My Spa's team of expert stylists, massage therapists, manicurists, and aestheticians is dedicated to delivering high-quality, professional beauty treatments while establishing personal relationships with its clientele. Cuts include a shampoo and blow-dry (starting at $40–$50 for women and $24–28 for men), and visitors looking to prep for that special event can indulge in an expert updo (starting at $50). Backs living in constant fear of crack-stepping can relax with one of several massage options: reflexology ($45 for 30 minutes), mini stress relieving ($40 for 30 minutes), and a chair massage ($20 for 15 minutes) delivered by sentient recliners possessing the most expert, gentle kneading skills and the gift of speech.
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.
Since opening as a Paul Mitchell Focus salon in 2007, the team of hair artists at Mariposa Salon and Spa has styled locks for the glossy pages of New Orleans Bride magazine and CUE magazine.
Celeb-inspired styles let clients walk out with sleek, smooth, and straight locks or the loose, beachy waves usually only achieved by supermodels living in sandcastles. The stylists also battle the New Orleans humidity with blow-drying techniques and GKhair hair straightening at their blowdry bar. At their makeup and lash bar, the salon uses products from Glominerals, a pharmaceutical-grade skincare and makeup line.
One on One Day Spa and Salon aestheticians Lynnette Jones, Terilyn Young, and Kimberly Williams relocated their practice to a new Bullard Avenue digs in April 2012. The trio's spa menu continues to pamper bodies from head to toe with indulgent products such as Dead Sea salt and enzyme-based exfoliants. Massages comfort tender, worn-out muscles with Swedish strokes, deep-tissue kneads, or the gentle pressure of warm stones. Manicures and pedicures pamper feet and groom hands until they're properly prepared to high-five the president.
From the gas lanterns at the entryway to the antique-style armchairs in the relaxation room, The Woodhouse Day Spa feels like a Victorian parlor that just happens to house more than a dozen massage therapists and a team of talented aestheticians and nail technicians. The 5,200-square-foot space includes four single massage rooms, one couples massage room, and a Vichy shower to facilitate body treatments. In the Woodhouse four-handed massage, one of the spa's signature services, two therapists choreograph customized pressure and 20-finger shadow-puppet chorus lines. A team member can firm and tone facial skin with a proprietary Minkyti massage technique or pamper digits with a soothing hand treatment.
The spa's rich hardwood floors and accents and exposed stone and brick walls create a retreat-like ambiance, as does the relaxation room where guests can read a magazine while listening to a trickling water fountain. The retail area showcases certified natural and organic Naturopathica skincare products and items from the spa's activewear line, which was co-branded with Nike.
Traveled by the city's Native American inhabitants and earliest explorers, Bayou St. John was a central New Orleans travel hub for generations. Kayak-iti-Yat owners Sara and Sonny love to take guests paddling through this historic waterway, pointing out the architecture, history, and idiosyncrasies of the accompanying neighborhood. Passengers glide along in Jackson Regal kayaks with ergonomically-designed seats and adjustable foot holds, moving past City Park and its centuries-old live oak trees, as well as historic Spanish Custom House and the Fair Grounds Race course. Trips putter along at a calm, leisurely pace, giving guests plenty of time to take in trees draped in Spanish moss or blow raspberries on the bellies of passing pelicans.