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FITNESS, PAMPERING ALL IN A DAY’S WORK AT ALLIE’S

Celebrating 43 years in business, Allie Authement of Allie’s Figure and Day Spa knows a thing or two about fitness!
She’s very hands-on, not only lending her name to the health club and day spa she founded, but leading classes, keeping the books, motivating staff and countless other tasks that fill her day.
Authement, at age 66, is a product of what she preaches: A diabetic since age 8, she began working out at age 11 and has learned to control diabetes through diet and exercise.
She became a believer in exercise as a youth, and at 16 began working for a women’s health club in Houma where she learned about the basics of running a business. As a young entrepreneur, a 23-year-old Authement began planning and scheming to open a women’s only health club. At age 25, her dream became reality as she opened the doors to Allie’s Figure and Day Spa, the only gym strictly for women in the Houma area.
“What mattered was getting up and running, taking care of the women who wanted a female-only facility in which to exercise”, she said.
After the original location caught fire, Authement leased a small spot in the building she is currently in on Point Street. Within 15 years, she purchased the entire building, expanding to 11,000 square feet.
Aerobics classes, circuit training, elliptical training are still among the health club’s most popular offerings.
After 10 years of operating as a health club, Authement realized she needed to expand beyond strict health-club offerings and broadened the company’s scope into esthetics, researching and building upon the day-spa concept.
Our area’s oldest and largest spa facility, Allie’s full-service spa offers incredible ways to pamper yourself or your loved ones with relaxing massages, manicures and pedicures, scrubs, wraps, facials and more. The services menu offers spa packages that can be half or full days, for men and women. Bridal, birthday and Carnival Krewe parties are also coordinated in the spa.
Some of the more modern specialty services include Lipomassage, nonsurgical removal of cellulite, BHSC Laser and Hair Therapy, micro-controlled peeling, and permanent make-up, among others.
“My theory of what I wanted for the surrounding area was for women to have a private place where they could come and not worry about having makeup on or what they’re wearing,” Authement said. “It’s a place they’re comfortable.” •

BY MARY DITCH

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