Flower murals and rose-colored walls draw guests into The Pink Nail & Spa like honeybees into a garden; cushy leather seats await them, as inviting as lush flowers. Guests plop comfortably into the chairs during manicures, pedicures, and waxing services. Creative Spa manicures and pedicures condition skin with elixirs infused with citrus oils, antioxidants, and vitamin E. Nail technicians also pamper the hands and feet with relaxing soaks and moisturizing treatments. During regular spa mani-pedis, the techs knead palms and soles and slough off expired skin with gentle exfoliation tools. Clients can also opt to pamper their whole bodies with more than a half-dozen types of massage therapy, including Swedish and deep-tissue treatments that melt pain, tension, and subcutaneous cheddar wheels.
The licensed massage therapists at Elements Massage understand that every body is built differently. They approach each client with fresh eyes, customizing a massage to their unique needs and preferred level of pressure. In addition to helping guests relax, the therapists also believe their Swedish and deep-tissue massages can bring a range of benefits, such as increased circulation, better joint flexibility, and relief from certain sleep disorders.
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.
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.
Many businesses offer massage therapy, but few are able to identify and treat the source of the problem. But that's exactly what happens at The BodyLux Rx, a wellness center that's home to 20-year chiropractic veteran Dr. Kathleen Morris. Although the clinic's massage therapists untie tricky muscle knots with massage services for athletes, moms-to-be, and anyone else who suffers from achy muscles, that's only one part of the center's efforts to relieve pain. Like birds who camp out all night in front of worms' houses, patients who schedule appointments with Dr. Morris get so much more, from in-depth orthopedic and neurologic testing to chiropractic manipulation of the full spine and extremities.
The decor at The BodyLux Rx is as modern as the treatments. All rooms have individual sound and lighting controls, and guests can bring an MP3 player to their appointment so they can listen to their own collections of soothing tunes or gibbon mating calls as they lie back on crisp linens. First-time massage subjects should consult The Bodylux's helpful tips page to prepare for an appointment.
A commitment to natural, plant-derived beauty unifies the 10 Aveda Lifestyle SalonSpa outposts of Asha SalonSpa. Organic products help enrich hair in each location's salon, where stylists specialize in precision haircuts while eschewing harsh chemicals in favor of plant-based Aveda color, pure organic makeup, and whispered requests to smooth down. Spa guests are greeted with a cup of tea and a cozy, signature herbal neck pillow amid the waiting room's earth-toned decor, where they await the start of their facials, massages, body treatments, or nail treatments. As with the salon, all of these services employ Aveda's signature plant- and flower-based products. In addition to their regular services, Asha locations periodically host special events and workshops on topics such as stress management.