Just outside Chicago in the lovely Highland Park, Illinois, is Olga’s Day Spa, where I was recently treated to the spa’s Signature Massage with Swedish Techniques and Hot Stones. I made my way to Highland Park with lots of excitement, because although I’ve had many massages, I’ve never tried one with hot stones.

The interior of Olga’s Day Spa is exquisite, decorated in luxurious neutrals and natural tones. The spa offers complimentary hand-crafted tea, coffee and citrus water for spa guests. After a few relaxing minutes in the waiting area, Hailey, my masseuse, guided me to the treatment room. A touch of lemongrass aromatherapy and dimmed lighting in the room made it super easy for me to relax and get into “massage” mode.

Hailey is an expert at letting her work do the talking. After asking at the beginning if the pressure was right, she let me melt into the table for a silent, peaceful hour of massage with Biotone Organics Massage creams. Because I store a lot of tension in my upper back and shoulders (most women do), Hailey focused on those areas and worked through the tension knots so that I left completely relaxed. And the hot stones? A perfect touch to the treatment on a rainy spring day.

After the massage, I found out that all of the revenue Olga’s generates after operational expenses and payroll is donated to a charity, which is chosen each year by votes from the staff. In 2015, profits are going to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. This is all part of Olga’s mission to combine inner and outer beauty. So, in a way, treating yourself is also helping to treat others, too!

During Spa Week Olga’s is also offering their “Build-a-Facial,” which allows customers to choose a cocoa, espresso or cucumber mask, and their Vegetable Keratin Manicure and Pedicure combination. Each service, of course, is just $50 from April 13-19.

The charming downtown district of Highland Park is absolutely worth a full day’s visit of spa-ing, shopping, and brunching, so plan some time into your schedule to check out the area if you have the chance!

Head to Spa Week to book your appointment now!

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