Alicia Miller grew up in a family that relied on conventional Western medicine to treat its ills. Imagine her surprise when she started her training as a massage therapist and discovered the world of naturopathic medicine. The pharmaceutical-free siren song of this field called to her so strongly that she went on to graduate from one of the few accredited naturopathic medical schools in the country and take ownership of Natural Care Clinic in Naperville. Here, she helps clients embrace better nutrition and root out the causes of chronic conditions with drug-free treatments and lifestyle changes. Her colleagues, David Miller and Gosia Fogut-Masur, offer therapeutic massage services that leave muscles relaxed and stress levels lower than a basement in Death Valley.
While there are many styles of massage to choose from, the licensed massage therapists at Elements Massage blend a medley of kneading techniques to ease away tension. Their four-level approach helps to cater sessions to each individual client. Patrons looking for a light and relaxing massage receive a level 1 massage, whereas those with more muscle tension can opt for the medium pressure of a level 2 or 3, and clients bearing especially tangled muscle fibers or especially heavy jetpacks can find relief with the deeper manipulations and trigger-point work of a level 4.
At Belle Raye Hair Salon & Spa, a full-service Aveda salon, the products don't grow on trees, but their ingredients do. Organic, all-natural hair solutions from Aveda help stylists cut and sculpt fresh 'dos. The staff also brightens hues with a signature block color. The thick strips of pigment offer a bolder take on highlights, enhancing natural color more effectively than dumping a box of melted crayons on your head. An array of spa services rounds out the Aveda concept salon's menu, ranging from cellulite treatments to a skin-rejuvenating facials.
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.
Each location offers the regenerative properties of various varieties of massage that make a soul vessel feel springtime fresh. Of your 90-minute massage session, 10 minutes are set aside for dressing time and a consultation with your therapist to ensure your massage is customized for you.
When devising Hands-of-Faith's service menu, owner Z. Faith Darby wanted to account for all the ailments a client might experience that would lead them to seek a massage. To that end, she made sure to cover the big three treatments: relaxation, therapeutic, and medical. The relaxation massage is a straightforward Swedish massage that entails light-to-medium pressure to combat stress and worry. The therapeutic massage is more specific?the therapist curates a session using deep-tissue and trigger-point techniques in order to relieve chronic pain and symptoms of injury. The medical massage is anatomically precise and patient-specific, and targets physician-prescribed ailments such as whiplash and sciatica. These, in addition to raindrop therapy and hot river rock massage, make the service menu comprehensive and able to accommodate clients with a wide assortment of complaints.
The healing doesn't end with massage, though. Z. Faith is also a certified hypnotherapist, and Hands-of-Faith offers hypnotherapy to unlock that box in the subconscious where bad habits dwell. They also offer reiki and Bellanina face-lifts, an anti-aging treatment that incorporate the tenets of acupressure to help tone the face and render it younger looking. Z. Faith sees healing as a social responsibility and so she dedicates her free time to volunteering at The Edwards Hospital Cancer Center in Naperville.