Spa Services

At FFC Gold Coast, our team of professional, talented Massage Therapists and Skin Care Professionals can be a key component to supporting your total wellness. Upon arriving at the Spa, it is all about you. We’ll schedule appointments to meet your busy schedule,and design mindful, effective sessions tailored to your specific needs. Allow us to relax, rejuvenate and restore your body and spirit.

Massage Therapy

A healthy lifestyle requires consistency and commitment. Including massage as part of your wellness routine will improve your results, speed your recovery, enhance your performance, and increase your vitality. Our team of qualified professionals will address problem areas and chronic pain, and create a treatment plan expressly for you.

Performance Massage
Specially priced for our guests committed to incorporating massage into their fitness regimen. Purchase a package of three, six, or 12 massages for the ultimate customizable treatment which may include deep tissue, Swedish, trigger point, stretching, myofascial, and more. Available only when purchased as a series of 30, 60, or 90-minute treatments.

Swedish Massage
Classic relaxation massage using long strokes and deep kneading to release stress and relax muscles. 30/60/90 minutes.

Sports Massage
This massage is a must before and after training or athletic events. Flushes toxins, loosens adhesions, reduces soreness, and improves range of motion. 30/60/90 minutes.

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep, penetrating work through muscle adhesions to increase circulation and improve range of motion. This massage technique works to unlock chronic issues and heal the body to restore balance. 30/60/90 minutes.

Pre and Post Natal Massage
Targets areas of tension during and after pregnancy and provides a comforting, yet effective treatment. Helps minimize tension in the lower back, neck, and shoulders and reduce swelling in the hands and feet. 60/90 minutes.

Vitality Signature Treatment
A complete wellness experience that will exfoliate the skin, detoxify the body, ground you, and warm your soul. Treatment includes dry brushing, foot treatment, hot stone back massage, and full body massage. Essential for the tired, stressed, sore You that’s looking for a lift to mind, body, and spirit! This service is contraindicated during pregnancy and some ailments/illnesses. Please consult the spa for more information. 90 minutes.

Aromatherapy Massage
Powerful and therapeutic essential oils penetrate into the body through the skin to heighten the effects of your massage. We offer several blends to choose from which can provide reduction of pain and inflammation, enhanced relaxation, We use only the finest quality certified organic essential oils which provide maximum absorption and effectiveness. 30/60/90 minutes.

Targeted Massage
When you’re short on time but need results, this massage will focus on a few targeted areas to help relieve pain and stress quickly. Customized to your need for either relaxation or deeper work. 30 minutes.

Myofascial Release
This specialized massage targets the connective tissue (fascia) which supports the muscles of the body to reduce tension, relieve pain, and increase blood flow. 30/60/90 minutes.

Trigger Point
Trigger points are small, localized areas of tension that often refer pain to other areas of the body. This treatment identifies and deactivates trigger points utilizing slow, deep work at short intervals. May be combined with other massage work. 30/60/90 minutes.

SERVICES VARY BY LOCATION

Skin Care

Aging, sweat, sun/wind exposure, and hormonal imbalances are just a few of the many factors that your body combats through your skin each day. Improve your skin’s health and appearance by creating a regular routine for your face and body. Our licensed and expert estheticians will work with you to assess your skin’s needs and advise you on proper care.
** All facials include a skin analysis **

Fitness Formula Facial
Keep your skin care routine fresh with this classic facial. Includes products specifically chosen to match your skin’s condition and uses favored seasonal aromas. Appropriate for rosacea prone and sensitive skin. 60-minutes.

Signature Facial
This ultimate facial includes double cleanse, exfoliation, extractions, masque, moisturizer, back treatment, and a heavenly facial massage with “ice globes”. 80-minutes.

Fit for a Man
This cleansing facial includes exfoliation of the skin to prevent ingrown hair, lessen irritation from shaving, and hydrate the skin. Includes a relaxing face, neck, and shoulder massage. 60-minutes.

Petite Facial
Get great results in just a half-hour with this time efficient facial. Great addition to your favorite massage or after a workout to freshen up the skin. 30-minutes.

Lift & Glow Treatment
This unique and effective procedure will leave your skin glowing for months. Great for most skin types, the Lift and Glow treatment is especially beneficial for aging skin or skin with loss of elasticity and muscle tone. Exfoliates, firms, tones, lightens and delivers antioxidants to the skin. 60-minutes.

Chemical Peels
Improve and smooth the texture of your facial skin with our highly effective, customized chemical peels administered by experienced estheticians. 45-minutes.

Brighten Up - for Hyperpigmentation
Clear Complexion - for Acne & Oily Skin
Naturally Soothing- for Rosacea & Sensitive Skin
Pumpkin Peptide Peel - for Healthy Aging Skin

Add Ons
Paraffin on Hands, Feet, or Both
Deluxe Eye Treatment

SERVICES VARY BY LOCATION

Waxing Services

A full offering of waxing services will complement your clean, fresh, glowing skin.

Ala carte waxing: Facial, arms, legs, back, bikini area, stomach, brow tweeze…

Waxing packages:
The Eyes Have It: One Year of Eyebrow waxing (15 waxes)
The Full Monty: One Year of Bikini or Brazilian Waxes (12 waxes)

Tanning

Ortanic (RT). Available at West Loop, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park.

Face it, when you look great you feel great. Your skin says a lot, especially with a healthy radiant glow. Get the most natural-looking sunless tan that lasts about 5-7 days with an Ortanic Airbrush Tan in Chicago. Each custom airbrush tan is contoured to enhance your best assets - leaving you feeling confident about your brand new look!

SERVICES VARY BY LOCATION

Hours

Monday – Friday: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Specials

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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.


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4-ortanic-best-chicago-custom-airbrush-tanSave the Burn for Your Workout. Get A Flawless Tan Without The Sun.
When the weather, your schedule or your skin’s sensitivity does not cooperate before your date, meeting or special event, a tanned look can boost your confidence and bolster your ranking on the fun-o-meter.  Purchase an Ortanic Membership or Series this month, and we’ll give you 15% off any retail item*!  Our bronzers, tan extenders and body products ensure that your custom airbrush tan looks stellar and extends the life of your color.
*Offer expires Sept. 15, 2014.  May not be combined with other offers or discounts on retail products.  

Visit the website for more information, or book your appointment now.

Save Your Skin

Well we’re here — smack dab in the middle of summer.  Indeed all the things we love about summer are the very same things our skin hates!  A warm, breezy beach day, a dip in the pool, an afternoon at your BFF’s backyard barbecue are oh so much fun, but the sun is wielding its powers all the while, leaving you with damage that may not be seen until it’s too late. Think about following these simple steps to save your skin and still enjoy all of your favorite summertime activities:

Step One: Stay Hydrated
Heat, chlorine and a few martinis can take a toll on our bodies, and it reflects on our skin. Combatting the effects of summer does not need to be an extravagant ordeal. Something as simple as not drinking alcohol for a week and eating a healthy diet will make a tremendous difference to your skin. Make sure you try to stay away from sugars, salts and processed foods.  Don’t forget to drink at least eight glasses of water a day and, when drinking alcohol, be sure to enjoy a glass of water between cocktails to help to avoid a hangover. Your body and skin are thirsty, don’t deprive them!

Step two: Exfoliate and Moisturize
Your body has a buildup of dead skin cells from the sun and other outdoor elements. Give it a proper exfoliation for good skin turnover. This is easily done in the shower once or twice a week for both your face and body. For the body, I recommend Hempz Sugar Body Scrub Polish, since it’s gentle, yet effective.  It also smells amazing!  For the face, I have been using Derma Peel by Rhonda Allison. It’s an enzyme exfoliator and helps with deeper cell penetration for greater cell turnover. Once all those dead skin cells are gone you can nourish your skin with a great moisturizer to unveil the gorgeous skin underneath.  We all know there’s nothing like soft, silky smooth skin.

Step Three: Add a Nighttime Anti-Aging Regimen and Get Some Sleep!
Most of us are already using some type of moisturizing serum or face cream post shower. It’s time to switch it up for a month or two… or even for longer than that.  Add an anti-aging moisturizer or cream specific for nighttime to your daily regimen. Why? Because when you’re sleeping, your body is working to renew and regenerate itself. Nighttime is the best time to use any type of serums or anti-aging products. After you apply, brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea and get some zzz’s.  And make sure you are getting at least six to eight hours of sleep each night. You’re welcome.  ;-)

Step Four: Protect with SPF
Just because summer is coming to an end in a few weeks, or you already have a tan, does not mean it’s time to put away the SPF. The sun’s rays are just as damaging in the colder seasons as they are in the summer time. Always include an SPF moisturizer in your daily skincare regimen. By taking the time to revitalize your skin now, you’re protecting it from future damage.

Step Five: Get a Custom Airbrush Tan!
The summer will inevitably come to an end, but that doesn’t mean your tan has to! Remember, our Ortanic tans are free of nasty smelling chemicals, and never leave you streaky or orange. So come get an Ortanic custom airbrush tan and keep your summer glow all year long!

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


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Cool Everyday Deals

4-Best-chicago-spa-massageYour skin has been through a lot. Your emotions have been toiled with. It was a rough winter. And it wasn’t the greatest spring. We think you deserve some high quality spa time to get you ready for what is sure to be a fun (and hopefully sun) filled summer. For the month of July, Fitness Formula Clubs is offering a spa deal every day of the week, valid until 3 pm.

Mondays: $39/30-minute massage or facial
Tuesdays: $69/60-minute massage or facial
Wednesdays: 20% of waxing services
Thursdays: $99/90-minute massage
Fridays: 20% off any single item in the Spa or Sport Shops
Weekends: $109/90-minute Vitality Signature Treatment


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5 ortanic-best-custom-airbrush-spray-tan-chicagoGet A Polished Look For Summer
Let’s face it, after the cold harsh winter, your skin is likely to feel and look a little more like a crocodile’s than a baby’s. That’s where we step in! In July, come to the Spa at FFC for a quick and fantastic Body Polish for just $29 (normally $55). A finely ground coffee scrub invigorates and detoxifies skin, sloughing away dry, dead skin cells to leave you feeling soft and smooth. Having a body polish before an Ortanic Airbrush Tan guarantees a smoother all-over application of the tanning solution, allowing it to set more evenly. Also this month, upgrade your Ortanic Tan to a Deluxe for just $6 (normally $9), which includes pre-and-post-spray balancers that extend the life and beauty of your tan by ridding your skin of oils & dry spots and finally, “sealing” in the tan with a mist. Come over to the spa and we’ll give you just the look you need to put the wow in your summer wardrobe!

Visit the website for more information, or book your appointment now. May not be combined with other offers and may not be applied to membership.

*Restrictions may apply.

Tan Custom. Tan Smart. Ortanic.


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