Licensed massage therapist Amy Stewart (LMT#3118) exorcises tension and stress from clients' physiques in the studio or off-site with a slew of massage modalities. At the TriYoga NOLA studio, a 90-minute Thai yoga massage guides patrons through a series of slow, assisted stretches, bending limbs and cores to the edges of their flexibility. Amy leads guests through these flowing maneuvers atop a soft floor mat, although experts can practice the poses in the center of a bounce house full of toddlers.
Starting her career as a movie hair and makeup artist, Alicia Allain now runs the beautifying hub Ma Maison of Beaute. Her team of aestheticians snip, style, and chemically straighten locks, thread eyebrows into expressive arches, and wax away peach fuzz from legs and secret tails. Patrons can enlist a stylist for makeup application and hairstyling for special occasions or opt to banish tension with specialized massage techniques that hail from countries all over the world, including Asia and Hawaii.
The Luv 2 Shoppe children’s boutique unfolds a treasure chest of getups before the wide eyes of youngsters. Budding fashionistas play dress-up with colorful tops and bottoms from designers such as cachcach, Remember Nguyen, and Peaches 'n Cream. For pintsize princesses, the shop carries a host of frilly dresses, including a cotton number adorned with oversize flowers, ideal for attending a family function or hypnotizing a hummingbird. The boutique also features a wide range of unique apparel and accessories for day-to-day activities and special occasions.
The massage therapists at Ready2Relax send calming ripples across muscles with comforting bodywork. Contended sighs drift across the studio as the medium pressure of flowing Swedish strokes tempers aches. The therapists are also trained in deep-tissue pressure or reflexology, which can help to access pain situated deeper in tissue. Volcanic rocks soak up warmth, letting them slip across tense musculature to improve mobility after working out or smashing all the cinder blocks at a rival karate dojo.
In 1976, Jean Bernheim founded Sunshine Health Foods with the vision of improving customers’ health and well-being through vitamins and herbal supplements, all-natural household products, and wholesome, delicious food. After 30 years in the business, Jean passed on her expertise, knowledge, and jewel-encrusted scepter to her protégée, Shelia, who now helps clients treat common ailments and promotes a healthy lifestyle with a wealth of minerals, sports supplements, and essential nutrients. After guests peruse shelves stocked with herbal shampoos, homeopathic pet products, and omega-3 supplements, they stop for a nosh at the café, which tempts diners with a spread of nitrate- and preservative-free deli meat, fresh carrot and fruit juices, freshly baked muffins, and colorful, crisp salads.
Velocity Sports Performance's array of indoor tracks, turfs, and Olympic-style weightlifting equipment lets members fine-tune their physiques at their own pace. The fitness center is a cornucopia of resistance machines, free weights, and 25 cardio machines designed to entertain bored muscles while ridding bodies of sweat. Runners can experience Velocity's small field of athletic turf, which re-creates the feeling of running on real grass, while the sprint track treats treads to a less deceitful synthetic surface.