May Spa Specials: May day! May day! Let the spa come to the rescue this month.

May Day-May Day!  Let the spa come to the rescue this month.

Our massage and skincare therapists have received advanced training in treating conditions of all kinds. From persistent problems like migraines, plantar fasciitis and sciatica to acne, rosacea and sun damage, our talented staff will create a treatment plan to get you quickly on the road to pain and problem-free. In May, take advantage of a special twofer at the spa :

  • Two Signature Massages or Facials – $199 (reg. to $230)*
  • 60 Massage + 60 Facial Combo = $159 (reg. to $190)*
  • Custom 2-Pack – purchase any two services & save 15%*

*Offers expire May 31, 2017.  These special packages expire 1 year from date of purchase.  May not be combined with other discounts. Offers not valid at FFC Park Ridge.

**This package available for services received on the same day only and may not be split with another party.  

February Spa Specials

Whether it’s a well-deserved time-out for yourself or a special surprise for someone you love, The Spa at FFC will fulfill all your Valentine’s Day gift needs. From our therapeutic and restorative massage menu to our effective and luxurious facial treatments, look no further than The Spa for a present they’re sure to love. Not sure which treatment to get? – a gift card in any amount allows the recipient to choose what’s best for them!

This month’s featured services:

*Please note, these specials are not currently available at FFC Park Ridge.

Chocolate Cherry Antioxidant Facial

Experience the sensory delights of chocolate & cherry essences while reaping the benefits of the rich antioxidants in this refreshing facial!

  • $89 for 60 minutes
  • Service must be paid for and received in February

Signature 75-Minute Massage

During this customized treatment, you will enjoy 75 minutes of massage using a combination of bodywork styles tailored specifically to your needs. This massage also includes scalp and neck work for a truly head to toe experience. 

  • One for $100 or two for $190, February only!
  • Both massages must be received by March 15 and may be shared with a guest

January Spa Specials

Happy New Year! 2017 has officially started, and so has resolution season. Whether you vowed to make more time for yourself, take time to mindfully slow down, relax or meditate more often, or even to achieve new fitness goals or surpass last year’s personal best, we can help you get in the right state of mind. Take advantage of this month’s spa specials!

Work out. Recover. Repeat. 

  • 3 30-Minute Massages for $165
  • 3 60-Min Massages may be purchased for $245

Say goodbye to training pain & hello to a quick recovery with expert therapeutic bodywork at the spa!

Available at all FFC Spas except FFC Park Ridge.

*6 months to use. Offer expires 1/31/17.  May not be combined with other offers or discounts or shared.

 

Peel Back the Years 

Gentle but effective facial peels help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture.

Three Peels for $265 (reg. $315)

Available at FFC Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, West Loop and Park Ridge .

*Offer expires 1/31/17.  May not be combined with other offers or discounts.

December Spa Specials

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Bundle up and save for the holidays – take advantage of these amazing packages for yourself & those you love most!

Gear up for holiday party season, snuggle up in a cozy robe and get out of the cold, and spend a little extra time on yourself during this special time of year. You’ll feel rejuvenated and refreshed heading into the new year!

  • Favorite Things – 30 Minute Massage + 30 Minute Facial + Airbrush Tan = $150 (Save $32)
  • The Perfect Pair – 60 Minute Massage + 60 Minute Facial for $160 (SAVE $25)
  • Two of A Kind – Two 60 Minute Massages or Facials for $160 (Save up to $30)

November Spa Specials

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November is one of the hardest months on the skin – the seasons change, humidity levels change and those fluctuations can wreak havoc. Take advantage of these two amazing deals to get yourself ready for the holiday season!

Revitalize & Recover at the Spa

Get a 90-minute Vitality Treatment with Exfoliation and Hot Stones included for just $125 in November – SAVE $25! Guaranteed to help with sore muscles, inflammation, circulation and common joint problems.

Face Facts

Cold weather is tough on the skin. Let our estheticians help you look your best in ANY season. 30-minute facial in November for just $55 (save $15!)

October Spa Specials

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The seasons have finally changed and it’s time to start thinking about your cold-weather skincare routine! From massage deals that will keep your stress in check long into the holiday season to glow-getting facial treatments and airbrush tan services, we’ve got you covered!

Massage Therapy

Back to Back Special: get Two 60-Minutes Massages or Three 30-Minute Massages for $160.  All services must be used by November 30, 2016.  

Skincare Treatments

Trick or Treatment: try our Lift & Glow Treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, & dull, sagging skin.  Immediate results!  Save $20 in October.

Ortanic Airbrush Services

A Little Spray of Confidence: sometimes a little glow is all you need. In October, Get a Custom Airbrush Tan for just $24.99 (reg. $47)

September Spa Offers You Don’t Want to Miss!

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No Pain Is Your Gain!  SAVE $47 in September on a 3-Pack!

Regular massage therapy is your key to better, faster, and stronger workouts. The proof is in the results and we deliver every time. Get a 3-Pack of 60-minute massages this month for $238*!

*Offer expires September 30, 2016. No two discounts apply. Based on single service price.

 

You Deserve Some Me-Time 90-Minute Massage Special

The kids are heading back to school and you should put that free time to good use! Splurge a little but don’t break the bank – from September 1 – 15, get a 90-minute massage for just $109 (save $16!).

*Offer expires September 30, 2016. No two discounts apply. Based on a single service price.

 

Peel Away Summer Sun Damage

Despite your best efforts (and even the strongest of sunscreen), you may have gotten more rays than you would have liked this summer. Prevent further damage with our Rhonda Allison Fall Peel. Get it this month for just $89 (reg. $105)!

*Offer expires September 30, 2016. No two discounts apply. Based on single service price.

 

September Ortanic Deals – Price Match September

Keep Your Summer Glow with this month’s Ortanic Price Matching September Special!

Who says end of summer means no more sun-kissed glow? Bring in any competitor advertisement in September and we’ll match the price.* Come see the Ortanic Difference!

*Price must be the non-discounted, regular price for a technician-applied service.

 

August Spa Specials: All About You

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As we begin the tail end of the summer months, it’s time to take advantage of these last few dog days of relaxation and recharging. We know you’ve been working hard on your summer body – don’t underestimate the power of recuperation! Plus, with marathon season coming up fast, it’s time to start your preventative routine. Don’t get slowed down by overworked or pulled muscles! Check out these specials at the Spa during the month of August:

Signature Massage

Purchase one for $99 or two for $179 (reg. $110 for one /$220 for two.)

*One of the massages must be used in August. For the two-pack, the second massage must be used by November 30, 2016. May not be combined with other offers. Second massage may be shared with a friend.

About the Signature Massage:

FFC’s Signature Massage features a customized 75-minute therapeutic massage treatment incorporating massage methods such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Sports and more, to ensure results that address your specific needs. This treatment features hot packs and towels, balancing facial and scalp massage, and organic aromatherapy. A must-have treatment for anyone with chronic or acute pain and/or stress!

Skin Care Special

Save $50 on our amazing featured skin care package – get all three for $125!

  • Lift & Glow Facial Treatment – for smoother, healthier skin
  • Ortanic Airbrush Tan – to top off your work or weekend look
  • LaBella Donna Lip Gloss – a hint of color for any summer look

* Must be purchased as a package. Lip gloss colors may vary in availability. Facial and tan must be used by September 30, 2016.

July Spa Specials: Training + Massage = Winning (Trust Us)

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Proving the Benefits of Regular Massage

To prove the benefits of making massage part of your regular routine, we’re introducing an exclusive offer specifically for personal training clients only this month! Any FFC member who purchases a 12 or 24 session training package in July may buy one pack of Massage at these special rates:

4 60-Minute Massages for $309* (reg. $380)

8 60-Minute Massages for $599* (reg. $720)

*To ensure you maximize the benefits of massage with personal training, you will have 60 days from date of purchase to use the 4 pack and 120 days to use the 8 pack.  Offer expires July 31 and may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

HOW-TO HACK: The Secret to Improving Your Workouts

Want to improve your race time, distance, lifting, or range of motion?  What’s keeping you from getting to the next level in your workouts?  While much of your exercise routine and athletic achievements can be accomplished with a positive attitude and a good support system, your muscles still need to perform the work.  Without proper care and maintenance, like a good car, your body can breakdown without notice and without access to “spare parts”.

Heavily exercised muscles may lose their capacity to relax, causing chronically tight, or “hypertonic” muscles, and loss of flexibility. Lack of flexibility is often linked to muscle soreness, and can predispose a person to injuries, especially muscle pulls and tears.  Blood flow through tight muscles is poor or “ischemia”, which also causes pain.

May we suggest peppering therapeutic massage into your workout schedule to keep your body performing as it should and to avoid poor form, tight muscles, and injury?   Massage helps the body recover from the stresses of strenuous exercise, and facilitates the rebuilding phase of conditioning. The physiological benefits of massage include improved blood and lymph circulation and muscle and general relaxation.  In turn, this leads to the removal of waste products and improved cell nutrition, greater elasticity of tissues, deactivation of trigger points, and faster healing of injuries.  It all adds up to relief from soreness and stiffness, better flexibility, and less potential for future injury.

July Special The Eyes Have It! Deluxe Eye Treatment Offer

Get a Complimentary Deluxe Eye Treatment* with any Signature Facial in July!

*Eye treatment must be received same day as facial.  Offer expires July 31 and may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

Featured June Spa Treatments

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Summer is here and so are tons of reasons to head to the Spa at FFC! Whether you’re marathon training and need a quick way to recover or looking for special gifts for the dad or grad in your life, we’ve got you covered. Easily book your next appointment online by clicking here!

Expert Therapeutic Bodywork at the Spa

3 60-Minute Massages for $225

Say goodbye to training pain & hello to a quick recovery with expert therapeutic bodywork at the spa – and don’t forget, this would be a great gift for your favorite grad or Dad!

Available at all FFC Spas.

*6 months to use. Offer expires 6/30/16.  May not be combined with other offers or discounts.

Summer-Ready Waxing Services

Hairfree = Carefree. Take 20% Off Brazilian and Bikini waxing services at select locations!

Available at FFC Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, West Loop & Union Station.

*Offer expires 6/30/16.  May not be combined with other offers or discounts.

Summer Party-Ready Facials

Look flawless for that summer wedding or party with our Lift & Glow Facial Treatment, which is just $80* this month (reg. $100) and will get you instant results.

Plus save 15% on a product purchase**

Available at FFC Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park and West Loop.

*Offer expires 6/30/16.  May not be combined with other offers or discounts. **Product purchase discount received on day of service only.

May Spa Specials: Mother’s Day, Marathons & More!

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ELEMIS Skincare Now Available at FFC

New! Experience the ultimate brand in European luxury skin care – Elemis. Elemis brings innovative technology, and therapeutic massage to the spas at Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Oak Park.

We are now offering BIOTEC super-charged facials, which provide immediate results, plus anti-aging for both men and women. Soothe away soreness with Elemis’ Deep Muscle Massage incorporating exotic massage oils and techniques like Thai and Lomi Lomi. This hypnotic massage treatment will allow you to drift away and return pain free AND carefree.

Aromastone Massage Therapy will warm your muscles, and melt away stress and areas of tension. With the use of warm stones and therapeutic massage oils, your therapist will work through problem zones and muscle adhesions, leaving you feeling deeply relaxed. Try either 90-minute treatment this month and save $20!

Marathon Recovery in May

The Race to the Spa is On! Don’t let muscle soreness or fatigue throw your marathon training off track – show us a race bib or race registration* ANY time during the month and save $10 off your massage! Plus, take advantage of our Performance Massage packages – as low as $164 for 3 sessions!

*Each race bib / registration will be recorded and may only be used once.

May Mother’s Day Specials

Treat your mom to some much-deserved time to herself with a gift from the spa! Check out a list of featured May exclusives; specials vary by club.

Massage & Facial Combo – Available at FFC Oak Park

  • 60-Minute Massage & Facial Combo – $150 (reg. $175)*
  • Two 75-Min Signature Minute Massages – $175 (reg. $210)*

Redeem either spa package in May and receive $10 back in Spa Bucks to use on your next visit! Gift cards are also available for purchase in any amount.

*Offer expires 5/31/16. Packages expire one year from date of purchase. May not be combined with other discounts or offers.

Massage, Facial & Ortanic Combo – Available at FFC Lincoln Park, Gold Coast and West Loop

  • 60-Minute Massage & Facial Combo – $150 (reg. $175)*
  • 60-Minute Massage & Facials, Plus One Ortanic – $175 (reg. $222)*

Redeem either spa package in May and receive $10 back in Spa Bucks to use on your next visit!  Gift cards are also available for purchase in any amount.

*Offer expires 5/31/16. Packages expire one year from date of purchase. May not be combined with other discounts or offers.

Massage Special Combo – Available at FFC Union Station, East Lakeview, Halsted Street and South Loop

  • Two 60-Minute Massages – $150 (reg. $175)*
  • Two 75-Minute Signature Minute Massages – $175 (reg. $210)*

*Offer expires 5/31/16. Packages expire one year from date of purchase. May not be combined with other discounts or offers.

Just Announced: Ortanic Pop Up Location at FFC South Loop!

Great news from Ortanic!  In May, we will be launching a pop-up location at FFC South Loop!  To celebrate our kick-off we will be offering an FFC member-exclusive offer of 50% off your first airbrush tan at that location. Just show this eNews story to receive your discount!

About Ortanic

Ortanic is Chicago’s #1 sunless tanning solution. Our custom airbrush tans are delivered with precision by a trained artist who will blend the perfect color for you and apply it using small airbrushes. The tan takes only about 15 minutes to apply and lasts 7-10 days!  These gorgeous tans come without the burn and are perfect for your special event or just to maintain a healthy glow all year-round. For more information call 312-360-1151 or visit www.ortanic.com.

April is Tax Month: Get a Return on These Spa Specials

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For all you give, it’s time to get something back! Reward yourself by adding a little spahhh to your life this month – check out the following specials and book an appointment for your next club visit!

  • Tax Month Spa Rebate: Get $10 Back in Spa Bucks for every $50 spent on spa services*.
  • Spring Early Bird Savings: Save 15% on all spa services weekdays before 2 PM (4:30 PM at FFC Halsted Street) throughout April*.

*Offers expire on April 30, 2016.  No two discounts apply.  Available at all FFC spas.  

New: Elemis Spa Treatments

The Spa at FFC is excited and proud to announce its partnership with Elemis Skincare! Elemis is Europe’s premiere luxury skincare brand used in all the best spas and lauded by celebrities worldwide. Join us for our special launch events at the following locations where we will have complimentary treatments, giveaways, special offers, and refreshments!  Stop by any one of these locations for more information.

  • FFC Oak Park – April 19 from 4 – 8 PM
  • FFC Lincoln Park – April 20 from 4 – 8 PM
  • FFC Gold Coast – April 21 from 4 – 8 PM

Add Spring To Your Step With Our March Spa Specials

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Gorgeously Green Facial

Luxuriate in a treatment that will hydrate, brighten, and smooth your skin with the antioxidant effects of Green Tea and Wasabi.  $85

Also:  get 15% Off Rhonda Allison purchases with any facial treatment!

Available at FFC Lincoln Park, Oak Park, West Loop and Gold Coast

Book now!

Spring Restoration at the Spa

Save on our signature services* this spring!

  • Vitality Massage Treatment – 90 Mins – $119 (reg. $140)
  • Signature Massage – 75 Mins – $95 (reg. $105)
  • Signature Facial – 80 Mins – $99 (reg. $110)

Plus:  All spa customers draw a shamrock from our “Pot of Gold” and win a prize!

Available at all FFC clubs

*Services must be booked and received in March.  May not be combined with other offers.

Book now!

Lucky Hands and Feet

Take advantage of this special offer and save some green!

Special Manicure ($25) or Pedicure ($45)

Featuring:  Green Tea Mask, Scrub, and Massage and a Paraffin Treatment.  Save $10 when you buy both!

Available at FFC Lincoln Park and Union Station

Book now!

Valentine’s Day Spa Specials!

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Twice as Nice at a Sweet Price – February Spa Special

Give the gift of massage. Come with a special someone, buy two for him or her, or have two for yourself – you choose!

Two 60-Minute Massages for $145

*Both services must be completed in February. Offer and massages expire 2/29/16.  May not be combined with other discounts. Available at all clubs.

Valentine’s Day Couples / BFF Massage

Come celebrate togetherness at the Spa with a Couples or BFF Massage!

Package includes:

  • Two 60-Minute Massages of Your Choice
  • Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to enjoy before or after spa appointment
  • Spa Gift

$175 – available February 12 – 14; appointments subject to availability. Couples massages available at FFC Gold Coast, Lincoln Park & South Loop only.

Winterize Your Skin

Don’t let the frigid temps and chilly winds wreak havoc on your skin! Our estheticians will perform a complete skin analysis and custom facial to ensure your skin looks bright and healthy all year ’round.

FFC 60-Minute Custom Facial

February special: $79

Plus receive a complimentary take home product!

*Offer expires 2/29/16. Service must be received in February. May not be combined with other discounts. Available at FFC Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park & West Loop only.

January Spa Specials – Good Things Come in Threes!

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When it comes to your well-being, consistency is key.  For example, if you exercise twice a year only when the moment strikes you, you may experience some minor benefits, but the effort and soreness probably wouldn’t leave you feeling all too positively about your experience. On the contrary, working out several times a week will certainly yield positive results both physiologically and psychologically.  Similarly, your complementary care practices, such as receiving massage therapy regularly, will help you to recover from exercise more quickly and reduce pain and inflammation.  Monthly facials can offset environmental and dietary stresses which often present themselves through the skin in the form of acne, redness, and dryness.

Whatever you choose for your workout routine this year, make sure to offset any negative side effects with complementary therapies that will keep your exercise habits consistent and achieve maximum results!

This month at the Spa at FFC:

30 Minute Workout Recovery- Adding a massage after your workout helps you condition better and recover faster.  Three 30-Minute Massages $164 (regularly $180) – all clubs. 

Plus:

Peel Back the Years – Gentle but effective facial peels help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture.  Three Peels $265 (regularly $300) – Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park & West Loop only.

Plus:

Protect Your Hands & Feet from Winter Dryness – Three Spa Manicures for $60 (regularly $75) or Three Spa Pedicures for $115 (regularly $135) – Lincoln Park & Union Station only.

Book now!

Holiday Spa Packages – Things Are Better in Pairs

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Not sure what to get your loved one for the holiday or just need a little “me time” in December? Take advantage of one of our spa packages!  You can even gift one and keep one for yourself. Enjoy a relaxing or deep tissue therapeutic massage and a facial that will get your skin looking bright and fresh just in time for the holidays. Choose from the following three options:

  • A Winning Combination:  60-Min Massage & 30-Min Facial Package for just $125 (reg. $150)
  • The Perfect Pair:  60 Min Massage + 60 Min Facial for just $150 (reg. $180)
  • Two of a Kind:  Two 60-Min Massages or Two 60-Min Facials for just $150 (reg. $180)

*Special prices available until December 31, 2015.  No two discounts apply.  Packages expire one year from date of purchase.  

Seasonal Spa Special

Spa Specials: This Holiday Season, Spend Some Time on Yourself

Seasonal Spa Special

SAVE $50!  This month, spend some time on yourself before you get swept up in the holidays: members will enjoy our 90-Minute Vitality Massage Treatment and a 60-Minute Fall Facial for only $175 (regularly $225!)

Our Vitality Massage Treatment effectively eases cold weather aches, increases joint mobility, and reduces pain and inflammation from exercise and overuse. Our Fall Facial will deeply cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin to protect it from the cold-weather elements and free-radicals. Revitalize your face & body just in time for the holidays!

*Offer ends 11/30/15.  Both services must be received by December 15.  No two discounts apply.

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Let’s Face It Facial Package

Summer is coming to a close and the change of seasons presents the perfect time to renew your skin from the damage of summer sun, heat, and humidity. Toxins in your body are excreted through the skin – which can leave you with impurities, discoloration, and fine lines & wrinkles.  Regular facials and peels assist in the regeneration of new skin cells and help to reverse the damage caused by nature’s elements, imbalanced nutrition, excess perspiration and other irritants.

4 Seasons Facial Package

Make a commitment to your skin’s health – purchase our new 4 Seasons Facial Package which includes four 60-minute facials, plus one FREE (5 total!) facials for $325*. Only $65 per treatment!

Fit For A Man Facial

Facials aren’t just for women – learn about the benefits of our treatments and take advantage of our Fit for a Man Facial for just $70* (regularly $85!)

*Offer Expires September 30, 2015.  No two discounts apply.

 

Also, ask us how to save $20 per visit on facials!

 

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75 Minutes of Summer Spa Special

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It’s that time of year again….the kids (or maybe you, too!) are headed back to school and the carefree days of summer have dwindled down to an end.  Or maybe you are finally getting back to the grind after taking it easy with half-day Fridays and beach vacations.  But hold on — it’s not over yet. Summer is a state of mind!  We’ve made a way for you to create some time for yourself AND still have plenty of hours left to take care of all your other day-to-day concerns.

Spend just 75 minutes in our spa, daydream about lazy summer days and let your body find the relaxation and tension free zone it deserves….our Signature Massage is designed to do just this.  Custom aromatherapy will ground your spirit, and therapeutic massage will work out the kinks in those tired, sore muscles, leaving you feeling refreshed. Try this 75 Minutes of Summer escape in September for just $89* (reg. $105).  
*Offer Expires September 30, 2015.  No two discounts apply.

August Spa Specials

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Life In Balance

Therapeutic massage and clinical skin care are essential complements to your physical fitness and wellness. The Spa at FFC commends your commitment to finding the balance in your life on a daily basis.   Summer Exclusive: Receive two 60-minute massages, or one 60-min Massage & one 60-min Facial for just $149 (reg. $180).

*Both massages/facials in package must be used within 60 days of purchase by one individual; non-transferable. Offer expires 8/31/15.

 

Spaaalapalooza Events

Receive any spa service of $25+ this month and get $5 back in Spa Bucks.

 

Refer a friend and we’ll give you $10 in Spa Bucks!*

 

Plus! 15% off Brazilian or Back Waxing, Monday thru Thursday

Stop by The Spa or go to https://ffc.com/spa/ and reserve your appointments today.

 

* You may refer as many friends as you like but max Spa Bucks for referrals in August is $30. Must provide a valid email address.

Get $20 When You get an Ortanic Tan

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Ortanic is the best way for you to ensure that you stay sunburn free, yet still have an amazing summer tan!  In July, FFC members receive $20 in Spa Bucks when you get an Ortanic custom airbrush tan.  Click here and book your tan now!
*See Spa for details.  One $20 Spa Bucks per customer.  Offer expires July 31, 2015.  May not be combined with other discounts.

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Get in Here!

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If you haven’t tried our Spa services lately, you’re in for a truly unique therapeutic experience. Our therapists are among the most educated and talented in Chicago and are here to help you work out those overused muscles, problem areas, chronic issues and old injuries. Whether you are going elsewhere for your massage or are one of our VIP customers, visit us in July and take $15 off any service of 60 minutes or more.
*Stop by the spa for additional specials and offers throughout the month. This offer expires on July 31, 2015 and may not be combined with any other discounts or packages.

20% Off Brazilians and Back Waxing
Make it a carefree, hair-free summer.  Come to the spa for a Brazilian or a Back Waxing anytime in July and August and you’ll save 20%.

Cool Deals this month at the Spa
During the month of July, come in for an appointment before 3 pm Monday through Wednesday, either booked online or walk-in, and receive:
30 minute Massage or Facial for $39
60 minute Massage or Facial for $69
90 minute Massage for $99
20% Off Waxing Services
Signature Vitality Treatment for just $109
*Check with your spa or front desk for availability. This offer expires July 31, 2015 and may not be combined with any other discounts or packages.

Summer Spa Specials

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Spa Bucks are back!

June 6-21, receive $10 in Spa Bucks for any service of $30 or more for use on your next visit! Inquire at the spa for more information.

Father’s Day is just around the corner!

Show that special man in your life some love with a relaxing or invigorating massage and/or a results oriented skincare treatment just for men. Spa packages also make great gifts for the recent college graduate or that special someone in your life. Book online today.

You’re The Best

  • Two (2) 60 minute massages of your choice for $149

OR

  • Two (2) 90 minute massages of your choice for $199

Mini Vacation

  • One (1) 60 minute massage and one (1) 60 minute facial for $149
  • **Not available at FFC East Lakeview or FFC Halsted Street

Love Ya

  • One (1) 30 minute massage and one (1) 30 minute facial for $115
  • **Not available at FFC East Lakeview or FFC Halsted Street

Get Summer Beautiful

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FFC now proudly carries La Bella Donna makeup. Many mineral makeup lines use inexpensive fillers and are not made of 100% pure minerals. La Bella Donna is a high quality skincare line that just happens to be a gorgeous cosmetic.

This month get 10% off ALL La Bella Donna purchases. Stop by the Spa or Ortanic for a complimentary makeup consultation!

Beautiful Healthy Summer Hair

We always talk about our skin when it comes to keeping it soft and hydrated, especially throughout the summer months. But what about our hair? The sun’s intense summer rays, and the heat and humidity can do some damage to our hair and make it dry, frizzy and unmanageable. It can sometimes even change the color of our hair. There are a few things we can do to help stop that process or even prevent it! Here are some ways to keep your hair soft, shiny and silky throughout the summer months.

Let’s start with washing your hair. Most of us don’t need to wash our hair every day, and shouldn’t. Our scalp produces sebum, which moisturizes your scalp naturally and keeps it hydrated. Try to skip a day in between washes, and when you do wash your hair, wash your scalp only and then rinse. The shampoo you have on top will make its way down to your ends as you rinse. And that is all you need, since shampoo can also be very drying.

Next step: conditioner. Make sure you only put conditioner on the ends of your hair. You can rub just a little on the top of your scalp, but it’s really unnecessary. The oils that our scalp produces keeps the top of our head fully conditioned naturally. That’s why the hair on top of our head is a lot healthier than our ends. Putting conditioner on the top of your head can also make your hair greasy faster.

Just like we use masks on our face, we also need to use masks on our hair. Try to at least once a week. You can purchase one, or you can make one yourself. When purchasing, look for one that has a lot of protein ingredients and Keratin to make your hair shiny and strong. Your best bet would be to leave in it overnight, then shampoo and condition in the morning. The results are amazing! Now if you are someone who would like to try to make your own hair mask at home, here is a good protein filled mask that will do wonders for your hair, especially if you do it once a week.

Ingredients:

  • ½ banana
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 egg whites

Directions:
Blend, apply and leave on for at least 30 minutes. Then rinse off. The protein packed egg whites help strengthen hair. Especially the split ends.

Most of us blow dry, straighten and curl our hair. This isn’t bad, as long as you are using a heat protectant before you do so. It will seal your hair and protect it from the heat to make sure it doesn’t dry it out and make it frizzy.

Start these steps now to make sure you have beautiful healthy hair before the summer comes! And of course come in to get your Ortanic tan. Warm weather is just around the corner.

Courtesy of Kat Maj, Ortanic Coordinator. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com.

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Celebrate with a Spa Package

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Save $15 on our FFC Signature Massage or Vitality Massage Treatment!

Your muscles will reap the benefits of high quality organic oils and aromatherapy, warm packs and energizing techniques in both of these Signature services. In the Vitality Treatment, we add Hot Stones and an exfoliation treatment to leave you feeling just like new!
Valid through 5/31/15.  May not be used with another discount

Celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day with a Special Spa Package*

You’re The Best

  • Two (2) 60 minute massages of your choice for $149

OR

  • Two (2) 90 minute massages of your choice for $199

Mini Vacation

  • One (1) 60 minute massage and one (1) 60 minute facial for $149
    Not available at FFC East Lakeview or FFC Halsted Street

Love Ya   

  • One (1) 30 minute massage and one (1) 30 minute facial for $115
    Not available at FFC East Lakeview or FFC Halsted Street

Baby Moon

  • One (1) 75 minute Mellow Mama Massage and one (1) 60 minute facial for $165
    Offers valid through 6/15/15. No two discounts apply. Services may be completed on different days. Packages expire one year from date of purchase

FFC Member Exclusive: Get a FREE Airbrush Tan with the Purchase of any Package Above!  ($47 Value!)
Airbrush tan must be used by 6/30/15.  Airbrush tan may be used by purchaser or gift recipient.

STAY TUNED!

Join us for a special event: Botox Party With Dr. Julian Dixon of Chicago’s Face Cosmetic Spa!  Thursday June 4, 6-8 pm at the FFC Gold Coast Spa.  For more information, email Regional Director of Spas and Retail, Lisa Ellis, at lellis@ffc.com.

Get Summer Ready!

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Let Ortanic put the finishing touch on any outfit for all of your Spring and Summer events. This monthly only, get five (5) Custom Airbrush Tans for $185 ($50 savings)! Book your appointment today!
Offer expires 5/31/15. May not be used with another discount. Packages expire one year from date of purchase.

Lauren Parente is BACK with Ortanic! She is available Wednesdays at FFC Lincoln Park! Call 312-337-1244 or book with her online.

Spring Training at the Spa

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Get your body ready for both workout training and recovery in the same session!
Special this month:  A package of three 60-Minute Deep Tissue or Sports Massages is only $234 (save $12 each on single session price)! And get a FREE FFC T-Shirt with purchase*!
*While supplies last. All sizes not available at all locations

Put Your Best Face Forward
Regular facials help to keep your skin from looking dry and tired, and prematurely aged.  We’ll help your skin recover from the winter elements and prepare you for the summer sun!
Special this month: Three 60-Minute Facial Series for $229, PLUS 15% off a product purchase*!
*Discount on product available with receipt of facial series. Valid one time only

Book your appointment at the Spa today! Offers expire 4/30/15. May not be combined with other offers

Proms, Weddings and Parties, Oh My!

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Don’t worry, rain showers don’t have to keep you from looking great in your Spring outfit!

Get an Ortanic tan in April for just $35.  Upgrade to a deluxe tan for just $5 more. Book your appointment today!
Offers expire 4/30/15. May not be combined with other offers

Get Ready for Spring Break!

ortanic-best-custom-airbrush-spray-tanSpring is right around the corner and you know what that means… Spring Break! Start the season off with a sun-kissed look that will have everyone asking where you’ve been. Book today to take advantage of March’s offer:

Two Custom Airbrush Tans for $75 (reg. $94)
*Offer expires 3/31/15. May not be combined with other offer.

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FFC Exclusives

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Double up and Save!

Purchase Any Two of These Amazing Spa Services and Save up to 20%!

  • Two 75-Minute Signature Massages for $179 (reg. $205)
  • Two FFC Custom Facials for $165 (reg. $190)
  • Two 90-Minute Vitality Massage Treatments for $229 (Reg. $280)
    *Offer expires 3/31/15. Packages expire 6 months from date of purchase. May not be combined with other offer. See spa for details.
Visit the Spa desk for more details or book an appointment online.

Valentine’s Day Spa Packages

spa-facial-best-chicago-gym-club-studioWhether it’s a well-deserved time out for yourself or a special surprise for someone you love, The Spa at FFC will fulfill all your Valentine’s Day gift needs! From our Signature and custom massage and facial treatments to luxurious but affordable gift items, seek no further than The Spa for just the right present for that special someone. This month’s sweetest deals*:

  • Sweet Dreams Spa Package: 60-Minute Massage + 60-Minute Facial. Special Price: $159 (reg. $175)
  • Hugs & Kisses Spa Package: 30-Minute Massage + 30-Minute Facial. Special Price: $119 (reg. $130)
  • Love You Twice as Much Spa Package: Two 60-Minute Massages. Special Price: $159 (reg. $180)

We also carry boutique gifts such as candles, skin care and body products, handheld massage tools, apparel and more. Our shops feature products from Moji, Ikaati, Red Flower and Rhonda Allison. Receive 10% off any one retail item on the day you purchase any spa package!  

*These offers are valid through Saturday, Feb. 14 only.  May not be combined with other discounts. Please check with your club’s Spa for new special offers after Valentine’s Day!

Extend Your Tan

ortanic-best-chicago-custom-airbrush-tanGive your tan an even longer life! Free Upgrade to a Deluxe Tan with any full price tan! ($9 value)*
*Offer expires February 28.  May not be combined with other discounts or promotion.  Valid at all Ortanic locations. Book now!

Beat Winter Blues

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January’s HOT Deals! TWO for Members!*

For Everyone: Get one Ortanic tan in January, and receive 20% off subsequent tans all month long!

For FFC Members Only: Every Monday and Tuesday in January, get an Ortanic tan for just $24!
*Offer valid through 1/31/15. May not be combined with other offers. Non-transferable. 

Read this month’s blog, courtesy of Ortanic Coordinator Kat Maj. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com.

Deep Tissue Massage

New to You

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January’s HOT Deal!

Try something new to ring in the New Year! Try a spa service you never have before, and save 20%!
*Expires 1/31/15. Not valid with other offers.

Check out this month’s blog, courtesy of Regional Director of Spa and Retail, Lisa Ellis!

On Being Grateful

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Calling All Athletes
Improve your athletic performance, posture, form, range of motion and more with therapeutic massage. FFC therapists specialize in Sports, Deep Tissue and Myofascial techniques. Save $10 off a 60- or 90-minute Sports or Deep Tissue massage in November!
*May not be combined with other offers. Other restrictions may apply.

Invest in Yourself
Purchase a $100 FFC Spa gift card and get $25 to use on yourself. You deserve it!

Veteran’s Appreciation
We thank all active and veteran military for for your service. Present your valid Military ID and receive 25% off any spa services. Offer valid through Sunday, Nov. 30*.
*May not be combined with other offers. Other restrictions may apply.

For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here.

On Being Grateful

Before long, we’ll find ourselves scurrying around the grocery aisles fighting for the last cans of cranberry sauce and picking through sad heaps of herbs and spices for homemade stuffing. Then, of course, there’s the inevitable waiting “forever” on line while flipping through OK! Magazine for the 30 minutes it takes to get up to the clerk because “some lady” took “Extreme Couponing” to a whole. ‘nother. level.

But hold on for just one second. Before the complaining begins and the stress of hosting the in-laws takes over, maybe just take a short pause to remember what you’re thankful for.

It can be tough to do, yes. Too often, we’re so caught up in the grind of our day-to-day, and the annoyance that is our job, our spouse, the wind, etc, that it’s hard to find gratitude for anything at all. Need some help? Breathe in, and picture the things that enrich your life. If you’re still coming up short, here are a few of the random things I am grateful for. Maybe one or two might resonate for you:

Mom & Dad, Sister & Brother. Yeah, I know it seems like the obvious choice. But how often do we take family for granted? I’ve always been very close with my zany and wonderful parents and siblings and as an adult, like many, I now appreciate them even more. Last year when my mom was diagnosed with Leukemia (she was victorious!), the hugs got a little tighter, the calls more frequent, and the laughter much, much louder and from a deeper place. We relish our time together and I can’t wait to spend Thanksgiving with them.

Wine. OK, it’s out there. I like my wine. Like a trusted friend, my Cabernet (or maybe a Meritage tonight?) is there for me in good times and in marginal times. She (yes my wine is a girl) warms my soul, enhances my dreams, and for a fair price, she’ll takes my cares away. We’re close, me and my wine, but don’t worry, we’re not so close that I’ll be writing my next blog from Shady Wines – Home For Winos. 😉

My Dog. Suzy (“The Noodle)” has blessed our lives in so many ways since the day we took her home from the shelter 3 years ago. Every day she makes me laugh with just a little look or turn of her head to the sound of the word “treat” and the way she flutters her paws in synch when I dare to stop petting her. She’s got living down-pat; eating, sleeping, running, getting massaged. The only job she has is as my canine alarm-clock and she never fails to deliver.

My Legs. Maybe it sounds weird to you, but I’m pretty thankful to have these two imperfect limbs that walk and run me all around this city, through airports, to friends’ outings, to the beach, and on my many travels. If you’ve ever had a leg or foot injury, or perhaps something even more debilitating, you know what I mean about the freedom of doing it on your own without any devices.

My iPod. When I was little, my Dad would play Peter Tosh, Stevie Wonder, or The Who at an alarmingly loud volume for a Sunday morning. Just to get us out of bed. By the time I turned 10, I had adopted his habit (payback’s are a you-know-what), and not only was I playing several instruments, but learned how to get my music volume up to an 11! Rock n Roll, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Indie, Classical, any genre save Country (sorry folks), and I’m captivated by the sounds and nuances of the notes and how they band together to form a tune. Nowadays If I leave the house forgetting my iPod and/or headphones, a rush of anxiety spills over me. How will I get through this work (interchangeable with: run/flight/ride/project/cooking/nap, etc)? Can’t function without the iPod. No sir.

This list not relevant to you? Not surprising….it’s mine! Why not go and make your own list, even if you don’t actually write it down. Taking the time for this exercise in gratitude may be the stress-break you need to see just how much good there is in the world.

Happy November!

Guest blog courtesy of Lisa Ellis, Regional Spa and Retail Manager. Email Lisa at lellis@ffc.com.

Autumn Glow

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The leaves are turning orange… but your skin should not! Get a perfect, custom, autumn glow with Ortanic! For a limited time only: Two custom airbrush tans + one bronzer or extender for just $100 (reg. $136)*.
*Offer valid through Nov 30! May not be combined with other promotions or discounts. Non-transferable and may not be shared.

Call or visit your favorite Ortanic location for more information or book your appointment now.

FOODS FOR HEALTHY SKIN

We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” That’s never been more true than it is today. With the chemicals found in and amount of processing of many shelf foods, our bodies’ organs are at risk for crisis. Skin is the body’s largest organ, so it is imperative to keep it as healthy as possible. Remember, you excrete toxins through your skin, so if you put non nutritious foods in your belly, when you sweat they come out only to sit directly on your skin!

Here are some yummy foods that do a great job of protecting skin from premature aging and promoting a healthy glow from the inside out.

Green Tea – Green Tea is filled with the amazing antioxidant EGCG, which provides protection from the sun’s damaging rays. Whether you apply it directly to the skin or drink a nice cup of tea, its antioxidants work to prevent DNA damage and help repair existing damage. Drinking green tea is also hydrating, one of the most important factors for healthy, glowing skin.

Yogurt – Yogurt is a great source for vitamin A, which is very important for maintaining vibrant skin. Vitamin A helps the body produce collagen, which is responsible for your skin’s elasticity.

Salmon – Salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect your skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. Wild salmon contains an antioxidant called astaxanthin that helps fight wrinkles and sagging.

Kiwi – Kiwi is one of the most potent sources of vitamin C. It is essential for maintaining connective tissue. Kiwi, papaya and guava are all excellent sources of collagen producing vitamin C. Eating one kiwi a day can improve your skin over time.

Dark Chocolate – Surprise! Dark chocolate is actually good for your skin. There is a myth that chocolate causes adolescent acne. Not true! When eaten in moderation, the flavonols in dark chocolate not only protects the heart and blood vessels, but also protects the skin from sun damage. When applied directly to the skin, natural cocoa butter is an excellent emollient that helps preserve the skin’s moisture and elasticity.

It’s never too soon, or too late, to start eating well!  Try incorporating a few, or all, of these foods into your diet and see how incredible your skin will look. Then stop into Ortanic and we’ll give your healthy skin a healthy glow!

Blog courtesy of Kat Maj, Ortanic Coordinator. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com.

 

Signature Specials

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Treatments so good we put our Signature on them*!

  • Signature Facial – For all skin types. Includes “magic globes” massage & back treatment (80 Mins)
  • Signature Massage – Customized restorative massage with aromatherapy. Perfect for athletes & those seeking healing therapy (75 Mins)
  • Vitality Treatment – Detoxifying, warming and exfoliating. Excellent for sore muscles & tired joints (90 Mins)

*This month save 10% on any of these FFC exclusives. These offers may not be combined with other discounts, packages or specials. Offer Expires 10/31/14.

 

ATTENTION ATHLETES!

Ask your spa provider or customer service specialist about special discounts for pre-race preparation and post-race recovery, including:

  • Bring in your valid 2014 race bib or registration and receive massage discounts including: $5 off a 30 minute, $10 off 60 minute and $15 off 90 minute.

 

Massage Therapy & Skin Care are essential components to your body’s overall well-being. Join us in celebrating Spa Wellness week by taking advantage of one, or all, of these special offers*:

October 19 – 24

Sunday         $10 off 90-Minute Massage
Monday        30-Minute Massage or Facial for $40
Tuesday        60-Minute Massage or Facial for $68
Wednesday  20% Off All Waxing
Thursday      20-Minute Massage Tune-Up for $30
Friday           Glow Facial Treatment for $88

*These offers may not be combined with other discounts, packages or specials

Offer Extended!

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Save $30 on a 3-Pack of airbrush tans… $99 (reg. $129)!* You loved it so much last month, we extended it for one more!  Call or visit your favorite Ortanic location for more information or book your appointment now.
*September 2014 only. Now through Oct. 31! May not be combined with other promotions or discounts. Non-transferable and may not be shared.

Fall Trends 2014

Fall is here!  It’s a little bittersweet, but there are so many new and fun trends that arrive with Autumn, especially when it comes to hair, makeup and nails.  With New York Fashion Week just behind us, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the most popular trends for the upcoming months, which make up my very favorite season!

Nails. The hottest beauty trends for Fall nails involve neutral tones, particularly beige, chocolate, nude and mocha. Choose a glossy polish for lighter colors and matte for darker hues. This will make it easy to match with outfits and accessories. Bottom line: Keep it simple!

Lips. The bolder the better! Deep reds and darker colors are the main hit for the season. This fall make your lips the main event. Attention grabbing lip colors and light makeup is the way to go .

Hair. Breathe a sigh of relief, ladies: having our hair up is finally a trend!  No more fussing with spray, pins or fancy ‘dos. Braids, buns and ponytails are all in, so feel free to throw your hair up and feel confident. Keep the style loose and beachy!

Accessories.  There is no better way to transform a basic outfit than with some jewelry. This is the season for accessories! Grab your biggest earrings or a chunky necklace, couple it with a black ensemble, and you have a simple, classy outfit which will last you all through the season!

Eyes.  Move over smokey eye liners and shadows and make way for the return of “winged” eyeliner! This is my particular favorite look and I have been rocking it all year long. Think 1960’s Hollywood Glam! It might be a little hard to learn at first, but one simple trick is to use a liquid eyeliner in deep black and hold your eye tautly closed as you apply. Check out how-to videos on YouTube.

Also this season anything that’s heavy on the black is in. So go to town on the eyeliner and full mascara… then add some more! Wear it with style and confidence.  Now’s the time!

Last bit of advice:  Don’t try to mix the deep red lipstick with the heavy black eyes. It’s best to stick to one or the other. Light eyes with dark lips, or dark lips with light eyes. And don’t forget to get your Ortanic tan!  Especially with all the dark colors in this season. Dark colors always look better on tan skin. Enjoy these wonderful trends and have fun!  Happy Fall!

Blog courtesy of Kat Maj, Ortanic Coordinator. Contact Kat at kmaj@ffc.com.

Introducing FFC’s Signature Massage

Spa-Best-chicago-massage-gym-clubA customized 75-minute therapeutic massage treatment incorporating massage methods such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Sports and more, to ensure results that address your specific needs. This treatment features hot packs and towels, balancing facial and scalp massage, and organic aromatherapy. A must-have treatment for anyone with chronic or acute pain and/or stress! Try it this month for just $95!*

Come in and help us celebrate our 30th Anniversary, Spa-Style! Try any one, or all, of these for just $30 each!

  • Spa Deluxe Pedicure
  • Massage Tune-Up (20 Minutes)
  • Mini-Facial (20 Minutes)

*Offer expires Sept. 30, 2014. May not be combined with other offers or discounts.

Falling Back Doesn’t Have to be So Tough

Sure, sure, we all love summer in Chicago. And who wouldn’t? We’ve got Cubs games, backyard parties, alfresco dining, kayaking on the river, fireworks at Navy Pier and volleyball at the lakefront beaches. But with a late start and a shortage of hot and sunny days, this summer definitely went by faster than usual.

Oh well, c’est la vie. It’s time to look ahead and hope that Autumn will bring appropriate crispness and all of its colorful, leafy goodness. Here is a list of suggestions to help you plan for the upcoming days, which will inevitably be shorter and cooler, and enjoy each and every day to its fullest.

Top 11 things to do in the fall that you won’t in the summer:

  1. Find quiet time indoors for DIY projects, reading, writing or even office work you’ve put off.

  2. Take walks during your lunch hour. Fall sun is amazing at 1 or 2 pm when the day is at its warmest, and with cooler temperatures you might not need a change of clothes afterward. So, get out there and enjoy 15 minutes soaking up some Vitamin D and taking a break from the computer.

  3. Reconnect with your favorite TV show. You know you’ve been waiting months for it to return to you, so put your feet up, hold out your arms with that remote and show your favorite characters some love. (Hello, Homeland, come to Mama)

  4. Join that Fantasy Football League. For the record, this is one I don’t know the first thing about it, but it sounds like fun…for you, I mean.

  5. Break out that roll-neck sweater you wore in college. Nostalgia and a cozy sweater are good for the soul!

  6. Cheat on your meal plan just a little, since no one will see you in a bathing suit for months. Plus, you can come inside and work it off at your favorite FFC club!

  7. Take advantage of the perfect-for-running cool weather to do your run outside, without dropping from the humidity or freezing in the cold.

  8. Cheer on Chicago Marathon runners. If you’re not participating this year, get out there and yell “Viva Peru” or “Go guy in the yellow shirt!” Believe me, those runners really appreciate it at any mile of the race.

  9. Enjoy some indoor “me-time” without the guilt. Head to the spa (great deals by the way, hint hint, www.ffc.com/spa), the movies, the Field Museum or do some shopping.

  10. Go to your children’s (if you have ‘em) plays, recitals, games, matches, etc. They’re only kids once, so grumble under your breath if you need to, but go watch, applaud and be proud.

  11. Dress up for Halloween and go to Thanksgiving Dinner with people you love and that make you laugh. Quality family time. Um, yes please!


Blog courtesy of Lisa Ellis, Regional Spa and Retail Manager. Contact Lisa at lellis@ffc.com.

Injury Recovery and Prevention

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If you have neck pain, runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic headaches or other ailments, we can help! Speed up your recovery, prevent further injury and ease your pain with therapeutic massage. This August, purchase a 6- or 12-pack of Performance Massages and receive a Bonus Spa Punchcard with offers for 40% off any facial, a $20 credit AND 25% off a single item in the Sport Shop. See a Spa Associate for details or purchase your Performance Massage pack online today.
*Offer expires Aug. 31, 2014. May not be combined with other offers or discounts.

My Journey to 13.1

During a recent trip to Puerto Rico for my cousin’s wedding, I rolled my ankle, spraining it badly enough to keep me from dancing the Salsa and Merengue. Now, I’ve sprained an ankle before, once on a rigorous rock climb in New Hampshire, and another time while simply taking a downhill climb of a staircase at my last job.  Not adventurous, but it got the job done. This time, however, was especially deflating. It happened on my last long training run before for my first-ever half marathon, which was meant to be run in Massachusetts just nine days later. While still in the Caribbean, I followed the proper protocol for injury with inflammation, and took liberties with a couple of more enjoyable steps…..Rest, Ice, Swim in the Ocean, Compression, Elevation, Pina Colada. You get the idea. The salty air, warm ocean currents and rum drinks made up for my pain and frustration for a few days and, of course, my background as a massage therapist came in handy.

It wasn’t until nearly a week later when I returned to Chicago and visited the Ankle and Foot specialist, that the real pain set in and I received the news that I had sprained two ligaments and was most certainly not going to be running 13.1 miles that Sunday. I felt a pinch in my soul trump the pain in my ankle.  After a couple of years of turmoil, I’d finally gotten myself back to a place where I could train consistently, and had done so for several months.  Forgetting about my injury for the time it took to put that beast of a soft cast on, I thought about my journey leading up to training for this race.  The previous four years had been full of colossal life events, some exciting, some downright devastating:  Making the move from Pennsylvania to Chicago, getting engaged, getting married, honeymooning in Africa, the passing of my husband’s beloved mother, the nervous breakdown of someone very close to me, my Mom’s war with (and triumph over) Acute Myeloid Leukemia, among of host of other hurdles.  As a matter of perspective, this seemed small, yet I wasn’t ready to release the idea that all my training was for naught. I needed that run to make up for all that had gone wrong in just the last year alone.  This run was meant to be my victory lap over my tribulations! They finished my casting and I left the office saddened, disappointed and bewildered.

I spent the next few days complaining and whining to anyone who would listen, telling and retelling the story of how “my race” would not be happening and how crushing that was.  I tried to make light of it, but I was still bugged. On top of my own injury, my husband, who was also training, was suffering from Achilles pain and decided the run would not happen for him either.  Still, we elected to keep our plans to travel to Boston to watch my sister-in-law complete the run that we had all planned together.  We flew to Logan and I silently brooded in my uncomfortable Southwest seat.  Our flight was delayed and we didn’t land until almost four hours behind schedule. Ugh. Roadblocks.

Saturday the mood lightened with the presence of my curiously funny and sweet 3-year-old niece, and then dinner and drinks with an old friend, but it wasn’t until the next morning that the self-pity party disbanded.  Sunday was a beautiful New England early summer day. I was with my family. The coffee was perfectly brewed. When we got to the site, I could feel the race-day energy all around me.  In a flash, I had my moment of clarity. It wasn’t about running a half marathon. It was about the countless hours of early-morning, lunchtime and evening training runs, the cross-training, the sweating it out, and the crying it out, and now it was about supporting the several thousand others who had done the same.  I had run more than 350 miles during the few months leading up to the Newburyport Half Marathon, so what did it matter that I couldn’t run on that day? I was suddenly grateful and elated that I was able to be there, healthy and happy, to watch many others breeze through and struggle alike, with every mile,

During my recovery time, I improved my swimming and cycling skills, socialized more with friends, and dusted off and read the books that had fallen behind the pack because of my training. There was always a tiny inner voice whispering to me that if I didn’t recover faster, it would take forever to get back at it, but I quieted it as best I could, and remained patient. It took me seven weeks to run my first miles after my Isla Verde ankle sprain. I only completed two miles that first day, but over the course of several days I found my stamina and strength. That first week I ran what amounted to 13.1 miles (as accurately as my GPS would allow). My own intentional half marathon. There was no medal. No finish line. There was, however, the satisfaction of having set out on a journey, arriving at a destination, taking a deep breath, and continuing on to find new pathways and purpose.  Satisfying indeed.

Guest blog courtesy of Lisa Ellis, Regional Spa and Retail Director. Contact Lisa at lellis@ffc.com.