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, Inc. 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.
Headed by Dr. Stein, Bodies in Balance brings a multi-disciplinary approach to pain treatment and overall health. Laboratory testing reveals potential allergies or missing nutrients, while orthotics and chiropractic adjustments counter and correct imbalances in the spine. Doctors also energize muscles with low-level lasers or electronic stimulation, or employ ultrasonic waves to stimulate fluid movement in the tissue. Dr. Stein and his team use these services to treat the pain that results from repetitive use, workplace accidents, or tickle fights with tractors.
If Dr. Louis has a special way of relating to his patients, it's because he was once a patient himself. After suffering a high-school football injury that traditional medicine couldn’t fully treat, he found his way to a chiropractor and never looked back. His experience inspired him to pursue a career in chiropractic, and Select Wellness Chiropractic, LLC represents the culmination of that goal.
At the full-service wellness center, Dr. Louis abides by a whole-person approach that targets the sources of pain rather than the symptoms. He specializes in treating athletic injuries sustained while sprinting to the finish, diving for the goal line, or giving the linemen a celebratory piggyback ride. In addition to chiropractic treatments, he and his staff offer Swedish and hot-stone massages designed to ease general stress and tension.
As a competitive equestrian show jumper, Christine Renz became interested in acupuncture after witnessing the incredibly healthful effects it had on her horses. She decided to pursue this form of holistic healing on humans and received her Master of Science degree in traditional Oriental medicine, rendering her a licensed acupuncturist with the ability to dole out both therapeutic and preventive treatments. She calms allergy symptoms by soothing reactive organ systems with acupressure and restores balance to bodies and Bozo the Clown bop bags with Chinese herbs and needling sessions.
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.
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.