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.
Tanglz Massage Therapy's expert therapist, Patty Tierney, kneads tension and stress out of tightly wound bodies with a suite of muscle manipulations. The one-hour Swedish massage starts with broad strokes, loosening tension's white-knuckle grip on the dorsal muscles. As bodies melt into relaxation, more intense moves bring increased pressure to bear on extra-tense spots, handily untying knots like a Boy Scout's evil doppelganger. Optional oil or lotion keeps back-stroking motions as smooth as buttered glass while hydrating the skin. Warm towels further relax backs and necks as arms and legs demand attention.
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.