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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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

Game?  What game?

I gave up a long time ago trying to figure out why football was named as such when hardly anyone’s feet ever intentionally touch the ball, but that’s a different blog post.

Disclaimer: Now would be a good time to bow out of this if you just can’t survive without the NFL!

Strange as it may seem, there are actual, real people who couldn’t care less about watching a football game on a Sunday. Or on any day for that matter. For a moment let’s pretend that I’m one of those people, or that you’re one of those people, or perhaps you’re one of those people who knows other people who would rather be doing just about anything else but watch the “big game.” What on Earth would we do with our four hours if not plant ourselves on the sofa yelling “Did we forget how to tackle?” or “Come on Cutler!” or “Where’s the Defense?!” or “This is an embarrassment!!”

Just for good measure (not that you’d ever let it slip amongst a herd of Bears fans) here’s a few ideas:

Get your grocery shopping on. Once game-time begins, your favorite Mariano’s store may have been wiped clean of Doritos and PBR, but the aisles will be devoid of people. So grab a glass of wine and enjoy a lineless, hassle free dance around the produce or International Foods sections. If the weather’s right, skip the store and go to Logan Square Farmers Market.

Go to a movie. Grab a friend, or better yet go solo. Indulging in a movie sans company elicits a feeling of liberation hard to describe: No one talking to you, asking you to explain the plot or hogging your popcorn.  This fall, check out one of these sure-fire Oscar contenders:  Gone Girl, Wild, Birdman, Boyhood and Skeleton Twins.

One word: Oktoberfest. The good news is that while there’s only one word to describe it, there will be numerous Oktoberfest events in Chicagoland. Have a pint just for the ale of it. There’s something for all palettes:  pumpkin, harvest, red or brown ales are very popular this time of year. How about a toast with a Goose Island Harvest Ale?

Have a Spa Day.  Right, so I’m biased here, but what better time to escape for a great, warm, therapeutic spa treatment than a cool, late afternoon in October? Indulge in the FFC Signature Massage & Facial and you’re guaranteed to see and feel immediate results. Sip a cup of our Ikaati Tea on your way out and you’ll arrive home ready to tackle any post-game hype.

Look at the leaves. While you can’t actually see them changing right in front of your eyes, viewing the vibrant colors of autumn leaves can be quite a mood elevator. Sound boring?  Do it on a bike ride along the lakefront path, go for a drive north to the Botanical Gardens, or continue on to Wisconsin for a change of scenery.

Go to the Beach. There won’t be any volleyball or eye-candy in bathing suits, and you may need a jacket, but the fall is an amazing time to hit the beach. Head there with a chair, a book and a hot chocolate. Even better, head to Montrose Dog Beach and watch the canines frolic!

Get outta Dodge. There are some truly idyllic settings that feel very un-city like that are just a hop, skip, and a short drive or train ride away. Take a run, a brisk walk or do some cycling at one of these sweet spots:  The Illinois Prairie Path, The Desplaines River Trail or the Busse Woods Trail.

Brunch it is.  Enjoy Brunch on your own or with other football-indifferent. Try one of these awesome spots:  Lula Cafe in Logan Square, Bite Café or Nana Organic, and avoid the waits on days when the game is on!

Help others. How about spending a few hours volunteering at a shelter, community garden, nursing home, or even doing a project for an aging parent or grandparent? These days it’s easy to whittle away hours doing things like posting on Facebook and Instagram, and watching re-runs of HIMYM, yet few people reach out to lend a hand to their neighbors. Find opportunities to do just that at: http://www.chicagocares.org/.

Be a tourist for a day. Have you been to the Bean lately? Did you know about the awesome Magritte exhibit at the Art Institute? When was the last time you went kayaking on the Chicago River? There are zillions of things to do in this awesome city that don’t involve a couch or a remote. Get out there and enjoy!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.