Wellness expert Hope JelinekBerry, a licensed massage therapist and Usui reiki master, has described her transformative massage and bodywork techniques on NBC Chicago’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and discussed the benefits of massage with NBC Chicago's Fit Club trainer. Traditional massage techniques promote relaxation, but Hope JelinekBerry takes her practice a step further, integrating bodywork and lifestyle coaching to help clients lose weight, which can only otherwise be accomplished by sending it to wherever the remote control seems disappear to. Her modalities can also help improve sleep and heal clients more quickly. In addition to massage, Hope JelinekBerry empowers clients with aromatherapy and reiki healing techniques.
A marble-topped reception desk and heron-strewn silk screen welcome customers to Skin Renewed By Rhonda, where the aesthetician-in-chief echoes her calm surroundings with European-style spa services such as customized facials, soothing massages, and surface-smoothing microdermabrasion. Performed with cutting-edge products from Bioelements and PCA, Rhonda’s services treat signs of aging with serums free of artificial color, fragrances, or clog-promoting oils.
Sherry Methling had settled comfortably into the corporate world when life threw an unexpected curve ball her way in the form of chronic, unexplainable pain. She waded through a sea of unhelpful prescriptions and proposed cures from Western doctors before stumbling upon the only thing that promised relief: alternative healing. During the process, Sherry unearthed a special talent for sharing in others’ pain—known as clairsentience—that granted her a unique level of empathy with the afflicted. With that discovery in mind, she sculpted her background in science into a new career as an energy healer, massage therapist, and practitioner of emotional-freedom techniques.
Sherry’s studies primed her to open Ancient Healings, where ancient healing techniques are the building blocks for her treatment plans. Though the methods differ in application, they all share a common goal: the removal of the mental and spiritual blockages that manifest themselves physically by assessing and treating the source. Some of the treatments Sherry enlists, such as massage and meditation, are familiar to the average client. Others inclue energy healing, charka balancing, color therapy, and spiritual healing. Crystal and sound healing, draw their power from unusual catalysts: sounds that calm and crystals that, in their unswerving stability and day job as footstools, encourage balance.
Licensed therapist Marcia Larson builds a rapport with her clients by familiarizing herself with their muscular structures. She believes that with this connection established, she can delve deep into muscles and tissue to extricate tension and stress with minimal pain and discomfort. Well-versed in both the physical and energetic aspects of massage, she customizes each treatment to her clients’ current needs, even if they vary from session to session. Marcia can help a guest relax on one day, find pain relief on another, or stimulate lymph flow on yet another. She learned the skills to render this wide slate of services while attending massage therapy school locally in Chicago.
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