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The holidays, man. We’d put money on the fact that your head is already spinning from too many parties, sweets and dramatic family episodes. If you’re looking for a quick break from the madness--or are planning for a January detox as we speak--here are six ways to restore your balance.


Take a Mini Retreat
The Ruby Room has a spa, a salon, and shops; lucky for us, it also has an inn. The healing sanctuary (seriously--you?ll feel it when you walk in) has eight, soothing rooms with pillow-top mattresses, 500-thread-count sheets and no TVs. Ah, silence. Book a Weekday Retreat ($289) and you?ll get a one-night stay and two stress-relieving services.
Ruby Room, 1743-45 W. Division St., 773-235-2323 or     


Inhale All the Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is no joke. The right combination of fragrances can provide a gorgeously scented (and deeply effective) kind of therapy. Once a month, Lincoln Park’s Thumbelina-size Aroma Workshop hosts classes in the art of curing headaches, sleeping better and other wellness tricks. Or just stop by to pick up aromatherapy products. 
Aroma Workshop, 2050 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-1985 or

Hire a Holistic Health Coach
She left a stressful PR job, found her balance and now coaches others to do the same through her company, Find Your Prana. Shannon Terschule offers health coaching, personal cleanses, skincare and private yoga classes. And we can tell you firsthand: this lady is as warm, wise and calming as they come.



Yoga Six, which has several local studios, helps quiet chatterbox minds. The new meditation classes incorporate gentle movements, and focus on achieving mental clarity and increased productivity. Which are both pretty great Christmas gifts.
Check out locations here

Balance Your Chakra
At Ayurvedic spa Acchaa, the Chakra Balancing massage aims to clear up any energetic imbalances and is followed by a one-on-one session with a Reiki healer. A little woo-woo? Sure. But you’ll leave the place totally loosened up and with a much clearer head. (So, woo to that.)
Acchaa Spa, 500 North Wells St., 312-321-0011 or


Sweat It Out
If you don’t have time for a full spa service, Allyu Spa books 30-minute sessions in its infrared sauna on weekdays. Benefits of the heated retreat include stress relief, relaxation and major detoxification. Plus, you can lounge in the dreamy relaxation area afterwards.
Allyu, 600 W. Chicago Ave., 312-755-1313 or

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