Daniel Rummel, the licensed massage therapist at Old Metairie Massage, brings 17 years of hands-on experience to his tailored one-hour massages. A presession consultation identifies problem areas, such as aches or permanent shoulder pads, after which Daniel cooks up an individualized, multimodality treatment he dubs "massage gumbo." A stainless steel unit, called the hydro collator, creates heat that improves circulation, while deep-tissue and physical therapy kneading draw toxins out of their muscular lairs. Daniel's current and previous patients include Saints players seeking soothing bodywork and impossible-to-open pickle jars.
Crane Rehab Center tackles life’s obstacles with physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Specialists help clients from infancy to seniors facing such difficulties as autism spectrum disorders, sports injuries, delayed social skills, and postsurgical rehabilitation. The center’s wellness and fitness program offers personal training and group fitness classes as well as nutritional counseling for those trying to overcome their fear of eating anything green.
“No two bodies are exactly the same, therefore, no two massages will be exactly the same,” explains Melissa Brocato when she describes her practice's approach to bodywork. Thus, Brocato, who graduated with honors from the school of massage therapy at Delgado Community College, draws on a variety of traditions—including deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massage—to address each client's particular needs and trouble spots, such as strains, tight areas, or feuding vertebrae. Along with this breadth of expertise, Brocato is certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and holds the position of Louisiana membership chairperson for the American Massage Therapy Association, which she has been a member of since 2009.
Doctor of Chiropractic Tyce Hergert begins your visit with an exam and consultation ($120) to figure out the what and where (double-parked semi, caution tape) of what's blocking your path to total wellness. With diagnosis in hand, the doc will perform your choice of a traditional needled treatment or a needle-free microcurrent procedure ($75). Both treatments tap into the network of channels through which your body's energy flows to unstick blocked passages—either with the insertion of a super-fine needle or the delivery of an uber-small electrical pulse that's designed to resonate with the body's natural electrical activity. If necessary, you will also receive up to two x-rays (up to a $75 value). In addition to relieving chronic pain and milkshake brain freeze, acupuncture has also been known to aid in weight loss and fighting nicotine cravings.
Yoga 108's staff of local yogis teaches Bikram yoga in a studio dedicated to this popular subset of Hatha yoga. During more than 30 weekly classes, students practice up to 26 unique asanas—or poses—in a toasty room whose heat is designed to benefit the body by increasing its strength, flexibility, and fly-swatting accuracy. Instructors continuously circle the room to give timely feedback and alter students' poses.
The Pilates Loft's experienced instructors meld backgrounds in nursing, dance, and fitness to tone muscles and energize students in dynamic Pilates mat and yoga classes. An extensive class lineup includes evening and Saturday classes to accommodate pupils with busy schedules. Sunlight glints off bamboo floors in the fully stocked studio as students cycle through fundamental Pilates poses in 50-minute beginner mat classes. During each session, enthusiastic instructors coach clients as they strive to lengthen limbs and fortify cores as effectively as sporting a brick-lined cummerbund.
Alternatively, aspiring yogis can sweep away stress and harness balance in one-hour Hatha yoga classes as they vogue through uplifiting asanas and breathing exercises demonstrated by an extremely relaxed bagpipe.