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


  • Excellent massage. Very therapeutic and professional. I'd highly recommend.

    Did a good job adapting to limited space in a mobile setting.

  • I decided to splurge with the tandem massage. It was wonderful!

    Overall, great.

  • Highly recommended!

    The drive is well worth the trip. I'll definitely be back.

  • It was a great experience! I will be back! Thank you for Everything!

    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!

  • Great massage. Finally a therapist that knows what he is doing. Look forward to my next appointment!

    HOT ma HOT

The Swedish Massage

$50
30min
$95
60min
$135
90min
$250
120min

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
60min
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Alchimie Forever Brightening Peel (Level I)

$105
30min
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Male Body Trimming (half)

$50
30min
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Male Body Trimming (Full)

$100
60min
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5+1 = FREE! Promo: 60-minutes

Purchase 5 60-minute massage sessions & receive a 6th complimentary session
$475
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10+2 = FREE! Promo: 60-min

Purchase 10 60-minute massage sessions & receive 2 complimentary sessions
$950
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5+1 = FREE! Promo: 90-minutes

Purchase 5 90-minute massage sessions & receive a 6th complimentary session
$675
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Jesse T.

License: IL #227017843

License: IL #131009173

49 Verified Reviews

The Swedish Massage

$50
30min
$95
60min
$135
90min
$250
120min

Tandem Massage

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

The Back Facial

$75
60min
Select

The Nourishing Facial

$75
60min
Select

Alchimie Forever Brightening Peel (Level I)

$105
30min
Select

Male Body Trimming (half)

$50
30min
Select

Male Body Trimming (Full)

$100
60min
Select

Special Offers

5+1 = FREE! Promo: 60-minutes

$475
60min.
Select

10+2 = FREE! Promo: 60-min

$950
60min.
Select

5+1 = FREE! Promo: 90-minutes

$675
90min.
Select

10+2 = FREE! Promo: 90-min

$1350
90min.
Select
by Anonymous on Feb 28
Excellent all around.
by Ken on Feb 21
Great touch. Intuitive. Connects with and reads the client very well. Continually conscious of the clients needs and comfort. Very easy to relax and zone out in Jesse's hands.
by Anonymous on Feb 19
He really worked on my back to release the tension built up from working on a computer all day.
by Anonymous on Feb 16
Very professional. Great skills.
by Anonymous on Feb 11
Jesse was wonderful to work with. Very laid back, very easy to talk to, a good listener. His technique was very intuitive and thorough. I will definitely be back.
by Howard on Feb 02
Everything, from the initial greeting, the therapy session, the anbiance was wobderful.
by David on Jan 14
Was an overall amazing experience!
by Ute on Jan 12
See above! :)
by Anonymous on Dec 23
The full experience was great. Table is heated. I'm always cold when getting a massage, not the case this time. Pressure was perfect. It must have done some good, I'm a little sore today.
by Chris on Dec 13
I had a 4 hand before BUT WOW I love it I want one again soon I never had my ears Massaged before & They did Wow it was HOT My feet was massaged It was SO HOT Love it Love it If You see this Jessie Lets do Jan weekend of the 8th or the 15th I dont mind Paying 250 for a 4 handed for 75 min ?? Please let me Know soon Thank YOU again for the Best 4 Handed ever

Average Rating:

4.96 (Based on 49 Reviews)

96 %

Ambiance
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Professionalism
by Anonymous on Feb 2021
Verified
Service Received: Tandem Massage with Jesse T.
Excellent massage. Very therapeutic and professional. I'd highly recommend.
by Ken on Feb 2021
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse T.
Did a good job adapting to limited space in a mobile setting.
by Anonymous on Feb 2021
Verified
Service Received: Tandem Massage with Jesse T.
I decided to splurge with the tandem massage. It was wonderful!
by Anonymous on Feb 2021
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse T.
Overall, great.
by Anonymous on Feb 2021
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse T.
Highly recommended!
by Howard on Feb 2021
Verified
Service Received: Tandem Massage with Jesse 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 Jesse T.
It was a great experience! I will be back! Thank you for Everything!
by Ute on Jan 2021
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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 Jesse T.
Great massage. Finally a therapist that knows what he is doing. Look forward to my next appointment!
by Chris on Dec 2020
Verified
Service Received: The 4-handed session with Jesse T.
HOT ma HOT
by Anonymous on Dec 2020
Verified
Service Received: The 4-handed session with Jesse T.
Hands down- best massage ever!
by Anonymous on Dec 2020
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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 Jesse T.
Jesse is wonderful. The ambience is great. Highly recommended!
by Anonymous on Sep 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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 Jesse T.
Excellent overall experience
by Daniel on Jul 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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 Jesse 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 Jesse 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 Jesse 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 Jesse T.
I will be back!
by Anonymous on Feb 2020
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse T.
I will definitely go back!
by Anonymous on Feb 2020
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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 Jesse 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 Jesse 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 Jesse T.
Eric provides an excellent massage.
by Anonymous on Jan 2020
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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 Jesse 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
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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 Jesse 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 Jesse 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 Jesse 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
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse T.
Jesse was great! We are all going back.
by Anonymous on Oct 2019
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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 Jesse 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
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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: Male Body Trimming (Full) with Jesse 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
Verified
Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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 Jesse 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 Jesse 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 Jesse T.
A really nice experience, perfect touch. Thank you.
by Anonymous on Aug 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse T.
Very relaxing...THX!
by Anonymous on Aug 2019
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Service Received: The Swedish Massage with Jesse 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 Jesse 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 Jesse 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 Jesse 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 Jesse 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