Laura Nagel is a nationally certified massage therapist who uses her repertoire of diverse modalities, ranging from relaxation strokes to deep-tissue and trigger-point techniques, to ease a variety of pains, from tight muscles to stressed minds. Laura also specializes in tui na, a form of Chinese medical massage that stimulates acupressure points by way of kneading, rolling, and percussive strokes.
A salon of friends. That’s what the welcoming staff at Salon di Amici calls its home base. The tight-knit group makes a genuine effort to extend its bond to clients as it caters to all their haircare, skincare, and nailcare needs. Soothing green walls and rustic stone accents flank talented hairstylists in the styling area, where they treat strands to Redken, Pureology, and Moroccanoil products while trimming overgrown lengths and boosting dull color. Inside a cozy spa room, specialists indulge skin with facials and mineral-makeup applications, and therapists ease tension with massages. Cushy pedicure chairs beckon sore backs to the nail corner, where hot stones melt tension during relaxing mani-pedis.
Christopher Dunn was working as a professional musician when he visited a massage therapist for the first time. After 10 years of playing bass, he had developed tendinitis in his arm. The positive effects of the massage he received made such a strong impression that he switched careers. He learned massage and energy-healing techniques such as reiki, lomilomi, and craniosacral therapy at Blue Sky School of Professional Massage & Therapeutic Bodywork. The fruits of his studies are on full display at CMD Therapy, where Christopher strives to relieve pain and enhance well-being with deep-tissue, lomilomi, and lymphatic massages; reiki; and other energy treatments.
Signature Service: Safe and therapeutic pregnancy massage.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: We have the only certified "Nurturing the Mother" pregnancy massage therapist in the Fox Valley.
The stone accent wall and cherry-wood counter in Agea Spa's lobby form a barrier against the stresses of the outside world. Upon entering, clients are encouraged to cast aside their cell phones and laptops before enjoying a relaxing shower in one of the private changing areas. This is only the first step, though—within the spa proper, a team of aestheticians and stylists stands ready to pamper visitors from crown to ankle.
The aestheticians' facial treatments incorporate organically sourced skincare ingredients—including anti-inflammatory plant extracts, natural fruit acids, and aromatic steam—formulated to hydrate the skin and imbue it with a healthy glow. The massage therapists target knotted muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone modalities, and they can also use reflexology or reiki techniques to promote holistic balance. The stylists pamper clients' tresses, designing flattering new looks with a combination of well-placed snips, coloring products, and texturizing treatments.
Though tanning can be relaxing, it can also be time-consuming. Tanning on the Edge's service menu was designed for people who want to tan but may have limited time. During 12- to 15-minute sessions in the tanning beds, guests stay cool and relaxed with circulating air and a satellite radio. A vertical booth accommodates patrons who prefer to tan while standing or who don’t understand how to turn the party sub they are carrying lengthwise.
Nearby, a full lineup of spa services make sure guests are radiant from head to toe. Cosmetologists use Pharmagel and Repêchage products in spa facials designed to clear up acne, firm aging faces, or simply boost radiance. Nail experts turn up the luxury on manicures and pedicures with add-ons such as paraffin dips, acrylic tips, and nail gems, while waxing specialists remove fuzz from nearly any area of the body to make tans stand out.