Chicago spas add CBD treatments to de-stress and beat the end-of-winter blues
Between the upcoming election, stock market woes and a few weeks of official winter left to go, there’s never been a better time to hit the spa and de-stress. And while a head-to-toe treatment can be bliss in and of itself, some are taking it a cut above with the addition of CBD, the nonpsychoactive chemical compound found in marijuana. The jury may still be out on the health benefits of the cannabinoid (from lower blood pressure to reduced anxiety), but this much we know for sure: It’s made enough of a splash in the spa space to land on the service menus of several spots across town — meaning there is some real possibility in the fact that R&R just got even better. From blowouts and facials to manicures and massages, here are some of the best ways to beat this season’s biggest stressors, CBD style.
CBD massage, $129 (Swedish); $149 (deep tissue)
Affordable luxury is the driving force behind this Lincoln Park spa, an intimate neighborhood escape rife with relaxing music, luxe linens and soft lighting. Here, client customization is king. Upon entry, guests are invited to complete a questionnaire to better inform therapists on treatment preferences, from music and lighting to temperature and pressure. That tailored approach extends to specific services, too, including their massage — a therapy now offered with the addition of pain cream from Cause + Medic, a line of all-natural, hemp-derived CBD products. After applying the cream to the client’s focus area for immediate relief, the therapist completes a full body massage with either CBD massage oil or body butter. “The products are targeted for pain relief, and they leave sore muscles feeling relaxed and soothed,” notes owner Paul Groshko. Post-session, retreat to the relaxation room, where zen tunes, hot tea and warm neck pillows await.
2121 N. Clybourn Ave.
Elina Organics Spa
CBD skin restoring facial, $180
It may be situated in the heart of the Mag Mile, but this sixth-floor sanctuary feels worlds away from the downtown din thanks to soothing color schemes, aromatherapy infusers and loads of lush greenery. Skincare reigns supreme here, as evidenced by treatments like the gemstone facial, wild mushroom facial and herbal facial. Earlier this month that list grew to include the CBD skin restoring facial that employs several CBD products for their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties — which aim to help combat aging on complexions. The 75-minute treatment features steaming and deep cleansing, a custom botanical exfoliation, a series of CBD masks and serums, and a contouring CBD oil face massage.
100 E. Walton St.
Boss Hair Group
The CanniBlowDry (CBD blow out), $75
Clients are known to linger at this hair haven, thanks to hyper cool vibes by way of catchy tunes (from hip-hop jazz to glam rock) and striking interiors saturated in a vibrant color palette (gold meets coral meets cobalt). And then, of course, there’s the team, a lineup of industry experts who have gained loyal followings for their takes on color, cut, style and — a big one in arid Chicago winters — scalp health. It’s just one reason they introduced the CanniBlowDry, a brand-new blowout that incorporates multiple products from Emera, a line of CBD hair care products using organic CBD oil, peppermint, avocado oil and chamomile green tea. “During these rough Chicago winters, our skin and scalps tend to get dry and itchy,” notes owner John Blue. “These ingredients work simultaneously to nourish and calm dry, irritated scalps, resulting in healthier and hydrated hair.” The treatment starts with a scalp massage using CBD therapy cream and finishes with a comb-through of CBD detangling spray to hydrate and heat protect strands before blow drying. The stylist applies a final touch of CBD serum to help tame ends and boost shine on whatever style the client is craving.
CBD has made enough of a splash in the spa space to land on the service menus of several spots across town.