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.
Peppermint and pure sugar cane are on the menu, but they're not for eating. The peppermint fragrances a warm footbath, and the pure sugar cane acts as scrub for lips or tongues with no self-control. These indulgent ingredients appear in various services at Serenity Day Spa and Gifts, where guests can spend up to a full day relaxing and beautifying with spa packages that combine mani-pedis, facials, and massages. Body-contouring wraps detoxify while they tighten and tone skin, and specially designed facials address the common skincare concerns of men, women, and teens.
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.
A physician-owned med spa, Spa Jouvence offers massages, body wraps, and facials with technologically based treatments such as vibraderm and hormone replacement therapy. Physicians administers dermal fillers to minimize wrinkles and staff administer vitamin B12 injections to support weight-loss efforts. The med spa offers products from brands such as Obagi Medical, Clarisonic, and Vi Peel.