Eli, the licensed massage therapist at Lotus Rays Alignment, has administered more than 11,000 massages over the course of her career. Believing that illness is the result of stagnant life energy, Eli most often performs signature healing massages, which blend various techniques with aromatherapy, mantras, Tibetan bells rung to the tune of Miles Davis’s “Move,” and Swedish and shiatsu strokes. She performs such treatments at Lotus Rays Alignment, a storefront studio with framed paintings lining the interior’s inviting, pastel walls.
In 1992, Darek Zurawski founded the Lymphatic Therapy Center to offer manual lymph-drainage therapy, which uses massage-like motions to cleanse the body's lymphatic system. Today, he and his team use this technique not only to treat lymphedema—a condition that leads to swollen limbs—but also to alleviate chronic pain and banish aches. The center also offers therapeutic massages to help people relax from everyday stresses, such as office meetings or forced small talk with the bridge troll on their morning commutes.
High ceilings, large front windows, and vases brimming with flowers greet customers at Ida’s Salon, a celebrated Northbrook beauty emporium boasting a skilled staff dedicated to pampering clients with a fleet of services. Wielding handpicked Schwarzkopf color and hair care products, mane masters shroud head threads in new hues or snip strands to match the latest trends or the mirror’s mood ring. The Keratin Complex straightening treatment smoothes out frizz for several months, while nails bask in renowned OPI and Shellac polish during European manicures and pedicures. Customers can peruse the gargantuan display of cosmetics before a makeup application or revel in multi-shaded scarves, seasonal clothes, and glamorous jewelry for sale throughout the ample space.
In 1973, Le Nail Chic opened its doors as one of the first manicure salons in Elmwood Park, delighting locals with professional-grade polishes and sophisticated french manicures. After launching a second parlor, owner and nail guru Darlene began experimenting with ways to not only beautify but also protect and treat the nail. Still among the salon’s specialties, nail wrapping bundles nails in a special tissue that aims to heal them and prevent future chips. Not limited to manicure and pedicure services, the salon's staffers also beautify bodies with custom airbrush tans designed to create beach-like glows without the usual beach-like side effects, such as cloud-shaped tan lines.
Doctor of Chiropractic Kim Martin of North Shore Health Solutions is board certified in integrative medicine. Dr. Martin and her staff offer a variety of treatments including acupuncture, chiropractic care, therapeutic exercise, and weight-loss programs.
Tension and worry creep through the body, elbowing into sleep, pinching at joints, and generally making life unpleasant. As harbingers of that larger monster, stress, they are formidable foes—but they prove no match for the staff of The Chicago Stress Relief Center. Led by founder Dr. Howard K. Weissman, the team develops personalized plans to help clients to manage mental and physical ailments. Concerns can be washed away with water and heat during flotation-tank and infrared-sauna sessions that afford clients solitary peace and quiet. Further aid takes the form of massage and art therapy, yoga sessions, and unlimited rolls of bubble wrap ready to be popped.