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.
The licensed therapists at Rejuv Massage Therapy Center mend weary muscles with a variety of healing modalities. A stress-mitigation specialist will first conduct a private consultation to get acquainted with your body's unique stresses and third-favorite jazzercise tape. Then, as a candlelit atmosphere incubates tranquility, the gentle strokes of the 80-minute Swedish/Relaxation massage melt away tensions and long-felt pains into a nontoxic pool of wax. The therapist complements the massage with a sugar scrub, which helps to exfoliate harried hands and frazzled feet. Alongside the main de-stressing procedures, pleasant aromatherapy from essential-oil fragrances soothes the mind's eye and nose and a hot-towel treatment helps to evaporate stress and determine the melting point of terrycloth.
A full-service spa, Peaceful Beginnings treats clients to an array of relaxing and rejuvenating services. Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured technique, uses long, connective strokes and kneading to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, relieve physical tension, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. After a licensed massage therapist employs oils and lotions to moderate muscular tensions, clients emerge with a newfound sense of repose, looser limbs, and a spring in their step.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
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.