Thermae Retreat has expanded to Delray Beach.
After four and a half years in Fort Lauderdale, founder Kelly Doyle knew Delray was the place she wanted to open her second location.
“Delray was the only place where I looked,” she said. “I grew up coming here. There is such a good vibe.”
A trip to the spa involves a stop in the Move Room, where vibrational training gets the circulation going and rebounding exercises offer lymphatic drainage, followed by detoxing in both Finnish and Infrared Saunas and quiet time in the Meditation Room to restore the mind.
In addition to massage and skin treatments, clients have access to a Quantum Healer who offers low-level lasers, light therapy and biomeridian feedback, and a Shamanic Practitioner, who specializes in Crystal and Sound therapy, along with Sacred Body Work.
The Delray location features a serene outdoor garden, new body treatments and weekly wellness-focused community events.
Doyle has a background in marketing and for the last 15 years she has had a Pilates studio. From there, she said she got into full body health, including mental, emotional and spiritual health. She was introduced to infrared saunas and other treatments.
In 2011 and 2012, she said she spent time traveling to spas across the country to see what different spas were using.
It was when she visited a friend that got her totally hooked on saunas at a wellness center.
“I spent the next month going there every day,” she said. “She would drop me off at 9 a.m. and I would stay until night. I never did anything except the saunas.”
She said there were about a dozen different saunas.
“We would sauna all day long,” she said. “I wold go hours without talking to anyone. My mind was completely blank. I was there in the moment just enjoying what was happening around me.”
She said when she returned home she felt different. She said she was able to take more time to just relax.
That is also when she began making changes to the flagship location. She eliminated some services like manicures, pedicures and waxing and added others.
“Everything we do has a purpose,” she said. “Whether it is for your mind and relaxing, for your body physically massage to release stress or skin care for the face.”
She said the main goal is that when a person walks through the door is that they don’t have to do a thing.
“They can sit,” she said. “They can be quiet. Whatever people need for that day. We have people that come every day. We have people that come once a week.”