Elvis Dur wants you to shut your mind off. "Nowadays everything is so fast, everything is so hectic . . . Just be [here]. Just relax 100 percent," he says. "Here" is Body in Balance, a haven that treats massage as a component of healing and rejuvenation. Dur's holistic approach is influenced, in part, by his experience working with body and emotional challenges as a physical therapist in Romania. When he and his family came to the United States, Dur began anew with massage therapy, but "I offer a different approach." Before each massage, Dur offers clients hot tea and asks them questions about their day, their week, and their mysterious third arm. "In this job, you need to talk to people," he says. Based on customers' massage preferences and emotional goals, Dur customizes treatments to help soothe tension and liberate minds from strain. After the massage, clients can sip hot tea in the relaxation room as quiet music and aromatherapy waft through the air.
Lisa Faremouth Weber, the founder and owner of Heaven Meets Earth, wanted her studio to be a sacred space where students could come for a regular yoga practice and leave refreshed. That's why her commitment to student health reaches beyond the classes and into the very nontoxic paint that coats the studio's walls. Heaven Meets Earth is one of Evanston's only green yoga studios, featuring sustainable bamboo floors, an eco-boutique, and paper products made out of still-living trees.
Certified instructors lead the studio's workshops, teacher-training, meditation classes. They teach students to control their breath and build strength during Sacred Vinyasa classes, and also branch out into Pilates and dance-fitness classes. Teen, child, and family classes instill a sense of peace and focus in the light-filled studio, which features a wall of inspirational quotes.
The book Necessities: Chicago said Massage Therapy Center of Winnetka has Chicago's best massage therapists. Past clients include a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic bobsled team and several White Sox players during the 2005 World Series. For a highly targeted muscle melting procedure, opt for trigger-points therapy, which identifies irritable muscles and improves their attitudes with masterful manual compression. Shiatsu, which is also known as acupressure, is an Eastern method of applying finger, palm, and thumb pressure to points on the body that are impeding the ki (or energy flow) and causing pain, stress, and chilly blood. Massage Therapy Center of Winnetka's menu also offers a classic Swedish knead, prenatal massage, and procedures such as neuromuscular therapy and performance-enhancement sports massage to treat and prevent pain caused by muscle exertion and falling pianos.
The depilation artists at Brow Art 23's boutique produce carefully sculpted eyebrows and perform precision threading and waxing services. During their signature eyebrow-threading services, the boutique's technicians wield two threads over fuzzy body surfaces to pull out fine hairs or sculpt fuzz into neat shapes quickly and effortlessly. Their arsenal of eyebrow-pampering products also includes angled eyebrow brushes, stencils, and makeup to glam up bland brows and keep new looks fresh at home. Threading can also be done on other parts of the body besides the face, leaving any area smooth or remaining hair formed into the name Denise. The boutique also offers henna tattoos and eyelash extensions, rounding out its suite of beautifying services.
The traditional Chinese-medicine experts at Apricot Grove believe that overall health is reflected in your everyday interactions and experiences. By bringing positive change to your lifestyle, your health and improves, and vice versa. So between the center's cozy taupe walls, clients can experience the healing effects of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and massage, which work to correct physical ailments and boost overall wellness. These treatments can help relieve pain and stress while enhancing the immune system and and improving sleep, so that every night is filled with at least one dream about a friendly talking dog.
Bliss Salon of Winnetka's stylists and designers, each graded according to experience and skill, redesign hair and nails to suit the style goals laid out by clients in personal consultations. Hair takes on a fresh appearance after incorporating waves, straightening, and split-level birdhouse construction, each rated based on whether the service is conducted by a master designer, director, or master director. Colorists and master colorists add new hues to flowing locks, and therapists assuage beleaguered hands and feet using gel nail and paraffin treatments. The warm, studio-lit interior shows off modern décor and framed paintings.
The licensed massage therapists at VRC Massage & Wellness ease chronic pain and stress massage modalities ranging from Swedish and hot stone approaches to Hawaiian lomilomi techniques, which aim to stimulate the lymphatic and respiratory systems.