Much like marine biologists, massage therapists look for answers beneath the surface and know exactly how to pacify a shark. Ease the tempestuous tides of your muscles with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a 60-minute aromatherapy Swedish massage with Thai body-work at Spa Forever (a $120 value).
Spa Forever pairs each of its patrons with a licensed massage therapist, who tailors the session and its dressings to client specifications. During a five-minute consultation, clients mention specific needs or preferences and then situate themselves atop a padded massage table that can be adjusted to radiate comfortable waves of heat or to buck in eight-second intervals. The Thai body-work massage session employs a fusion of sweeping, Swedish massage techniques and professionally assisted stretches designed to soothe musculature and return limbs to their natural elastic state. Therapists supplement their treatments with hypoallergenic massage products and melodies that pipe through individual speakers.
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Spa Forever's lounge greets visitors with floor-to-ceiling windows, white walls, and a few plush couches. The aesthetic reinforces an approach to wellness and comfort that is both down-to-earth and elegant, a combination admired by Time Out Chicago and Chicago Social, which praised both the spa’s “unpretentious” atmosphere and its “awesome heated beds.”
Whether administering facials or dealing the death blow to unwanted hair with the Cutera CoolGlide laser, the aestheticians and massage therapists sit down with clients before each appointment to chat about their services, letting each guest know exactly what’s coming down the pike. From there, the pampering practitioners calibrate their services, modifying them for each guest’s needs. For instance, aestheticians fine-tune every step of their signature Forever facial—complete with double cleansing and mask—to correspond to visitors' complexions. They also use hypoallergenic products from AquaDerma and Dermalogica for people with sensitive skin. Alternatively, massage therapists tweak the hydraulic pressure on their robotic fingers to deliver all manner of massage, including Swedish aromatherapy, tandem massages that feature two therapists, and ashiatsu performed with the therapist's bare feet.