People don’t often associate New Orleans with wellness. It’s our hedonistic culture that keeps the tourists wantonly coming back for more each year. But take a closer look and you’ll see a handful of local, passionate entrepreneurs are setting a new wellness standard in the Big Easy. And these notably female, erudite practitioners are setting the gold standard, not only in New Orleans but for the entire Gulf South. Most of us will have health-related New Year’s resolutions to kick start this month and showing up for ourselves is paramount. Looking at your health from a holistic perspective is the way of the future and if you want to keep up, trust any one of these fantastic locales.
Heated yoga never felt so cool! Flow into various Vinyasa style positions at an upbeat pace in the dark- with tunes! Bonus: Ticking off both stretching and exercising from the to-do list!
Perfectly co-mingling art, fitness and wellness, Romney Studios has two art-filled locations and no shortage of ways to trim the fat in a modern, upbeat way. Founder, Erin Romney advises her clients to seek diversity in their workouts. “My push has always been about diversity to create true fitness and prevent burnout and injury.”
Bounce: Jumping on a trampoline isn’t just for kids. Bounce to the beat of super fun music and in between bursts of cardio, condition those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies (love handles, outer thighs, etc.) of your mid- and lower body.
Megaformer: A high intensity, low impact workout on a Reformer-like machine. Each plank, lunge and squat are slow and deliberate, sometimes burning up to 700 calories per session!
All Inclusive Wellness:
Imagine a setting where you can talk to a therapist, grab an organic salad and then swim laps surrounded by palms. Spyre Center is it! A truly holistic wellness center set in a reimagined mid-century landmark Norwegian Seaman’s church. A variety of forward-thinking classes and spa-like treatments will keep you coming back each week for something different. Become a member or book classes and therapies à la carte.
Yoga classes in a former chapel feel divine in every sense of the word.
Dry Float Tank offers the physical and mental benefits of floatation without getting wet.
The Annex at Martha Stewart Dermatology:
This Northshore dermatologist office has dedicated services for those currently in or recovering from oncology treatments. Cancer can wreak havoc on both your emotional and physical well-being. The custom services offered here include hydrating facials, scalp massage and makeup application. All are performed by oncology-trained aestheticians with deep compassion for every client and their individual needs.
Scalp Treatment to simultaneously relax your mind and stimulate hair re-growth.
With a focus on disease prevention, Dr. Mignonne Mary supervises this lounge-like mecca for IV therapies. Choose from a menu of vitamin/mineral medical grade supplement infusions that will travel directly into your bloodstream.
Pre/Post Op Therapy: Help yourself recover faster from various surgical procedures.
Of course, you should always consult your doctor before trying any new treatments!
Allison Hoffman, co-owner and instructor at Fireflow Yoga gives us her top pics for workout gear:
- Athleta Elation 7/8 tight are super flattering and come in regular, tall and petites!
- Ludasigns cropped custom Fireflow tie-dye tee is super soft, comfy and thin enough to use in our hot yoga classes and sold in the studio shop
- Foxy Sherpa Jacket by Alo – This is great for running around after a workout on cold days
- B + E Essentials Essential Oil Yoga Mat Spray – The owner, Melyne Holmes, creates natural mat sprays using pesticide free, wild and organic essential oils.
- The Airlift sports bra and high waisted legging as a set are super stretchy and flattering
- Manduka yoga mat (not pictured) is a favorite and sold at the Fireflow studio shop