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.
Licensed massage therapist Cournie Theriot, a New Orleans local, helms Total Body Massage, where she works to alleviate chronic pains and conditions with chiropractic services. Rather than focusing on merely treating symptoms, she strives to understand the root causes of issues such as allergies, headaches, seeing ghosts, and neck and back pain. To this end, she offers a variety of services, including a lineup of massages that include sports, Swedish, and warm-stone modalities.
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.
“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.
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.
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.