse a collection of scarves and jewelry as they wait for their appointment with the hairstylist, or they can take a gander at the selection of OPI nail polishes for their upcoming manicure, pedicure, or polish-wrestling event. Beyond the main floor, soft lighting blankets the spa’s private treatment rooms, creating a relaxing oasis for a wax, Swedish massage, or custom facial fortified by Murad skincare products.
What began in 1985 as a small, six-chair salon has evolved into Color Room Salon & Day Spa, the realized vision of beauty expert and master stylist Pamela Anderson. Today, Anderson's 4,200-square-foot space boasts 18 styling chairs, 25 employees, and membership in both the National Cosmetology Association and the Chicago Cosmetology Association. You can see Anderson's Romancing Freedom collection in a fashion shoot featured in Salon Magazine and on the website Tupelu. Hair's How magazine noted that "body and volume, form and ease of detailed styling" were showcased in the "dramatic, glamorous" collection.
Anderson pours as much heart and creativity into the design of her salon as she does into updos and highlights. Estetica magazine says that she has successfully used a "refreshing palette of bright colors" to create a modern ambiance that, like a rapper sampling an Enya tune, is best described as "urban chic meets New Age charm." Warm red and orange tones are juxtaposed with an abundance of green plants, and red crystal vases and colorful abstract paintings boldly accent the walls' muted hues.
The caring team outfits guests with comfy robes for services ranging from cuts, colors, and Hairtini steam-conditioning treatments to indulgent mani-pedis, facials, and massages. The staff also gives back to the community, hosting charitable functions for organizations such as the National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana, the St. Jude House in Crown Point, and the Ronald McDonald House.