Treatments at Bodhisattva Tea Spa work to soothe away clients' stress from the inside out. Sauna sessions use infrared radiation to warm bodies from within, helping to banish toxins, chemicals, and heavy metals via relaxing sweat. Massage therapies evict deep-seated tension caused by hard labor, improper posture, and serving as an Atlas statue in public gardens. Alternatively, aesthetic services such as facials and waxing rejuvenate the outermost layers of the face and body. Patrons can complement any spa treatment with sips of warm, flavorful tea
Acupuncture in NOLA's two nationally certified acupuncturists draw upon three-year degrees in Oriental Medicine and good group vibes in their tranquil public-treatment centers. Both avid students of holistic healing, owner Tonya Tigart supplemented her Master's of Science with advanced acupuncture training at Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China, and partner Kathleen Keane boasts extensive massage-therapy experience in addition to her Master's of Science. Their aim is to help patients heal themselves via several holistic therapies, particularly acupuncture, which the World Health Organization recognizes can be effective in treating more than 50 ailments, including chronic pain, anxiety, and the nagging fear that the refrigerator door is on fire.
Tigart and Keane carefully attend to physical and psychological comfort, letting their acupuncture patients decide when their needles should come out, or if they should be dispatched entirely for thumb-based acupressure. Treatment can be administered in private or in a public space, where patients enjoy the fellowship of friends and other health-seekers as they relax on memory-foam recliners, sip tea, and defrost frozen wristwatches under heat lamps.
Licensed acupuncturist Kenneth Chow—whose healing hands have been featured on WAFB Channel 9—combines acupuncture with ancient Tui Na massage techniques to restore bodily balance and vitality. The approximately hour long session begins with a consultation to map out a constellation of entry points into which Chow inserts ultra-thin needles that aim to treat ailments that run the gamut from aches and pains to reproductive issues. If deemed necessary, a fire-cupping treatment places heated suction cups on the skin to mobilize blood flow, and Tui Na bodywork treats bodies to soothing massage strokes that enhance the body's chi flow and restore balance for more symmetrical snow angels. After treatments, many clients experience immediate relief, although 6–10 treatments may be necessary to permanently banish pains from the bodily premises.