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Ways to Achieve Nirvana

Winners for best extreme massage, meditation studio, floatation tank, fancy facial, and health club day pass.

Chill meditation studio   Lisa Gottschalk
Extreme Massage

Ashiatsu Massage at Waldorf Astoria Spa

Feeling like a doormat can be a good thing. This swank spa’s therapists walk all over you (barefoot, of course) during an exceptional deep-tissue treatment designed to improve circulation and posture. $210 for 60 minutes, $305 for 90 minutes. 11 E. Walton St., waldorfastoriachicagohotel.com

Meditation Studio


This beautifully minimalist River North studio offers 30-minute no-frills (and no-incense) classes that you can work into your lunch hour, in your work clothes, without smelling like patchouli afterward. $22 a class, $150 a month for a membership. 222 W. Kinzie St., chillchicago.com

Fancy Facial

Second Skin Facial at the Peninsula Spa

A 3-D printer pops out custom-fitted hyaluronic acid patches that help your skin absorb rejuvenating products from the posh French line Biologique Recherche. When it’s all done, you’ll swear you had fillers. $300. 108 E. Superior St., chicago.peninsula.com

Floatation tank
Photo: Courtesy of Float Sixty
Floatation Tank

Float Sixty

Bobbing alone in salt water in total darkness is pure, disconnected bliss. Claustrophopic? This specialized spa also offers an open pod and a spacious clamshell-like enclosure. $60 for first-timers. 303 W. Erie St., floatsixty.com

Health Club Day Pass

Equinox Lincoln Park

Here’s a spa day trifecta: Take a calorie-scorching class (our pick: Best Butt Ever), detox in the steam room, and smother yourself in complimentary Kiehl’s products. $50. 1750 N. Clark St., equinox.com

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