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.
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.
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.
Classic relaxation massage using long strokes and deep kneading to release stress and relax muscles. 30/60/90 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
Paraffin on Hands, Feet, or Both
Deluxe Eye Treatment
SERVICES VARY BY LOCATION
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…
The Eyes Have It: One Year of Eyebrow waxing (15 waxes)
The Full Monty: One Year of Bikini or Brazilian Waxes (12 waxes)
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
Monday – Friday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Summer is ending, but you don’t have to say goodbye to your tan! Save $30 on a Three-Pack of Tans….This month just $99 (reg. $129)* Call or visit your favorite Ortanic location for more information or book your appointment now.
*September 2014 only. May not be combined with other promotions or discounts. Non-transferable and may not be shared.
4 Easy Steps to Preventing Breakouts
Does it seem like as you age you are more likely to breakout during odd times of the month? Cleansing your skin on a daily basis can help, but there are other simple things you can do to prevent your skin from erupting.
1. Clean your makeup brushes
Over time makeup brushes can collect oil and bacteria, especially if you have had previous breakouts. This can cause both oily and regular skin to break out. You should be cleaning your brushes at least once a week with a brush cleaner to get the best results. You can also clean your brushes with soap and water. Make sure you do so until the water runs clear, then just lay it on a clean cloth to dry.
2. Change your pillowcase
Think about all the products you put in your hair: hairspray, wax, gel, mousse, etc. When you lay down on your pillow all those chemicals get transferred onto your skin. To prevent blemishes, make it a habit to change your pillowcase at least twice a week. As a shortcut, flip your pillows to the other side when you don’t have time for laundry.
3. Clean your phone
When you answer your phone you press your skin against the screen, causing the bacteria to be transferred onto your skin. If you are breaking out around your chin line, this might be the cause. Make it a habit to clean your phone’s screen once per week with an antibacterial wipe.
4. Give it time
Any time we start a new skin regimen, including cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing, we expect to immediately wake up with amazing outcomes by morning. Be patient! It could take up to six months for results to show. Stick with it and the results will reveal themselves in due time.
Follow these basic steps and you’ll see your skin improve and stay blemish free. And as always, don’t forget to compliment your perfect skin with a flawless custom airbrush tan from Ortanic!
See you next month!
Guest blog courtesy of Kat Maj, Ortanic Coordinator. Contact Kat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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! 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:
Find quiet time indoors for DIY projects, reading, writing or even office work you’ve put off.
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.
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)
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.
Break out that roll-neck sweater you wore in college. Nostalgia and a cozy sweater are good for the soul!
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!
Take advantage of the perfect-for-running cool weather to do your run outside, without dropping from the humidity or freezing in the cold.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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 email@example.com.