Ameliorative Massage's therapist begins each session with a thorough consultation to discuss with clients which areas are particularly sensitive or need more attention. This information creates the basis for each relaxing massage, and hot stones, hot towels, aromatherapy, and music further customize the treatments. Ameliorative Massage also renders deeper work with ashiatsu massage, which uses the therapist's bare feet to massage the body, washing away deep-set stress and untying knots that are as tight as Barbie's socks on the Hulk.
In a cozy studio less than a half-mile from the Atlantic, licensed massage therapist Mary Coleman sends calming ripples across muscles with custom Swedish or deep tissue massages. Each personalized session helps to both relax and heal bodies with modalities including deep tissue, hot stone, and aromatherapy. Agape Massage's skilled therapists understand that the muscular structure, range of motion, and hidden superpowers of each body are different, incorporating advanced techniques ranging from reiki to myofascial release into massages as needed.
Cheryl M. Thacker draws on 15 years of experience as she soothes sinews and relaxes tense musculature. Her nimble fingers travel over skin using an array of unique massage styles, such as raindrop aromatherapy massage, which uses uses pure, steam-distilled essential plant oils to kill bacteria and restore the body's electrical balance.
Drs. J. Phillip and Robert Garcia are so committed to proper skincare that they invented their own medical product—Belladerm-Rx, a prescription formula meant to stave off signs of aging and environmental damage. Today, the doctors and their staff at Reviva Medical Spa customize at-home regimens of Belladerm-Rx for patients, and apply their expertise onsite during several skincare services.
These treatments combine a calm, pampering environment with medical precision. Licensed aestheticians administer facials that target problems from acne to fine lines, as well as mini-treatments that refresh complexions in 30 minutes. The Bella Vitamin C Blast, for example, firms up the face with a 30% concentration of vitamin C, the equivalent of eskimo-kissing an orange for four hours. More in-depth treatments range from microdermabrasion to chemical peels, the latter of which are grouped into three levels depending on their strength. Injectables such as Botox and Radiesse fend off wrinkles, and Ultherapy diminishes the appearance of sagging skin through applications of ultrasound. The spa also offers massage and laser hair-removal sessions.
Self-professed military brat Tawana may have traveled the world with her family, but she found her inspiration inside her grandmother’s salon, where she watched her grandma style hair. Since then, the licensed master cosmetologist—who boasts more than 30 years of experience—has styled hair with relaxer treatments, custom color services, and sew-in weaves, her specialty. She also crafts wigs for cancer patients and those suffering from alopecia.
Surfing savant Tiffany Layton caught her first wave more than two decades ago and has been launching her board into open waters ever since. Tiffany's pastime evolved into a way of life about six years ago when she began surfing competitively and racking up an impressive list of championship titles. It was around the same time that Tiffany became certified to teach surfing, and today she shares her knowledge of the ocean at Jacksonville Surf Training.
Tiffany and her team of talented surfers welcome pupils of all ages and skill levels, encouraging healthy lifestyles through surfing lessons and camps, standup-paddleboarding lessons, and yoga and fitness classes on sand and water. They even host surf and yoga retreats in exotic lands—the next trip journeys to Costa Rica, the famous location where the ocean made its first wave while attending a rowdy futbol game.
When Giovanni and Diana Manzano founded Solé Spa Wellness Center in 2007, they chose to focus on services that rejuvenated their clients physically as well as emotionally. They also chose to honor Giovanni's mother—Solé Manzano, a victim of breast cancer—by gracing the spa with her name. The haven of relaxation they've built blends contemporary touches with Asian-themed décor. Instead of relying on a throng of fireflies, the studio creates a warm atmosphere by filling rooms with earthy tones and the calming glow emanating from hanging lights.
Although waxing is their specialty, the aestheticians' body treatments—including a full-body sugar glow with imported sugar cane, tropical nut oils, and fruit enzymes—also helped to earn the spa a place on Jacksonville Magazine's Best of Jacksonville list in 2011 and 2012. Manually applied airbrush tans imbue skin with a rich, sun-kissed hue that can last as long as seven days, much like a citywide game of hide-and-seek. Facials similarly make skin glow by slathering cheekbones with vitamin-rich salves or seaweed masks. During massages, therapists can employ a number of modalities, customizing every treatment to address clients' needs with a combination of Swedish, deep tissue, or reflexology techniques.