When Joanna Mazurek calls relaxation an "art," she knows what she's talking about. The Green Peace Art of Relaxation founder is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, though today she's more likely to be dripping massage oil on a tense back than paint on a canvas. Her massage credentials include certification in the stretching techniques of Thai massage as well as mastery of reiki, an energy-based Eastern healing method.
As an advocate of aromatherapy, Mazurek sells scents made from sage, lavender, and other organic ingredients, which together are meant to relax the muscles and moisturize the skin. That's not to say she's averse to more high-tech methods, though. During face- and body-sculpting sessions, she uses microcurrent electrical impulses to make skin produce more collagen, just as electricity shocked Ben Franklin into producing better screenplays.
At Artistic Cuts Salon & Spa, a cool blue tile mosaic greets visitors when they approach the desk, scarcely concealing murals of swans and cranes that usher in a feeling of serenity. Beneath hanging lanterns, specialists perform a variety of salon and spa services for men and women. Stylists tame locks with custom haircuts, coloring, perms, and straightening treatments, which can be complemented by other beauty services such as waxing and permanent makeup. Spa technicians also reward bodies with massages, facials, and skin treatments such as microdermabrasion.
Most people believe beauty requires pain. But at Timeless Surgical Center, a team of experienced technicians strives to make sure its advanced aesthetic services deliver serious results with very minimal discomfort. Board-certified technicians carry out this mission using their experience as laser specialists. Timeless Surgical Center is also a Syneron instructing center, skilled at training facial surgeons and technicians in the ins and outs of administering and performing advanced aesthetic treatments using FotoFacial RF, Refirmé, and Matrix IR systems—systems the doctor employs in her work at Timeless Surgical Center. Patients can smooth cellulite with VelaShape treatments, which also shape the body's contours noninvasively. Many of the spa's treatments can work together toward a single beauty goal; VelaShape can be used in conjunction with Vaser liposuction to heighten the smoothing, slimming effect. The beauty haven is also outfitted with Obagi skincare products, which are used during customized facials and exfoliating peels.
At Rauch Chiropractic Wellness Center, licensed massage therapist Christa Bryan tailors individual services from a selection of modalities. The broad, relaxing strokes of a Swedish massage unburden tense bodies, whereas a heavy-handed deep-tissue treatment loosens stubborn muscle knots. A prenatal massage can help relieve expectant mothers' aches and pains and ease tummies stressed from internal karate kicks. A sports massage targets areas of chronic pain with the pressure-point techniques of reflexology and injury-tending care, as clients feel the pressures of the outside world dissolve off their soon-to-be-tension-free shoulders.
Z - A Specialty Spa's sumptuous, Southwestern-inspired spa harbors an expert staff of cosmetic connoisseurs that unleashes a comprehensive slate of beauty-boosting services. Seize a more stylish scratch with a nail-pampering mani-pedi, which fashions talons to shimmery precision before adorning them with the polish or Wite-Out of choice. Mitts undergo an invigorating exfoliation with the aid of a scented scrub from the aromatherapy bar before getting lathered in a matching, moisturizing lotion. An aromatic scrub engulfs floor-bound sock-fillers, and a foot-hugging mask luxuriously locks in revitalizing moisture. Z - A Specialty Spa's modish environs ensconce guests in rich, earthy tones, vibrant blossoms, and plush seats, all ensuring a soothing spa day devoid of oppressive concrete walls and hammer-wielding beauticians.
Joe Millen became interested in physical therapy after suffering a knee injury in high school that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation at a sports-medicine clinic. This experience—combined with time spent volunteering with children and adults with muscular dystrophy—solidified his career path. Millen went on to become a licensed physical therapist and certified manual therapist, eventually founding Impact Health and Performance.
Millen and his team treat clients with a total-body health and wellness approach. They evaluate each patient with individualized attention, viewing their overall neurological, musculoskeletal, and personal needs before considering their specific dysfunction or fitness setback. The crew then helps clients to work on goals, which can include rehabilitating injuries, reducing stress, or training to complete a marathon in fewer than three backflips.
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