It’s finally here….Spa Week! The week where spa-goers can receive top treatments for just $50, yep, just $50! Chicago inhabitants are going to love the fact that for the first time ever, Elizabeth Adam Salon and Day Spa is participating in Spa Week. Perched on the 9th floor of The Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue, and with an amazing view of the city, this winner of “Best Facial in Chicago” from Chicago Magazine is offering three completely different and fab treatments for a mere $50. I was fortunate enough to try each of them yesterday so if you’re looking to try something new, read my reviews below.
ECHO 2 The Oxygen Treatment Facial
The Lowdown: Reducing the effects of aging, this nourishing facial is made complete with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and of course, the pure oxygen molecule. Penetrating skin pore by pore, this revolutionary treatment will leave your skin healthy, rejuvenated and beautiful.
What to Expect: Soothing music and dim lights already lure you into relaxation mode before a finger even touches your face. As essential minerals, oils and steam are distributed, soothing hands work out your tense spots and your left somewhere between reality and un-consciousness. The Oxygen flows towards the end of the treatment leaving you pondering whether it’s actually Oxygen or cool trickling water…very unique!
The Verdict: If five stars were available, I’d give it ten! Soothing, relaxing, informative…this really was amazing. What you might not like is the steam that does come down for several minutes from above. To me, it felt soothing and cleansing, but I do know people that are not steam lovers and might want to have the stream adjusted slightly (which wouldn’t be a problem). Also check out their Red Carpet Celebrity Treatment (not part of current special, but sounds DIVINE)!
M’Lis Slimming Contour Body Wrap
The Lowdown: Used for either inch loss or detoxification and lymphatic cleansing, this helps free and remove trapped waste in the connective tissue eliminating internal disfiguring deposits and stimulating inch loss. Contour Cream helps stimulate the lymphatic circulation while the wrap acts as an acupressure to push the lymphatic fluid into the thoracic valve, circulating toxins back into the blood stream to eventually get filtered out through the liver and kidneys, promoting permanent inch loss.
What to Expect: This is not for someone afraid to “bare it all!” Paper panties are given to cover your most sensitive areas as the contour cream is slathered from head to toe (or neck to ankle). Once on, you are literally tightly “wrapped” in plastic wrap and then able to relax on the massage table for about 45 minutes before being “cut” out of the wrap and appendages are “exercised.”
The Verdict: If someone were to describe this to me a week ago, I would have thought, “how do you relax in those circumstances?” Yet, I was out as soon as my head hit the pillow. Unlike a massage where you feel the effects as they’re happening, this isn’t something immediate. Relaxing yes, but you’ll need to go into it knowing the internal benefits are not necessarily “felt,” but rather achieved.
Botanical Hair Remedy by Aveda and Hair Blow Dry
The Lowdown: Starting with a basic head, neck and shoulder massage, you are led into the shampoo room for your wash and treatment application. From there it’s off to the dryer for a 10 minute dry allowing the treatment to penetrate both the scalp and follicle. Once rinsed, it’s time for the relaxing blowout….ahhhh.
What to Expect: More basic yes, but still, there’s something about someone else shampooing your hair that soothes and relaxes all at the same time. Plus, the view from the salon is beautiful! My hair literally has never felt so soft and smooth – I’m actually convinced it somehow belongs to someone else!
The Verdict: If your hair is damaged or color treated, this is a must to replenish and moisturize. And the fact that you’re able to be pampered at the same time is just an added bonus!
Your Overall Experience
Regardless of the treatment, once at the Elizabeth Adam Salon and Spa, you’re led to a posh changing area where robe and slippers are waiting for you. Individual locked “lockers” are there to safeguard all of your belongings. Once changed, you will be taken to the waiting area, again, with a view to die for, as the friendly staff tends to getting you water or hot tea.
The above Spa Week appointments are still available, so don’t delay, high recommendations for Elizabeth Adam Salon & Day Spa! Call 312-288-8944 for scheduling.