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.
The technicians at 1401 Massage Therapy knead muscle knots and ease tension with a variety of modalities. Inside the private rooms bathed in warm lighting, the therapists tailor their techniques to suit their clients, drawing on deep-tissue massage, neuromuscular therapy, sports massage, and orthopedic traditions.
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.
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.
“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.
Many of today's major health problems are caused by chronic stress and conditions of modernn living and working. Therapeutic massage helps work out chronic muscular tension and melts away a certain amount of tension in each session, and if received regularly, keeps tension from building up again.
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.