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.
True to its name, Almost in Florida Tanning & Resort Wear gives clients a healthy glow of golden hues. Five levels of standup and lie-down sun beds bronze skin while clients enjoy luxurious extras such as air-conditioned quarters, surround sound systems, and a therapeutic massaging mattress. Mystic Tan automated booths, meanwhile, spritz physiques in a custom, UV-free hue. A range of resort wear from designers such as Nautica, Tommy Bahama, Vix, L* Space, and Kenneth Cole enable customers to channel a beachside vacation without the hassles of checking baggage or the trauma of seeing a real-life hermit crab.
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.
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.
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.
Instructors at North Shore Yoga and therapists at Integrated Healing Center promote holistic well-being with a one-two punch of movement-based classes and salutary bodywork sessions. Owner Sharyn Galindo honed her yogic talents over 10 years of dedicated practice, including occasional sojourns to Mysore, India and Thailand where she studied Ashtanga techniques while accumulating enough frequent-flyer miles to vacation on Jupiter. Under her tutelage, North Shore Yoga instructors emphasize Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga styles, helping students deepen stretches by heating rooms up to 84 degrees for the majority of sessions. To augment a lifestyle of physical wellness, Integrated Health Center's therapists dole out healing bodywork and alternative treatments, including acupuncture and massage sessions that can help address clients' individual needs by incorporating aromatherapy or organic, herb-infused oils.