When it first opened its doors in 2000, the European Foot and Ankle Clinic set out to keep feet healthy by combining conventional medical treatments and holistic practices. Over the past 12 years, this unique approach to treatment has garnered a following, and the clinic gradually expanded to 10 locations throughout Chicago. At each location, multilingual doctors in podiatric medicine treat issues ranging from heel pain to toenail fungus to chronic stubbed toes caused by regularly throwing childlike temper tantrums.
Fine lines soften and dissipate, wrinkles unravel and melt away, and body hair surrenders its bristly hold on the arms and legs inside of Alternative Medi-Spa. Founded and led by Daniel Rostein, MD, this medical spa staffs licensed aestheticians and laser technicians who specialize in helping clients look younger and feel more confident. The comfortable spa setting does as much to relax guests as the state-of-the-art technology does to embellish their most upfront features: SilkPeel machines, for instance, exfoliate with diamond heads that infuse the skin with vitamins and antioxidants in an exchange for toxins, which are sucked away by closed loop vacuums. IPL photogenesis treatments rely on pulsed lights to minimize fine lines and rosacea, and Cutera lasers perform skin-rejuvenation facials and remove unwanted hair from upper lips, arms, legs, and self-conscious kiwi fruits. The staff also offers facials for men and women, as well as peels and Botox cosmetic injections.
Diversified Touch Massage brings soothing massage therapy into the offices of local businesses and welcomes guests onto its studio’s massage tables. With Diversified’s mobile services, therapists station chair massages inside the nerve centers of such businesses and government agencies as ComEd, AT&T, the CTA, the Chicago Police Department, Blue Plate Catering, Griffith Laboratories, and various schools, easing muscle aches and tension. Diversified Touch Massage also offers a cocktail of massage services at its studio, practicing a blend of deep-tissue, sports, Swedish, and prenatal techniques.
Home is where the heart is, which is why Terri Tabor’s hometown of Riverside was the ideal setting for Salon D'Amore. But staying close to home doesn’t keep this salon owner in the dark when it comes to cutting-edge trends. Rather, she arms her staff with Pureology, La-Brasiliana, and Perfection SmoothOut products to update coifs and tame frizz. When it comes to highlights, they use the paint-by-hand balayage technique to give locks a sun-kissed or idyllic-seascape appearance. The full-service salon and spa also soothes muscles with heated stones, and gives nails long-lasting shine with no-chip mani-pedis.
Located in a renovated 19th-century home, Brennan Massage and Spa swathes visitors in quaint atmosphere. Rocking chairs and potted flowers cover the front porch, and inside, original woodwork and contemporary furniture furnishes sunlit rooms. The staff offers guests complimentary cups of organic tea and free baths in piles of woodchips before pampering them with organic, paraben-free facials, relaxing massages, or all-encompassing spa packages. The spa also features a variety of organic, handmade products purchased from small businesses, including scented lotions, shea butters, and skincare lines.
The licensed massage therapists at Bridgeview, Orland & Romeoville Chiropractic Centers extinguish pain and soreness with muscle-melting Swedish-massage techniques. Tender tendons relax under smooth strokes and gentle kneads as increased circulation rushes extra oxygen and magic school buses to aching muscles. Therapists target stiffness in joints with applied pressure and stretching techniques while eradicating toxins trapped in knots. Unwind minor kinks with an express 30-minute treatment or target a network of knots with a 60-minute session to leave bodies more relaxed than a nudist colony’s dress code.