Just through the front door of Silk Roses Salon Spa, a huge, hand-painted rose blossoms on the wall?an explosion of color against the white background lit by the sun streaming through the window. The vibrant crimson of that rose sets the tone the entire space, instilling its passionate hues in the paint and furniture and?at least figuratively?the stylists and aestheticians. Specializing in nail services, massage, and skin treatments, the staff relies on professional grade products such as Remy Laure and G.M. Collin to keep clients looking their best. Services take place either in the open salon amid friendly conversation or within private massage rooms where clients can relax knowing that no one can hear them purr and discover they're a cat.
Ocean Spa & Massage may be hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, but that doesn't stop the staff from trying to recreate the experience of lounging on an exotic beach. They largely succeed, thanks to a treatment menu that features relaxing massages, body waxing, and mani-pedis to go along with a full list of indulgent skin treatments. One of those treatments?the detoxifying mud cocoon?draws out impurities and induces metamorphosis with an application of warm mud followed by a thermal wrap.
Dr. Dan Thorstenson was a doctor of chiropractic for more than 30 years. After retiring, he decided to open another business related to his former profession: massage. He now supervises the therapists at LaVida Massage, who offer various modalities ranging from deep-tissue and hot stone to relaxation and pre-natal. They can also blend their kneads with soothing aromas, such as lavender and mom's casserole.
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.