I love my job – I also love the spa research it requires. So, during our holiday in Chicago we decided to book a few treatments to help us unwind. Our tactic? Go into the nearest luxury hotel and pose as guests to the concierge for recommendations – this many sound a bit shady, but its the best way to see where in the city services are offered to the elite (or faux elite like Ben and I).
Anyhoo, after my request for a spa recommendation which was “unique and boutique-y”, we walked out of a hotel which we couldn’t afford with a suggestion to book at The Ruby Room in Wicker Park. The concierge said that it had a wonderful spiritual element and had treatments which were based in energy work.
Well, I was like a kid in a candy shop when surfing their website and also let myself be up-sold on the phone to a cold stone eye treatment and spiritual consultation along with my deluxe facial. I also loved how they booked me with an esthetician who was also an RMT. This of course, was after I told them I myself was an esthetician and needed their most senior staff….Yes, I’m one of those people – but hey, you don’t ask you don’t get right?
Upon arrival we found that the spa environment itself was also quite precious – a sort of Alice in Wonderland meets Chinese tea room feel. The experience began with scent reading in which I picked an essential oil blend based on a tarot-card like process: random picking of a scent card. The idea is that we energetically gravitate towards when we need. Me? It was a “grounding blend”. Perfect.
We started off with the cold stone eye treatment – which I found very good for decreasing my facial puffiness post flight – but also felt a bit like little ice cubes placed around my eyes causing a frost-bite like sensation. But, I toughed it out and had de-puffed eyes as a reward. My esthetician, Jennifer, had excellent touch. I will say that I told her to apply more pressure and use faster movements in the middle of my facial. I used to be really polite and nervous about being so demanding, but as an esthetician myself I think its an important tip for all of you out there to know that direction is good! I personally like to know my client preferences, and the more vocal the better. A good practitioner will never be offended because they are there to give you the most healing experience they can. Jennifer, responded with an enthusiastic “no problem!” and it was bliss from there. Heck, I was so drunk on spa relaxation that I even bought a skincare kit from their natural line. I’m pretty excited to sample it, though was a bit turned off by the fact the cleanser is in bar soap format. But I was won over by the beautiful packaging and how moist my skin felt.
After my treatment I went to check out the complimentary Chinese Tea Bar while I waited for my spiritual session. I love this concept – and found that the second floor of The Ruby Room was a loft-like spiritual oasis. With little alcoves for private consultations, this space was both intimate and open.
I didn’t know what to expect, but found myself working with angel cards and chatting with a spiritual practitioner about how to make positive changes in my life. Her most important word of advice to me? “Know that you are a beautiful woman.” In which I replied “Isn’t every woman a beautiful woman?” She laughed and said “…also, learn to take compliments.” I chuckled sheepishly.
So, if you are visiting Chicago and are looking for a nice spa to restore your body’s energies, I recommend The Ruby Room. Don’t be afraid to tell them exactly what you want, then let go and allow the professionals to do what they do best – have you walk out in a spa daze.