In Louisiana, all aestheticians endure at least 750 grueling hours of cosmetology schooling before they can obtain a license. Difficult scientific classes aren’t part of the required curriculum, but they were essential for Elite Skin Suite’s Lessie. After obtaining her cosmetology license back in 1978, the aesthetician became completely enamored with skin. So she headed to Tulane College and enrolled in classes such as genetics, mutation, and cellular biology, all in hopes of truly understanding the ins and outs of her favorite organ.
So far, her schooling has served Lessie well. For more than 30 years, she has helped clients of all ages maintain healthy skin with treatments tailored to their individual needs. Every service at Elite Skin Suite begins with a complimentary assessment, which gives Lessie the knowledge she needs to administer any one of a dozen or so of the facial treatments in her repertoire, including glycolic-acid peels, LED therapy, and detoxifying acne facials. And though most spas and licking puppies tend to focus on the face, Lessie focuses her aesthetic eye on the whole body with cellulite wraps, coconut-infused hydration treatments, and waxing.
Surrounded by the waterfall and tree displays of The Wellness Experience's tropically themed studio, guests begin to relax before they've even chosen a spa service. The calming decor buries stressful thoughts beneath soothing sounds and sensations—the holistic goal that guides each pampering option. From body wraps to hydrotherapy to deep-tissue massage, the treatments strive to release tension from both mind and body. The Wellness Experience staff believe that putting one's self at ease opens a window to better health, simultaneously shutting the door that admits ulcer fairies.
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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.
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
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.
The staff at Rejuv Massage Therapy Center stops at nothing to create a tranquil atmosphere. The lobby features a bubbling fountain and vintage leather furnishings tucked into secluded nooks. Private treatment rooms, are dressed in an earth-tone palette and filled with glimmering candles. It's here that the team lifts tension and kneads away pain with 10 massage modalities, including hot-stone, deep-tissue, and invigorating salt-and-sugar-scrub massages, as well as custom facials.