For a gentle, non-intrusive cleansing above the neck, try the ancient Egyptian practice of ear candling ($47). Ancient pyramid builders used them to remove earwax—as the Q-tip was still in its three-millennia R&D stage—and also to treat symptoms such as sinus pressure, allergies, and vertigo. Eminent physician Jessica Simpson, for example, uses them to update her Twitter feed.
Zoe A. Tritsis has been interested in healing others for as long as she can remember, but she discovered the therapeutic benefits of massage only after suffering a serious injury of her own. This injury would end up changing her life in unexpected ways. It inspired her to earn her license in massage therapy nearly two decades ago, and ever since then she has worked to soothe muscles with modalities that range from Swedish to neuromuscular therapy.
Throughout the years, Zoe’s base of clients has grown to encompass a number of musicians and staff members from the nearby House of Blues. She honors their patronage—as well as her studio’s location in historic uptown New Orleans—by giving her massages playful, blues-inspired names such as Blues Express and Bluesapallooza. Therapeutic oils, lotions, and mud from the banks of the Ole Mississippi accompany each of her treatments, which take place in a private room equipped with a bathroom and changing area.
Each location offers the regenerative properties of various varieties of massage that make a soul vessel feel springtime fresh. Of your 90-minute massage session, 5 minutes are set aside before and after for dressing time and a consultation with your therapist to ensure your massage is customized for you.
Ensconced in a historic mansion awash in Asian-themed décor, the licensed therapists at Duke Morgan, The Spa tutor twosomes in muscle-mollifying techniques. To commence the two-hour session, one person sprawls on the table as the instructor demonstrates kneading strokes and striation manipulations to the other, drawing out tension and vestigial wings from back panels. After students experiment with the methods learned, they switch places with their partner so that both halves of the couple unit receive roughly an hour of hands-on training and leave with soothed and stress-free physiques.
A friendly local staff of professional aestheticians and makeup engineers invigorate visages in Make Me Up's intimate boutique setting. Lug in your mug and entrust it to one of the expert licensed specialists, who will wax away unwanted fuzz from your arches in quick and efficient fashion. You'll leave the premises with a noggin that feels expertly shaped and symmetrified, confident to field any prolonged streetcar stares or ace magnifying- glass-modeling tryouts. Call ahead to make an appointment.
Three aestheticians, a massage therapist, a threading artist, three treatment rooms, and a treasure-trove of paraben-free skincare products await visitors at Esthetique Facial Spa—basically, everything that’s needed to tend to all skin types. Tucked beside the Whole Foods Market on Magazine Street, Esthetique Facial Spa and its savvy staff have welcomed clients to relax and rejuvenate since 2008. Makeup lessons with artist Elise Davis help patrons master crafting fresh new looks or using tried-and-true techniques, and fertility massage aims to restore balance in the reproductive system and help break up scar tissue.
With an ancient holistic approach, Spa Zeeba uncovers each client’s natural beauty with signature services such as traditional ayurvedic facials and three types of hair removal, including sugaring and the ancient practice of threading. Massage practitioners manipulate muscles to relieve lingering pains, and Reiki experts transfer energy from their palms to help clients to heal and recharge watch batteries. Henna tattoos bring love and good fortune as they are applied to the skin in ornate patterns. Aside from pampering services, Spa Zeeba also covers bodies with clothing and jewelry from its boutique.