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Oil spill responders get a mini-spa

By Juliet Eilperin

SCHRIEVER, La. -- Even in the frenzy of activity within the Houma Incident Command Center, there is a place for respite. It's massage hallway 400.

Tucked away on the first floor of the BP Learning Center -- a massive building resembling a convention center, which now serves as one of the headquarters for responding to the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico -- sits a handful of tables and chairs for massage treatment. The soothing sounds of mood music pervade the area.

Unlike a spa, however, this mini-retreat operates almost continuously: from 4:30 to 7:30 a.m. and then to 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Katie LeBlanc, an employee of the AHA! massage clinic, said her company serves an average of between 70 and 80 people a day. BP brought the masseuses in on April 29.

"People are definitely using the service," LeBlanc said, adding that when there's a line treatments last between 15 and 20 minutes.

But in the midst of such a tense, demanding operation, do these spa services make responders feel better?

"Our motto is, 'Feel the results,'" LeBlanc replied.


Juliet Eilperin

 |  May 26, 2010; 6:04 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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