Kitty Vink brings more than two decades of beauty experience to her work at Le Cheval Day Spa. As owner of this full-service oasis, she is well acquainted with skincare techniques, laser hair removal, and permanent cosmetics. It was on an educational trip to Hong Kong that she learned about the Chinese footbath—a 20-minute herbal steep followed by a 10-minute massage. This luxurious treatment can be found on the spa's extensive menu, which also includes ear candling, teeth whitening, and mani-pedis.
Family Massage owner Andrea Voegeli honed her craft in her native Germany and then in Switzerland before touching down on American soil to unburden tense bodies. With a specialized focus on women struggling with infertility or the physical discomforts of pregnancy, the licensed therapist administers deliberate strokes that utilize creams, lotions, and oils in order to encourage reproductive self-healing. She also silences the tense muscles of all genders with Swedish massage, and calls upon her role as part of the FSMTA sports-massage team to alleviate physical aches resulting from injuries or the mental anguish of being mocked by a Jumbotron. True to her business's name, Andrea also welcomes infants and children to her pristine facility for therapeutic massage.
A graduate with top honors from England's University of Leeds Medical School, Dr. Sanjiva Goyal heads up a team of fully licensed, dedicated medical professionals at Coastal Dermatology & MedSpa. The experienced staff listens and responds in order to effectively diagnose and treat patients' dermatological ailments with advanced medical procedures, such as biologic therapy and ultraviolet-light treatment. The dedicated team of trained professionals aims to give each patient the individualized attention they deserve.
Emily Polatas, licensed massage therapist, softens knotted muscles with a combination of techniques customized to fit each client's needs. During each 60-minute session, Emily soothes back and neck soreness with the long strokes of Swedish massage. The gentle kneads of deep-tissue rubs increase circulation to tender muscles, ease tension, and relax anxiety, and targeted pressure breaks up knots like dynamite in a hammock factory. Clients can customize their session, whether choosing to unwind after a tense day with a gentle rubdown or working out muscle kinks leftover from long runs or accidental discovery of one's personal emergency brake.
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.