December 5, 2012
You're a mess. You've been eating and drinking nonstop since Thanksgiving. You haven't seen an elliptical in weeks. And you're badly in need of pruning. But hey, that's what resolutions are for, right?
So have a ball this New Year's Eve knowing that on Jan. 2, you'll have a spa date to wring out the champagne and ring in the new you.
COLD STONE HEADACHE TREATMENT
Book it at: Ruby Room in Wicker Park (1743-45 W. Division St., 773-235-2323)
Head pounding. Room spinning. Even your hair hurts. Your hangover cure awaits in the form of a card reading, where you'll select a card denoting a particular flower and gem essence spray. These scented sprays are designed to clear your fifth, sixth and seventh chakras, which arethought to be the energy centers at your throat, your brow and the crown of your head, restoring your capacity for thoughtful communication, intuition, focus and connectivity. After some pressure-point work and stretching, 12 cold marble stones will be placed on your head and face. Thirty minutes later, it's bye-bye hangover, hello Namaste.
FREQUENT TRAVELER DETOX WRAP
Book it at: Spa at the Wit in the Loop (201 N. State St. 312-239-9402)
Oh, you traveled. You traipsed and trotted and trudged. And now, you're tired. So who's to judge if you would like your entire body wrapped in organic blueberry-soy gel mixed with warm black tea while you get a scalp massage? Afterward, sit in the spa's Whisper Lounge and go nowhere for a change. (Bonus: Spa at the Wit is open on Jan. 1. Lucky you.)
ENERGIZING LEG AND FOOT TREATMENT
Book it at: Dana Hotel & Spa in River North (660 N. State St., 312-202-6000)
Your feet are not happy. You've stuffed them into torturous (and, of course, outrageously attractive) heels all month long, and come New Year's Eve, they've had it with you. Revive them with this treatment, which includes a coffee-almond scrub, detoxifying chamomile- mint clay mask and shea butter cream flavored with the scent of your choice. (Bonus: Dana Hotel & Spa also is open on New Year's Day.)
VITAMIN C FACIAL
Book it at: Big Girl Makeup Bar & Spa in Hyde Park (5239 S. Harper
It's winter in Chicago and we all know what this means: Your face hasn't seen the sun since early October, and holiday revelry will do nothing more than ac centuate that gray pallor you're sporting. Put some life back in your cheeks with a citrusy vitamin C mask, made in-house at Big Girl. You'll glow like the beach you never went to.
DEEP SEA DETOX
Book it at: Bliss Spa at W Hotel Lakeshore in Streeterville (644 N. Lake Shore Drive, 312-943-9200)
Here's a chance to kick-start one of the most popular New Year's resolutions: be healthy. A firming oil massage promotes lymph drainage, boosting your immune system and ridding your body of excess fluids and toxins. A mud mask made with grapefruit extract, Moroccan lava clay, alfalfa leaf powder and black pepper detoxifies and replenishes what holiday eating, drinking and lack of sunlight have drained from your system: vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K as well as a whole mess of minerals, such as zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium. Top it off with a scalp massage and a Vichy shower to clean off the last vestiges of your former self. Happy New You. (Bonus: Bliss is open on New Year's Day.)
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