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Can I get Novalash lash extensions at Reflexion?

posted Apr 18, 2016, 10:57 AM by Jason Spencer

You may be surprised at the type of requests we have received over the years from our customers asking us to <please please> expand services so they don't have to go everywhere for the other primping and feel good things they do.  For Reflexion Spa to enter into any new offering it has to be the right environment, the right products (as natural as possible, safe, good corporate citizens, etc), and most importantly the right professionals providing top notch services.  All you have to do is look around your neighborhood to see the number of places popping up and then disappearing and believe me, finding the right formula is easier said than done.  Our Reflexion Spa in Hinsdale is the answer to much of what our customers have been asking for over the past 3+ years, and at only ~25 minutes from downtown Chicago is an easy trip even for our customers that live in the city.  

The short answer as to whether we offer lash extensions is: YES.  We were lucky enough to be able to bring on Angie, Marcela, and Suzy to the team, all of whom are specifically trained in the art of lashes. 

Reflexion uses only Novalash, which has been on the market globally since early 2000's  and uses award-winning, long-lasting, pharmaceutical grade adhesives that have earned NovaLash® its reputation as “the healthiest” professional lash extension system. Comprised of a wide-ranging palette of colors and textures that can be combined for looks that run the gamut from subtle and natural to trendy and glamorous; each application is a work of art with an intricate finish.

As the industry leader, NovaLash offers superior education and training to its most talented and dedicated lash artists, and superior products and service to its clients. NovaLash works diligently to embody and exemplify the best that technology, science, creative artistry and customer satisfaction can achieve.

So, if you happen to have not been blessed with naturally long, full eyelashes come to Reflexion - your secret is safe with us.  See you soon!

Taking care of your Skin

posted Apr 4, 2016, 12:16 PM by Jason Spencer

I remember growing up I was amazed at how my grandma had a dressing table full of products with fancy sounding names, each with their own unique smells, not at all complementary of each other.  I used to pick them up and read the ingredients listed and had no idea what so many of the words were...but she assured me that they were all good for her.  I am sure she was right at least part of the time.  Fast forward  a few decades and we are at a point where many of us have evolved to demand better science and more natural products to use.  The Aveda line Reflexion Spa features exceeds the expectations of even the most discerning, and the results speak for themselves as they deliver balanced botanicals to the body.  Our professionals would be more than happy to speak with you in order to understand your concerns, and together we will work to create the right treatment program to ensure you look and feel your very best. Ask for Barbara, Marcela, or Suzy.

Master Aveda Stylists and a fantastic Barber - spotlight on Hair - Amy, Suzy, and Jackie

posted Mar 29, 2016, 5:48 AM by Jason Spencer   [ updated Mar 29, 2016, 6:19 AM ]

   Have you ever walked into a hair salon and felt completely lost, or completely ignored, or just plainly uncomfortable?  Were you greeted and listened to?  At the end of your appointment did you feel like you were paying way too much for far too little?  Reflexion Spa set out years ago to bring true service and comfort back for everyone, and in expanding our service line we are continuing to do just that.  Being ex mil I still get a haircut every 7 days whether I need it or not (and having fantastic professional barber services on site in Hinsdale helps) , but I know not everyone is like me and for some, especially ladies who rarely change styles but spend hours at home working to look their best, considering a new style or even taking a trip to the salon can be nerve racking.  
   That is where Reflexion Spa's own Amy and Suzy come in.  Amy is an Aveda master Stylist that has been cutting, coloring, and styling multiple generations of customers in Hinsdale for over 15 years, perfecting techniques that deliver classic styles while always staying up to date on the latest trends and methods for those that are more daring.  Suzy complements Amy not only with similar Aveda trained style, but helps complete your look by providing a full suite of cosmetology services...facials, nails, makeup, even waxing.  For the men in your life, even the ones who prefer to spend their time in the garage, bring them along to enjoy a massage, maybe a nail cleanup and a style or hot shave from Jackie...they will be floating on air and thank you for it later.
   As for those special days...homecoming, prom, weddings, birthdays...I can't count the number of times I have seen entire groups of ladies (often with unfortunate men in tow), rushing around from one place to the next always running short on time, or worse, starting hours earlier having stylists and makeup artists come to the house  to be rushed through a session...it is the epitome of chaos.  What if a place existed where you could bring your suits and dresses with you, go to one place where you could get a massage,  shower and get a cut or style; the men in your party could indulge in a hot shave while the rest enjoy skin treatments to make you glow and natural makeup to give your best features just the right accents, and then change on site and head out?  That place is Reflexion Spa, and we may be new to Hinsdale but we are already your next favorite spot.  Come see what you have been missing.

High Quality Full Service Spa in Hinsdale

posted Mar 25, 2016, 7:37 AM by Jason Spencer   [ updated Mar 25, 2016, 7:40 AM ]

Perhaps this is more of an announcement than a blog post...
Reflexion Spa was conceived of a goal to be the best independent, no nonsense spa in the Chicago area focused on core services and driven to perfection in delivery of the same to each of our customers.  While we have been winning awards and are highly reviewed, we have learned quite a bit in the past three years by listening and valuing each of our customers while staying true to our core brand and identity as the only fix it spot.  We have also learned how to not worry about those that try to imitate us, instead choosing to be flattered that others might (at least on the surface) share our vision of truly helping people.  
So we are raising the bar, again.  Over the past couple of years our customers have repeatedly asked us to apply our approach to providing even more service offerings.  Keeping this in mind as we looked to open our second space, we finally settled on a location in Hinsdale.  Located in historic downtown, the buildout is complete and we are open for business with an expanded range of services now offering not only the 
best deep tissue and couples massages in Hinsdale along with 
comprehensive acupuncture, 
cupping and herbal medicines BUT we decided to make it a full service Aveda concept spa using natural products to offer
Full service Hair (cut, color, style),
Nails,
Lashes,
Facials, Wraps, Scrubs and believe it or not...Makeup...all at better pricing and more consistent quality than you will find anywhere else in the area.  
This is all with the goal of truly being your one stop Fix It spot...see you soon!

When I choose a 'parlor'...and other things that need to be corrected

posted Nov 5, 2015, 11:26 AM by Jason Spencer   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 11:30 AM ]

Massage parlors, happy endings, masseuse...all such terrific terms right?  I can't count the number of times I have heard these used in casual conversation by potential customers.  On rare occasions past customers have even blown past all the terrific reviews, everything they read and see and experience intent that somehow their perception and expectations create truth...and then when our attractive, professional therapists that have spent years training and often have additional formal training provide the best massage they have ever had but don't entertain anything additional they are incensed and ask what kind of a "parlor" is this...that 'masseuse' gave horrible service...
Honestly, we will take those kinds of compliments all day long...we are Chicago's favorite fix it spot, and our therapists skills are unmatched.  Bring a friend and see what you have been missing.  See you soon ;-) 

Female therapists can't do deep tissue massage / I need REALLY deep tissue

posted Dec 12, 2014, 5:48 AM by Jason Spencer

Over the course of almost two years now I couldn't possibly count the number of times I have heard customers lament the many times they tried other places and ended up walking out feeling like they just wasted their time.  Often the initial comment is followed up by a story of how they chose a therapist based on their size or because they were a guy, or because of a myriad of other reasons that seemed to make sense at the time. Then they found us, through Yelp, by a friends recommendation, or just passing by and within a single session everything they "knew" about massage changed. Further proof  that you can't judge a book by its cover, despite some of our professionals petite stature, all of our therapists are deep tissue specialists, which unlike so many other places doesn't mean you will spend an hour feeling like you are being attacked by an elbow...there is so much more to it than that, and deep tissue doesn't have to mean extended pain. 

Part of our commitment to service is providing consistency and quality regardless the therapist, and no matter when you have time for an appointment.  While we appreciate that many of our customers have their favorites, don't be surprised if, on occasion we pair you with one of our other specialists to conduct your Fix It session.  We are confident that regardless who is taking care of you, you will leave feeling refreshed.

If it were called Bioinformatics and Biomedicine would that change your mind about Acupuncture?

posted Nov 6, 2014, 4:50 AM by Jason Spencer

Some interesting things are happening in the field of medicine, health sciences, and big pharma as baby boomers keep getting older and those younger than them keep pushing harder, all resulting in greater need for proactive and preventative care.  Personally I believe that within the next 2 decades we will be able to essentially replace major body components via either biological methods or synthetics.  This is coupled with the belief that we will find many of these heavily marketed treatments pushing pills at us in the middle of our favorite shows that still only treat symptoms are horribly detrimental to our species in general. This again is paired with a personal mission to figure out how we can best listen to our bodies which were designed by a master craftsman and have the ability to not only heal but thrive if we just work towards balance.  It is with this wellness mission in mind that Jade and I created Reflexion Spa.  Unfortunately our quick fix society has trouble accepting programs that don't cause drastic changes immediately.  

To make things even more muddy, those who do take a chance on alternative therapies like massage, acupuncture, and herbal treatments often end up in the hands of someone not truly capable.  Some of our clients have implored us to add more staff to make appointments easier but within the same conversation they concur that it isn't just anyone who can do what we do nor have they found anyone else with the superior skills like that of TzuWen, Jade, Jenny, and Michael.  These aren't your average off the street folks who took a couple continuing ed classes and then declared themselves experts...each one has worked years to truly master their craft in order to bring true healing to our customers.  

I invite you to check a recent article from WSJ related to how the world is finally taking notice...its only taken the mainstream a thousand+ years to catch up...so are you hot or cold?  Come find out...

http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-push-to-back-traditional-chinese-medicine-with-more-data-1415036616

Navigate Change with Acupuncture

posted Nov 5, 2014, 7:27 PM by Jason Spencer

With the weather changing here is some food for thought:

The Science of Acupuncture

posted Nov 5, 2014, 7:25 PM by Jason Spencer

You don't have to take our word for it, but once you have done your research and been fed up with other gimmicks we invite you to make an appointment and see the difference in your life.  Here are some links to get you started:

http://brainblogger.com/2014/10/21/the-science-of-acupuncture/



and a bit of a light hearted info
Everyone Gets Acupuncture and so Should You! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXI_29BUL0g


Boosting Your Immune System Before Flu Season

posted Nov 4, 2014, 9:02 AM by Jason Spencer

Blink once, and the summertime has passed, leaving cooler days and colorful foliage. Blink twice, and before you know it the chill of winter will be upon us, gusting in with snowy days and snuggly nights. Unfortunately, facing the approach of winter also means preparing for the return of flu season. But since we’re not quite into flu season yet, there’s plenty you can start doing to beef up that immune system!

Foods

Good old chicken noodle soup, right? Every time there’s a kid with a cold, there’s inevitably a mom who is force feeding that kid as much chicken noodle soup as he or she can take. Except that chicken noodle soup really does help in fighting off colds! In addition to containing electrolytes, it has anti-inflammatory and mucus reducing properties that make it an ideal food when you’re under the weather. Interestingly, some say that if you’re looking to stop a cold before it starts, you should hold off on the chicken soup and switch to tomato. Other foods that can ward off sickness include Chamomile tea, oats, and chili peppers. And of course, always of utmost importance, remember to keep your body hydrated with plenty of water!

Supplements

Supplements are probably the most obvious way to boost immunity. And within that most obvious way are the most obvious supplements, the ones that you’ve heard about every single time you’ve ever gotten sick: Vitamin C and Zinc. Granted, those are classically great. Yet there are some incredible immune boosters out there that are just starting to make a name for themselves. Colostrum, a form of mother’s milk that contains antibodies which protect against disease, and Elderberry extract, a supplement used for its antioxidant properties and activity against viruses/influenza, are both exceptionally beneficial for boosting the immune system.

Exercise

While experts aren’t entirely sure on the why, studies have found that exercise can help ward off infections. Theories on this range from the increased rate of circulation during activity helping white blood cells to find and identify invaders more quickly, to the rise in body temperature acting like a miniature fever and preventing bacterial growth. The one time that exercise should never be attempted is when you suspect you might be catching a bug or are already fighting one off. This is because when you are sick or coming down with something, your body needs to be able to put all of its energy into combating whatever is attacking it. The extra stress of a workout that can be so beneficial when you’re healthy now just becomes an additional drain on your body’s resources, possibly prolonging or intensifying your illness. So if you’re already feeling under the weather, skip the workouts for a while.

Cupping Therapy

A practice centered around the ancient Chinese beliefs of energies and chis, cupping therapy is a natural, relaxing, and non-invasive detoxification technique that places small cups, usually made of rubber or glass, at different keys areas of the body. The cups are then suction sealed, creating a vacuum that forces an increase in blood flow and draws toxins stored in tissue around the body. It is only once those toxins have been flushed out that they can be properly disposed of. The increased flow of blood and energy also results in a stronger physical body, boosting immunity and helping to combat infection.

De-stressing

Nothing can wear the body’s immune systems down faster than stress. Stress affects the body in so many negative ways, such as keeping you up all night (sleep deprivation is a sure way to find yourself coming down with something). If you’re leading a stressful life, you’re running a much higher risk for contracting an illness, not to mention the other bad effects that come with stress. So as flu season approaches, make sure you’re taking plenty of time for yourself to unwind. Ensure you’re setting aside time to practice the recreational activities you enjoy and perhaps learn some relaxation techniques. Did you and your significant other have a rough week at work? Maybe the weekend is a great time to go and get a couples massage. But whatever you need to do for yourself, keep those stress levels down! Do you have any favorite tips or tricks for boosting your immune system? Share in the comments below!

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