Acupuncture in NOLA's two nationally certified acupuncturists draw upon three-year degrees in Oriental Medicine and good group vibes in their tranquil public-treatment centers. Both avid students of holistic healing, owner Tonya Tigart supplemented her Master's of Science with advanced acupuncture training at Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China, and partner Kathleen Keane boasts extensive massage-therapy experience in addition to her Master's of Science. Their aim is to help patients heal themselves via several holistic therapies, particularly acupuncture, which the World Health Organization recognizes can be effective in treating more than 50 ailments, including chronic pain, anxiety, and the nagging fear that the refrigerator door is on fire.
Tigart and Keane carefully attend to physical and psychological comfort, letting their acupuncture patients decide when their needles should come out, or if they should be dispatched entirely for thumb-based acupressure. Treatment can be administered in private or in a public space, where patients enjoy the fellowship of friends and other health-seekers as they relax on memory-foam recliners, sip tea, and defrost frozen wristwatches under heat lamps.
Fatigued figures repose as the Skin Studio's licensed massage therapists knead and stroke tension-warped muscles back into a humanoid shape for a full 75 minutes. Customized effleurage caters to the concerns and desires of each client, whether backs suffer from soreness, stiffness, or alignment issues. Clients can bask in a moment of clarity that will live beyond their visit to the Skin Studio, and use their newfound clearheadedness to achieve higher productivity, contagiously relax those around them, or finally beat Galaga.
Named for its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, rolfing is an integrative bodywork technique that helps people improve posture and balance by working primarily with fascia, the body’s connective tissue. During the 90-minute session, certified rolfer Dave Sobel unknots tissue tangles and reorganizes the body's fascia files, which can release deep-seated muscle tension and help straighten limbs and spines. After the session, you can expect potential outcomes including relief of joint and muscle pain, increased flexibility, and better balance and posture, which comes in handy when blowing off steam on the office pommel horse.
“No two bodies are exactly the same, therefore, no two massages will be exactly the same,” explains Melissa Brocato when she describes her practice's approach to bodywork. Thus, Brocato, who graduated with honors from the school of massage therapy at Delgado Community College, draws on a variety of traditions—including deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massage—to address each client's particular needs and trouble spots, such as strains, tight areas, or feuding vertebrae. Along with this breadth of expertise, Brocato is certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and holds the position of Louisiana membership chairperson for the American Massage Therapy Association, which she has been a member of since 2009.
At New Orleans Urgent Care, a team of doctors helps clients suffering from a spectrum of ailments, from simple headaches to broken bones. Patients can drop in for a visit for flu, tetanus, and hepatitis-B vaccinations, or stop in to the urgent-care unit, where they’ll be waited on as promptly as possible. The clinic is home to several exam rooms, a mini-lab, and a digital-x-ray machine to aid in efficient medical exams and speedy visits.
Luxury sheets and a heated massage bed help visitors sink into relaxation after stepping inside The Peppermint Room, a studio located inside Swan River Yoga. Once they've settled in, licensed massage therapist Dee Pittman kneads away stress and tension from the muscles. Meanwhile, the organic jojoba and emu oils that she uses condition the skin and emit a pleasing natural peppermint scent.