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 Bluesapalooza. 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.
Though she enjoys conversing with her patients, Dr. Marilyn Pelias's ultimate goal is to get them out her office quickly. The seasoned surgeon tries to minimize the downtime following her procedures, thus enabling clients to resume work and daily activities with little hassle. Even before her treatments begin, she puts guests at ease. During pretreatment consultations, she answers questions and describes her services thoroughly to educate her patients.
Dr. Pelias's surgical treatments range from minor changes such as brow lifts and earlobe repair all the way to tummy tucks and liposuction. With the S-Lift, a faster, simpler alternative to a traditional face-lift, she reduces the appearance of sagging skin on the neck and lower face. Nonsurgical sessions often incorporate lasers, which the doctor uses for skin resurfacing, body contouring or the removal of body hair, spider veins, and tattoos that say I Love My Body Hair and Spider Veins. She also uses skincare products from Obagi to complement chemical peels and microdermabrasion sessions. Dr. Pelias doesn't do it all on her own, though. Aesthetician Shannon Eckler jumps in with the assist on all matters beauty-related, including corrective make-up, microdermabrasion, and hair-removal.
From a mansion in the historic Magazine District, Duke Morgan, The Spa’s cosmetic custodians pamper overworked appendages and forward-facing façades with rejuvenating spa-and-salon treatments. Duke Morgan and his talented staff begin each session with a consultation, crafting treatments based on skin concerns, desired results, and favorite prime-time awards shows. Quick-dry Shellac gel manicures bless nails with an unmussable mirror finish and are paired with a soothing hand massage to leave digits deft and gesture-ready. Like nicknames and personal-size rain clouds, Dermologica facials choose their owners carefully, from a redefining contour-mask facial imbued with pore-shrinking potions to an age-reversing facial packed with potent vitamins and exfoliating hydroxy acids. Treat overclocked bods to an essential-oil massage, which sends messages of relaxation to the brain via aromatherapeutic scents while destressing tense tissues with energy-releasing acupressure.
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.