Stretch your spa dollar
Make that blissful feeling last all day
There’s really no such thing as a cheap spa (and if you find one, be prepared for an uncomfortable surprise when your rubdown ends), but that doesn’t mean you should banish massages, facials and mani-pedis from your newly austere lifestyle. We’ve found top-of-their-game aestheticians and organized them by neighborhood: Follow our suggestions for calming spots nearby to wander to afterward, and you’ll make that blissful feeling last for hours on end.
|Bucktown/Wicker Park: Daina Karklins, Trim|
|Mag Mile/River North/Gold Coast: Lisette Paez, Four Seasons|
|Suburbs: Heather Flowers, Silken Tent|
|Lincoln Park/Old Town: Rebecca Cohen, Urban Oasis|
|Loop/West Loop/South Side: Karla Iniguez, Spa Chakra|
|Devra Helgert: East Point Associates|
|Andersonville/Edgewater: Will Courtney, Continuum Studio|
|Lakeview/Roscoe Village/Wrigleyville: Kelly Mack, Absolute Precision Skin Care|
|DIY spa treatments: Home kits can save you cash, but which procedures are best left to the pros?|
|Spas in the recession: The spa industry has been stressed —which is great news for your aching wallet.|
|Cheap spa tips: Six ways to make spa-going more affordable.|
|All-day spas: Make a day of your spa experience by hanging out at these urban oases.|
|Expert spa tips: Local therapists offer tips on squeezing every penny out of your spa visit.|
|Find a Chicago spa: Search for a mani-pedi, massage or facial by neighborhood and price range.|
|Dental spas: Since when is going to the dentist a spa experience? Now you can get a filling and a facial at the same spot.|
This is how we did it
Follow the strategies we used to zero in on the fab aestheticians featured in this issue:
• Ask around. Most therapists get clients through word of mouth.
• Call the spa and ask the receptionist who gets the most repeat customers. Also, get some background info on your therapist before you book. If you want a sports massage, you’d rather have a runner or athlete working on you than someone who specializes in gentle prenatal massage.
• Search Yelp for recs, but be wary: People who post comments can have an agenda, either positive or negative. But if posters tout one person repeatedly, that’s probably a safe bet.