Mindful Metropolis November 2009 : Page 24

living healthy | soothe your soul Transform and Nourish at Soulistic Studio and Spa by jen KhatChatrian space. Forget the sea of exercise machines and think of what it would be like if you and your friends could build your own studio/spa. What would it look like? Would you still watch TV suspended from the ceiling in a cold, gray mas- sive room? I doubt it. Soulistic is what I imagine most people would create for themselves if they only had the money, space and time. Soulistic engages your senses from the very I first moment you walk in. Warming earth col- ors flood the walls that expose big, bright win- dows connecting you with nature. The tinkling of a water fountain replaces those monotonous city noises with a peaceful hush. Minutes after I walk in I find myself taking deep breaths and giving in to the big smile that spreads across my face. My once fast paced, high-pitched voice is softened. At last I feel my shoulders lower and my tension begins to dissipate. All this and I hadn’t even started my spa treatment yet! The amazing green design, created by Sher- ry Herr, sets the tone for relaxation, but it’s the programming and staff that makes Soulis- tic unique. “We are dedicated to our clients,” says Margaret Castrovillari, owner of Soulis- tic Studio and Spa. “Our goal is to help make good life choices and encourage sustainable behaviors.” The marriage of studio and spa at Soulistic makes complete sense. Not only does the Soulistic team work with you, but they also collaborate with each other to build your cus- 24 november 2009 f you crave a retreat from the hustle and bus- tle of the city, head to Soulistic Studio and Spa where you can tune in and tone all in one tomized lifestyle program. Soulistic engages everyone with the same enthusiasm no matter where they are on the fitness spectrum. “We cater to people who need extra attention as well as the seasoned athlete who has specific goals in mind,” says Castrovillari. Recently they created the Pink Ribbon Pro- gram, a post operative workout enhancing re- covery after breast cancer. Soulistic is the only studio in the city doing this type of program. Likewise, they host many special events like Girls Night Out groups and corporate events to inspire a stronger work/life balance for the community. Although they are smaller than their super- sized competitors, Soulistic has a wide range of group classes that complement their per- sonal training and Pilates Reformer options. Their fee-for-service (sans hefty membership fee) sets them apart as well. I was thrilled that they host 10 different yoga classes for kids and adults. It feels like Soulistic is in sync with what it takes to maintain interest in fitness for the long term. Speaking of attention spans, if you are tired of your same old yoga routine check out Soulistic’s Nia Dance Class (a fusion of dance, yoga and martial arts), Cardio Hip Hop, Boot Camp, BOSU workout or their Bol- lywood Burn class. Don’t forget to indulge with some serious pampering too. If you thought the schedule of classes were long, Soulistic provides an even more extensive list of spa treatments includ- ing luxurious, healing massages, Thai Hot the amazing green design, created by Sherry herr, sets the tone for relaxation, but it’s the programming and staff that makes Soulistic unique. Compress (my favorite!), facials, waxing and sessions in their infrared sauna. They also of- fer over a dozen Ayurvedic treatments accom- panied by a consultation designed to impact your everyday life and to enhance your fitness program. It’s so easy to forget that wellness in- corporates all aspects of living, but at Soulistic it’s their mantra—“Transform the body. Nour- ish the soul.” So when you’re ready to disconnect from the city and tap into the self, head straight to Soulistic Studio and Spa. » Soulistic Studio & Spa 805 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 200 Chicago, Ill. 312.226.SOUL (7685) Jen Khatchatrian is an environmental activ- ist and founder of ChicagoGreenFamilies.com. Visit her blog at ecochicorganizer.com or con- nect with her at twitter.com/ecochic.

Soothe Your Soul: Soulistic

Jen Khatchatrian

Transform and Nourish at Soulistic Studio and Spa<br /> <br /> If you crave a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, head to Soulistic Studio and Spa where you can tune in and tone all in one space. Forget the sea of exercise machines and think of what it would be like if you and your friends could build your own studio/spa. What would it look like? Would you still watch TV suspended from the ceiling in a cold, gray massive room? I doubt it. Soulistic is what I imagine most people would create for themselves if they only had the money, space and time.<br /> <br /> Soulistic engages your senses from the very first moment you walk in. Warming earth colors flood the walls that expose big, bright windows connecting you with nature. The tinkling of a water fountain replaces those monotonous city noises with a peaceful hush. Minutes after I walk in I find myself taking deep breaths and giving in to the big smile that spreads across my face. My once fast paced, high-pitched voice is softened. At last I feel my shoulders lower and my tension begins to dissipate. All this and I hadn’t even started my spa treatment yet!<br /> <br /> The amazing green design, created by Sherry Herr, sets the tone for relaxation, but it’s the programming and staff that makes Soulistic unique. “We are dedicated to our clients,” says Margaret Castrovillari, owner of Soulistic Studio and Spa. “Our goal is to help make good life choices and encourage sustainable behaviors.” The marriage of studio and spa at Soulistic makes complete sense. Not only does the Soulistic team work with you, but they also collaborate with each other to build your customized lifestyle program. Soulistic engages everyone with the same enthusiasm no matter where they are on the fitness spectrum. “We cater to people who need extra attention as well as the seasoned athlete who has specific goals in mind,” says Castrovillari.<br /> <br /> Recently they created the Pink Ribbon Program, a post operative workout enhancing recovery after breast cancer. Soulistic is the only studio in the city doing this type of program. Likewise, they host many special events like Girls Night Out groups and corporate events to inspire a stronger work/life balance for the community.<br /> <br /> Although they are smaller than their supersized competitors, Soulistic has a wide range of group classes that complement their personal training and Pilates Reformer options. Their fee-for-service (sans hefty membership fee) sets them apart as well. I was thrilled that they host 10 different yoga classes for kids and adults. It feels like Soulistic is in sync with what it takes to maintain interest in fitness for the long term. Speaking of attention spans, if you are tired of your same old yoga routine check out Soulistic’s Nia Dance Class (a fusion of dance, yoga and martial arts), Cardio Hip Hop, Boot Camp, BOSU workout or their Bollywood Burn class.<br /> <br /> Don’t forget to indulge with some serious pampering too. If you thought the schedule of classes were long, Soulistic provides an even more extensive list of spa treatments including luxurious, healing massages, Thai Hot Compress (my favorite!), facials, waxing and sessions in their infrared sauna. They also offer over a dozen Ayurvedic treatments accompanied by a consultation designed to impact your everyday life and to enhance your fitness program. It’s so easy to forget that wellness incorporates all aspects of living, but at Soulistic it’s their mantra—“Transform the body. Nourish the soul.” <br /> <br /> So when you’re ready to disconnect from the city and tap into the self, head straight to Soulistic Studio and Spa.<br /> <br /> »»Soulistic Studio & Spa 805 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 200 Chicago, Ill.<br /> <br /> 312. 226.SOUL (7685) Jen Khatchatrian is an environmental activist and founder of ChicagoGreenFamilies.com. Visit her blog at ecochicorganizer.com or connect with her at twitter.com/ecochic.

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