2021 Wellness Guide
Finally, 2020 is over and we’re still standing- but exhausted! You’ve come a long way, and learned to adapt like a superstar, but we’re not out of the woods just yet. That’s why focusing on personal wellness is so important moving into 2021! Winter this year may still look different, but with a little creativity and positivity, these fantastic businesses and products hand-picked by your site curators and crowd-sourced our readers will help to get you through it!
Special thanks to Playgroup North Shore for sponsoring this mama-needed guide! Please scroll down to the bottom to get to know this fantastic local business.
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Yoga, Meditation & Fitness
The benefits of these practices are almost endless for every age group. Meditation can help with sleeplessness, energy, vitality, stress management and focus. Yoga incredibly has many of the same benefits, with the inclusion of improving balance, strength, flexibility, circulatory health, weight stability, and arthritic symptoms. They are powerhouse practices on their own, but together can be a spectacular way to superior physical and mental health.
Life Time Athletic Northbrook
We joined the Northbrook Life Time location while still living in the city- it’s that good. Outfitted with soft, beautiful colors, a cafe, an expansive fitness floor that never feels busy, indoor and outdoor pools, group fitness studios, an amazing kids spaces, plus a spa — 90,000 stunning square feet of pure joy for any parent. Things are a little different these days with Covid restrictions, but the gym floor is open, the spa & salon are fully functional, you can use an empty studio for your own personal workout space for the many virtual workouts included with membership- and best yet, the kids club is open (masks and reservations required), so you can take a full 2 hours to workout and relax, ALONE.
100 Skokie Blvd,
Northbrook, IL 60062
When living in the city and just starting out with yoga practice, Yogaview was THE place- 15 years later, they’re still going strong. That says a lot about a studio. The style of most classes is primarily vinyasa, which indicates a blend of alignment-based yoga combined with creative sequencing and an emphasis on moving in sync with the breath. Each instructor makes every class a personal experience and believe us when we say- you’ll leave feeling refreshed, and sweaty with an open mind and heart.
1231 Green Bay Rd.
Wilmette, Illinois 60091
We love a barre class! These are tough and satisfying, but not intimidating. For virtual classes, barre is amazing because you don’t need much at home to make it happen- just grab a chair! “Barre. Cycle. FIT. This is your body on Salt. We’re throwing out the one-workout-fits-all model and giving you a solid foundation of essential elements to finally achieve your fitness goals.”
410 Green Bay Rd,
Kenilworth, IL 60043
With 6 different class types from hot and powerful to slow and mindful, YogaSix has every mood and experience level covered. Need to wind down after a crazy day, take a restorative class. Ready to kick start your 2021 fitness goals? Try a class with strength training! Bonus points, owner Susan is so sweet and community oriented!
1515 Sheridan Rd,
Wilmette, IL 60091
Sol + Luna
This is the kind of place you hear about and can’t wait to experience. From the story of how the two friends decided to open the space, to the treatments and perfectly curated products, it’s just SO good. “It took a relocation to the opposite end of the world in the East and a battle with an aggressive form of breast cancer in the West to inspire two friends to launch Sole + Luna, under a full Harvest moon in late 2019. We promise to offer a genuine refuge from the hustle and grind, a place to reset and reflect – on your journey, your health and your wellness.“ Take part in workshops, yoga, meditation and more here!
1015 Tower Court
Winnetka, IL 60093
Spa, Massage and Wellness Treatments
This industry Is constantly introducing innovated practices, but one thing remains- no matter holistic or aesthetic, it’s always self-care.
This is your all in one go-to for head to toe surgical and non-surgical enhancements for face, breasts, and body. Each treatment or procedure is fully customized to bring out your natural beauty. Look like you, but refreshed! We love Shannon for injectables and Nicki for esthetics. Both are gentle, honest and always have their clients best interests in mind when choosing the right treatment.
512 Green Bay Road
Kenilworth, IL 60043
Chicago Family Acupuncture
We’re big believers in Acupuncture at CNSM and we here this is THE place in the North Shore! Chicago Family Acupuncture is founded by owner and mom Zahava, a Doctor of Acupuncture certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. “At Chicago Family Acupuncture we use acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition, cupping, and other modalities to help people reclaim their health and be the best, happiest versions of themselves. Every person has the ability to make meaningful changes in their lives. When we are in a state of optimal health, we can be our best selves. Pain, illness, disease, and disorder distract and disconnect us from living the life that we want.”
2550 Compass Rd, Unit A-B
Glenview, Il 60026
We love the amazing massages here, but what makes it even more enticing to visit is the vast array of wellness products you can take home after your treatment too! Oils, china gel, tools to work out those pesky knots that pop up- they’ve got it.
1779 Green Bay Rd #101
Highland Park, IL 60035
Fresh Skin Medical Spa and Wellness Center
Have you ever tried a FreshEnergy B12 shot? If not, you need to! Fresh Skin focuses on more than just the outside by providing wellness consultations, including comprehensive blood panels and in-depth analysis with a provider. Then using advanced lab work they assess hormones, metabolism, genetics, nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, and personalized nutrition and exercise protocols that are unique to each patient. The providers perform a deep dive into medical history, concerns, and goals to create a customized wellness plan for each client that is both realistic and attainable.
595 Elm Place, Suite 208
Highland Park, IL 60035
North Shore Salt Therapy Center
Halotherapy is a natural alternative and complimentary way of improving general wellness, respiratory issues, skin conditions, detoxification, athletic performance and more. Plus it’s ultra relaxing and you don’t have to endure anything to reach these benefits besides sit! Exactly what we all need right now.
1282 Old Skokie Valley Rd
Highland Park, IL 60035
Outside of the amazing benefits floatation-REST provides, it’s ultra relaxing!
Studied for more than 30 years, floatation-REST (reduced environmental stimulation therapy) has been found to decrease stress and anxiety, increase mental focus and clarity, reduce joint and muscle pain, and improve sleep when practiced regularly.
1214 Washington Ave
Wilmette IL 60091
Counseling, Therapy, & Organizational Help
We could all use a little (or a lot) of help in these areas right now! From the mental fatigue and anxiety this last year has caused to the tornados (or kids) that have run through our homes- these are a few fantastic options to get you back on track and ready to conquer the world mama.
Inspire Counseling Center
We love Inspire Consulting Center for so many reasons! Owner and Founder Lauren Schifferdecker has created a loving space in Northbrook with a team of incredible therapist. Just visiting the website feels light, comforting and filled with positivity and love! Inspire welcomes clients of all ages and there’s sure to be a therapist within the team that is the perfect fit for each family member in need.
A messy, unorganized house causes so much stress! Sometimes self help means letting go & letting someone else help- enter girlFriday! Local mom, Andreea Pfeifer, founded girFriday to provide reliable and outstanding cleaning and organizing services to busy families like herself- so she created a one-stop-shop for residential cleaning & organizing services!
Courage to Connect
Happy parents, happy home… Happy kids, happy home- it’s really all one continuous circle, right?
By helping clients identify the positive aspects of their lives and achievements both large and small, they aim to cultivate hope and revive an outlooks on life. By working as a team Courage to Connect brings extensive experience working with individuals and families to each session and balance each client’s needs with a case-appropriate treatment plan.
Supplements, Clean Beauty, Tools & Tips!
Treat your body from head to toe! From what we put on our skin to what goes in our mouths, it all plays a part towards a healthy you!
Staci Friedman, Beauty Counter Director
You’ve probably heard of beauty counter by now, but did you know that they’ve banded 1800 harmful ingredients in their products compared to only 30 on the United States FDA list?! Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and everything is absorbed through it- make sure what you’re putting on yours is good for you! Ready to get started? Stacy Friedman is a local mom and beauty counter director. Contact her for more information & the right regime for you!
CBD has become as mainstream over the last year and we’re all for it. From supplements to bath bombs, this oil can work wonders. Anxiety relief, arthritis, join and generalized pain relief, stress management and sleep support are just a few of the benefits. These are our favorite women owned brands that are making their mark in the industry.
Press Pause– We did a meet a mom feature on this amazing founder! Find everything from bath bombs to lotions!
Equalibria– Founded right here in Chicago the daily gels and drops are amazing for sleep & stress management.
Saint Jane– This one is actually a serum and the beautiful packaging alone will get you- and you can pick this up at local Sol + Luna!
Okay, we’re a little beauty tool obsessed here and try it all. These are a few easy, inexpensive tools to incorporate into your daily routine that you won’t regret!
Dry Brushing- The main benefits of dry brushing are detox and dead skin removal. Brush in quick upward motions, moving toward your heart. You can do this on wet skin with an oil, but we like to start with dry skin while standing in the shower before getting wet, then rinse. Follow with moisturizer. You can pick up a dry brush at any beauty store!
Jade or Rose Quartz Roller- These skin care tools are used on the face with serums and can help products penetrate and last longer because they aren’t absorbed by you fingers, reduce puffiness, and boost blood circulation for glowing skin. Easy & worth the few minutes!
Ellie & Shawn’s Tips
We’re sharing a few little things we plan to do through this new year, because the more we all share and support each other as women and mothers, the stronger we’ll all be!
– Daily Walks Outside! Fresh air and nature is a must, especially when we have such gorgeous areas to explore in the North Shore!
-Feel Good Music! Blast it or background, sing of dance, music is good for the soul. Spotify has the best pre-made playlists for every mood and we love that they create new just for you based on listening.
-Healthy Eating, EASILY! Healthy eating takes commitment and work. Little changes like swapping coffee for green tea, and veggies instead of pita chips with dip DO make a difference. Baby steps.
-Sweat! It’s become really tough to fit in workouts. We’re trying to commit to 20-30 min, 5 days a week. If you can’t break away from the kiddos, try an online workout geared towards kids. Get Kids Moving on YouTube has fun & quick ones that are actually a good workout! Ellie loves PSK4Life For at home workouts!
-Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff! This is easier said than done, but so important this year. You don’t have to be super mom. Focus on happy & the rest is just a bonus if you get to it.
Our Sponsor- Playgroup North Shore
We want to give a huge and special thank you to the sponsor of this guide, Playgroup North Shore!
When we started talking about a Wellness Guide, we knew that these businesses had just endured an incredibly tough year of multiple closures and obstacles. We wanted to find a way to spread the word without it coming out of their pockets and Playgroup North Shore didn’t hesitate For a second to help support their fellow local businesses. Owners, Arta and Nita graciously offered sponsorship in community spirit- that’s just the kind of women that they are. They are two of the kindest business owners we have encountered in the North Shore and not only have a deep passion for teaching their little people at Playgroup, but for community.
Playgroup North Shore provides structured, play-based learning in a safe, supportive, and fun environment Glencoe, IL. Programs are designed for children 15 months through Kindergarten with a flexible schedule to chose from. Be sure to check them them out here!
366 Park Ave
Glencoe IL 60022