// JUST BREATHE

THE CITY’S NEW­EST WELL­NESS TREND HAS ON-THE-GO CHICAGOANS LIN­ING UP TO JUST. SIT. STILL.

Michigan Avenue - - CONTENTS - BY HEIDI MITCHELL

The city’s new­est well­ness trend has Chicagoans lin­ing up to just… sit… still.

In to­day’s mile-a-minute world, slow­ing down is the ul­ti­mate in­dul­gence—and three Chicago well­ness stu­dios are giv­ing lo­cals a place to take a su­per-sooth­ing men­tal break.

For­get in­cense, chakra cleans­ing, and gu­rus: Chill makes med­i­ta­tion ap­proach­able for the av­er­age busy pro­fes­sional. Opened in April by a yogi and a hedgie, the 4,000-square-foot stu­dio near the Merch Mart en­cour­ages mem­bers to pop in for 30-minute guided ses­sions fol­lowed by a chair mas­sage (clothes on!). While you recharge your mind, recharge your iphone: Each locker is fit­ted with a USB port. Classes from $22. 222 W. Kinzie St., 312-222-1442; chillchicago.com

Sound prac­ti­tioner El­iz­a­beth Meador, owner of Anatomy Re­de­fined, will give you a hug when you en­ter her stu­dio in the West Loop. Then she’ll im­merse you in a “sound bath.” You won’t get wet, but you will float away—the bronze gongs she plays for an hour are tuned to the ex­act vi­bra­tion of var­i­ous plan­ets to put at­ten­dees into a deeply restora­tive state. Ex­pect snor­ing. Classes from $30.

1241 W. Madi­son St., 312-8333280; anato­myre­de­fined.com

Breathe Bar brings med­i­ta­tion to you: Owner Sylvia Mal­don­ado and her “fac­ulty” of ex­perts can cre­ate a cozy space within your of­fice’s cor­po­rate walls so that a teacher can turn up to lead stress-re­liev­ing classes on de­mand. The re­sult: a hap­pier, health­ier work­force. Ses­sion prices by re­quest; my­breathe­bar.com

Quiet time: From Anatomy Re­de­fined (ƥƞɵƭ) to Chill (ƫƣơơƭ ƚƧƝ Ɯƞƨƭƞƫ), more and more Chicago des­ti­na­tions are beck­on­ing on-the-go lo­cals with op­por­tu­ni­ties to take a sooth­ing break from their busy lives.

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