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.
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.
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 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.
Pink Nails Spa features beauty professionals who provide an array of services with a focus on organic ingredients including citrus-infused oils and healing antioxidants for fingers and toes. The Creative Spa manicure uses citric acid to exfoliate hands and diminish signs of aging. Other pedicures come infused with honey or chocolate to soothe weary feet and boost the mood of depressed noses. While nails get a lot of attention at the spa, clients can also opt for massage services and waxing.
If a name like Angels Feet wasn't enough to let a customer know this business's focus, one step inside would do the trick. Long rows of cushy massage chairs draped in clean linens line the long studio, each paired with a matching ottoman just waiting to cradle a foot or two. Therapists lead each newly arrived customer to one of these chairs, where they welcome feet to soak in a salt-water solution as they massage the guest's scalp, neck, shoulders, and arms. After a dousing of lotion, the therapist begins the foot-reflexology massage, which seeks to quell stress and ease pain by targeting areas of the feet believed to correspond to organs in the body. Finally, they wrap feet in steamed towels and give ankles and legs an invigorating stretch. When the session concludes, customers refresh themselves and help purge toxins from their systems with a cold beverage and a nap on a giant magnet.