Chicago Spa Daze

//Chicago Spa Daze

Doors to relaxation

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.

2012-06-14T17:41:03-04:00 By |Misc|7 Comments

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  1. Jess *forever addicting* August 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    This spa sounds incredible! I like the fact that energy work is involved. Note to self: check out the Ruby Room when I visit Chicago!

  2. kristen August 31, 2010 at 5:24 am - Reply

    It was a really nice way to really become grounded after traveling!

  3. Ben September 3, 2010 at 11:03 am - Reply

    The full body massage was just what the Doctor ordered! By the time the treatment was coming to a close, I was drifting off to sleep in a delightful spa that alludes the Urban Chicago terrain surrounding it. Though, afterward, I did enjoy that area of Wicker Park, especially the bakery across the road from the spa!

  4. Petetong September 3, 2010 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Thanks Kristen. I visited their website and was really impressed with their wide array of services, including spa and healing services. We will definitely need to check this out when we go to Chicago.

  5. Lindsey September 3, 2010 at 11:23 am - Reply

    The cold stone eye treatment sounds amazing! I’d love to check The Ruby Room out when I head down to Chicago.

  6. Naomi September 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    You always recommend the best spas, I’ll have to book a facial & massage on my next visit to Chicago. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  7. Jess Muhlbier September 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Hey Kristen, have you tried Bliss’s oxygen eye mask? http://www.blissworld.com/bliss-triple-oxygen-instant-energizing-eye-mask.aspx I stumbled across it and remember your post on de-puffing eye treatments! 🙂

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