Sunni Shafer, the founder of The Healing Within, has spent the past 20 years learning how to heal the human body through nursing, chiropractic studies, and massage therapy. Today, she’s certified to teach yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. With this diversity of knowledge, it's only natural that her practice emphasizes a broad approach to mental and physical healing, combining aspects of her myriad specialties. Her multitalented staff further diversifies the clinic's offerings. Yoga instructors lead lessons that flex the body and relax the mind, and life coaches host one-on-one sessions to help guests sort through life goals. Using their thorough knowledge of suspension-bridge construction, massage therapists ease tension from muscles without the use of dynamite. The Healing Within's practitioners also employ the Japanese art of reiki, a spiritual energy-based therapy, to reduce stress and bolster inner harmony.
The beauty experts at Slidell Aesthetics believe healthy, youthful-looking skin is the direct result of living a balanced lifestyle. They also believe that proper skincare, like changing your socks, is less of an occasional pampering experience and more of a lifestyle choice.
To help clients get radiant skin, Slidell's staff uses only advanced, noninvasive services enhanced with Obagi and DermAware products. The HydraFacial quickly cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturizes complexions using a controlled pressure of antioxidant serum and hyaluronic acid. For those suffering from acne, LED blue-light therapy works with the HydraFacial to eliminate bacteria from newly cleaned pores.
Slidell's body wraps call upon naturally derived ingredients, such as green tea, to stimulate collagen production and grapefruit essential oil to tone the skin, and a hot-cocoa stone massage eases tension from the body with warm volcanic rocks. But of all the services offered at Slidell, the most natural treatment is body sugaring, which gently removes unwanted hairs with a paste made from pure sugar, water, and lemons.
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.
Esthetic MD Med Spa Medical Director Dr. Herbert Ichinose understands that each client is unique and approaches his or her skincare concerns accordingly. The professor and dermatopathologist, who has nabbed the Mellon Award from Tulane and recognition from New Orleans Magazine, restores a youthful glow to faces with Photo Actif light therapy, microcurrent face-lifts, and Clarisonic facial treatments. He also helps clients ward off wrinkles with Botox and uncovers natural beauty with Starflower organic skincare products, Jane Iredale chemical-free makeup, and Nectifirm creams, which aim to make necks wrinkle-free like an origami giraffe. Esthetic MD Med Spa also offers Swedish and deep-tissue massages as well as body peels that incorporate vitamin C and salicylic acid.
High-quality Paul Mitchell products restore and hydrate damaged strands during haircare sessions at Vanguard College of Cosmetology (Paul Mitchell School). Supervised by experienced instructors, stylists-in-training cultivate client relaxation with a five-minute scalp massage before every haircut, which may also include a scrub with chemical-free salves such as wild-ginger-infused Awapuhi shampoo. The school also strives to give back to the community by hosting regular charity events, and a Green Team aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the 14,000-square-foot campus until it can fit a sleek pair of kitten heels.
Mandy Rose is the licensed aesthetician behind Bloom Beauty, a salon dedicated to personal enhancements. She offers lash extensions and makeup services for the face, and full-body waxing services to keep arms and legs smooth and supple.