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, 2012, as well as best day spa of 2013 by Void Magazine. 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.
Although East Coast Worldwide staffs a core team of experienced artists, its personnel is constantly changing. That’s because East Coast likes to switch things up, regularly inviting guest artists to join its team and bring their own artistic stylings to the custom studio.
Upon completing simple or intricate designs, the artists detail thorough aftercare instructions such as singing lullabies to it as it drifts to sleep. Three weeks later, the team invites guests back to the studio to ensure that they have healed and to tweak any designs that need adjustments.
Along with tattoos, East Coast’s crew pierces body parts ranging from bellies and lobes to noses and eyebrows before adorning piercings with jewelry such as flesh tunnels and plugs.
Crystal Fulco spent six years in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician before she decided to start over in a career that fit with her passion for human connection. Although she only intended to work her way through college as a massage therapist, she found herself drawn to the practice and decided to commit to it fully. With only three months of professional experience, she founded her own practice, a place where she could focus on using deep-tissue, neuromuscular, and myokinesthetic techniques to treat subdermal aches and pains without surgery, medications, or costly seismograph examinations.
Now joined by two more massage therapists and an esthetician, The Massage Shoppe continues to treat stressed muscles and minds while boosting patrons’ confidence with its spa and gym services. The spa’s facials exfoliate countenances and imbue them with a healthy glow using organic skincare products. In the gym, Crystal’s personal-training sessions teach women how to sculpt their bodies with invigorating and empowering exercise regimens, sending them on their way to total wellness.
A lobby decked out with leather chairs, stained wood, tiles, and flowers greets visitors to Massage Bliss & Day Spa, preparing them for a spa visit that melts away the stress and responsibilities of the modern workday. Soft, low lights and gauzy curtains hang over heated massage beds, and two candlelit couples-massage suites surround pairs in a sensual glow during romantic anniversaries or ill-advised first dates. Deep-cleaning facials flush out clogged pores and stimulate blood flow with natural ingredients, such as apple pulp and flaxseed, and aromatic salts and coconut oils soothe digits during spa mani-pedis. The day spa's arsenal of sophisticated technologies beautifies and rejuvenates bodies, with its infrared sauna detoxifying and purifying skin and its TriActive laser smoothing out dimpling and cellulite.
Aesthetician Jennifer DiFiore pampers patrons with waxing, anti-aging indulgences, and skincare treatments that use natural Pevonia Botanica products. Turn face caterpillars into exclamation points with a brow wax ($12), or remove rogue bristles from a bikini line ($35). The mini deep-cleansing facial ($40) deeply cleans and exfoliates dull dermises before steam from a tableside train rolls over visages to prep skin for extractions and a custom mask.
Stylist Alena and skincare expert Natalia apply their international training to performing skin and hair services that use professional salon and spa products. Men stroll into the beach-themed salon for a customized haircut from Alena, who trims locks according to individual face shapes and the whispered longings of the clients’ top hats. Redken product accompanies the haircut and scalp massage, the gentle pressure of which eases clients into full-body relaxation. During the signature European facial, Natalia concocts a customized blend of essential oils and skin creams by Image, Beautiful Image, or Dermalogica to cleanse and exfoliate. An individualized facial mask follows, and Natalia massages the face, neck, shoulders, and arms to keep the upper body from going limp in protest in the middle of a trapeze act.