Amy Robertson began her studies at the Heartwood Institute, where she earned a dual degree in advanced massage therapy and somatic studies. But her education didn't end there. In fact, it didn't end at all—Amy continues to immerse herself in massage and healing arts, staying abreast of new techniques for soothing muscles and minds.
The span of her efforts is visible on Pura Vida Massage Therapy's service menu. From Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massages to Thai and Swedish massage, Amy's specialties reflect the global reaches of her studies. And then there's the Reiki sessions, the prenatal massages, and the sports massages, perfect for athletes trying to relieve overworked limbs or fold down to baseball-card size. In addition to her massage services, Amy also conducts mind-body coaching sessions for stress reduction and better balance.
“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.
Three aestheticians, a massage therapist, a threading artist, three treatment rooms, and a treasure-trove of paraben-free skincare products await visitors at Esthetique Facial Spa—basically, everything that’s needed to tend to all skin types. Tucked beside the Whole Foods Market on Magazine Street, Esthetique Facial Spa and its savvy staff have welcomed clients to relax and rejuvenate since 2008. Makeup lessons with artist Elise Davis help patrons master crafting fresh new looks or using tried-and-true techniques, and fertility massage aims to restore balance in the reproductive system and help break up scar tissue.
Massage therapist Emily Tobin has achieved the delicate balance between soft and firm bodywork. With one figurative arm in the white spa robe and the other in the white doctor's coat, Emily aims to make every massage not only relaxing, but also therapeutically beneficial. Take, for example, her deep-tissue massage: it uses neuromuscular, myofascial release, and reflexology techniques to ease sore muscles while also helping clients unwind. Her stress-relief massages incorporate guided breathing for optimal relaxation, and her headache and migraine treatments benefit from heat and essential oils that complement the bodywork. Her varied treatment menu also includes prenatal massage, but whatever modality clients choose, Emily tailors each treatment to address the client's unique needs.
Balance Spa & Fitness at Loews New Orleans is like a social mixer for spa services: East meets West, water meets air, modern science meets time-tested treatments. And all of these convergences happen under the skilled eyes of aestheticians. Each visit is tailored to visitors, and a spa concierge can suggest a unique treatment regiment from the spa's wide range of offerings. The East meets West massage, meanwhile, combines muscle-soothing techniques from both hemispheres, readying the mind for a rejuvenating facial that mixes glycolic acid and proteolytic enzymes. Afterward, clients can draw on age-old hubs of well-being: the hotel's pool, fitness and wellness center, sauna, and whirlpool.
Luxury sheets and a heated massage table help visitors sink into relaxation after stepping inside The Peppermint Room, a studio located inside the mystical walls of Swan River Yoga. Once clients are settled in, licensed massage therapist Dee Pittman kneads away stress and tension from the muscles. Meanwhile, you enjoy peppermint aromatherapy and the pleasant scent of organic coconut oil that nourishes the skin long after your massage is over.