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.
During 45-minute visage-pampering sessions at The Massage Shoppe, owner and aesthetician Crystal Fulco and her trained staff soothe ailing skin with custom facial treatments. First, the dermis wizards study façades to determine skin type before blending all-organic ilike products—used for decades in Hungary—to concoct custom face potions. The natural products, made in small batches, fuse together handpicked herbs, fruits, and vegetables, and each concoction contains rejuvenating vitamins, fruit acids, and bioflavonoids to make kissers glow brighter than a jack-o'-lantern after its first kiss.
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.
Under the guidance of Dr. John Morello and Sherri Frith, P.A - C., Mana Medical Spa's skincare specialists help patients "enhance their Mana," or essence, with wrinkle- and stress-reducing treatments. During facials and peels, aesthetician, Elise Becker, cloaks reposing mugs in a collagen-renewing formula to fade indicators of time, such as fine lines and page-a-day calendars grafted to foreheads.
California Trends Day Spa & Salon’s eclectic team—which encompasses hairstylists and an aesthetician—reflects their dual nature as both day spa and hair salon. Their hair services range from custom cuts and chemical texture changes to color, which stylists can apply to the full mane or specific strands with foil highlighting. For 14 days after their coifs, clients can return for free touchups, snipping away any stray strands or the lingering effects of having transformed into a werewolf. Spa services include ear coning, mani-pedis, body wraps, and waxing, as well as facials tailored to women, men, and teens.
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.
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