Often, I’m called upon by New Orleans Magazine to write about spas. It’s a dirty job, but I’m a giver, so I always say yes, naturally! With summer nearly in full swing, it’s a good time to get your skin ready for the brutal heat and humidity to come (or to just indulge a little, especially those of you who have little ones and teens out of school over the next couple of months), so I thought I’d offer up a roundup of some of my spa-related articles and blog posts. From tips and etiquette to get you started, to couples massages, spa retreats and lists of and guides to New Orleans’ newest, oldest and best spas, you’ll be ready to hit the beach, pool, family wedding or backyard in no time.

In May, I did a piece about the most luxurious spa treatments in New Orleans. Click here to read about sinful seaweed wraps, fabulous four-handed massages, amazing anti-aging facials and decadent mani-pedis and to get insider tips for locals.

Before you go however, be sure to learn (or brush up on) spa etiquette, so you know what to expect when you hit the massage table. “The Rules of Serenity,” will keep you from experiencing any embarrassing moments when you are at your most vulnerable.

Are you celebrating an anniversary or do you just need a little escape with your better half? Click here to get the scoop on a local couple’s massage package that makes one afternoon feel like a week-long vacation.

The Big Easy spa scene has grown in the past few years, click here to take a peek into the area’s new and tried-and-true spas and their best treatments.

Don’t just read about it, book an appointment and enjoy being pampered for an hour or three. You deserve it.