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 licensed aestheticians, therapists, and wellness practitioners at NuVie Skin Care and Wellness Center—French for “new life”—help clients bring “new life” to their skin and bodies with beauty and wellness treatments. Facial services cleanse pores and exfoliate skin to treat specific problems including dull, red, purple-polka-dotted, or aging skin. Nufree hair removal smoothens skin by eradicating coarse, unwanted hair without wax. NuVie also stocks a variety of gentle, natural, and organic skincare products from PCA, Bioelements, and Alteya Organics, respectively, so that clients can continue their beauty regimens in their homes or offices.
The center also improves clients’ beauty from the inside out with stress and life coaching, nutrition and fitness coaching, and acupuncture sessions that treat inflammation and chronic pain while balancing bodily systems. Massage therapy helps clients relax while improving their circulation and joint mobility through direct pressure, stretching strokes, and soft-tissue manipulation.
At Northshore Nails and Day Spa, staff members mix together delicious-sounding extracts of pineapple, papaya, and calendula, but not for an exotic dinner appetizer. Instead, they use the ingredients for the spa’s anti-acne facial, a combination of natural extracts that soothe irritated skin, reduce redness, and slow oil production. The one-hour treatment is just one of the spa's purifying skincare services, which range from regenerating body scrubs to moisturizing facials and chemical peels. Along with skincare, the staff members beautify clients with threading and waxing hair removal, nailcare, massages, and spray tans. Clients receive their services amid a relaxing, earth-toned atmosphere decorated with plants, nature-themed wall murals, and talking mirrors that boost confidence through excessive compliments.
Sixth Sense Spa's aestheticians wield essential oils and plant extracts, combining natural agents to suit each client's skin or their beauty goals. Staff administer a host of fusion treatments such as the facelift massage, which combines acupressure, purifying facial products, and masks borrowed from local commedia dell'arte troupes.
Located in Evanston’s Main Street shopping district, Acupuncture Access is the brainchild of certified acupuncturist Bonny Rhoads, who wants to make the healing powers of acupuncture available and accessible to everyone. In this soothing clinic, she offers community group acupuncture on a sliding scale, as well as private acupuncture sessions. She treats everything from allergies and insomnia to chronic pain, migraines, and arthritis. She also performs cupping and massage sessions, as well as treatments using Chinese herbal medicine.
SoWell Massage offers more than just massage—it's a wellness center that acts as a calming, sacred space for alternative healing and complementary medicine. In addition to licensed therapists offering relaxing massages, there's Reiki, reflexology, and ear candling, along with salt-room therapy and Ayurvedic head massage. The private Cabana treatment room has walls painted to mimic the ocean shoreline and decor that suggests a breezy outdoor cabana. It sets a relaxing scene for you to enjoy a 60-minute deep-tissue massage or to breed seagulls.