Hello friends! I have another Lincoln Park spot for you to check out! It’s called Relax Feet and it’s located at 2352 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 (at the intersection of Clybourn, Fullerton, and Ashland).
It’s a spa that offers massage services, using Chinese Reflexology. First of all, let’s define reflexology:
Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a pseudoscientific system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effect a physical change to the body. There is no convincing evidence that reflexology is effective for any medical condition.
I went in for a 90 minute massage on a Sunday afternoon, having scheduled the 1pm appointment at around 10:30am the same day. I did some prior research about Relax Feet on Yelp.com, and there is mention that they readily welcome walk-ins, but it was recommended to make an appointment. I’m very glad I did as this place was hopping with individuals, couples, and groups alike that were being turned away or offered appointments for later in the evening. I imagine because it was a gloomy Sunday, they had more of an influx of guests. That notorious Chicago weather can be great for certain businesses!
As the Yelp reviews will tell you, when you enter the storefront, you are to remove your shoes and put them in a cubby hole (so don’t wear your Loubs). You’re welcome to put on their foam slippers or keep your socks on (or barefoot, but that is yucky in a high traffic foyer, especially on a drizzly day). When it’s time for your appointment, you are led into the massage area, which is unlike a typical spa where you’re set up in a private room. Keep in mind, you do not remove your clothing, so if you go, make sure to wear comfortable clothes (I recommend sweats). There are several beds with towels and blankets as well as translucent curtains separating every two beds. You are allowed to whisper to get settled or when you’re instructed that the service is finished, but otherwise, you only hear the sound of massage!
First, I was on my back with my feet soaking in a bucket of warm water while I got a relaxing head, neck and shoulder massage with a cream that kind of reminded me of mild Tiger Balm. I’m guessing it had camphor in it, to work as an analgesic, because I felt a slight, but pleasant numbing sensation. Next, he massaged my arms, then exfoliated, dried, and massaged my feet with oil for a long time. That was by far my favorite part of the service and was so relaxing that I almost fell asleep. He used a good amount of pressure and worked the many kinks out. It truly blows away any spa pedicure foot rub, even at my favorite nail salon. After this, he worked on my legs. Finally, I was flipped over for more back, neck and leg massage as well as some manual stretching, which is always needed as flexibility is not my forté.
For 90 minutes, the price was $45. Yes, you read that right. I gave the suggested tip for great service, all in cash. This is important if you go; they only want a cash tip. Considering the value, I had no problem visiting my local Chase branch prior in order to be prepared. For 60 minutes, it’s only $28. That’s a good steal for anyone budget conscious that needs a massage, which is most people. Frankly, I’m not sure I fully could embrace the pseudoscience behind reflexology, but I can tell you that all of it felt really, good, especially the foot portion.
All in all, I still prefer a professional, private massage by a licensed therapist when it comes to treating my chronic neck and back pain, as they are much more skilled in dealing with actual medical conditions. That said, if my feet are ever in dire straits or I just want a more inexpensive way to relax, I would absolutely go back, especially with friends.
2352 North Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 606014
773-525-2828 | http://www.relaxfeet.us/index.html
Reflexology. (2018, May 20). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflexology
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