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.
At Bodhi Acupuncture and Wellness, John Emanoil leads a team of licensed acupuncturists and asian-bodywork experts who draw on years of professional training to build holistic-wellness plans for their clients. During acupuncture sessions, practitioners insert anywhere from 4 to 20 hair-thin needles at specific points along the body to free the flow of energy and help alleviate ailments such as insomnia, chronic pain, and gastrointestinal discomfort. Those seeking additional pain management can commission one of eight types of massage and muscular therapy, which include custom one-on-one yoga sessions and myofascial release.
The book Necessities: Chicago said Massage Therapy Center of Winnetka has Chicago's best massage therapists. Past clients include a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic bobsled team and several White Sox players during the 2005 World Series. For a highly targeted muscle melting procedure, opt for trigger-points therapy, which identifies irritable muscles and improves their attitudes with masterful manual compression. Shiatsu, which is also known as acupressure, is an Eastern method of applying finger, palm, and thumb pressure to points on the body that are impeding the ki (or energy flow) and causing pain, stress, and chilly blood. Massage Therapy Center of Winnetka's menu also offers a classic Swedish knead, prenatal massage, and procedures such as neuromuscular therapy and performance-enhancement sports massage to treat and prevent pain caused by muscle exertion and falling pianos.
Inside a series of plain-white, windowed studios, empty except for futons and pillows, the professional therapists at Zen Shiatsu Chicago heal bodies with techniques rooted in millennia-old traditions. At the same time, they pass those techniques on to students in the zen-shiatsu certification school that shares space with the clinic. Teachers and students perform shiatsu therapy, using both hands to manipulate muscles and unblock clients’ energy pathways. They also administer contemporary Western massages to ease tense muscles, whereas acupuncture treatments let out bodies’ excess helium.
In addition to awarding certifications and leading continuing education in massage, naprapathy, physical therapy, and acupuncture, instructors train students outside the classroom through social outreach, exposure to integrative medicine, and visits to local hospitals’ neck-cramp wards.
Dr. Andrew Gard returns wavering vertebrae to alignment at Nova Spinal Care by incorporating his chiropractic expertise into nutritional counseling, massage therapy, and other methods that work together to maintain physical health. The clinic's holistic approach to revitalizing bodies allows the staff to search for underlying causes of physical discomfort, such as past injuries or swallowed handcuff keys, and adjust treatments to each client's problem areas.
Savon Spa's Parisian theme speaks to its Old-World luxury, whereas its emphasis on organic ingredients in handmade soaps and lotions belies an utterly modern eco-consciousness. The menu is determined to reach beyond standard spa fare by featuring a host of all-natural add-on services. Botanicals are even directly incorporated into the French bamboo massage, in which a therapist applies focused pressure with bamboo sticks and organic oil to dissipate tension. The aestheticians perform services using Eminence Organic Skin Care.
Each member of Ether Health & Beauty Spa's three-person team has a different specialty. Xiya Lin's is the corrective herbal facial, which uses products from Elina Organics to treat acne, dryness, or aging skin. The other two staffers handle the spa's bodywork sessions. Jillian Brown takes a clinical approach to massage, meaning she's a master of techniques such as deep-tissue and sports. Michael Hughes, on the other hand, is influenced by Eastern healing techniques. He sometimes mixes in acupressure, shiatsu, and fire cupping into his treatments.
Whatever service clients schedule, they can also enjoy the spa's sauna room. Here they'll find both dry and wet saunas as well as a whirlpool, which is sort of like a regular pool, except instead of water, there's just a bunch of people whirling in circles.