At Dosha Aroma, certified health therapist and wellness coach Delvenia Fairbanks unleashes the healing powers of aromatherapy oils. Fairbanks's services couple essential oils with complementary therapies, such as pressure point treatments for the foot and scalp, stress-relief rubdowns for hands, and stimulation of lymph nodes. Dosha Aroma also teaches wellness classes in reiki, wellness meditation, and other practices, and sells 15-mililiter aromatherapy blends for clients to take home.
Originally opened as Cross Gates Racquet Club in 1981, Cross Gates Family Fitness’s name has evolved along with its mission. The racquet and swim club now emphasizes fitness for the entire family, regardless of experience level, age, or physical condition. With two locations, Cross Gates’s campuses encompass a 10-acre, 70,000-square-foot fitness and recreation facility complete with a pool and tennis courts. They also have an upscale professional gym stocked with free weights, strength-training machines, and cardio machines equipped with personal entertainment screens. Cross Gates also facilitates fitness with classes and instruction in subjects such as yoga, tae kwon do, and tennis.
Esthetic MD Med Spa Medical Director Dr. Herbert Ichinose understands that each client is unique and approaches his or her skincare concerns accordingly. The professor and dermatopathologist, who has nabbed the Mellon Award from Tulane and recognition from New Orleans Magazine, restores a youthful glow to faces with Photo Actif light therapy, microcurrent face-lifts, and Clarisonic facial treatments. He also helps clients ward off wrinkles with Botox and uncovers natural beauty with Starflower organic skincare products, Jane Iredale chemical-free makeup, and Nectifirm creams, which aim to make necks wrinkle-free like an origami giraffe. Esthetic MD Med Spa also offers Swedish and deep-tissue massages as well as body peels that incorporate vitamin C and salicylic acid.
The beauty experts at Slidell Aesthetics believe healthy, youthful-looking skin is the direct result of living a balanced lifestyle. They also believe that proper skincare, like changing your socks, is less of an occasional pampering experience and more of a lifestyle choice.
To help clients get radiant skin, Slidell's staff uses only advanced, noninvasive services enhanced with Obagi and DermAware products. The HydraFacial quickly cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturizes complexions using a controlled pressure of antioxidant serum and hyaluronic acid. For those suffering from acne, LED blue-light therapy works with the HydraFacial to eliminate bacteria from newly cleaned pores.
Slidell's body wraps call upon naturally derived ingredients, such as green tea, to stimulate collagen production and grapefruit essential oil to tone the skin, and a hot-cocoa stone massage eases tension from the body with warm volcanic rocks. But of all the services offered at Slidell, the most natural treatment is body sugaring, which gently removes unwanted hairs with a paste made from pure sugar, water, and lemons.
The relaxation experts at The Garden’s Day Spa fizzle stress with a range of massage techniques, soothing skincare services, and a Spanish garden featuring a waterfall-equipped spa. In a cottage with rooms decorated in European and tropical themes, staffers apply an herbal body mask to purify and nourish skin, leaving epidermises as refreshed as a robot in an electrical storm. The Swedish massage lengthens taut muscles and releases endorphins to promote relaxation, whereas a lymphatic massage targets toxins to bolster the immune system. Spa-goers then choose a facial mask to hydrate façades or a paraffin treatment to soften appendages with warm wax, leaving fingers ready to suavely tousle hair or perform marionette renditions of Sleepless in Seattle.
Each of the massage therapists at Cynergy Massage and Wellness Center has upwards of 750 hours of training to her credit. Their expertise is evident in their lengthy list of massage styles, which includes therapeutic, hot-stone, deep-tissue, orthopedic, and pregnancy massage, as well as myofascial release. Previously, they’ve used their handiwork to fizzle stress and mute such chronic symptoms as migraines, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, and sciatica.
Few spa owners can recognize the common ground between a spa treatment and a party, but Jessica Stewart counts herself among this visionary group. As the owner of Wax'd and resident waxing technician, Stewart takes pride in her penchant for livening things up in unexpected ways. Each relaxing massage, performed by massage therapist Lindsay Hall, tacks on a bonus hot-towel treatment and aromatherapy. Similarly, manicures are paired with martinis in a happy-hour special offered four evenings a week.
Jessica also finds time to take the party elsewhere. Held within her clients’ homes, her signature spa parties bring friends together for a night of relaxing spa treatments and games of Wax the Tail on the Donkey.