The story of a French fashionista leaving it all behind to move to the city of stars
Emmanuelle Blanche is an impressive woman. When you meet her for the first time, you hear the French accent and see a petite, stylish well-polished woman. And then she starts telling her life story and you realize she is much more than her beautiful refined appearance. Her story is one of hard work, determination and accomplishment.
She lived all over France but at the height of her career in fashion, she was living in Paris. She indulged in everything the city has to offer: cafés, restaurants, bars, nightlife and fashion. Emmanuelle’s pace of life was hectic: she worked 18-hour days at times, yet was out evenings and weekends enjoying life to its fullest. She enjoyed getting weekly skin and body treatments, such as Palper Rouler, after long runs along La Seine and the Eiffel Tower. Emmanuelle still appreciated and took the time to treat herself, something she thinks Americans don’t do enough of.
And just like in the movies, Emmanuelle met a handsome French man who lived in LA. She did the long-distance relationship for a while and then finally decided that it was time to leave the chaotic Parisian fashion lifestyle for the city of stars. She closed that door and never looked back.
As she says, LA is not an easy city to move to. The neighborhood cafés don’t have the same European vibe. The people are harder to connect with: having conversations with strangers is rare. She tried to find things that reminded her of home to bring her some comfort.
Emmanuelle went on the hunt for a Palper Rouler massage. A popular signature French massage (that) consists of several maneuvers:
Form a fold with the fingers, rolling it to break adhesions between adipose cells underneath the skin and the skin itself, enabling their elimination.
She couldn’t find a place that properly performed the massage… so she decided to open her own massage therapy studio and offer the service.
This was two years ago. Since then, she has put her full confidence in the team of therapists that she recruited and trained to perform the authentic Palper Rouler technique and offer the best level of care there is. She also built a strong clientele in the Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Hollywood area. Clients range from celebrities to French people longing for their home country finding comfort in this cute little studio. She also has a lot of post-op patients who come to recover with lymphatic massages. This year was hard for Emmanuelle, as the spa was closed for most of the year due to the pandemic but she finds solace in the fact that since she has reopened, she has had a lot of clients come in for treatments and has been fully booked almost every day!
From a brief conversation with Emmanuelle, you can tell right away that every service offered at her studio has a deeper purpose and meaning than just to reduce your waist line (as a lot of other spas advertise when promoting lymphatic massages) or decrease cellulite.
She is a big advocate of wellness as a whole, meaning that to have a healthy body and reap the benefits of this type of treatment, you need to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Good meaningful connections, stress-free living, healthy eating, sleeping, drinking water, meditation (however you like to do it)… it’s basically a big equation with a lot of moving parts. Not just lymphatic massage = reduce waistline by an inch.
She is also currently doing an integrative nutrition course. Emmanuelle hopes to use these new acquired skills at the studio, or in retreats, in the future.
When Emmanuelle isn’t at the studio, she is studying for her IIN nutrition course. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) is a health coaching and nutrition school. It takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Teaching patrons that it’s not just about the food on your plate, but also about how you nourish yourself through other areas of life, such as relationships, career, physical activity, and spirituality. And when she’s not studying, she’s either in her favorite local restaurant, Mauro’s Cafe, taking a meditative brisk walk with Simone (her boston terrier) or doing a pilates class.
For more information about the spa, please visit www.emmanuelleblanche.com
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