About Us

The Backward Look offers affordable and convenient licensed aesthetics and massage therapy services in Waukegan, IL and the surrounding areas.

Offering various medical aesthetics such as AHA/BHA chemical and mechanical exfoliation as well as a variety of massage modalities, including Swedish, Lomi Lomi, Deep Tissue, Relaxation, and even animal massage services. We work with you to develop a unique therapeutic experience to meet your needs.

Whether you choose to book your appointment one hour out or one year away, you will be assured a relaxing experience from a licensed and professional massage therapist and aesthetician.

The Backward Look

650 Grand Ave

Waukegan , IL 60085 map it

(708) 506-2733

Hours of Operation

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Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients are saying


  • It was easy to schedule, convenient to drive to, parking was easy, and the experience was kind and professional.

    It's very easy to book

  • Outstanding!

    Inviting and professional from beginning to end. 90 minutes flew by. Highly recommend!

  • Jesse is amazing! One of the most powerful massages I’ve ever had! The setting is so calming and peaceful and his massage techniques are phenomenal. I was so relaxed and peaceful at the end! I’ll definitely be back.

    Nice location, everyone was very friendly. Great service.

  • Awesome experience very tranquil

    Very relaxing

  • A truly great massage.

    Wow! Great massage

The Swedish Massage

$90
60min
$120
90min
$200
120min

Couple's Massage

$180
60min
$240
90min
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Tandem Massage

$100
30min
$200
60min
$300
90min
$400
120min
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The Back Facial

$75
60min
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The Nourishing Facial

$75
50min
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Brightening Peel (Level I)

$100
30min
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The Lactic Peel (Level I & II)

$100
30min
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The Glycolic Peel (Level I & II)

$100
30min
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Vitamin A Micro Peel (Level III)

$120
30min
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The Skin Refining TCA Peel (Level IV)

$150
30min
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The Jessner Peel (Level V)

$250
30min
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5+1 = FREE! Promo: 60-minutes

Purchase 5 60-minute massage sessions & receive a 6th complimentary session.
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5+1 = FREE! Promo: 90-minutes

Purchase 5 90-minute massage sessions & receive a 6th complimentary session
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In-home Swedish Massage.

$120
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In-home Deep Tissue Massage

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J T.

License: IL #227017843

License: IL #131009173

64 Verified Reviews

The Swedish Massage

$90
60min
$120
90min
$200
120min

Couple's Massage

$180
60min
$240
90min
Select

Tandem Massage

$100
30min
$200
60min
$300
90min
$400
120min
Select

The Back Facial

$75
60min
Select

The Nourishing Facial

$75
50min
Select

Brightening Peel (Level I)

$100
30min
Select

The Lactic Peel (Level I & II)

$100
30min
Select

The Glycolic Peel (Level I & II)

$100
30min
Select

Vitamin A Micro Peel (Level III)

$120
30min
Select

The Skin Refining TCA Peel (Level IV)

$150
30min
Select

The Jessner Peel (Level V)

$250
30min
Select

Special Offers

5+1 = FREE! Promo: 60-minutes

$450
60min.
Select

5+1 = FREE! Promo: 90-minutes

$600
90min.
Select
by Anonymous on Jul 17
JT was clear in his communication and very attentive. I felt welcomed and valued. The space was beautiful, comfortable, and I appreciated the use of aromatherapy. JT was very strong and deliberate in his massage but also very concerned about my comfort.
by Steve on Jun 28
a great massage very nice and very personable will definitely book again
by Anonymous on Jun 24
Outstanding!
by Anonymous on Jun 22
Listened to my issues and focused on them during the massage.
by Brett on Jun 17
The entire experience was amazing! Jesse is a gifted massage therapist
by Hannah on Jun 15
My 90-minute massage with JT was so incredibly rejuvenating. He was very attentive to my requests and made me feel welcome and comfortable from the moment I arrived. He used a great deal of pressure where needed and really helped relieve my tension.
by Michelle on Jun 11
Great energy
by Anonymous on May 26
Completely relieved
by Anonymous on May 26
The rhythm of the massage was perfect; he spent just the right amount of time on each problem area. Great touch, neither too heavy nor too light.
by charley on May 22
Excellent massage

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In-home Swedish Massage.

$120
60min
$150
90min
$200
120min
Select

In-home Deep Tissue Massage

$130
60min
$160
90min
$210
120min
Select

Average Rating:

4.97 (Based on 65 Reviews)

96 %

Ambiance
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Professionalism
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
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Service Received: The CBD-infused Swedish Massage with J T.
It was easy to schedule, convenient to drive to, parking was easy, and the experience was kind and professional.
by Steve on Jun 2021
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Service Received: The CBD-infused Swedish Massage with J T.
It's very easy to book
by Anonymous on Jun 2021
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Service Received: The CBD-infused Swedish Massage with J T.
Outstanding!

Business response:

Thank you for your review. Your feedback is valued & appreciated. When offering traveling bodywork, space is limited to where we work with you in. Please consider this if rating ambiance anything less than 5 stars, or communicate with us what you would like to have improved, so that we have an opportunity to make the entire session perfect. We take great pride in being a 5-star service provider, & we are here to assist you in your healing. Namaste

by Anonymous on Jun 2021
Verified
Service Received: The CBD-infused Swedish Massage with J T.
Inviting and professional from beginning to end. 90 minutes flew by. Highly recommend!
by Brett on Jun 2021
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Service Received: The CBD-infused Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse is amazing! One of the most powerful massages I’ve ever had! The setting is so calming and peaceful and his massage techniques are phenomenal. I was so relaxed and peaceful at the end! I’ll definitely be back.
by Hannah on Jun 2021
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Service Received: The CBD-infused Swedish Massage with J T.
Nice location, everyone was very friendly. Great service.
by Michelle on Jun 2021
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Service Received: The CBD-infused Swedish Massage with J T.
Awesome experience very tranquil
by Anonymous on May 2021
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Service Received: The CBD-infused Swedish Massage with J T.
Very relaxing
by Anonymous on May 2021
Verified
Service Received: The CBD-infused Swedish Massage with J T.
A truly great massage.
by charley on May 2021
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Service Received: The CBD-infused Swedish Massage with J T.
Wow! Great massage
by Anonymous on May 2021
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Service Received: The CBD-infused Swedish Massage with J T.
I had an excellent experience and intend to return in the near future.
by Anonymous on May 2021
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Service Received: The CBD-infused Swedish Massage with J T.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: I opted for a therapeutic massage without CBD. And I have to say it was fantastic. The essential oils smelled heavenly. I judge a massage by how I feel the next day. I slept so deep afterwards. I woke up the next day with energy and drive for the 1st in many months. I am getting things accomplished! Thank you for a restorative therapeutic massage!
by Mindy on Apr 2021
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with E. T.
Place was clean with relaxing atmosphere and fair prices.
by Anonymous on Mar 2021
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse takes you to another world.
by MICHAEL on Mar 2021
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse gave me the most relaxing massage I’ve ever had. My life and career have a lot of stress and it can be difficult for me to unwind and relax. I was able to let all of that go during my booking with Jesse. I highly recommend.
by Anonymous on Mar 2021
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse did a wonderful job of making the whole time a moment of true relaxation. Something much needed. I would recommend him highly.
by Anonymous on Feb 2021
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Service Received: Tandem Massage with J T.
Excellent massage. Very therapeutic and professional. I'd highly recommend.
by Ken on Feb 2021
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Did a good job adapting to limited space in a mobile setting.
by Anonymous on Feb 2021
Verified
Service Received: Tandem Massage with J T.
I decided to splurge with the tandem massage. It was wonderful!
by Anonymous on Feb 2021
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Overall, great.
by Anonymous on Feb 2021
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Highly recommended!
by Howard on Feb 2021
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Service Received: Tandem Massage with J T.
The drive is well worth the trip. I'll definitely be back.

Business response:

Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We appreciate you, and are happy you enjoyed your tandem session.

by David on Jan 2021
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
It was a great experience! I will be back! Thank you for Everything!
by Ute on Jan 2021
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
What a magical time and place. Such a peaceful setting and Jesse is so considerate and professional that when you walk out of his massage studio ,you feel quite brand new again. This was my first time ,and appointment number 2 is already on the calendar! Don't delay and make that appointment, it is so worth it!You are so worth it!
by Anonymous on Dec 2020
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Great massage. Finally a therapist that knows what he is doing. Look forward to my next appointment!
by Chris on Dec 2020
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Service Received: The 4-handed session with J T.
HOT ma HOT
by Anonymous on Dec 2020
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Service Received: The 4-handed session with J T.
Hands down- best massage ever!
by Anonymous on Dec 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
I am a massage newbie. Jesse the first and only massage therapist I have seen. He is very professional, kind, welcoming, and easy to talk to. He has helped ease pain around my neck that I've now had for a while. Highly recommend.
by Greg on Oct 2020
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse is wonderful. The ambience is great. Highly recommended!
by Anonymous on Sep 2020
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse provides a comfortable and trusting environment that lets the stress of everyday life melt away, if even for just awhile.
by Anonymous on Sep 2020
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Charming historic cottage that has been converted in to a wonderful spa.
by Anonymous on Sep 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Excellent overall experience
by Daniel on Jul 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
It was perfect! Couldn’t have asked for more. I hope to be a regular client!
by Michael on Apr 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
This was my first visit with Jesse. He addressed concerns, spoke to how the flow of the massage would go, and stayed focused on where I had concerns during the service. I appreciated the consultation and listening to me.
by Anonymous on Mar 2020
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Very clean and comfortable studio. I felt very respected and cared for during the massage.
by Anonymous on Feb 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Only downside of massage space: lack of full bathroom facilities.
by Anonymous on Feb 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
I will be back!
by Anonymous on Feb 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
I will definitely go back!
by Anonymous on Feb 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
An overall fantastic experience. Jesse is exceedingly good with his hands and intuitively targets problem areas. I will surely return.
by Anonymous on Feb 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
I have had many massages over the years by many different massage therapist. I can honestly say Jessie is in the top 5. He is truly a gifted man. His massage is flawless. I love the long strokes and the light to medium touch. For those who live in Wisconsin, like i do, you have to give Jessie a try. I will guarantee you will be back. I know I will again and again and again. He is worth the drive. Thank you Jessie, you are one of a kind.
by Anonymous on Feb 2020
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse was very comforting and his studio matches the comfort he gave. The 90 minute massage did not seem enough for Jesse will put you in a very relaxed space that you would not want to get out of. He is very respectful and constantly ask if the pressure is ok which was greatly appreciated. He is very knowledgeable and intuitive when it comes to what your body needs. Jesse is great in what he does and would highly recommend people to experience his touch.
by Anonymous on Jan 2020
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
This was my first experience with Tao Skin & Body. I got a 30 minutes massage. Everything was great. Next time I will get the full hour. Thanks, Jesse.
by Anonymous on Jan 2020
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Eric provides an excellent massage.
by Anonymous on Jan 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse instantly made me feel at ease when I got to his office for my first appointment. I loved how easy it was to schedule with him. His online software confirmed my appointment and sent me a reminder text. His candle lit massage studio, spa music and incredible touch were just what I needed. The massage was so relaxing, I didn't want to get up off the heated able at the end of my 90 minutes. One of the best professional massages I have had in a long time!
by Anonymous on Dec 2019
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
I contacted Jesse very late that day and he was able to get me in for a late appointment which was great. I arrived to meet a wonderful person very nice, well groomed, and professional. The room was amazing, nice table, heated, dim lighting. The massage was better yet, I don't think I was ever so relaxed during a massage. The time just flew by. I would definitely recommend Jesse to anyone. Most relaxing massage I ever had.
by Anonymous on Dec 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Me gusto por la puntualidad de comenzar a tiempo y el ambiente súper, olor rico, el masaje está a pedir de boca, está todo bueno!
by Anonymous on Dec 2019
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
What a great experience. Jesse is attentive and clearly enjoys his work. I will be calling him again when I am next in town.
by Jorge on Dec 2019
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
I arrived early and Jesse was able to accommodate me, the massage was calming taking me to my happy zone! Amazing...coming back!
by Barry on Nov 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse has an excellent touch, very soothing and tender while still working out all the kinks in my muscles. He is very skilled with longer strokes that helped to relax me. Plus, Jesse is very kind and genuine which helped put me at ease. I look forward to my next massage.
by Anonymous on Nov 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse is a very friendly and warm human being. He puts you completely at ease as much by his persona as the massage itself. His studio space is very large, calm and relaxing with a heated table. Jesse was perceptive to my body's responses and custom tailor my massage to my specific needs. I will definitely be a repeat customer. His studio was easy to find and there is plenty of parking. An exfoliating towel to remove any excess oil from the body after the massage could be added to make this an exceptional experience. Thank you Jesse.
by Callan on Nov 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse was great! We are all going back.
by Anonymous on Oct 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
I had expected a deep tissue massage only to find out, clinician doesn’t really do deep tissue massages. At the end of session, therapist offered to give me a referral to another clinician for deeper work. I’m aware that I could have asked if he does deep tissue before setting up the appointment. If you want a relaxing, gentle rubdown in an unusually nicely decorated space, I’d highly recommend this clinician.
by Anonymous on Oct 2019
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
The massage session was wonderful. Once you step into the massage room you know you are in the good hands of this professional. I felt warm and welcome with Jesse. The pressure of the massage was perfect and relaxing. I felt relaxed and rejuvenated after my massage. I will definitely be returning.
by Eber on Oct 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse was wonderful, very professional and definitely made me feel comfortable. I am looking forward to seeing him again!
by Eber on Oct 2019
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Service Received: Hair Removal with J T.
Jesse was wonderful, very professional and definitely made me feel comfortable. I am looking forward to seeing him again!
by Anonymous on Sep 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jessie did a great job. Extremely relaxing. Will definitely be back. Thanks Jessie
by Anonymous on Sep 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse is an excellent massage therapist. My session was totally relaxing and mentally nourishing.
by Anonymous on Sep 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jessie did an amazing job. I have never had a massage quite like it. The continuous motion was very soothing.
by Anonymous on Sep 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
A really nice experience, perfect touch. Thank you.
by Anonymous on Aug 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Very relaxing...THX!
by Anonymous on Aug 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Very relaxing space and great massage. I will be back!
by Anonymous on Aug 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse provided an incredible and renewing experience during my massage. He is a skilled professional with a down-to-earth personality. He offered a clean and welcoming space as well. I highly recommend him.
by Scotshilya on May 2019
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Service Received: Bodywork with J T.
It was the best massage I ever had !!! I was so relaxed , I will definitely be returning for other services as well . Jesse is the best hands down !
by Jodi on Apr 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
Jesse put me at complete ease with his professionalism and concern for my well-being.
by Ellen on Mar 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with J T.
This was the most peaceful, relaxing massage I've received. Jesse is a very skilled professional and I look forward to returning.
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The Backward Look

650 Grand Ave

Waukegan , IL 60085 map it

Phone: (708) 506-2733

  • The Backward Look

  • 650 Grand Ave
  • Waukegan , IL 60085
  • (708) 506-2733