Though every therapist at West Suburban Pain Relief Centers, Inc. is a licensed massage therapist, their work begins with talk, not touch. The initial assessment is a crucial part of every appointment—it covers the patient's medical history, symptoms, and habits, all in an effort to pin down the root cause of pain. And when the actual therapy begins, the staff don't always stick to traditional massage, either. They integrate techniques ranging from Asian-style bodywork to postural and gait analysis, with the help of advanced medical machinery, compression therapy, and physical exercises. They're national-board-certified specialists, however, in trigger-point therapy, which locates tense spots in the body's muscles and aims to soothe them with focused, hands-on pressure. This type of treatment can help with headaches, back aches, and carpal tunnel, as well as the effects of fibromyalgia, chronic conditions, and long-term pain.
Regardless of the condition being addressed, the end goal for every therapist is that the patient no longer needs to see them, and to this end, they supplement their meetings with lessons on how to manage pain. Their tips might include exercise advice or simple tips for lifestyle changes, such as buying a better office chair or ceasing to carry a spare tire when you're not in a car.
The staff at Spa Vargas Wellness pampers bodies and minds with luxurious spa services that deploy the spa's own line of naturally sourced products. Moving to their new location, the team at the Pheasant Run Resort outfits clients with cozy robes and slippers before inviting them to relax in an aromatherapy waiting room, which is more fragrant than a dessert buffet at Strawberry Shortcake's house. Nimble hands can exfoliate skin with a sea-salt or mud scrub, and the spacious Moroccan-style Vichy shower rejuvenates skin during hydrotherapy treatments. The calm-inducing crew passes on kneading know-how to up-and-coming massage therapists and play-doh sculptors at Spa Vargas University.
Tucked away in downtown St. Charles, Eliza Jane’s girlie-girl boutique glimmers with trendy accessories and colorful jewelry crafted by 35 local artists, three of who are teen entrepreneurs. A pressed tin ceiling and soft lights hang above a hardwood floor, where the colors pink and white feature strongly among accessories—such as kitchsy purses, vintage bracelets, and stuffed animals—that overflow from tall glass shelving units and tables covered with printed cloth. After customers snag a specialty gift for baby, teacher, or self, Eliza Jane's staff can swaddle it in complimentary pink and brown wrapping. Ladies in need of a pick-me-up can pamper bodies with nonchip mani-pedis, facials, and waxing treatments.
At CS Massage, a licensed massage therapist calls on a fully stocked toolbox to thwart everyday tension and chronic pain. There are the standards, of course, such as traditional Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. But customers will also find more unusual apparatuses in their tranquil, private treatment rooms, such as lava stones, body brushes, and cups for Chinese cupping therapy. The therapists use these tools to soften the skin and suss out tightness lurking in deeper muscle layers as their clients recline on heated, Tempur-Pedic-topped massage beds, their noses savoring aromatherapy scents and their necks fully supported by cushioned wraps and "Neck for President" wall signs.