The stretch of Ogden Avenue between Hinsdale and Downers Grove is dotted with high-end car dealerships, which hints at the affluence of the surrounding communities. But even if you can’t afford a Maserati, Porsche or Land Rover, you can still cruise over to the nearby train station on Burlington and indulge yourself with luxurious spa treatments for less.
Whether it’s a blueberry enzyme facial, a sun-splashed spray tan or a deep tissue massage, the Universal Spa Training Academy makes it easy—and affordable—to satisfy your flights of fancy. And with prices ranging from $37 for an age smart facial and $40 for a hour long hot stone massage to a mere $8 for an eyebrow shaping and wax, there is beauty to behold in the bottom line.
By all appearances, the short, squat building at 340 Burlington Avenue does little to hint at the edifice’s inner beauty. But step inside and you’ll find soothing music, sea salts, and calming colors —all that put the “ah” in spa.
Universal Spa Training Academy (UTSA) used to be the “area’s best kept secret,” but now the word is getting out. ABC 7’s Janet Davies recently did a segment on her “190 North” show that highlighted the spa’s services, its owner’s mission statement, and the professionalism of the over 100 future estheticians who take classes in massage therapy, medical aesthetics, aesthetics, nail technology or instructor training.
As a new mom of a three-month old son, Tina Hynes of Evergreen Park is certainly happy that she caught wind of the services available at UTSA. Hynes tried a facial for the first time and noted that, “it was very soothing and relaxing, which was needed as a first-time mom. It was like a massage for your face.” Hynes added that, “after being homebound for 6 weeks caring for Frankie it was time to get out and pamper myself a bit.”
Hynes also appreciates the spa’s evening hours, which allows husband Mike to care for Frankie while she pampers herself from head to toe. Hynes said. “I also got a spray tan, which made me feel great as everyone looks healthier with a tan. Plus, I received many compliments saying that I was glowing. Little did they know it was the spray tan!”
UTSA can count on a return visit from Hynes who noted that, “I will definitely be back to try the massage services, get another customized facial and get sprayed again. The prices are less than half of what you would pay for a high-end spa, which fits my budget with a new baby.”
Hynes added that, “it’s also great to help the students by letting them practice their skills on me.” Her mother, Mary Annoreno is equally enthusiastic over the spa’s services as she recently enjoyed an eyelash tint and hope to return for an anti-aging facial in the very near future. Reviews on Yelp were equally positive.
Universal Spa Training Academy accepts appointments on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10am-3:15. They are open until from 10am until 8:45 in the evening on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The spa will start Saturday appointment hours in January 2015. To schedule an appointment call 630-968-6800 option 2. Go online at http://spatrainingacademy.com/ for a complete list of services.