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.
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.
At The Retreat Salon and Spa, they put their own decadent spin on other treatments, including a slew of nail services. Along with classic pedicures, manicures, and French manicures, the salon also offers a Cajun pedicure, which includes a mint mask and double exfoliation. As far as hands go, salon staff apply acrylic nails, paint on shellac polish, and nourish skin with rich paraffin wax.
Caviar and pearls are the ingredients for a classy date. At The Retreat, they’re also the ingredients for an exclusive anti-aging facial. The luxurious combination is the brainchild of owners Caroline, Cindy, and Linda, who also incorporate jasmine, ylang-ylang, roses, and a citrus blend into other facials they specially designed to combat rosacea, dry patches, or oily skin.
The licensed therapists at Rejuv Massage Therapy Center mend weary muscles with a variety of healing modalities. A stress-mitigation specialist will first conduct a private consultation to get acquainted with your body's unique stresses and third-favorite jazzercise tape. Then, as a candlelit atmosphere incubates tranquility, the gentle strokes of the 80-minute Swedish/Relaxation massage melt away tensions and long-felt pains into a nontoxic pool of wax. The therapist complements the massage with a sugar scrub, which helps to exfoliate harried hands and frazzled feet. Alongside the main de-stressing procedures, pleasant aromatherapy from essential-oil fragrances soothes the mind's eye and nose and a hot-towel treatment helps to evaporate stress and determine the melting point of terrycloth.
Crane Rehab Center tackles life’s obstacles with physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Specialists help clients from infancy to seniors facing such difficulties as autism spectrum disorders, sports injuries, delayed social skills, and postsurgical rehabilitation. The center’s wellness and fitness program offers personal training and group fitness classes as well as nutritional counseling for those trying to overcome their fear of eating anything green.
Spa Jolie keeps bone abodes well-maintained with its medley of body-soothing services. The pampery's licensed massage therapists ease the stress accumulated from arm-wrestling box jellyfish with a variety of massage modalities, including classic Swedish, which calls sluggish lymphatic systems to attention with long, connective strokes; deep tissue, a deep dermal excursion that relieves buried pain points; or hot stone, which relieves muscle tension with smooth, heated stones and shame. The athletically inclined can boost performance and reduce soreness with sports-massage therapies, while fetal ferriers can unwind baby-centric muscle bundles with a prenatal massage.
“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.