Antalee Wellness Center & Spa

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Suburban Woman North Shore Magazine

September-October 2008


Self Improvement:
Nourishing Your Inner and Outer Beauty

By: Aneta Arutcheva

"I have always wanted to empower people and help them feel beautiful, inside and out," says Aneta Arutcheva , owner of Antalee Wellness Spa & Gallery in downtown historic Glenview, just a block east of the train station on Glenview Road. Aneta's own personal journey to health and wellness was the impetus for opening this unique spa offering services that treat the whole of who you are. Besides the traditional spa services, which include manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, and laser removal, Antalee Spa offers chiropractic, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, coaching, nutritional counseling, Reiki, and even psychic readings!

Dedicated to Health & Healing

For the last 15 years, Aneta has dedicated her whole life to her own healing, having had severe food sensitivities all her life. After discovering macrobiotics, she began to turn her life around, and not only did her body feel better, but her own sense of well-being increased tremendously. "I came to experience firsthand that the food we put into our bodies affects the way we feel physically, mentally and emotionally, as well as how we look, which in turn enhances how we feel. And I felt so much more alive and energetic."

So the philosophy at Antalee Spa is to offer a place where people can come to approach wellness from all angles: body, mind and spirit. Starting when you enter through the spa door, you encounter an atmosphere of serenity and peace. Displayed there are health and beauty products made of the finest natural ingredients. You can browse books and CDs on self empowerment, healing and meditation. Just steps away is the café, offering completely organic, macrobiotically cooked food … very few places on the North Shore offer such a healthy menu. And what's also special about this café is its chef, Aneta's father, Gary, who cooks everything fresh and with a love for what he does that's very evident with each bite. You have to try it!

An Organic Body, Mind & Spirit

Beyond the entrance is an exquisite world of the finest spa services offered by a staff of experts providing you with an experience that brings you deep relaxation and restorative energy whether it be through a manicure or deep tissue massage. Everyone at Antalee knows taking care of the body affects the whole, meaning mind and spirit, too. Any products used in spa services are organic and all-natural.

Also on staff is therapist Julie Doherty, M.A., offering hypnosis, hypnotherapy, life coaching, spiritual direction and meditation. Dr. Justin Gruby is the staff's chiropractic medicine physician, who facilitates physical therapy and nutritional therapy. Valerie Merner, MSOM, L.Ac., is Antalee's acupuncturist, offering various ways to promote health working with the meridians of the body. Aneta- -not just the owner-- offers Reiki, Feng Shui consulting and nutritional counseling. And if it's a reading you'd like, Beverly Koeppel is the staff's psychic, specializing in Tarot, photo readings and name analysis.

A Mission of Self- Empowerment

All the specialists at Antalee practice a holistic approach in their individual areas of expertise. "I looked for practitioners who shared my same philosophy," says Aneta, "I believe that beauty is much more than just on the outside, and what truly makes a person beautiful is self-empowerment. It's important to take care of yourself on the outside because to look good is to feel better about yourself. But to really be fully beautiful, you need to be fully empowered … that's done through working on yourself inside, too."

In further commitment to promote overall health and wellness, Antalee offers several classes, including Hatha Yoga, with an emphasis on stretching and increasing flexibility in the body. Nia class is offered once a week. Nia, or "the art of motion" is a popular and fun way to exercise, gain strength and balance and create grace and power in your movements. There are also weekly meditation classes and classes on special topics, including nutrition, Feng Shui, Law of Attraction, chakra cleansing, and so much more.

For more information, please visit our website at We hope to see you soon and assist you in your transformation … in body, mind and spirit!