Lazy summer days are our favorite kind. After running around outside or spending time cruising the lake, it's time to relax in Chicago. Here's how.

 

Sound meditation at Anatomy Redefined

Anatomy Redefined is Chicago's first wellness studio offering Pilates and sound healing. Pilates reformer classes end with several minutes of gong bath meditation, similar to how shavasana concludes yoga class, but with soothing sound waves.

Owner Elizabeth Meador is both a sound practitioner and Pilates instructor, who returned home to Chicago to open her own boutique studio in the trendy West Loop. She teaches every class herself and says group sound meditation is her most popular offering. "Sound meditation helps people relax because our body is just like an instrument and can literally become out of tune," Meador explains. "These palpable vibrations help open and balance energy pathways in the body just like acupuncture or yoga. People will occasionally fall asleep during the meditation because they are so relaxed." 1241 W. Madison Street

 

Cat Aldana doing yoga pose on a rooftop

Take a restorative yoga class with one of Chicago's top yoga instructors. Cat Aldana, founder of Eat Stretch Nap, incorporates breathing meditation and mindfulness in all of her classes at the Spa at JW Marriott. “Focusing on your breath brings balance and stability to your mind and body,” she says. “And it's an easy way to decrease stress and tension wherever you might be.” Catch her Tuesday or Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. 151 W. Adams Street, 312-660-8250

 

Swimming pool at Four Seasons Chicago

Men and women alike will enjoy the new bourbon massage at Four Seasons Chicago. Following a brown sugar and Kentucky bourbon scrub, relax with a healing massage of essential oils and heated stones. Afterwards, enjoy a glass of Allium's custom-blended Knob Creek barrel-select bourbon. 120 E. Delaware Place, 312-280-8800

 

Ashiatsu massage practitioner walking on client

The Waldorf Astoria Chicago just finished a spa renovation, including resurfacing and retiling locker rooms and pools. The Ashiatsu massage offered here is one of the most unique spa treatments in town. The therapist walks barefoot on your back with pushing and pulling strokes while holding onto overhead bars—the compression is even deeper than your typical deep-tissue experience. 11 E. Walton Street, 312-646-1300

 

 

Plan a relaxing getaway at these other Chicago hotel spas, or find your way to a hotel pool where you can wade through the waters or take a dip in the Jacuzzi.